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Buddies turn farm problem into African tech company

When FG Adriaanse designed a technology solution to a problem faced on the family farm, he could never imagine that it would develop into a company serving more than 100 clients across...

Beefmaster CEO: ‘Arrogance will come back to hurt you’

Although the Beefmaster Group is today known as one of the Northern Cape’s largest private employers, it started as a small cattle feeding business in 1965. At the time, the legendary...

Artificial intelligence: from vineyard to shopping basket

From robots and drones helping winemakers optimise vineyard growth, to consumer-facing apps, the wine industry is taking on artificial intelligence in a big way. Daneel Rossouw, functional head of agriculture at...

Court order: The days of roaming livestock are over

Residents of the Eastern Cape town of Komga could soon face the long arm of the law if their livestock and pets are found outside of their residential areas. This, after...

Meet the domestic worker turned chicken farmer

Next up on Food For Mzansi’s #SoilSistas campaign, we meet Khethiwe Maseko, the founder of Gugulam Poultry House in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng. Powered by Corteva Agriscience, we highlight some of the extraordinary female...

Annelize Crosby: ‘A butterfly in land reform boxing ring’

In the often hysterical debates on land expropriation without compensation, Annelize Crosby has become a voice of reason. With her no-nonsense approach, she floats like a butterfly in the land reform...

Land reform: Look closer at subdivisions, farm sizes

The process of land reform and redistribution can be made more successful if more attention is given to providing benefiting new era farmers with land that are of an adequate and...

How to start farming in 10 easy steps

Over the past few years there’s been an upsurge of young entrepreneurs who are embracing small-scale agriculture as a business and lifestyle alternative to hustling in the concrete jungle. However, starting a farming...

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Free State ‘black gold’ breeder shares his secrets to success

Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.

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.