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Young farmer fulfils his father’s farming dream

Thirteen years ago the dream to farm of Tumelo Siliga’s father, Bethuel Siliga, became a reality. Bethuel's dream was short lived, however, due to...

Money, land is no excuse, says chicken farmer

About 30-minutes east of Pretoria sits the town of Cullinan, renowned for the discovery of the largest rough gem diamond in 1905. However, that...

Farming is hard work, says 29-year-old livestock enthusiast

As a young boy, growing up in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu Natal, Ndumiso Gule woke up to the sounds of sheep, goats, and...

Perseverance drives his farming dream

A farmer’s work is definitely not child’s play and Sizo Tshabalala’s story is a testament to that. It took guts and perseverance for the...

20-year-old farmer took on a man’s job, and loved it

Imagine waking up one morning and being told by your father that he’s appointing you as foreman over your family’s vegetable farm. You just...

You can’t run away from your calling, says female farmer

Mbali Ngcobo is a jack of all trades, and a hustler of note. She’s been a waitress, sales lady, teacher and she’s even worked...

22-year-old farm manager said yes to agriculture and no to medicine

“There’s a perception among the youth that farming is easy work, with high financial yields, but that’s not why I’m in agriculture. I’m here...

Young farmers feed close to 6000 school learners daily

Zanele Ntuli and Aaron Motau, both 29 years old, are vegetable farmers whose ultimate responsibility is to ensure that every day about 6000 learners...

‘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...

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...

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Mechanisation: Lessons learned from four African countries

Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa. Although up to 90% of farmers still rely on manual labour or working animals, this is...

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...