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Podcast: ‘Africa can be nourished through nutritious foods’

Sustainability expert Professor Lindiwe Sibanda joins the Farmer’s Inside Track weekend podcast to share her thoughts on #WorldFoodDay. “We are feeding our bodies with junk. Where is this junk coming from?”

Podcast: How dairy farmers can get into cheesemaking

Mzansi’s fave farmers’ podcast is back with a bang! This week, we help small-scale dairy farmers to get into cheesemaking. Plus, we explore the intricacies of the sugar industry and charcoal manufacturing.

How to start an artisanal cheesemaking business

It’s a scientific fact. Small-scale farmers can explore cheesemaking without breaking the bank. A Stellenbosch PhD graduate found that you’ll simply need a few cows, a little space and around R24...

Weekend podcast: Water worries persist in Eastern Cape

Dam levels across the country have seen an uptick this year but parts of the Eastern Cape are still facing drought conditions. Water and sanitation spokesperson Sputnik Ratau joins us on...

Podcast: Empowering small farmers with easy-to-access advice

Soil scientist. Human resource manager. Marketer. Sales consultant. Small farmers need to wear quite a number of hats to keep their businesses afloat. Now, with the agritech platform YeboFarmer, smallholders get access to consultants who can help them perform all of these roles – and more.

How to farm with snails for meat (yummy!) and cosmetics

If you have the stomach for snail farming, you could make a killing. Heliciculture, better known as snail farming, is an unconventional but potentially lucrative farming choice. We’ve got some top tips to get you going.

Agripreneur 101: How to build your own tea brand

Born and raised in Kayamandi in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, Vusumzi Mokoena is passionate about teas. His premium tea brand, Mavusana Rooibos Tea, is available nationwide, and he even delivers door-to-door in his hometown.

Weekend podcast: Why plant breeders are crucial to agri

Plant breeders play a vital role in the promotion of food security, says Toinette van Rooyen, a plant breeder at Starke Ayres and president of the Southern African Plant Breeders’ Association...

Podcast: How to set up a small farm for success

Microbiologist and KwaZulu-Natal farmer Morgan Brand used the scale of permanence as a guide to set up his farm. He joins us on this week’s podcast to unpack the factors farmers...

9 tips to set up your very own farm in Mzansi

Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up your very own farm for success. Each farm is unique and has to be looked at in its own context, says KwaZulu-Natal farmer Morgan Brand. Yet, there are 9 steps all small farms have in common.

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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.