A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.
Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.

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Despite suffering the worst drought in decades, South Africa’s pome fruit industry fared relatively well compared with initial expectations, according to Hortgro, the organisation which represents South Africa's deciduous fruit...
Grain producers must form partnerships with government to ensure long-term sustainable and profitable food production in South Africa, Minister of Agriculture Senzeni Zokwana told the 2015 Grain SA congress in...
The number of bulls subjected to growth tests at the Agricultural Research Council’s (ARC) bull growth test centres have slowly started increasing again following a sharp decrease earlier this year...
A recent investment of US$372 million (about R6,14 billion) will allow French company, Ÿnsect, to complete its new insect farming enterprise.
Veteran agricultural writer and industry stalwart, Hans Lombard, passed away last night in his sleep. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
Land claimants from rural areas are expected to “come out in numbers” when the window for lodging land claims is re-opened, said Advocate Bheki Mbili, head of restitution at the...
When Farmer’s Weekly visited Kobela Mokgohlwa in 2010, he farmed hydroponically with tomatoes and green peppers in three tunnels, and had a small feedlot. But things have since changed. Peter...
With visionary enterprise, sugar cane farmer Renuka Devi Somaroo is expanding her business by putting together a mosaic of abandoned farms under land claims in the Glendale Valley. Robyn Joubert...
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Using earthworms to recycle food waste into compost is not only profitable, but helps to address the increasing problem of food waste. Worm farmer Thato Lekonyane spoke to Siyanda Sishuba...
A business plan will differ according to the size and technical complexity of the business.
Neville Fletcher of Cathcart in the Eastern Cape is an extraordinary man. A war veteran who saw action in the fierce Italian campaign, he returned to South Africa to enjoy...
It is possible to design an eco-friendly cottage. Jonno shows us how.
Gill, Adele and Dick gave me a call to see the proposed development site on their 5000ha game farm near Vryburg.
This enticing combination of tastes and textures comes from North Africa. The mix of honey, saffron and nuts is common in cooking from Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, and will ensure...
As poaching has threatened almost one rhino a day this year alone, South African farmers have resorted to desperate measures. With this in mind, Abré J Steyn decides to revisit...
Call it a ginger slice or a hard biscuit. The singular ginger flavour of this delicious item from the world’s great line-up of baked treats brings a whole new skill...
Hi Jonno I live in Zambia and am very interested in your designs. (We can buy Farmer’s Weekly at Shoprite stores here.) I’m planing to move to my 20ha farm...
An innovative idea for a ‘game hotel’ has boosted the profitability of Willem and Calla van Niekerk’s game farming enterprise, eliminating the need for production credit. Annelie Coleman visited their...
It is possible to pay less to feed your horse without compromising its health, says Kim Dyson.
For producers to benefit from the growing national and international demand for live goats and goat products, it is essential to have healthy flocks. Dr Alan Rowe, chief state veterinarian...
Importing good pigeons isn't as important as how we train the ones we have, writes Thomas Smit.
Mark Smith produces 270 000 free-range eggs a month on Maralou Farm near East London. Unable to compete on price with eggs produced in battery cage operations, he focuses on...
Today’s domesticated pig has most of the qualities that the modern farmer looks for in livestock, including high profitability, explains Shane Brody.
Potato virus Y (PVY) is one of the most important plant viruses in South Africa.
In our imperfect social and business environment we frequently find that companies say one thing and make ambitious promises – especially when it comes to good service – but seldom,...
As I’ve noted before, in the 1940s this country had more than 100 markets. Today, we are down to 24.
It requires a lot of observation and experience, but Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be practiced with cabbages.
Leafroll virus is a serious threat to South Africa’s viticulture industry: it shortens the lifespan of vineyards and has a negative impact on wine quality.
To achieve a HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) accreditation is costly.
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