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‘I am happy in agriculture,’ says 31-year-old farm manager

With much humility, Nsika Shabalala tells me: “Farming chose me, before I could choose anything else.” Nsika Shabalala (31) has always been a bit of...

Cotton by-products promise opportunities for Africa

Cotton by-products hold valuable opportunities for farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa. Developing these opportunities could make a huge contribution towards diversifying the subcontinents’...

He’s only 19, but already a successful livestock farmer

“Farming is in me, it runs in my blood and my veins. I am a farmer by birth,” confidently declares Thabo Dithakgwe (19), one...

Mentoring programme opens the door to commercial farming

The dream of farming commercially will soon become a reality for six emerging farmers from the Free State. They were identified through the Sernick...

Award winning fruit farmer still yearns to farm on his own land…

André Cloete vividly remembers the moment when, as a six-year-old farmworkers’ son, he decided that one day he would own his own farm. He was...

Farmer-mom builds egg empire while raising six children

The day Wadea Jappie (49) decided to follow in her daddy’s footsteps should go down in history as the best decision of her life. Her...

‘Let us all grow big,’ says Jozi’s first Nigerian farmer

Edward Wisdom (48) is originally from the southeast of Nigeria. Since coming to South Africa in 1994 he has carved out a niche for...

Eureka farm homework centre nurtures learners to excel

On any given weekday, a few minutes before 3 pm, you’ll find a group of peppy learners chattering away while making their way to...

Third-generation farmer builds his father’s legacy

Love for the land runs through the veins of third-generation farmer and agri-leader Jaco Minnaar (42). He has spent his entire life dedicated to...

Young farm manager has ambitions higher than the Drakensberg

The East Griqualand Highlands in the southernmost of the Drakensberg is considered KwaZulu Natal’s best kept secret. Among these mountains – whose altitude range...

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Meet the Olympian rower who, in the end, chose farming

Despite being a junior Olympian, there was never any doubt that Paul Lombard would, one day, end up in agriculture. After all, both his...

Farmers must brace themselves for surging feed prices

Producers anticipate that consumers will have to pay more for red meat sometime this year based on rising animal feed prices, which are already...

3 things happening in agri today, 18 January 2021 

The farmers’ television show, Vir die liefde van die land, is back by popular demand. The first episode, featuring Free State farmers Samson...

‘Fast-track land reform through community-private partnerships’

A lot has been said about how land reform programmes can be administered and many models exist, market-led approaches that have proven to be...

Elderly farmer: ‘The whispers were louder than roars’

The 73-year-old Samson Mahlaba was but a child when he first started working as a labourer on a Free State farm. He never went...