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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Minister of agriculture Senzeni Zokwana failed to impress the members of the opposition party, scoring an ‘E’ in the DA’s annual Cabinet Report Card.
This year, Zimbabwe will decentralise tobacco selling in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This year’s World Food Day, to be celebrated on 16 October, marks the 74th anniversary of the founding of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Agricultural Writers SA: North announced its provincial candidates for the organisation’s national farmer of the year, new entrant commercial farmer and agriculturalist for 2015 earlier this month.
Farmers who will require financing from the Land and Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank) in the near future will continue to encounter difficulties in accessing such funding due...
Two wines from Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, based in Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland region, were recently served to French president Francois Hollande at a lunch in New Delhi...
The ANC’s attempt to justify and even, it seems, encourage dodgy dealings is an affront to Africans.
According to some, there is a viable alternative to Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s controversial 50:50 land reform proposal. With this option, the land holds its value and farmers can improve economies...
Argentina is often seen as a farmers’ paradise – a land of milk and honey, beef and soya. But farmers in that country say that margins are tight and politicians...
Linda Nghatsane is someone who sees ­opportunity in hard work. Sound financial ­planning, good farming practices and a lot of sweat and tears have finally paid off for this former...
The multi-stakeholder Bokamoso Barona Initiative is aimed at promoting sustainable economic activity through the development of a large-scale agri-industrial and bio-energy hub, in areas on the greater West Rand District,...
Huguenot Farms in the Sundays River Valley is implementing a long-term, mixed farming strategy that will see its ‘beautiful soils’ produce to their full potential. Sabrina Dean visited the farm,...
Eat more plants, we’re told. An excellent idea, especially with the wide choice of delicious greens available these days. But we love our meat too, don’t we? So here’s a...
My elder daughter gave me a new wok for my birthday. And what a wok it is. It has a wooden handle, a flattish bottom and is coated in Teflon....
This is a magnificent dessert. Never in the history of human pear eating has such a marvellous recipe come into being. Splendid to look at, blissful to eat, this out...
 Dear Jonno All the proposed additions to the communal lodges that you designed for us have been approved by the local authority and we’ll start building shortly. As you know,...
They say travel broadens the mind. My travels tend to broaden my waistline, which is how I discovered my first tabouleh in Hong Kong (quite a distance from Lebanon!). There...
Avid Farmer's Weekly readers Bashi and his wife want to build a small, thatched rondavel in a quiet corner of their existing property.
Green water culture provides a highly nutritious ‘soup’ of feed for fish stock, promoting faster growth. It also cuts out the high cost of artificial feed.
South Africa is faced with the unique opportunity to implement international best practice when establishing its aquaculture industry, says Terry Bennett from South Africa's largest and oldest fishing company Irvin...
With no previous farming experience but with a love of conservation and wildlife and a large dose of business and common sense, the Bhorat family has turned an undeveloped and...
According to Johnny Morrison, chairperson of the SA Indigenous Veld Goat Club, a millenia-long migration through Africa has honed the breed into a superbly functional animal. Annelie Coleman reports.
Injuries to a horse’s tendons are invariably very serious, warns Kim Dyson.
Despite farming in marginal areas suited for cattle breeds that can ­withstand harsh conditions, some North West farmers still believe bigger is better. They farm with large-framed animals that force...
The survival mechanisms that enabled the ancestors of modern crops to survive in the wild will influence the efficacy of the fertiliser we apply to these crops today.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...
Agricultural practices that degrade the soil are responsible for a host of problems: erosion, nutrient runoff, waterlogging, acidification, compaction, crusting, salinisation, nutrient depletion, leaching, organic matter loss, toxic accumulation, and...
Farmers around the world use some form of co-operative marketing to sell their fresh fruit and vegetables.
With an estimated R1 billion spent on expanding and building new soya bean processing facilities, the South African soya industry is poised to unlock value for farmers and processors.
As we’ve said before, integrated pest management (IPM), or using the natural enemies of crop pests to help control those pests, has a long way to go in this country.
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