Farmers

Here’s how you can get onto a state farm

Farmers who are eager to access state-owned land have only a few more weeks to get their applications in. Find the criteria for eligible candidates here.

Be proud of your hustle, says vendor-turned-farmer

Nomfundo Yothula was one of many street vendors whose businesses were dealt a fatal blow by the hard lockdown of 2020. She was forced to shut down her vetkoek-selling hustle in Thembisa, and found a proud plan B in farming.

How farmer Mregi uses technology and data to improve

After working in the information technology and software engineering space for almost 17 years, Nerudo Mregi decided to branch out into farming, eager to incorporate data science and technology into this field.

Vaccine: Good news for under 35s, but will they register?

If you are younger than 35, you might join the Covid-19 virtual registration queue sooner than you think. This, as a Limpopo farmer and medical practitioner tells us, “It would be a catastrophic move to leave them behind.”

‘Start big,’ advises Gauteng pig farmer

Pig farmer Nthabiseng Mathebula’s journey into farming was both based on a lifelong passion for animals and a desire to contribute to her family’s goals. After she finished matric, she had intended on fulfilling her childhood dream of going to veterinary school. Instead, she settled on animal production.

How Hosea started a farming business with just R9000

Lockdown 2020 was a period that brought a lot of uncertainty into the country. People were losing jobs their jobs left right and center and some didn’t know where their next meal would come from.

Households ‘can fight their own food insecurity’

Households should bear in mind that the right to access to food does not mean relying only on government provisions, argues agricultural economist Pamela Matyolo.

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.

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Empowering smaller farms with global connections to trade

The opportunity is open for trade partners and platforms to serve as a gateway to export for small to medium farmers. This is why powering globalisation with partnerships remains a key factor to facilitate the enjoyment of a post-pandemic recovery for farmers across the globe.

Red tape is choking biodiversity research in SA

It is no exaggeration to say that science has saved humanity on multiple occasions. The most recent has been through the development of vaccines for the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a chicken liver manufacturer

For Kyle Oelofse, Chief Executive Officer of Goshen Food Solutions, creating a product that was both high in nutrients and delicious was a matter of extreme importance. The product was created in response to a call from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), a government-run programme that offers disadvantaged learners one nutritional meal a day.

The hard truth about being a farm manager

From a rural Eastern Cape village to managing one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top farms. This is the story of Mpumezo Ndima, an inspirational leader who has learnt many tough lessons along the way.

Wanted: the plant varieties that changed your life

Whether you're a farmer or a consumer – if a plant has made your business more profitable or your life easier, the Southern African Plant Breeders Association (SAPBA) wants to hear about it.