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ZNFU welcomes Republican President’s decision to declare drought a national ...

THE Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) welcomes the declaration of drought as a national disaster by the Republican President Mr. Hakainde Hichilema and the measures that will be taken...

1 Mar 2024 · 4 min read

Zamhatch providing happy and healthy chicks since 2015

In a world where the demand for nutritious, sustainable protein in form of chicken has risen, one name stands out: Zamhatch. As one of the leaders in broiler chick production, Zamhatch L...

29 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

From cows to kittens, here’s how to curb the spread of zoonotic diseases

Humans and animals share a special and close bond, especially when it comes to our beloved pets and our livestock. But think twice before giving your parakeet an affectionate peck on the...

29 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

What is cool about freeze-branding? Dry Ice International has the answer

Every farmer cares for his cattle. One sign of care would be to switch to freeze-branding. Caring is only one of the reasons why so many stud breeders and commercial producers prefer thi...

28 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Get the best ROI by protecting crops with agricultural net

A successful farm is not just a piece of land where crops are grown and animals are reared. A successful farm is a business that needs to consider input costs to profitably grow a produc...

28 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Xylem: Make water the champion in 2024

We already have solutions to water problems—it's time we started using more of them. It would be incorrect to say the world does not care about water. It's our most precious resourc...

27 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Thermal imaging, the saviour you need on your farm

Thermal imaging is not only for spies in action movies anymore. These days owning a thermal imaging device can save your life and possessions. Ultranexus are leaders in the field of t...

27 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

HUNTEX2024: The hunt starts here!

Can you feel the vibe? HuntEx, the annual kick-off to the long-awaited hunting season, is around the corner. Preparations started in May 2023 to ensure that hunters, shooters and outdoor...

27 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

The new Jooste HDPE Float Valve

Jooste Cylinder & Pump Co. (PTY) Ltd was established by Christie Jooste in 1967. He manufactured the first Stainless Steel Windmill Borehole Cylinder in 1989 and won the “Cullinan ...

27 Feb 2024 · 2 min read

Mahindra’s special Karoo Pik Up range is as unique to SA as the Karoo

Intentional adventure. This is the goal behind Mahindra Pik Up Karoo's special range which has been designed and manufactured on South African soil. Why? Because Mahindra knows what thei...

26 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Zimbabwe eyes multi-billion-dollar irrigation to boost agriculture

Zimbabwe has in the past three years invested an estimated USD2- billion into dam construction, irrigation, and water management as the country escalated efforts to boost agriculture pro...

26 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Overcoming Agricultural Education Obstacles: Empowering Farmers to study on the Farm

For the past two decades, Agri Skills Transfer has stood as a beacon of excellence in agricultural training and skills development. With our practical approach to teaching, we have estab...

22 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Lube Force: Lubricate to enhance efficiency and longevity across industries

Keeping machinery running smoothly Picture a bustling factory floor where every machine hums along like an instrument in a well-tuned symphony, effortlessly weaving through tasks with...

22 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Growing agriculture in Botswana, apple by apple

If Ipeleng Ramatlhakwane from Malolwane, east of Gaborone in Botswana, gets her way, the whole strip of land running just a kilometre away from the banks of the Madikwe/Marico River on t...

21 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

It’s functional, it’s affordable, it’s Blue Swallow Catering

Whether you are an avid camper who enjoys a braai, or if you own a catering company, or simply appreciate quality tableware that does not easily break or perish, Blue Swallow Catering ha...

21 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Farming for pleasure and profit: The road to success is paved with Kynoch’s advice...

Smallholder farmers tend to farm in areas that have vast potential, yet the challenges facing these farmers are countless. To turn passion into productivity requires effective solutions,...

21 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

For a machine that performs on all terrains go with Avant

Rough Terrain Forklift Avant makes a multipurpose machine which can also be utilised as a rough terrain forklift. Because of its compactness, the machine can go anywhere including ti...

21 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Corteva Agriscience Crop Protection – Keep Growing

Our Crop Protection Solutions are at the Heart of Agriculture Crop protection products from Corteva Agriscience™ give you the power to fight insects, diseases weeds. Find the right ...

21 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Knittex cares for the planet and so can you

Across the globe, there is a shift towards becoming more sustainable. Companies are finding ways to meet these criteria and help customers do the same. Knittex also believes in caring fo...

21 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Let your grain work for you with RSA Grain Storage Solutions

When it comes to storing your grain - put your profit in your own pocket! With RSA Grain Storage Solutions, your silo will pay for itself in no time.  RSA Grain Storage Solutions wan...

21 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Tractor-powered hammer mill from Drotsky makes heavy work lighter

Many hands may make light work, but with the right equipment, heavy work is even lighter with few hands! This is the major motivation behind the Drotsky M100's design: It ensures that tw...

20 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

This is how Rumax makes feeders for the livestock industry

Quality is the key word in every part of the manufacturing process at Rumax. From the sketch and design of the various machines they manufacture to where the final product is loaded to g...

20 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Working at Drotsky you get a salary, AND a free lunch!

Quality, integrity, respect, cooperation, responsibility, safety, and social development. These are the values ​​that Drotsky stands by and on which they build their company.  At...

20 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Zimbabwe’s agri-loans headache

As the planting season approached last year, Zimbabwe's Agriculture Ministry declared that there were limitless loans available for farmers to upscale their food production. Outlining...

20 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

A billion-dollar bet for Zimbabwe’s green exports

Last year Zimbabwe emerged as a major player in the global production of horticulture produce, despite faltering in other agriculture sectors. For years Zimbabwe has staked its agricu...

20 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Budget Review 2024: Navigating uncertainty in challenging times

Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana will deliver the 2024 Budget Review to Parliament next week as the South African economy faces a gloomy economic outlook. The economy is still recove...

16 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

If the farmer can’t come to New Vaal Motors, then New Vaal Motors goes to the farmer

When the farmer can’t come to you, you go to the farmer. The team from New Vaal Motors in Vereeniging introduced farmers to their range of Mercedes- Benz- and FUSO trucks at the Balfou...

16 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Kynoch’s humic acid fertiliser leaves a sweet taste in your mouth

KynoHumate Black is the secret weapon if you want plants that grow fast and do not just die at the first sign of adversity. This dark-brown substance is a liquid fertiliser that conta...

16 Feb 2024 · 2 min read

Rovic Leers boasts baling’s best at Balfour Hooidag

Farmers were impressed with the remarkable equipment Rovic Leers demonstrated at this year’s Balfour Hooidag. More production and less trouble with Rovic Leers’ Krone V165XC baler...

16 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Small-town investment in Heidelberg drives high-tech efficiencies at South Africa’...

Eskort, South Africa’s leading pork manufacturer, has expanded its Gauteng production capacity by 50% with a factory extension officially launched in mid-February. The 10,000m² devel...

