A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.

Lack of land

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.

Plough for more

A private agricultural college, the first of its kind in South Africa, has been announced for Bothaville in the Free State.
Industry leaders agree that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, demonstrates a healthy interest in agricultural matters, but is not particularly proficient in implementing policies for the...
The first table grapes of the new season are being harvested and packed as producers across the country look forward to a good production year.
Indonesia recently issued a moratorium on the conversion of peatland in order to curb carbon emissions from drained or burnt wetlands, according to a statement issued by Nirarta Samadhi, director...
Countries in Africa were still South Africa’s largest trade partner, and local agribusinesses needed to take note of megatrends affecting these African markets.
Agri Eastern Cape (Agri EC) president Douglas Stern has clarified his previous statements about government drought disaster aid for the province, which resulted in him coming in for criticism from...
While large farming operations appear to be growing bigger, smaller-scale farmers are becoming more diversified and are targeting niche markets. Their high-quality produce is becoming increasingly sought-after by both local...
Many isolated regions in South Africa struggle with unreliable Internet access. To solve the problem in his area, Barkly East livestock farmer, Chris Isted, built his own wireless network, and...
It seems that red meat consumers never benefit from lower farmgate prices. Could it be that the middleman is milking consumers for all they’re worth, while suppressing farmers’ income? This...
The Syngenta Leadership Academy is aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders in agriculture. Siyanda Sishuba spoke to three alumni of the programme about their experience and the lessons...
As announced on 18 August 2020, the Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between the Senwes Group of Klerksdorp and the Suidwes Group of Leeudoringstad.
The outbreak of COVID-19 and the strenuous efforts to curb its spread have disrupted industries and global value chains on an unprecedented scale. This is especially true of agriculture, with...

User-friendly Weenen home

Hi Shawn Thanks for the informative site meeting on your new 840ha game farm near Weenen. Attached are the plans for your proposed new home. I have improvised on the...

Cosy staff cottage

Patrick wants to build a simple dwelling for two of his labourers on his farm. He asks Jonno for help.

Lamb curry

Curries are an old Indian delicacy filled with a mix of herbs and spices and tantalising aroma. Find out how you can cook up a mouthwatering lamb curry.

Steak & kidney pie

This is a classic, an absolute must for your personal cooking repertoire. Widely known as a delicious and heart-warming meal, there are many recipes available. Here’s one that never fails.
Jonno designs a bush lodge catering for 16 five-star sleeper units for Socrates all the way in Angola.
Experience South Africa’s national parks when they are at their best this coming year, says Taryn Arnott van Jaarsveld and René de Klerk.
Is temperament mainly genetic or due to the environment? Before answering this question, we should be clear about what is meant by ‘temperament’, says Dr Mac.
A research team is investigating the possibility of vaccinating wildlife populations against rabies.
Marco and Regine Seefeldt have been farming on the banks of the Black Nossob River, 90km east of Windhoek, since 2000. They lease the 5 000ha farm, Silversand, from Marco’s...
The SA government’s misdirected approach towards aquaculture is clear, especially when compared with the situation in neighbouring countries.
This hay is fed to cattle and sheep in Southern Africa, but is it safe for horses?
Monthly report on livestock disease trends in South Africa.

Now’s the time!

While I’m on a roll about the positive developments taking place on markets, there’s another issue which I believe needs attention in the sector.
Many SA farmers are unaware of the profitability and other benefits of pulses such as cowpea, groundnut and soya bean. As a result, these plants are neglected as crop alternatives,...
When the rains came too late to plant maize at the end of 2018, Bultfontein farmers Anton and Heinrich Botha joined other producers in the region in planting dryland winter...
As I’ve noted before, in the 1940s this country had more than 100 markets. Today, we are down to 24.
Downy mildew is less of A problem in cabbage than it used to be. With resistant varieties available, susceptible varieties don't have to be planted in vulnerable areas any more.
Andrew Jonker runs a wheat and livestock operation near Riversdale in the Western Cape. He explained to Glenneis Kriel how he combined conservation farming principles with the latest precision farming...
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