Farmers

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.

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...

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From bullied teen to 15yo kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting...

Recipe: Sippy’s strawberry shake

Siphesile Mhlongo is only 15, but she's already running her own business, teaching other teens to cook. Having joined her mom to experiment in the...

Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.