16 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

New Holland remains at the forefront of innovation

In the agricultural industry, mechanization and technology are constantly changing to make machines and processes more effective. New Holland uses their 40 research and development centr...

16 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Increasing trend of fire remains a threat to the Agri sector

Crop production is carried in the face of continual uncertainties arising out of diverse natural and social elements. Normally, the utmost impact of all these elements falls on crop prod...

16 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Jupidex shares exciting news with farmers!

Agricultural financing remains one of the most difficult challenges for farmers in South Africa. Farming is a capital-intensive business. As critical times in the industry approach for f...

14 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Technews: The latest in agricultural technology from around the world

May the best robot win! Future Farming (a media enterprise) and World FIRA (International Forum of Agricultural Robotics) are hosting a competition to appoint the most promising agric...

14 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

Raise healthy pigs: How to take care of piglets and weaners

A healthy pig starts with a healthy sow and the most critical period in the life of a pig is from birth to weaning. Once a piglet is born, it has basic needs that need to be considered. ...

14 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Will Russian fertiliser change Zimbabwe’s fortunes?

Farmers in Zimbabwe have for years received free fertiliser from government schemes as part of efforts to boost grain production. The Ministry of Agriculture has targeted maize grower...

14 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Kynoch’s KynoFulvate Yellow: Fertiliser for every climate!

If you are looking for a fertiliser that will increase your crops' ability to handle stress, Kynoch has the solution for you. Kynoch's KynoFulvate Yellow fulvic acid is the answer to que...

14 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

New Holland T6000 tractor series: Always reliable, always new

New Holland’s T6000 tractor series is not new, but it also is not old! Changes and upgrades that has been made over time ensures that the blue team stays up to date with the new techno...

13 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

CASE IH paints Balfour Hooidag red

The cold and cloudy weather did not keep farmers away from this year’s Balfour Hooidag (Feed Production Day). Farmers and other interested visitors gathered once again on Gert Kriek’...

13 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Celebrating sixty! Multiknit keeps aiming for the sky!

In 2024, Multiknit will celebrate their 60th birthday. To build up to this special occasion, it is worth looking back at the starting point for this brand, considering its remarkable ach...

13 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Zimbabwe cattle auctions slow down, but the numbers need to grow

Cattle auctions have historically been big business in Zimbabwe's low rainfall southwest, where cattle ranching formed a large part of the country's agri-economy. Commercial farmers w...

13 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Complexities associated with patentability of Life Sciences inventions: Lessons fr...

The Life Sciences field has seen significant advancements in medicine, agriculture, and environmental sustainability. However, these strides have introduced new challenges related to pat...

12 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

The fundamentals you need to know about farm dogs

Where most people are on the lookout for a spouse to spend the rest of their lives with, a farm dog is the true love of any farmer’s life. Farm dogs are an asset to any farm. They help...

12 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

Tiger animal feeds: Ascites – a silent killer

Ascites, commonly known as ‘water belly’, is a condition that affects young, fast-growing broilers. Several agents may cause this condition but lack of oxygen or build-up of carbon m...

12 Feb 2024 · 2 min read

Water is life: Manage it properly

No one can live without water; it is a basic need. In Africa, water is the most critical resource issue and the most limiting input to food security and economic and social development. ...

12 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Industry announcement: AGT Foods Africa acquires Pannar’s dry bean seeds

AGT Foods Africa was not looking to expand their product range, but when the opportunity to buy Pannar’s dry bean seed business came along, they realised that this would be a perfect a...

12 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Keep your animals safe with Gallagher Fencing

Gallagher offers highest quality fencing solutions, whether you need to contain your animals or keep unwanted visitors out. Combining practical solutions and technology means that Gallag...

9 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Seed storage: Tips and guidelines

African farmers do not need to be reminded of the struggles they face in cultivating their crops. Access to inputs such as seed and fertiliser, whether due to costs or transport, is not ...

9 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

YARA: The PROfessional choice – KimtraPro 20

A ready-mixed phosphate-salt-trace mineral and protein supplement for ruminants. The phosphate source of KimtraPro 20 is Yara Animal Nutrition’s Kynofos 21, a high-quality MDCP. ...

9 Feb 2024 · < 1 min read

How effective is a centre pivot as irrigation tool?

With water being a valuable asset, water management for an irrigation farmer is one of the most important aspects of their operations. It should always be a priority to optimally use thi...

8 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

This is how you can arm yourself against the danger on roads

It is no secret that South Africa's roads pose various risks, be it kidnappings, hijackings or stone-throwing, we are in daily danger on our roads. Especially when you get stuck in traff...

8 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

Watch out, here it comes! Reinke introduces airless tyres for irrigation systems

When thinking about irrigation systems, tires might not be the first thing you think about, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. In fact, tyres are a vital part of a well-fun...

8 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Riken Electric Leads the way in offering specialised technical solutions

Over the past few years, power quality has deteriorated significantly in South Africa, resulting in increased power outages and various other problems including phase rotation problems. ...

7 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Agriculture funding in Africa is ripe for innovation

by Roux Wildenboer, Sector Head: Agriculture at Absa CIB and Simon Kinuthia, Head: Agribusiness at Absa Bank Kenya    How does the bank which funds the largest number of agriculture...

6 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

For a firm and even seedbed get LEMKEN’s Rubin 12 and Karat 9

It all starts with your seedbed. The seedbed largely determines the germination of your crops and the ultimate success of your harvest. That’s why Skippies Joubert from Gideon Joubert ...

6 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Hydroponics in Africa part 1: Is hydroponics the future for food security?

One of the earliest mentions of hydroponics is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; today hydroponics is an accepted and efficient way to ensure a high yield year-round. According to the Unit...

5 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Orthman: Precision seedbeds in a single pass

Orthman is a manufacturing company founded in Nebraska by Henry Orthman with a vision to make farming better for producers. Orthman is built on family values, hard work, innovative desig...

5 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

Light up your building sustainably with Cablenet Electrical

Do you get a buzz when you hear words like “solar” and “renewable energy”? Then Cablenet Electrical will certainly send a whole electric current through you! Cablenet Electric...

5 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Unveiling the dynamic duo: John Deere 5080E and 5080EN tractors revolutionising fa...

Article supplied John Deere proudly introduces its latest power-packed duo- on African soil for the first time: The 5080E and the 5080EN tractors. Their versatility extends over vario...

2 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Irrigation Unlimited pushes boundaries on ultra-high pressure grazing systems

Travelling irrigators do not suit every farmer's farm, but the Ocmis irrigation system has allowed Alex Wray of AJ Boerdery's farm to reach new heights. Thanks to Irrigation Unlimited wh...

