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From cushy corporate job to cannabis entrepreneur

“My proudest and most frightening moment was resigning from a great corporate role to be an entrepreneur with a start-up business,” says Marianne Brown, the CEO and co-founder of CanAgri Global,...

Meet the man with the coolest job in SA agriculture

23-year-old Ziphezinhle Gabuza, better known as Boyzee, from Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal spent the past week teaching an artificial intelligence to count cattle on a farm in the Free State. Gabuza is currently spearheading the Sernick Group’s...

Agri Careers: Meet an organic fertiliser specialist

Ever heard of an organic fertiliser specialist? Meet Thapelo Phiri Jnr, who helps crop farmers get the most out of the land they farm on. Phiri is the director of Golden Legacy...

Rustenburg youngsters dream of running Mzansi’s biggest hydroponics business

A high school science project connected Kutlwana Tisane, Percyval Alset and Lerato Maphoto in 2013. The quick-witted friends outlined a plan to curb malnutrition in Mzansi and started their own company...

Mzansi’s mopani queen has given the worms a complete facelift

Mzansi has a new queen and she’s on a mission to put mopani worms back on the map and onto South African dinner plates. Her name is Phuti Ngoasheng Kabasa, but...

There is an angel factory in the Karoo

Picture, if you will, a Christmas angel factory. Do you imagine fluffy clouds, elves, sparkly tinsel? People dressed in pointy hats with tinkling bells? You could not be more wrong. The Karoo Angel...

Agriculture needs talent and people who think differently

“Our teachers play a pivotal role in growing agriculture in South Africa as well as creating awareness, especially high school teachers.” So said Lindie Stroebel, general manager of the Produce Marketing...

Solar Farms can prevent stage 1 load shedding

Farmers could be helping Mzansi avoid load shedding even while our agriculture industry gets more internationally competitive, but applications for the building of solar farms are delayed by the National Energy...

How a Free State farmer brought his dying land back from the brink

Danie Slabbert (39) might look like a typical farmer, but his forbearers are probably turning in their graves questioning his unconventional farming methods. This farmer’s philosophy is that he’s merely borrowing...

Indigenous Pedi tea from ‘the Garden of Eden’ takes organic market by storm

Nondumiso Phaahla, 56, remembers how her parents would show deep gratitude when she makes tea for them. “It was a big thing!” she says.  She also liked tea when she became...

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Reserve Bank eases pressure on indebted farmers

Agricultural economist from the Western Cape department of agriculture explain how farmers are set to benefit from the country's unchanged repo rate of 3.5%.

More illegal booze on streets than legal wine and ciders

The alcohol sales bans over the last 15 months have not only plunged wine and barley farmers in crisis. Furthermore, the illicit trade sales by volume have now overtaken the entire combined wine and cider sectors.

‘Farm-to-fork start-up’ scoops FEED innovation prize

A week after he graduated with a Master’s degree, a software developer and his fellow FoodPrint co-founders were also announced as winners of the prestigious Inqola FEED Innovation Prize.

Veggie farmer can’t stop procrastinating

Chronic procrastinator from Barberton, Mpumalanga writes… Liewe Lulu…How do you stop procrastinating?As the calendar closes in on the spring planting season, I am behind on...

The Makoele’s got the land, and they’re nurturing it!

Every Friday, we feature one of the rising farm stars participating in the FarmSol Youth Ambassador programme. This week, we travel to the Free...