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We’ve moved from pap to umdoko, says KwaZulu-Natal small scale farmer

“We have moved on from pap. We also bake bread and my children showed me how make a kind of a flat cake – you know, a wrap which you fill...
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Vuyani Lolwane carries on his father’s farming legacy

Vuyani Lolwane knows there is a world of possibilities in the soil and he is not afraid to chase them. His late father, Thando, whose heart belonged to the land, laid...

From household chore to successful agribusiness

“Farming was part of a long list of chores we had to do growing up. We had no idea that what started out as a few ordinary, mundane tasks would later...

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 between 2km to 3.4km – lies Swartberg,...

Revival of small-scale cotton farming can push back rural poverty

There is an upsurge in small-scale cotton farming that can play a significant role in alleviating rural poverty. Cotton is being planted again in rural areas that used to yield good...

Mavis Hlatshwayo’s farm grows daily as she commits herself to it

For most of her life, Mavis Nomvula Hlatshwayo has been committed to farming. Although she only attended school up until grade 3, Hlatshwayo has always worked hard to ensure that her...

From fruit hawker to award-winning lemon farmer

Wayne Mansfield (33), winner of the 2018 Western Cape New Entrant to Commercial Agriculture Award, is one of those overnight successes that was preceded by decades of hard work. Although he won...

‘God has plans for me,’ proclaims award-winning agriculturist

As a township girl, the 27-year-old Lerato Senakhomo never dreamt of becoming a farmer. In fact, she hated the idea. Today she is an award-winning farmer, breaking and shaking all kinds...

Underberg Farmers Association maps out emerging farming hurdles and solutions

Learning the ropes of becoming a successful farmer is probably the hardest thing to do when you have just entered the farming industry. As an aspiring farmer, you are faced with...

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Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Beef farmer: I am caught in the middle of my child’s...

This beef farmer is struggling with an adult daughter who is pouting like a child and an ex son-in-law renting land.

Father-and-son no-till farming team builds for the future

Every Friday, we feature one of the rising farm stars participating in the FarmSol Youth Ambassador programme. This week, we travel to the Free...