2 Feb 2024 · 8 min read

JHB TRACTOR SPARES: Quality spares for the farming community

With over 53 years of experience in FORD, FIAT, NEW HOLLAND and MF replacement parts, JHB TRACTOR SPARES have established themselves as the leading supplier of quality spares to the farm...

31 Jan 2024 · 2 min read

Stafix Electric Fence and Security Centres give you the edge over criminals

Criminals attack when you sleep or least expect it. The only way to protect yourself, your family and your property is to be prepared. Proper access restriction and early warning systems...

30 Jan 2024 · 3 min read

South Africa’s most loved fertiliser spreaders – the Falcon Amazone ZA-M series

A fertiliser spreader is a fundamental piece of farm machinery for a large majority of farming operations. For this reason, there is a wide choice of spreaders on the market from a wide ...

30 Jan 2024 · 6 min read

Revaro is the one-stop-shop for farmers

These days Revaro is the brand to keep an eye on! Reyno van Rooyen, Revaro’s Executive Director and Founder, started the company by selling pallets. Today they have various tools and o...

30 Jan 2024 · 5 min read

New General Manager for Woolgrowers of SA

The National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa, one of the oldest commodity organisations in the country, is privileged to announce the appointment of Dan Kriek as the new Gene...

29 Jan 2024 · 3 min read

Pratley celebrates conservation contributions

Pratley Quickset® Putty is being used with great success to assist with inserting VHF tracking devices into the horns of rhinos in ongoing efforts to combat rhino poaching. The product...

17 Jan 2024 · 3 min read

Addressing the issues of prolapse in laying birds part 2: Prevention of prolapse i...

by Barbara Mulonda Simbaya, Technical Advisor at Tiger Animal Feeds Prolapse in layers is a condition that occurs when a hen’s reproductive tract that had temporarily turned inside ...

15 Jan 2024 · 4 min read

JGP Boerdery depends on AgriCAD chaser bins

Harvesting runs smoothly at JGP Boerdery at Delmas and Hardu Prinsloo’s four AgriCAD chaser bins play no modest role in the process. Nothing ever has to wait because the AgriCAD chaser...

10 Jan 2024 · 5 min read

AgriCAD land rollers increase your soya bean harvest: 15% more is not to be scorned!

A larger harvest and more profits in the bag. That is what the AgriCAD land roller means for the soya bean production of Hardu Prinsloo, owner of JGP Boerdery in the Delmas district. ...

10 Jan 2024 · 4 min read

Staalmeester hammer mills tailor made for Africa’s rugged conditions

Staalmeester has been manufacturing hammer mills since 1951 and as one of South Africa’s pioneering agricultural machinery manufacturers, the company builds their machinery with Africa...

10 Jan 2024 · 5 min read

Mahindra Scorpio-N: This beast is strong… and costs less than a stud bull

Since July 2023, the Mahindra Scorpio-N has been carrying the ProAgri team across South Africa to farm visits and auctions. Promising to be designed for true adventure, this Mahindra 4×...

22 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Revisiting infectious bronchitis Variant 2 in layer hens

In issue 77 of ProAgri Zambia, we presented an overview of the signs and lesions of infectious bronchitis Variant 2 (also known as IS/1494/06) in layer hens. This variant was first repor...

22 Dec 2023 · 8 min read

Kleinhans Free Range brings healthy farm meat to your table

In 2015 Alwyn and Margaux Kleinhans looked at each other and finally decided: “It is now or never.” Alwyn missed the farm life he experienced as a child while visiting his uncle. ...

21 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Ultranexus: The ultimate importer of world-class optics: See in the dark

Ultranexus has been an importer of night vision devices for more than a decade, attempting to fill the needs of farmers. Many were looking for an aid that could help them fight crime, es...

21 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Reimagining seed potato farming with a crane-friendly trial at Ivanhoe Farm

Potatoes are traditionally one of the most intensive crops to grow on a commercial scale in terms of soil disturbance and chemical input usage. Is there potential for the economically vi...

21 Dec 2023 · 6 min read

Agrico solves SKS Boerdery’s irrigation needs

Searching for an irrigation system that delivers maximum production and uses the least amount of energy, the Steenkamp brothers from SKS Boerdery in Middelburg did not have to look furth...

20 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

The world of Knittex shade net: Meet the winning product range

Knittex is a leading manufacturer and distributor of quality shade net, based in South Africa. Although locally made, their wide range of shade fabric is available worldwide through thei...

20 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Ford celebrates 100 years in South Africa, announces Ranger PHEV investment, new p...

Ford Motor Company is celebrating its proud 100-year legacy in South Africa with the announcement of a R5,2 billion (US$272 million) investment in its local operations for production of ...

19 Dec 2023 · 10 min read

Go solar in Zambia with VenYou Zambia

CIDRZ Limited, trading as VenYou Zambia, was founded in 2017 and has experienced significant growth and continues to do so at a rapid pace. VenYou Zambia operates four business lines: so...

19 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

Why freeze branding is used as a superior method by farmers

CryoBranding or freeze branding was developed by Dr. R Keith Farrell from the Washington State University in 1966. Branding cattle and horses with extremely cold branding irons cooled by...

19 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Yellow Door Energy partners with Overyssel Boerdery in multi-million Rand PPA to s...

In a landmark move, Yellow Door Energy, the leading sustainable renewable energy partner for businesses, signs a multi-million Rand Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Overyssel Boerdery...

19 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

‘Tis the season for safe travels

With the festive season upon us, there is an undeniable buzz in the air. However, amidst the cheer and excitement, there exists a sobering reality - the devastating annual death toll on ...

19 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Modderbult Farm wins with AGI’s complete grain solutions

Ag Growth International (AGI)’s mission is to advance storage, handling and processing solutions that strengthen the global food supply chain. They provide equipment solutions that mee...

18 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

HOW DO I CONTROL BIOFILMS?

WHAT A Biofilm is an often invisible community of bacteria which can build up on any equipment or surface. Many species of bacteria can form in a biofilm and this can play a significa...

17 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

How do you ship an agricultural machine from America?

In surfing the internet, you may have seen very good deals on almost new but used agricultural equipment in America. The prices look great, but you still need have it shipped to you. The...

17 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Armoured Mobility’s bulletproof vehicles transform farm security

There is a growing concern in our farming sector that farm-related murders, kidnappings, and attacks are on the rise. The 2022 farm murder report, which was released by AfriForum earlier...

17 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

African smallholders struggle despite increased international support.

While African countries have received generous support from international agencies and philanthropists to boost agriculture production, critics note that this has not been enough to deal...

14 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Different fences for different farmers

Every farm is different, therefore your farm security shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all-approach. With electric fences, you have the ultimate flexibility in farm security and animal mov...

13 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

Karoo Lamb earns trade mark protection

For many proud South Africans, a succulent lamb chop grilled over the open flame on a warm summer’s evening, is a symbol of national pride.  If that lamb chop originates from the semi...

