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Mr President, here’s 16 tips for economic recovery

Dear Mr Cyril Ramaphosa You might not be aware of it, but in the agricultural sector it is often said that our country would be...

‘Farm in harmony with nature to ensure food democracy’

Biological. regenerative, organic and sustainable agriculture all stand in some tension towards “conventional” farming. Dr Naudé Malan argues that “conventional” farming creates industrial systems...

Minimum wage: ‘A R350 increase feels like R3.50’

In the language of comparisons, a 16% increase sounds mighty impressive. For farmworkers, though, it translates to a new national minimum wage of R21.69...

Sihlobo: ‘Africa to rethink agri for post-Covid recovery’

Leading agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo has urged African governments to embrace technology and public-private partnerships to ensure food sustainability on the content after Covid-19. Sihlobo,...

Farming is his family’s life saver, but also his biggest dream

While 20-year-old Nkosinathi Makamela’s classmates from the University of Fort Hare were stressing about exams he was faced with a harsh reality that threatened...

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...

FARMER'S INSIDE TRACK

10 tips to cut down on animal feed costs

Farmers have been warned to brace themselves for a period of rapidly increasing animal feed and production costs, with the prices of some animal...

How to start your own pig farm in 10 easy steps

“Working with pigs, seeing how fascinating they are from birth all the way to slaughter made me want to begin farming with them.”  These are...
Soil is the foundation of most types of agriculture, yet soil health is negatively impacted by many farming practices. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Regenerative agriculture ‘turns soils into sponges’

While farmers in many provinces are still suffering from soil erosion due to recent heavy rains, experts urge them to adopt regenerative agriculture practices...

‘Help! There’s a snake on my farm’

Last week we shared the astounding story of Durban snake catcher Nick Evans, Mzansi’s own Steve Irwin, as the adjudicator in a python vs. goat battle. (No...

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COVID-19

Malnutrition is ‘a slow violence against our children’

The triple burden of malnutrition has cast a long shadow on children and their futures, robbing them of health and wellbeing, condemning them to...

Battling Covid-19 in a rural community

The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road,...

‘A school of refuge amid Covid-19’

It is back to school today for more than 12 million learners. Many are anxious after a recent spike in Covid-19 infections and death....

Garlic prices too high? Plant your own!

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that the past few months have seen record-high prices of immune boosting foods such as...

Future Farmers: Global internships on ice due to Covid

The future of a proudly South African initiative to give young farmers international experience, hangs in the balance due to travel restrictions in the...

Food prices: ‘No rest for poor mothers’

“There is no rest. There is no peace. We must hustle,” said an Umlazi woman who participated in a six-month research study on the...

LIFESTYLE

Lunch with one of the Karoo’s most beautiful flowers

Lizzy Snoek of Lizzy’s Khaya in Vuyolwethu Township outside Steytlerville calls herself a “Domestic Queen”. We call her quite marvellous. Lizzy was born on the other...

Back-to-school brain foods

The new year brings new challenges and as we head for the back to school season, it is time to focus on foods that...

‘Food connects, food is love, food is community’

Food has the innate ability to connect souls, believes cookbook author Dianne Bibby. Food is a universal language, says the 52-year-old Johannesburg native who is also a food...

Overberg women spearheading aquaponics farm

Six women from the Suurbraak community are piloting a dynamic aquaponics farm in the Overberg district near Swellendam in the Western Cape. Their farming...

RECIPE: Metjie Shongwe’s Pork Trotters

Metjie Shongwe worked as a bank teller and receptionist before she discovered her culinary potential. At 36 she runs her own catering and décor...

When love and skill combine, expect a Du Toitskloof masterpiece

You can always expect a masterpiece from Tiaan Loubser, a winemaker at Du Toitskloof Wines. He’s been in the industry for 13 years and...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Recipe: What the cluck? 3-ingredient roast chicken

Nothing beats a simple golden roast chicken on a Sunday! Chef Andrew Jordaan (49) has a no fuss recipe, and get this, you only...

Plant-based diaries: Taking the veg life to work

The start of 2021 was like no other year any of us has experienced before. Luckily, we see our world slowly returning to some...

Recipe: Feeling fishy? Make this fish biryani

Looking for a little soul food? Owner of catering business PriMade, Apriena Jugoo Pummer, has just the fix for you with her recipe for...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Get the hell out of chef Andrew’s kitchen!

Project Runway host Heidi Klum is famous for saying, “One day you’re in, and the next day you are out.” When British celebrity chef...

Food inspiration is all around, believes Apriena

So, what do you do when your cooking mojo runs dry? Turn to that box of Salty Crax you have been saving for a rainy...

Chanel hits the sweet spot as food blogger

Many South Africans would much rather put their thumbs to work for an Uber Eats request than hit the kitchen after a long day’s...

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Farmer’s Inside Track is supported by Food For Mzansi. Inspiration for your business and life from South Africa’s farmers and agripreneurs. Love how we salute the unsung heroes of agriculture? Why not connect with us on our social media platforms.

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With a degree in the bag, Keneilwe, still chose farming

Growing up in the village of Ga-Mokgopo in Limpopo, Keneilwe Raphesu (23) had always loved the adventure in rural living. There was a sense...

We meet SA’s first farmer to exceed trade standards

Halala, Mzansi! A pome producer outside Ceres in the Western Cape has become the first in the country to exceed ethical and environmentally sustainable...

Black farmers plead: ‘Stop calling us emerging farmers’

Farmer and farming development leader Sinelizwi Fakade says black farmers have had enough of being treated like the forgotten child of South African agriculture....

BATSA accused of terrorist funding, ciggie smuggling

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association says it is "unsurprised" by BATSA’s deflection following its implication in an alleged organised crime syndicate that was...

Police murders: ‘Farmers, SAPS key to national stability’

The agricultural sector has condemned the murder of six police officers in the last ten days. While police minister Bheki Cele called on officers to...

What you should know about SA’s first land court

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, hopes the Land Court Bill will breathe new life into the country’s land...

Population growth: Mountains hold many future clues

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a population growth explosion, warns the United Nations in its latest data projections for 2100. Dr João Vidal, a...

Megan put world’s most expensive beef on the map

It may have been her dad, Brian, who started breeding with Wagyu cattle in South Africa, but it was Megan Angus who put Woodview’s...

Price-shocker: Sharp increase for rice, bread and beans

Rice has been flagged as the highest food inflation contributor in the urban food basket. This is according to the National Agricultural Marketing Council’s...

Rooibos: It’s harvest time, and we have a front-row seat

To have witnessed a rooibos harvest, must be among life’s greatest privileges. We meet some of the heroes behind Mzansi’s favourite tea in Clanwilliam...

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