Winter used to be a stressful time for KZN part-time farmer Sipho Shibe. His cattle's condition has taken a turn for the better, though, since he discovered the sustaining power of Voermol's Molasses Meal.
SAPFSA warns up-and-coming farmers against an increase in scammers in the poultry industry. They’re also concerned about exuberant feed prices. Spokesperson Jay Venter says, “How can our industry develop, if no focus has been given to these small little things that matter?”
With over 70 branches and depots nationwide, the VKB Group strives to effect and maintain a competitive advantage for its clients. This is done by ensuring that clients derive value from products and services.
The tobacco industry body SATTA has launched a new video campaign to help smokers identify illicit cigarettes. Spokesperson Zacharia Motsumi says, “Know what you smoke, and in that way avoid the tax-dodgers. Let’s buy legal and protect the legal tobacco industry.”
Officially, the next Rift Valley fever outbreak is only expected in 2030, but a leading Afrivet veterinarian believes the latest weather predictions is cause for great concern. When livestock are infected, the virus can cause significant economic losses due to high mortality rates in young animals and waves of abortions in pregnant females.
For Nthakheni Portia Netshirembe, farming was the vehicle she needed to reach her self-employment goals. At the suggestion of her parents, she started farming ten years ago as a side hustle. She did not foresee the deep passion she now has for the sector to develop.
Ayanda Mbense always wanted to be a farmer. Childhood visits to his grandmother’s Umzimkhulu home in KwaZulu-Natal ignited his passion for farming. It is also where his business, Nimindlela Enterprise, is now based and where he has found the perfect product range to up productivity.
Raised in a farming community near Bloemfontein in the Free State, it comes to no surprise that Johnny Pietersen has been farming his entire life. At 60, he works as farm manager in Wonderfontein in Mpumalanga and also pursued his own business venture with his life partner, Samaria Surname.
Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.
Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”
With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.
Food For Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. We unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.