12 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Frequencies – Nature’s insect control

The universe and all therein consist of frequencies at the smallest, or quantum, level. Each organism has its own unique frequency, which it can be manipulated with. To expose an orga...

11 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

Growth monitoring in poultry

Broiler weight is an important parameter when growing broilers. After all, the end goal of raising broilers is to get as many birds to market as possible, using the least amount of feed,...

11 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Spread well for an abundant harvest: Bogballe’s efficiency is no tall tale!

The right food at the right time in the right place makes children healthy, strong, useful citizens. The same goes for plants in your fields. Bogballe is the fertiliser spreader that ens...

11 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

Wood-Mizer sawmill line unlocks rubberwood opportunity in Liberia

A highly productive sawmill in Liberia is using Wood-Mizer technology to turn large diameter rubberwood trees that have reached the end of their latex production cycle into export qualit...

11 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

Ivorian timber processing company leads the way with Wood-Mizer 

A story is emerging of how one timber processing company in Ivory Coast is building a blueprint for Africa to use its timber resources better to create more opportunities and ensure incr...

11 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Wood-Mizer leaps forward in the DRC 

Wood-Mizer is the sawmill brand of choice for sawmillers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Wood-Mizer’s association with the DRC goes back to 1987 when the first Wood-Mi...

11 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

The new Amarok, driving progress in agriculture

In the dynamic world of agriculture, where innovation and adaptability are paramount, having the right tools at your disposal can make all the difference. Volkswagen's Amarok range of...

8 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

NAMLUB celebrates 20th anniversary as an official FUCHS Namibia distributor

Family owned and run Namibia Lubricants (NAMLUB) of Windhoek, now into its second generation, is celebrating its 20th year as the official FUCHS distributor in the country. Established i...

8 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

The growth stages and development of sunflowers

The overall growth and development of sunflowers as well as structure and timelapse between their growth stages are determined by the interaction between the genetic background of the pl...

7 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Engen helps grow Fred Junior’s Garden School Project

Aspiring 12-year-old farmer, Fred Junior MacCarthy is a step closer to realising his vision of addressing child hunger in South Africa after receiving R20,000 worth of implements from En...

7 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

Knittex quality means testing the limits to ensure reliability

Knittex is known for its high-quality range of shade netting across industries. To keep their name synonymous with quality, they have a list of stringent tests that every net must pass a...

7 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

New Holland wins big at Agritechnica Innovation Awards

New Holland continues advancing its technology to make farming easier, more efficient, and more sustainable for our customers. This commitment to excellence has been recognized with a ho...

4 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

Where Valtras work, success follows

Five hardworking Valtas are hauling, ploughing, planting, harvesting, and lifting to their heart’s content at N&M Boerdery. This is how mechanisation contributed to Nico and Marian...

4 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

Your fishing and 4×4 adventure in Angola awaits!

Was this year too long and exhausting? Are you looking for a getaway in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of society? If you love nature and the outdoors, then Yona Safari’s is t...

30 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

John Deere celebrates a year of dedication and perseverance

The agricultural industry remains unpredictable year after year and a challenge in many areas, but the perseverance, positive, and creative attitude of John Deere's team triumphed again ...

30 Nov 2023 · 6 min read

The Mahindra XUV300 SUV: Combine fun, safety and performance

It is not every day you buy a car and when you do, you must look well before you leap. But if you have ever driven a Mahindra SUV, you know you can make the jump. With a perfect balan...

29 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

For profitable pecan production wise farmers use Jupidex’s Andreoli Atom sel...

Pecan nut production can be rewarding, but then things must be done right. The capital outlay for pecan nut farming is high and you have to wait a long time before you get anything back....

29 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Bamboo promotes conservation, forestry, and agriculture

Photos by EcoPlanet Bamboo Bamboo is not exactly a plant that is associated with South Africa's natural beauty or agriculture. But these days the plant is making headlines when topics...

28 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Mechanisation considerations for drip irrigation systems

Climate change is leading to increasing water scarcity. Agriculture is one of the biggest users of water worldwide. Appropriate methods and systems of irrigation are, therefore, critical...

28 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

Technews: The latest in agricultural technology from around the world

Case IH Advanced Feed-rate predicts crop density The Advanced Feed-rate Control system developed for Case IH AxialFlow combines has been awarded a Silver Medal in the Innovation Awards,...

28 Nov 2023 · 10 min read

Tapeworm is spreading, endangering people

Echinococcus granulosus is a type of tapeworm which is a harmful parasite. It’s a zoonotic disease, which means it spreads from animals to people, with a life cycle involving humans,...

28 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Livestock branding part 4: Freeze-branding

Many farmers rely on branding or marking livestock not only as a means of establishing ownership, but also to contain useful information, such as the animals' birth dates and registratio...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Southern Africa small-scale farming success featuring individual success story

Incubation eliminates entry barriers for small-scale farmers: Access to loan financing is a game changer. Access to loan financing and the lack of skills to manage cash flow in small ...

28 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe: Heartwater

Economically speaking, heartwater is one of the most important tick-borne diseases in cattle, sheep, and goats in Zimbabwe. It is an acute, fatal, infectious but non-contagious, tick-bor...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Livestock branding part 3: Hot branding

The livestock industry commonly uses hot branding or freeze branding to identify and mark cattle. Despite their similarity in that both methods leave a permanent mark on the animal's hid...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Drotsky S and T-range hammermills put to the test: The results will amaze you!

Drotsky has been manufacturing hammer mills and feed mixers since 1962. As a South African company our machines are built with African conditions in mind. Drotsky is committed to Africa ...

26 Nov 2023 · 6 min read

Valtra is the power behind Rugani 100% carrot juice from Greenway Farms

A decision not to waste a single carrot from any of their fields resulted in the popular fresh Rugani carrot juice. Harvested at sunrise and juiced and bottled by sunset, Rugani carrot j...

24 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Enhance Cellular Connectivity on your farm with Bolton Technical

Many farmers in South Africa, situated in remote areas, encounter challenges related to sluggish internet speeds and inadequate cellular phone coverage. This issue often stems from their...

23 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Take Knittex’s groundsheets on your holiday adventures

Are you ready for the school holidays? Grab your flip-flops, beachwear and sunglasses as you head outdoors, but don’t forget your gear! For camping or activities under the summer sky, ...

23 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe part 2: African and Asiatic redwater in cattle

The term redwater (babesiosis) is a generic term that refers to two diseases, namely African redwater and Asiatic or European redwater. In cattle, it is caused by a protozoan blood paras...

22 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Bird flu: Namibia bans poultry imports from SA

Namibia has suspended imports of live poultry, birds and poultry products from South Africa following the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the neighbouring count...

