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PODCAST: The secrets of home brewing and soil science

In this week’s virtually recorded podcast episode of Farmer’s Inside Track KwaZulu-Natal fruit farmer Morgan Brand joins us from Canaan, his father’s farm in Alfred County on the south coast of KZN.   In the episode, Brand bares...

WATCH: Why farmers should take climate change seriously

When it comes to climate change there is no doubt – Mzansi’s agricultural community has seen it all. From increasing floods to devastating droughts. As if that’s not enough, our farmers...

WATCH: Young farmer finds solace on his family farm

This week’s Farmer’s Inside Track video features poultry farmer Manyano Rasmeni. Rasmeni (36) decided to quit his corporate job working as a marketing executive in Johannesburg and returned to his hometown of Frankfort outside Bhisho in the Eastern Cape.   He joined his family’s farming business, a 100-hectare poultry, livestock, piggery and...

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 the video the herb farmer details the harsh...

PODCAST: Regenerative farmer works to repair damaged land

In another exciting Farmer's Inside Track podcast episode, Angus McIntosh, regenerative farmer and one of the Mzansi’s few grass-fed, pasture-reared beef producers, joins Food For Mzansi co-founder, Kobus Louwrens and editor...

WATCH: Ethical farming is the future of agriculture

Farmer's Inside Track this week features founder of Happy Land Farms owner Robert Patson, who believes the future of agriculture lies in ethical farming.   Patson, a former paratrooper with the British army, made a dramatic career shift after he watched the Academy Award winning...

PODCAST: With climate change there’s no ‘business as usual’

“When it comes to climate change, it’s not business as usual”. So says Tshepo Morokong, senior agricultural economist at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Morokong joins Food For Mzansi co-founder, Kobus...

PODCAST: Agronomist encourages Mzansi farmers to always lay a solid foundation

Lerato Botha is a zealous agriculturalist whose passion fuels her farming endeavours. She believes that when you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.  The 25-year-old agronomist talks about her life as a “black Botha” and the dynamics of running a family business as...

WATCH: Great start-up advice from woman behind Pedi tea brand

Retang Phaahla (26), fondly known as the “the tea lady”, has created a thriving tea business with her mother Nondumiso Phaahla (56), Setsong Tea. Their tea, which pays homage to her Pedi roots, is modelled around the social upliftment of the people of the Sekhukhune village, near...

WATCH: Tembisa’s ‘township aquaponics pioneer’

https://youtu.be/LGi51oEjwlg It’s been four months since Food For Mzansi launched Farmer’s Inside Track, an exclusive platform for up-and-coming farmers and new entrants into agri-businesses and we’ve connected with the most amazing movers...

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Mzansi’s ‘oldest farmer’ defied immeasurable trials

In this moving piece, Magnificent Mndebele and photographer Funiwe Ngwenya reflect on the life of one of South Africa’s oldest farmers who died at 96. Mahlomelane Mthembu defied all odds to persue his passion for the love of the land.

Robotics offers food industry a taste of the future

Mzansi’s food and beverage industry is lagging the rest of the world in implementing robotics. There are a couple of reasons for this: robotics is seen as an expensive solution, and there’s a lingering perception that robots will take human jobs.

What cows are teaching scientists about waste

For billions of years, nature has perfected ways of dealing with the recycling of materials. Like a good housekeeper who saves as much as...

Agripreneur 101: Grow your own herbs hydroponically

Horticulturalist and agripreneur Basil Williams has more than two decades of farming experience. His business, Herbal View Hydroponics, supplies fresh and dried herbs to local retailers.

From zero to hero: Why crawl when you can fly?

Quick moves and clever decisions. This is how vegetable farmer Ayanda Ntshangase runs her promising enterprise in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. It is a strategy that...