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Podcast: Supplementary budget review

Mzansi’s financial year is off to a rocky start with an expected inflation hike. While the inflation outlook remains at 3.5%, FNB-Agribusiness says things...

Permaculture: 12 principles to farm like Mother Nature

“Permaculture principles are thinking tools that  enable the farmer to creatively design a food production system that is robust, resilient, self-sustaining and ecologically sustainable,” says Delwyn Pillay, full-time...

Podcast: R1 billion agri fund relaunches

In a joint venture between the department of trade and industry and the industrial development corporation (IDC), agriculture minister Thoko Didiza recently relaunched the Agri-Industrial Fund.  “The fund’s objective is to support...

Acting collectively, smallholders pool their power

Agricultural economist Malapane Thamaga believes South Africa’s farmers can benefit from the power of collective action through an agricultural clustering model. In this thought provoking article...

Guide: 10 crops to plant in autumn

Autumn is (shockingly!) already upon us, Mzansi! As we near winter, it’s time to look at which vegetables and other crops should be planted in autumn so...

Mentorship: Farming is not a solo show

The cultivating of plants and livestock is no small feat. For that you require a diverse set of skills, and the right people and...

Podcast: Strong GDP growth for agriculture

The latest GDP numbers released by Stats SA show strong growth in agriculture sector of 5,9% for the 4th quarter of 2020, resulting in a growth performance of...

Vertical farming: 6 tips on how to start up

Vertical farming is one of the future farming methods that you can expect to see more and more. Thanks to its versatility, high yields...

10 farmers’ tips on tackling crop and livestock theft

How do farmers safeguard their animals from the threat of crop and livestock theft, which is ever-present in Mzansi? Farmers are at their wits end...

Podcast: Brucellosis epidemic threatens 500 000 jobs

As we continue to put all our efforts into the fight against Covid-19 to save lives and the South African economy, we can't ignore a second...

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African horse sickness strikes Western Cape farm

After five suspected cases of African horse sickness (AHS) were detected on a Cederberg farm, the Western Cape government has taken emergency steps to...

Drop it like it’s hot: Pleasant autumn weekend awaits

If you don’t have weekend plans, you should perhaps find at least one good reason to spend some time outdoors. Another pleasant autumn weekend...

Container shortage threatens SA’s bumper fruit harvests

The citrus industry continues to scramble to secure enough mobile refrigerated shipping containers, known as reefer containers, in order to meet this year’s citrus...

Farmers and workers: How to register for Covid-19 vaccine

Farmers and farmworkers who are 60 years and older can now register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. This, after government officially opened online registrations...

Avian influenza: Botswana bans Mzansi poultry imports

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) is yet to comment on the decision of Botswana to ban poultry products from Mzansi after an outbreak...