22 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

2023 Final citrus export figures: Lower than predicted growth as a result of ongoi...

In the 2023 export season Southern African citrus growers packed 165.1 million (15kg) cartons for delivery to global markets. While this is an increase of approximately 800 000 from the ...

22 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Biodiversity focus in EIA demands specialist skill set

With environmental impact assessment (EIA) regulations and protocols becoming increasingly prescriptive in terms of biodiversity protection, project developers are needing highly special...

22 Nov 2023 · 6 min read

Maximum power with minimal impact on the environment: Scania SA announces the laun...

Southern Africa urgently needs to break the link between the increasing demand for transport and increasing carbon emissions, noise, traffic congestion and road accidents. To support thi...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Growth monitoring in poultry

Broiler weight is an important parameter when growing broilers. After all, the end goal of raising broilers is to get as many birds to market as possible, using the least amount of feed,...

21 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

Establishing a successful crop of maize: What you need to know part 2

In this second and final edition of the SeedCo article series on establishing a successful crop of maize, we discuss seeding rates, depth of planting, nutritional requirements and crop p...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Hobby or small-holder farmers: Vertical farming may be the way to go

The need to optimise farming and improve yields on small plots of land is increasingly important. Due to challenges of water scarcity, limited arable land and high inputs costs, innovati...

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit production part 9: Cherries take the cake

Cherries, like most other commercially produced fruits, are grown in orchards that can be quite expensive to establish. The cherry bush or tree (Prunus avium) has specific climatic requi...

21 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Food for Africa: Millet

The United Nations has declared 2023 as the International Year of the Millet. Millet provides a nutritious and affordable addition to the diet of people living in Africa, and can prov...

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

SARO Agro’s manufacturing prowess inspires Self Help Africa delegation

SARO Agro was delighted to welcome a delegation from Self Help Africa (SHA) at their main branch in Lusaka. During their visit, SARO’s Managing Director, Mr Ashok Oza, led the SHA d...

21 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Fruit Production Part 8: Strawberries

Strawberries are a high-value crop that can boost your profits when it is grown right. The red bulbous fruit is grown from various varieties of the Fragaria ananassa plant. Technically, ...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

African farmers learn all about goats

Gerrie Ferreira, founder and co-owner of Karoo Livestock Exports based on the farm Chandelier near Oudtshoorn in the Klein-Karoo, has been exporting ostriches, livestock, and game for th...

21 Nov 2023 · 10 min read

Land management and rehabilitation part 4: More than methodology needed

Habitat restoration can be done in a variety of ways that are well-documented and taught globally. But, although these restoration treatments are widely used, they are often not successf...

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

How to grow pumpkins

A pumpkin is a well-known delicious and nutritious vegetable, and it is easy to grow for yourself or for the market. They are sensitive to cold, that is why you must sow seeds directly w...

21 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Food for Africa: Amaranth

Although amaranth is regarded by many as an unwanted plant, at least fifty tropical countries around the world grow it as a vegetable, and not only in their backyards. In the humid lowla...

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Regenerative agriculture: Syngenta leads the way

At Syngenta, we are dedicated to keeping pace with the ever-changing world of agriculture. Two buzz phrases that have risen to prominence are "Regenerative ag" and "Soil health." But wha...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Tips from Novatek Aquaculture: Disease and health management

The success of fish farming, whether conducted in cage or pond systems, hinges on maintaining the well-being and health of the fish population. In this article, we discuss key strategies...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Senter360 has the perfect pivot propulsion for you: Electric, solar, petrol, water...

Senter360 pivots are well known for their strong structure and durability due to of their construction of high-quality steel pipes. The pipe structure is lighter and more wind resistant ...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Managing the effect of heat on poultry performance Part 1: Heat stress

The current rise of average temperatures and the unpredictability of the weather patterns are imposing new challenges to poultry production. The exposure of birds to sudden and/or prolon...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Beware of unnecessary losses in broiler production: Part 2

Simple overlooked issues are costly. Brooding is the period immediately after hatch when special care and attention must be given to chicks to ensure their health and survival. In nat...

21 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

Poultry news from Novatek

Heat stress management in monogastric species Heat stress is a critical concern in the management of monogastric species, including poultry, swine, and rabbits. Monogastric animals a...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Maize: Replant or not? What does 3 years data say?

Data from multiple years helps any farmer make informed decisions Important factors to consider are the relative yield potential of current crop stand versus replanting, as well as th...

16 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

The year that was for agriculture and what to expect in 2024

The year 2023 has, in many ways, been a year of consolidation and recovery, particularly for exports. And while there has been some easing of input costs, many challenges and elevated ri...

16 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

Rain or shine, this all-weather shade remains strong and vibrant

Whether you need to have protection from rain or cover your patio furniture from sun damage, you need a solution that can handle all kinds of weather challenges. Shade netting is a pract...

16 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Chemvet continues to offer tailor-made solutions despite poor economic conditions

For more than 44 years, Chemvet has been a reliable company known for standing firmly behind the agricultural community. Chemvet has been trusted since 1979 as a manufacturer and dist...

13 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Fruit production part 10: Grape adventures

Grape farming in Zambia is not a new thing. In fact, it has been more than a decade since growers have started to produce grapes for the table grape industry. Some farmers have even vent...

13 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

QUIZ: Which Brushcutter Is Best For You?

Whether you're a homeowner looking to maintain your garden or smallholding, or a professional with demanding landscaping projects, a brushcutter can make all the difference. However, cho...

13 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Finding balance between cost and performance in dripline selection

A successful farming endeavour is one of the most complex economic activities, as success depends on a list of factors so vast that a complete list cannot even be attempted by putting pe...

10 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Fertigation – Uber Eats for your crop

Plant nutrition is one of the key areas where an impact can be made to increase success and efficiency in crop production. We know that plants need nutrients to grow, fight off diseases ...

9 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Planter technology from John Deere offers value season after season

Discover the value in every pass and every season with John Deere’s precision ag tools. John Deere has established itself as an industry leader, providing farmers with innovative tools...

8 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

The Agrico family branches out to Robertson

Agrico are pleased to announce that  Waterfall Irrigation in Robertson will be joining Agrico, from 1 November 2023.  Andre van der Westhuizen and his dedicated team have built a hi...

8 Nov 2023 · < 1 min read

Agrico and Nedbank join forces to provide innovative funding solutions for producers

Agrico are thrilled to announce that they have partnered with Nedbank Commercial Banking, to offer the farmer enhanced financing options for your new centre-pivot irrigation systems. ...

7 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Wood-Mizer Mozambique opens more stores

Sawmillers can now buy and service their Wood-Mizer sawmills in seven cities in Mozambique.  Two new Wood-Mizer stores recently opened in Pemba and Lichinga.  The stores are close ...

