This included farm attacks, attacks on truck drivers, xenophobic attacks and violence against vulnerable groups, such as women and children.
According to these farmers’ associations, the violence was not only detrimental to the country as a whole, but had a negative effect on agricultural production, food security, job security and income generation on farms.
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Unsustainable farming a threat to water supply
South Africa’s estuarine and wetland ecosystems provide important ecological functions such as the purification of water. Yet 99% and 88% of these ecosystems respectively are threatened. Prof Francois Durand of the Department of Zoology at the University of Johannesburg writes that farmers, who are the main water users in the country, have a crucial role to play when it comes to reversing this degradation.
The dog for the stockman and how to choose him
Sheep dogs have been invaluable to stock farmers for many decades and even centuries. However, the dog must be able to work. This article explored the characteristics that a farmer should consider when choosing a sheep dog.
Steady, solid progress with free-range pigs
Start small and grow with the results. This is the principle followed by young pig farmer Jason Buys of Ocean View piggery in the Western Cape. Jeandré van der Walt visited him to learn more about his free-range pig operation and how he plans to grow his farming business.
Illegal sand mining threatens sugar farmers
The sugar cane farms of 175 small-scale growers are hanging in the balance as illegal sand mining in the Middle-Komati River reaches catastrophic levels.
Feed right for your type
For sustainable grassland management, farmers need to know whether they are farming on sweet- or sourveld, and should adapt their livestock management practices accordingly. Glenneis Kriel reports.
This disease can cause devastating production losses. For this reason, it is a controlled disease, which means that it must be reported to government veterinary services. It is also a zoonosis.
Starting An Essential Oils Enterprise From Scratch
After attending a farmers’ day in 2018, Oniccah and Naledi Nkoe decided to start farming herbal plants to produce essential oils. They have since expanded plantings and launched their own essential oils business. They spoke to Salome Modiselle and Sandile Mahlangu, researchers at the Agricultural Research Council.
Agriculture Alone Cannot Address The Youth Unemployment Crisis
Africa remains the youngest continent in the world, with almost 60% of its population under the age of 25.
Bidders Beware: Uptick In ‘Illegal' Auctions
With the introduction of the COVID-19-related lockdown came the unprecedented migration of auctions to online platforms as a means of selling everything from cars to office furniture.
Soil sampling basics
A soil sample should represent a homogeneous area where there are no visible soil differences.