Farmers

Look! These farms are covered with snow and we’re loving it!

Parts of South Africa are covered in snow. According to the SA Weather Services (Saws), the entire country is experiencing low temperatures, and this will persist throughout the week.

Opportunity found young farmer in the oddest of places

Four years ago, a freshly graduated Thabang Makola worked as a customer assistant at Woolworths. The Bachelor of Science in agriculture that he obtained from the University of Limpopo the year before was lying fallow. A customer, surprised to see his avid interest in the cover of Farmer’s Weekly, struck up a conversation with him about agriculture.

‘Farming has never been my backup plan,’ says Mthiyane

For crop and cattle farmer Minenhle Mthiyane from Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, farming has never been his backup plan. The 24-year-old says that making a life for himself in the agriculture sector has always been his first choice.

Gogo to grandson, 23-year-old carries family farming torch

Born into a family that owned a tractor and farmed maize, tomatoes, spinach, and onions, the writing was on the wall for Kabelo Mafaralala. The 23-year-old from Sephukubje in the Mopani district of Limpopo, was going to carry the family farming baton from his parents forward.

Covid-19 lockdown a blessing for side-hustle poultry farmer

It is a sure thing that South Africa’s imposed lockdown early last year destabilised most farming enterprises across the country. But it also gave some farming enthusiasts a shot at their...

Dairy farmer on mission to make a difference

It was exactly ten years ago when dairy farmer Siviwe Tikana (28) joined a missionary organisation called Youth With a Mission in Worcester, Western Cape, in his gap year after high...

Step aside, sexist brothers. Boitumelo is here to stay!

This week’s #Soilsista, powered by Corteva Agriscience, speaks candidly about the sexism she experienced from many men in the agricultural sector. Today, livestock farmer, Boitumelo Modisane is on her way to...

Side hustle: Student starts his own poultry farm

While at the age of 21 most of his peers are still trying to figure themselves out, Katlego Mohloding from Thothololo village in Ha-Muila, Limpopo has carved a niche in farming,...

Seeding new futures through permaculture

When Leigh Brown, 48, started the SEED organisation twenty years ago, she envisioned an organisation that could connect children to food.   “We found this really big need of bringing, at that point, the...

When dreams came to nothing, her garden fed more than just her body

Every year, many people leave their homes in rural areas and migrate to cities to try and seek new opportunities to improve their lives. Unfortunately for Vuyokazi Wulana (55), who moved to...

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Free State ‘black gold’ breeder shares his secrets to success

Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.

Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Beef farmer: I am caught in the middle of my child’s...

This beef farmer is struggling with an adult daughter who is pouting like a child and an ex son-in-law renting land.