7 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Enhance soil health with Ritlee TM3 tractor-mounted compost turner

Enrich your soils, plantations, pastures, orchards, and more with essential microbial and fungal life through compost. The Ritlee model TM3: This innovative tractor-mounted compost tu...

6 Nov 2023 · < 1 min read

Valtrac introduces the new, improved Jumil Global Max planter

The Jumil Global Max planter is an innovative piece of farm equipment that has changed the way crops are planted. This planter provides unprecedented accuracy and productivity thanks to ...

6 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Trademore Petroleum

Founded in 1997 by a group of visionary traders and the esteemed dr Barney Hurwitz, Trademore emerged as a leader in the petroleum industry. Today, the company continues to thrive under ...

6 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Wildlife Ranching South Africa: Promoting and protecting wildlife ranchers

South Africa is blessed with abundant biodiversity, where wildlife is not just admired but also protected. Thanks to the efforts of numerous game breeders and ranchers, agriculture has t...

3 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

The Dimensions of Filter Efficiency

When discussing filter efficiency, the focus has always been on the size of the filtration area, or effective filtration area. This area is defined as the total area of the filter medium...

2 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

BSi Steel: Your steel supplier

BSi Steel is a reputable and well-known steel supplier in South Africa and beyond. With over three decades of experience in the industry, we provide a range of products and services to m...

2 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Case IH: Young farmers hold the future of agriculture future in their hands

A recent visit to the young agricultural students from Tuks (University of Pretoria) clearly shows: Agriculture in South Africa is not an outdated profession with a limited future – ag...

31 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Food & Trees for Africa and Tiger Brands Unveil Winners of EduPlant Finals Co...

This World Food Month, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), in partnership with Tiger Brands, proudly announced the champions of the EduPlant Finals Competition, an occasion that celebrat...

31 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

Myth or reality: Why are all excavators yellow?

Most manufacturers colour their construction equipment yellow. Over three-quarters of all excavators worldwide wear this colour. But why? The reasons range from safety concerns to histor...

31 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Fattening the bottom line: Tips for investing in agriculture

Farming is a potentially lucrative business, but few of us can afford to buy arable land, let alone a working farm. Investors interested in agriculture need not despair, however, as t...

30 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

AdCon Construction: For all your building and construction needs

Are you planning to build a home or property? Are you looking for reliable people to complete the project timely and effectively? AdCon Construction is the answer to all your building an...

27 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

APS – the answer to all your load shedding frustrations

A growing problem in South Africa is access to reliable and affordable electricity. This leads to farmers and South African citizens being forced to switch to alternative sources of rene...

26 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Wood-Mizer’s Edger & Multirip range

Wood-Mizer's edger and multirip range offer sawmillers affordable and scalable edger and multirip solutions that can grow, improve, and boost productivity, cutting accuracy and recovery ...

24 Oct 2023 · 8 min read

MF Global series lowers total cost of ownership for South African farmers

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a comprehensive approach to evaluate the overall expenses associated with owning and operating a tractor over its entire lifecycle. This includes not jus...

24 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

Raceview Motor Group: Vehicles and service for the long haul

When you buy a vehicle, you are not only buying a means of transport. You buy a tool that helps transport heavy loads, facilitates farm tasks, or the cabin where you and your family will...

23 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

New Holland tractors show who’s boss

New Holland Agriculture displayed their blue array of quality once again at this year’s NAMPO Cape. The exhibition of equipment reflected the company's commitment to offer all farmers,...

23 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

WRSA Conference 2023: Celebrating outstanding achievement and welcoming new beginn...

Wildlife Ranching South Africa gathered members and special guests for a two-day Conference at Irene Country Lodge, Centurion, from 13 to 14 October 2023. The weekend included the organi...

23 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

Co-cultivating Excellence in Agricultural Firefighting

Veld fires pose a great threat to farmers as uncontrolled blazes can quickly engulf vast stretches of farmland, consuming crops, livestock and essential infrastructure, wiping out years ...

23 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Boesman, a Kalahari Red buck makes history in Botswana

A Kalahari Red Buck from Bushra Stud was sold for BWP92 000, the second highest price ever paid for a goat in Botswana, causing great excitement among goat farmers in this country. The m...

22 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Inclusive agricultural sector needed to alleviate rural poverty

In South Africa, effective small-scale farming, arguably a means to combat rural poverty, stands as the cornerstone to establishing new and sustainable agricultural value systems. Lar...

19 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

Plant “canaries” offer new early-warning system for Africa’s environmental crises

Generations of coal miners relied on canaries in cages as an early-warning system to detect toxic or explosive gases. The birds, being more sensitive than humans, would die or get sick f...

19 Oct 2023 · 7 min read

Narrowing down forklift choices

Choosing the right forklift for a particular application is a tough decisions that has become even tougher with the introduction of modern battery technology that allows electric machine...

19 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Wood-Mizer leaps forward in the DRC

Wood-Mizer is the sawmill brand of choice for sawmillers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Wood-Mizer’s association with the DRC goes back to 1987 when the first Wood-Mizer...

19 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

IBCORR’s steel roofing

Hello, we’re IBCORR – a steel roofing manufacturer with two branches across Southern Africa, you will find us in Jet Park, Boksburg and Goodwood, Cape Town. For the past 10 years, we...

18 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Farm without effort with Gallagher’s smart animal management devices

Gallagher understands the value of your farm and your livestock. They understand that you dedicate all your time and energy to your farm, and that is why they are your safety partner. Th...

17 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

UFCL: The importance of balanced fertilisation

Balanced crop fertilisation is a crucial aspect of agricultural productivity, and it can be especially important in Africa, where many farmers struggle with low soil fertility and limite...

17 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Giant leap for hunger in SA through food donations regulations

Within the next year we are hoping to have national food donation regulations in place that would enable us to recover far more good, edible surplus food that is currently going to waste...

16 Oct 2023 · 6 min read

BSi Steel explains the danger of using low quality steel

Using high quality steel when building steel structures not only ensures the longevity of your structure, it also ensures your safety. For BSi Steel, it is important that clients underst...

16 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Irrigate without effort: Irrigation Unlimited’s Ocmis self-propelled irrigators i...

Farmers across the country speak with great enthusiasm of Irrigation Unlimited's products, service and expertise, which helps the farmer derive every drop of value from water. Allan Reti...

16 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Dry Ice 4 Farming – This branding method with dry ice has many advantages

For any farmer, the welfare of his livestock is very important. It might also help to spare the animals from the negative effects of traditional branding methods, such as trauma, skin da...

16 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Power up your Defence with Stafix JVA Electric Fence Energiser: Jumbo Range

The JMB series is the most powerful and feature rich electric fence energiser JVA has manufactured to date. This continues JVA’s push for technical superiority in terms of Monitored El...

