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New farmers: Start off small and gradually grow

Ready to start your own farm but lacking major funds? Farmer Mbali Nwoko advises new farmers to start small and gradually grow. Being frugal...

South Africa’s rural story needs to change

Farmer and rural development advocate Sinelizwi Fakade is against the idea that young people are still forced by circumstance to look for opportunities in...

Teens transform gang-ridden area with food gardens

In a community where fatal gun fights claim the lives of young people on the regular, a group of youngsters are taking an activist...

King Goodwill Zwelithini: Tribute to a well-loved ruler

Sinelizwi Citizen Journalism candidate Nozipho Ntshingila remembers King Goodwill Zwelithini as a true cultural activist against the social ills of teenage pregnancy, the spread...

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...

With R500, Zola James created thriving veggie market

You can never second guess or be lazy when it comes to eating healthy in a global pandemic, home gardener and entrepreneur Zola James...

Data: The invisible gap holding back smallholders

If we had access to reliable, detailed database reflecting the reality of smallholder and subsistence farmers in Mzansi, we would know where levers were...

PhD candidate teaches kindness through farming

Blink twice, and you are likely to miss it passing by. A food garden barely the size of two tennis courts on the outskirts...

Transformation can futureproof agriculture

A wider representation of blacks (particularly women and young people) in commercial farming linked with the right production conditions and incentives has the potential...

Chicken import tariffs are walking a thin line

While trade policy has potential to boost local poultry production, it could also harm household consumption through price escalation caused by excessive protection. Thabile...

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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...