Covid-19 Sees Consumers Turn To Healthy, Local Food
In the climate of unease brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, many consumers are turning to healthier, locally sourced food for comfort and certainty, according to Shereen Tromp, senior consultant at Euromonitor International. The consumption of locally grown produce offers new opportunities for local businesses and farmers.
Producing Cowboy-Style Workhorses Naturally
Pierre and Carine Kleinhans breed horses capable of patrolling large areas of land with minimal inputs, much like the animals used by cowboys in the American Wild West. The couple spoke to Glenneis Kriel on their farm near Touws River in the Western Cape about their operation.
The white flag incident
Charged with the murder of a British officer in a highly contentious incident, Veldkornet Salmon van As was given an unfair military trial and executed. Graham Jooste tells his story.
The building blocks of irrigation scheduling
Having a top-quality irrigation system is all very well, but without accurate irrigation scheduling you will never achieve optimal results, says irrigation expert and agronomist Robbie Childs.
Regain profitability with these post-drought sheep management tips
Prof Tertius Brand, a scientist in animal nutrition at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, shares advice on how to manage a sheep flock during and after a drought in order for farmers to regain the profitability of their operations. Jeandré van der Walt reports.
Farmer's cherry pie
Michael Feldman submitted this recipe for a traditional cherry pie, which was baked for him by his farmer friend Henry. The cherry filling is made with ground cinnamon, which brings out the flavour and aroma of the cherries so well, says Feldman.
‘To succeed, a new farmer must be a quick learner'
Gauteng-based Gugulethu Mahlangu says volunteering for experienced vegetable farmers gave her the confidence to launch her own successful career in farming. Siyanda Sishuba reports.
Continual improvement wins loyal customers
From small beginnings, Lizemari de Klerk, who farms just outside Pretoria in Gauteng, has expanded her Brahman cattle operation from only three cattle to a breeding herd of around 200 animals. Her relentless quest to improve the quality of her animals has earned her a loyal client base. She spoke to Pieter Dempsey.
A Model For Agricultural Extension
Agriculture is rife with complaints that extension services are poor, with this blamed as a key factor in many failed farmer-development initiatives. However, William Gillepsie and Felicity Mitchell, authors of a manual on the training of extension services, are showing how proper skills development is setting emerging farmers on the road to success. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Spending That Delivers Tangible Benefits
The agriculture department’s budget needs an overhaul, with more money allocated to delivering services to farmers, and less to administrative functions, according to Annette Steyn, DA MP and member of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.
Incentivise The Private Sector To Invest In Agriculture
While large-scale infrastructure investment is needed to support economic growth in South Africa, Prof Ferdi Meyer and Dr Tracy Davids of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy say that by providing incentives for the private sector to invest in initiatives such as farmer development, government could achieve more without having to increase its spending much.
Wine Glut Threatens Industry's Sustainability
Due to the ban on wine sales during the national lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the South African wine industry has been left with an unprecedented oversupply of wine. Glenneis Kriel reports.
Walking the wild apple forests of Kazakhstan
Two experts in South Africa’s pome fruit industry recently undertook an adventure to an ancient forest in Kazakhstan, known as the birthplace of the modern apple. Brian Berkman reports.
New compact Landini offers versatility and driver comfort
Landini’s new specialised orchard and vineyard tractor range, the REX 3 F Series, has been nominated in Europe’s Tractor of the Year 2021 awards in the category for best specialised tractors.
SA must take a ‘bold step' towards fiscal sustainability
The re-evaluation of govenrment spending, although much needed, will not be enough to address South Africa’s immense economic challenges. There also needs to be stronger political will and leadership from government to address poor implementation, writes Dr John Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber.
Learning from your mistakes
As farmers, we should make every effort to learn from our mistakes. In fact, we should go out of our way to turn our errors to our advantage.
Addressing inefficiencies through improved budgeting
Tshepo Moloi and Prof Johann Kirsten of the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University suggest that a zero-based budgeting approach could offer an opportunity to reassess the role of the state in rural development. The agriculture department should also consider adopting a loan, rather than a grant system, when providing production support to new farmers.
Onions To The Rescue Of A Sheep Farmer!
Diversifying to vegetable seed production has enabled Karoo sheep farmer PF Theron to reduce his climatic and production risks while greatly improving profitability. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he has managed this process.
Agri-Spread International Wants You!
Agri-Spread International has had great success entering the market in South Africa, but is currently looking for new importers to distribute its products to dealers across South Africa and the wider African continent. This could be a golden opportunity for entrepreneurs!
Hard Work Pays Off For Home-Made Brand
After losing their farm, Isa Basson and her husband, Sonnie, established a preserved fruit brand. She spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how they have thrived by keeping faith and adding value to fruit.
Braford: Beef Cattle Bred For South Africa
Fertility is foremost for optimal productivity in a beef cattle concern, according to Wessel Wessels, a Braford stud breeder from the Free State. Annelie Coleman reports.
How A Lockdown Hobby Became A Thriving Broccoli Business
What started as a lockdown project to provide fresh vegetables for the family quickly turned into a flourishing business after Teresa Theron started sending excess broccoli to local supermarkets. Lindi Botha reports.
BRIDGING THE GAP Going online to optimise farm equipment leasing
Mechanisation is key to improving food and fibre production. But traditional linkages between companies that lease agricultural machinery and their clients are often problematic. A new online platform promises to take the stress out of hiring and leasing. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Feeding Africa's fast-growing cities
Africa’s rapidly growing urban food markets offer significant opportunities for the continent’s farmers and agribusinesses. Yet, according to the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa’s ‘Africa Agriculture Status Report 2020’, food can often be imported at lower cost from international suppliers. African farmers will have to become globally competitive if they hope to successfully supply growing domestic markets.
Concern over rural and gender-based violence
Based on alarming ongoing reports of farm murders, as well as assaults of women and children, it seems that South Africa is becoming a more violent country than ever. The harsh reality is that women, and specifically women farmers, simply don’t feel safe in this country.
Top Santa Gertrudis breeder's endless search for perfection
Having farmed Santa Gertrudis cattle for nearly half a century, Amy Williams is sought after for her professional advice, and many farmers credit her for their success. Moreover, her stud has continued to produce award winning animals year after year, proving that her expertise and passion are undiminished. Lindi Botha reports.
Tilapia farming Untapped SA market holds opportunity for growth
David Fincham has more than 30 years’ experience in aquaculture and is one of South Africa’s foremost tilapia specialists. Through his business in Muldersdrift near Johannesburg, he has supplied 450 fish farming production units to farmers in Africa. He spoke to Pieter Dempsey.
Better soil drainage
47 YEARS AGO In South Africa, a water-scarce country, farmers have to use water with the utmost care. By improving soil drainage, they can save water and ensure better yields.
African Farmers Test-Drive Case IH Combines
The Case IH Axial-Flow 4088 proved its suitability to tough African farming conditions, and specifically to the needs of emerging field crop farmers, during extensive field tests conducted recently on a variety of crops in Kenya. The machine’s rugged simplicity also won it praise.
Fine Dining And Tractor Game Drives On A Free State Farm
Since diversifying into accommodation and fine dining in 1991, Free State Merino farm De Oude Kraal has become a landmark. Brian Berkman recently visited it and soon understood why it has gained its excellent reputation.