16 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Engine Den, your reliable partner in the automotive industry

Direct importers and distributors of new and used engines, gearboxes, and parts for the automotive industry, as well as the exclusive agents for Mercedes Benz (ADEPART). Established i...

16 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

BKB and SA STUD BOOK

BKB and SA Stud Book, two icons, each with roots of more than a hundred years in the livestock industry, henceforth place smart and informed knowledge in every small stock farmer's reach...

16 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Improve water use efficiency with Manna Irrigation

Agriculture is facing a scenario defined by drought, flooding and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather phenomena. The global irrigation intelligence leader, Manna Irrigation...

16 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Exciting News: Introducing the Ranger Series Monoculars!

We're thrilled to unveil the latest innovation from Pixfra – the Ranger Series Monoculars. Futurama, as a distributor and retailer of Pixfra, has always been committed to bringing you ...

13 Oct 2023 · < 1 min read

Fuel-efficient FAW trucks produce additional fleet savings for Rubtrans Logistics

The needs of transport operators are the first consideration of FAW Trucks. Therefore, they provide fleet owners with a range of vehicles that minimise the total cost of operation in the...

13 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Western Cape Supports Phytosanitary Pest Control with R2 Million

Pioneering work being done to safeguard the export fruit industry from pests received a remarkable boost today with a financial injection of R2 million rand by the Western Cape Departmen...

13 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

NAMPO Cape: Farmer wins brand new Maxxum 110 tractor

A dream of forty years came true when Danhauzer Uys, a farmer from Albertinia in the Western Cape, was announced at NAMPO Cape as the winner of the brand-new Case IH Maxxum 110 tractor w...

13 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Problem Solving Bushes is the solution to bushing needs

Problem Solving Bushes, or PSB as the company is also known, is a leading manufacturer of polyurethane bushes for the automotive, agricultural and mining sectors. The business has been i...

13 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

This is how legends are born

How can you replace not one but TWO iconic STIHL machines? How can the power and performance of the FS 160 and FS 280 be improved upon? For those who’ve forgotten, the FS 160 was a ...

12 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Used vs new agricultural equipment – pros and cons

Farmers today are confronted with the rising cost of equipment, yet keeping up in the industry requires the latest technology. Buying new equipment gives you peace of mind. You get the l...

11 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Mahindra tractors are ready for tomorrow

With the right tool for the job, farming can be more efficient, more productive and more profitable. But, for various reasons, not every farmer can invest in humongous tractors and multi...

11 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Paint your dream tractor with Valtrac

Good news for farmers that wants another colour tractor than a green, red or blue one. You can now choose your own colour tractor to fit on your farm with Valtrac. Any colour is availabl...

9 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

The latest innovations for BEEF CATTLE at SA Stud Book

SA Stud Book is proud to announce that breeding goals for both stud and commercial beef herds are being placed on a new level with the integration of all information that makes a noticea...

6 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Kubota breaks new ground in Africa

Good news for farmers: Smith Power Equipment, importers of Japanese Kubota tractors, are expanding their market into Southern Africa. Smith Power Equipment had a very successful exhibiti...

6 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Massey Ferguson at NAMPO Cape: Reliability across every range of farm equipment

Reliable equipment and machinery are a must-have for a productive farm. Farmers choose the name that has become synonymous with dependability over the past 175 years. At the 2023 Cape...

5 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

South Africa’s Just Transition Energy Framework: Transforming Agribusiness S...

South Africa’s Just Transition Framework recognises the agricultural sector as a-risk in the green transition and sets out various principles to achieve it responsibly. South Africa...

4 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Solar Powered Castrol Auto Service Launches in Northcliff with Plans for Nationwid...

Lubricant manufacturer, Castrol, has taken a significant step towards a sustainable future by branding its first solar Castrol Auto Service, in partnership with a workshop owner in North...

4 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Knittex nets withstand the test of time

Arno Vlok grows table grapes and stone fruit in outside Riebeeck-Kasteel near Malmesbury in the Western Cape. For the past 23 years he has been relying on Knittex nets to provide protect...

4 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Media invited to attend Agri SA Congress 2023, the leading agricultural event of t...

Agri SA will host its annual congress on 12-13 October 2023, with the theme of ‘Food Certainty’. As in previous years, the gathering will bring together leaders from the private...

3 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Livestock handling is fun with Algar

Time and labour can be saved, life can be much easier and nicer if a stock farmer has the right livestock handling equipment. Algar Livestock Handling Equipment is a trusted company wit...

3 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Zambezi Roofing and Steel – Where quality and service matters

Lusaka, Zambia is home to Zambezi Roofing and Steel, a steel supplier that takes great pride in its Zambian heritage and International experience. Their obsession with exploring new terr...

2 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Boosting mechanization in Benin

Farmers in the West African state of Benin have benefited from a pioneering technical training project, hosted recently by CNH Industrial, in association with local Case IH importer ...

2 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Summer Sale auction achieves good prices

On offer were top Dormer and Santa genetics. There was a good turnout on the day with good prizes. Desmond and Timmy from Santarific Santas expressed their thanks to Martin and Thinus d...

29 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Versatile diesel engines from Smith Power Equipment

With an engine for nearly every application, Japanese engine manufacturer Kubota has expanded its range of diesel only engines to include everything from 5kW motors for pump and lawnmowe...

29 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Revolutionary hail net guards grapes against the wrath of nature

One thing every farmer appreciates is to have a good relationship with his suppliers. Having a strong relationship means that you can reach them when you are in need, and that you can wo...

29 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Corteva targets to boost crop productivity, as Limani Mu Wine Season 2 launched

CORTEVA Agriscience says there is urgent need for farmers to boost crop productivity by increasing their yields through agronomy support and mechanisation to improve national food securi...

29 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

2023 marks 75 years of Pratley innovation

Local manufacturer Pratley, a household name in adhesives, electrical products and other sectors, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2023. “It is a remarkable and proud moment for the ...

28 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

JDI and John Deere still a formidable team after 65 years

The popular John Deere Implements (JDI) exhibition was once again a major highlight at NAMPO Cape this year. JDI is the oldest John Deere agent in the country, founded in 1960. They dist...

27 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Omnia launches sustainable new agricultural solution at AFMA Forum

22 September 2023: In the same month it celebrates its 70th anniversary, Omnia Holdings has launched a new sustainable animal feed and advisory solution at the Animal Feed Manufacturers ...

22 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Chainsaw Safety: Cutting Through Danger with Safety First

Chainsaws, vital tools in numerous industries and even domestic use, offer significant applications but also inherent risks if utilised incorrectly. To ensure the safety of individuals u...

22 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Precision farming: Jupidex and Kverneland aim higher, further, better

Kverneland is a name that resonates sweetly in the ears of South African farmers. It is the name that has become synonymous with meticulous, punctual service and the leading, most effici...

