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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...

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: How teacher became egg farmer in lockdown

After his initial business idea of selling fast foods fell through in 2018 due to inadequate market research, Ntoampe Mashamaite (29) from Polokwane, Limpopo chose to try his hand at poultry...

Farmer refuses to let rampant crime snuff his ambition

“My passion has been agriculture from the onset,” says Nhlanhla Zuma (45) with his soft voice, flavoured with so much mirth that beckons positive vibrations. His hardcore desire to feed the...

Varsity rejection fuelled this young farmer’s dream

Beginner farmers are often advised to do research and acquire the right farming equipment before they start farming. However, for Nceba Mkuyana (23), a vegetable farmer from Tsolo in the Eastern...

How Prudence uses WhatsApp to build her poultry enterprise

One morning, 32-year-old Prudence Mokwena, a microbiologist at a fast-moving consumer goods company, was going about her usual business when she stumbled upon a research article on the internet. It stated that...

How to start your own chicken farm

Are you an up-and-coming farmer looking to generate a sustainable income? Chickens might be the best option for you. Not only are chickens great multipurpose animals, being a great source of...

‘Who needs big retailers when you’ve got taxi ranks?’

If there’s one piece of advice that agripreneur Thuli Mageba has taken to heart, it is the words of her grandmother, Nomkhosi Zulu, who urged her to not join the hustle...

Former security guard found prosperity in pig farming

Former security guard Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse started farming three years ago with only three pigs. Today she has 30. Khawuleza-Ndzawuse says she quit her security guard job in order to earn more money...

Sugarcane leader: ‘Nothing happens without a woman’

As a child, Rejoice Ncwane was already well versed in the skills of sugarcane farming. While she may have once entertained the idea of becoming a lawyer, her love for the...

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Farmworkers’ children should be free to choose – Didiza

Children of farmworkers must enter the sector by choice and not by circumstance. This was the stern message earlier today (Monday, 25 October 2021)...

Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.