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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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WATCH: Learning is the key to farming family’s success

This week’s Farmer’s Inside Track video episode features agronomist Lerato Botha. The 25-year-old is the director of a family run vegetable enterprise, Farmerlee Farms in Tarlton in the Gauteng province.   In...

#AloneTogether: How to get a covid-19 payment break with your bank

If your income has been hit by the covid-19 lockdown, it might be worth your while to urgently contact your bank to make use...

#AloneTogether: Ramaphosa salutes agri-heroes amidst covid-19 lockdown

Goosebumps. Literally goosebumps. Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the covid-19 lockdown earlier this evening and took a moment to also thank the...

Indigenous vegetables ‘are not poor people’s food’

Qinisani Qwabe grew up in a small rural community called eSihuzu in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He was raised by his grandparents and he fondly remembers...

#AloneTogether: ‘Don’t compromise on farmworkers’ safety’

If you’re reading this, you survived day 2 of Mzansi’s lockdown to contain the deadly outbreak of covid-19. Chances are, you’ve been having your...