22 Sep 2023 · 11 min read

Goldwing Engineering: Unique solutions for Africa’s farmers

Goldwing Engineering opened its doors for the first time in April 2020. Starting a business in the middle of a pandemic when other businesses are struggling to stay afloat may seem like ...

21 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Mahindra Alberton invites farmers: Come and see our family cars

There’s good news for all drivers in South Africa! Mahindra also provides passenger vehicles for households. Mahindra's line of pickups have proven themselves thoroughly on farms and e...

21 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Nextorch’s tough flashlights beat the dark!

No one can argue - an indispensable friend on any farm is a good, reliable, tough, strong flashlight that dispels the darkness to foil loadshedding, to see if thugs are stalking the home...

21 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

High quality phosphate supplement – key to success

Phosphate is thé essential element involved in energy and nutrient metabolism in the body. A deficiency of this mineral has a negative effect on the production (eg. milk production) and...

21 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

SureStart® (Reg. No. L10385)

Have you heard about our systemic suspension emulsion herbicide for the pre- and early post-emergence control of annual broadleaf weeds and some annual grasses in maize? SureStart® (...

20 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

LumiGEN™ Seed Treatments

A mark of assurance in seed treatments You choose a seed treatment package to help assure a successful season. In turn, you should feel assured that those seed treatments perform as exp...

20 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Successful transformation requires more than land ownership

Transforming the agricultural sector isn’t a simple case of handing over a piece of land and telling the beneficiaries to start farming. It involves a complex interconnection of numero...

20 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Harvesting the sun: Vergelegen winery goes green with solar panel installation

Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West, renowned for its myriad sustainability initiatives, has marked another milestone in environmental responsibility and cost savings. The  winer...

20 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Sustaining the Nation Together: Engen partners with Nampo Cape 2023

As a progressive energy and solutions partner firmly committed to enriching lives for a sustainable future, Engen again partnered with Grain SA as a proud sponsor at Nampo Cape 2023. ...

20 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Maize emergence: A proactive way for a good turnout

Summary: • Soil temperature and soil moisture are variable factors in the first 5 cm, and this can create unfavourable conditions for germination and the formation of nodal roots. ...

20 Sep 2023 · 11 min read

DALRRD to lead a foot-and-mouth disease awareness campaign in Limpopo

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) together with the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) will host a Foot-and-mouth D...

19 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

The future of investing: Three technology-enabled trends

The realm of online trading has changed indelibly since its earliest inception. Today, even the most novice traders can own and trade instruments such as commodities, cryptocurrency, for...

19 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Liebherr R 920 raises productivity stakes for farmers

Increasing productivity is central to the agricultural sector’s quest to run profitable operations in the face of a challenging operating environment. To help farmers raise their produ...

19 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

New Holland Agriculture- Ready for tomorrow!

Cut and bale with confidence New Holland has been putting the 'big' in big square bales for more than three decades. Since its first big balers in 1987 were introduced, 30 000 of these...

19 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Why does my pecans not bear every year?

Pecans alternating behaviour is a frustrating occurrence, with producers constantly looking for solutions. This trait causes the harvest to be up to standard the one year, and then un...

19 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Chicken breeds part 2: Layer hens

Why are hybrid chicken layer breeds so popular among farmers? This article will seek to provide the answers. The creation of hybrid chickens requires the mating of two or more pure chick...

18 Sep 2023 · 8 min read

Honey I’m home: Turning wild bees into cash in Zimbabwe

Unemployed women in Zimbabwe’s second city are turning to nature to earn a living as they collect wild honey to sell in the country’s major cities. Honey has proved to be popular ...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Rethink your footprint, one pot at a time

Mary Carr has always been aware of the impact humans have on the planet. She has empowered two young ladies from a rural township to also help reduce other women’s footprint on the pla...

18 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Technews: Take farming to the future with drones

Derek Kruger walks around the hologram image of Orchard SA07/13 and frowns. The report from the drone swarm checking the sugar index of the oranges to determine the best harvesting time ...

18 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Small grains provide hope for female traders in Zimbabwe

While Zimbabwe’s smallholder farmers have been slow in embracing large-scale production of small grains such as millet and sorghum, women who have taken up growing such crops have foun...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Zimbabwe city women upscale urban farming

At a time when food insecurity is also affecting urban residents in Zimbabwe, some women are turning pieces of land into thriving agriculture plots, growing anything from maize to vegeta...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Tick-borne diseases of Zimbabwe: Gallsickness (anaplasmosis)

Gallsickness, or anaplasmosis, is a tick-borne disease that is common throughout Zimbabwe, and which affects cattle, sheep, and goats. Local cattle breeds are more resistant to the disea...

18 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

A guideline to broiler production: Preparing for and receiving chicks

Broiler production is the raising of birds for the purpose of producing meat for food. These chickens are specifically bred for meat production, and they have different body frames and n...

18 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Theileriosis: Vaccine found for cattle disease in Zimbabwe

Theileriosis, also known as January disease, is a disease where obligate intracellular protozoan parasites infect cattle. The parasites are transmitted by ixodid ticks, and have complex ...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Zimbabwe women fish for economic answers

Fisheries in Zimbabwe are providing women with livelihoods against odds brought by economic hardships, climate change, and competition from male fishmongers. Selling fish has long bee...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Financial literacy in agriculture: Part 3

Financial literacy greatly increases the chances of success of an agribusiness. This of course begins first with an assessment and understanding of the immediate status of the business, ...

18 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Financial literacy in agriculture – Part 4

Knowledge of and application of financial terms or language is an ongoing process that requires continuous assessment and improvement. Not all terms are used in the everyday operation of...

18 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

CNH Industrial’s Connect facility brings new dimensions to proactive service...

Farming should never come to a stop, especially when you have to plough, sow, or harvest at the critical times dictated by nature. Nothing fully describes the disappointment, frustration...

18 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

Zimbabwe’s urban farmers use social media to share advice

 Zimbabwe’s urban farmers who lack access to extension officers for farming advice are using social media to share tips and advice. Issues to be found among the discus­sions range...

15 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Building client relationships

For WA de Klerk, farming is more than just business. His farm, Driefontein, is the legacy he inherited from his grandfather and father, and the future he is creating for his children. As...

15 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Female strawberry farmer reaps sweet fruits of perseverance

Strawberry farming requires courage, patience, labour, and a lot of perseverance. Madelé Ferreira, female farmer from Mooihoek farm in the Gamtoos Valley in the Hankey district, sta...

15 Sep 2023 · 8 min read

Revaro brings innovation to CAPE NAMPO

The T-REX712 track steer loader is the latest edition to the Revaro range of products for agriculture and construction. This compact machine (3 700 x 2 030 x 2 160) offers a rated capaci...

15 Sep 2023 · 5 min read