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Stress in broilers may diminish profits

The term “stress” is commonly used to describe the detrimental effects of a variety of situations on the health and performance of broilers. It is also defined as a set of responses ...

3 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

AFB vaccine: A breakthrough in protecting honey-bees

The first vaccine for honeybees to prevent the fatal bacterial American foulbrood disease (AFB) has been conditionally approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ...

3 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Massey Ferguson: Mechanisation that makes economic sense

Massey Ferguson tractors offer three important benefits to the farmer: excellent fuel economy, technologically advanced performance, and after sales service that builds real relationship...

3 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

The use of plastic in agriculture: Part 2

Humankind’s search for new materials to use within the agricultural value chain continues to evolve. The evolution is spurred by various factors that influence material choice, such as...

3 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

African agribusiness companies can still grow: Learn from the top 5

“Rome was not built in a day.” The famous saying by John Heywood rings true in farming as well as business. Every large company today exists because of a growth plan that was laid ou...

3 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

African agribusinesses can still grow: Part 2

Growth of African agribusinesses cannot be modelled around business strategies utilised by firms in first world countries (FWC). Economic policing characteristics such as interest rates,...

3 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

African agribusiness companies can still grow – Part 3

Factors affecting agribusinesses cannot be looked at from one perspective, especially for Africa. Each Sub-Saharan region is facing unique challenges in its environmental, socio-politica...

3 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Ford Commences Exports of Next-Generation Ranger from South Africa to Over 100 Mar...

Ford has commenced exports of the Next-Generation Ranger from its manufacturing plants in South Africa to serve the ever-growing customer demand. The South African-built Next-Gen Ranger ...

2 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

2022 marked another year of significant expansion and innovation for BI

Celebrating its 65th anniversary last year, leading supplier Bearings International (BI) was also on track for another year of “significant growth,” says MD Bart Schoevaerts. He attr...

31 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Unlocking value for farmers

In agriculture, the 80:20 rule holds good: of the approximately 32 000 commercial farmers in the country, between 5 000 and 7 000 farmers are responsible for 80% of agricultural outpu...

31 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Healthier choices to create a healthier you

By 2028, the global botanical extract market is expected to reach 1USD 9.62 billion at an annual growth rate of 9.6%. Due to their unique flavour and health benefits, botanical extracts ...

31 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Update on potato tuber moth situation

Potato tuber moth remains a concern to many potato growers in our key production areas. Potato tuber moth causes severe damage to the potatoes which results in losses to growers due to i...

30 Jan 2023 · 2 min read

Tree nut production in sub-Saharan Africa Part 5: Add value to nuts

Adding value to nuts has always played a vital role within the tree nut production industry. The process improves the profitability of producers, it empowers them, provides safe, quality...

27 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Greenhouses part 4: Choose your plants

Greenhouses make optimum agri-production possible. However, this achievement is only possible if they are used properly, ensuring that the right plants are grown and conditions are set w...

27 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

JVA proudly introduces the Cloud Router App

The JVA Cloud Router™ App allows you to arm and disarm energizers, view your electric fence voltages, open and close relays through any Android or IOS device. The JVA Cloud Router™ A...

26 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Woodlands Dairy commits to renewable energy sources

One of the largest dairy manufacturers in South Africa and industry leader in sustainability, Woodlands Dairy, is committed to minimising fossil fuel energy sources with renewable energy...

24 Jan 2023 · 4 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 ...

23 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

SuperSlim – the little, but big solution to your water needs

As the reality of the country’s water crisis hits the millions living in the suburbs of the country’s cities, more South Africans in townhouse and cluster complexes are seeking compa...

23 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Ford’s new Rapid Hubs Provide Expert Support to Dealers and Customers

Ford South Africa is further enhancing its commitment to customer service by implementing new Rapid Hub teams across each of the country’s nine provinces. These Rapid Hubs will complem...

19 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

ISOBUS technology allows for full compatibility between all tractors and implements

The major advantage of ISOBUS technology in the agricultural industry is that it allows for full compatibility between tractors and implements, regardless of brands and models. The ISOBU...

17 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

The History of the Sernick Bonsmara Stud

The Sernick Group as it is known today was born from a young Nick Serfontein’s dream to become a farmer. He was advised by his parents to choose another career, which he did, but his d...

16 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Collet Farming superior genetics Meatmaster auction 23 February 2023

521 Meatmasters: 121 excellent registered rams, 200 registered ewes. 200 commercial ewes. Why this is the one sale no Meatmaster breeder should miss. Proud winner of the best small...

16 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

South Africa is sitting on a ‘gold mine of waste’ which could address power challe...

Africa’s household and agricultural waste is a valuable source of power that could be deployed to take clean energy to communities, complexes and individual homes at lower cost and fas...

12 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Ford South Africa Supports Local Communities with Over R26-million in Donations in...

Ford South Africa has a multitier CSR program that saw the organisation donating approximately R26-million towards various community projects and initiatives over the course of 2022. ...

11 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Three smart shopping tips for picking heart healthy pork

Latest Statistics South Africa figures show that nearly one in every five South Africans suffer from diseases of the circulatory system such as heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertens...

11 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Animal feeder solutions from Tal-Tec

Greg Talbot from Tal-Tec, a specialist in the design and manufacturer of livestock management and control solutions, talks about the features of his company’s feeder solutions. “W...

10 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Introduction to spice and herb production in Africa

A rare production system farmers delve into in sub-Saharan Africa is herb and spice production. This may be due to the lack of knowledge of their value, supply chain and market linkages,...

9 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Invasive alien plants: Prosopis Part 1: Rampant spread a cause for concern

The invasive alien prosopis species is spreading at an alarmingly rapid pace. It is already covering 1,8 million hectares of grazing rangelands, and based on the present spreading rate o...

9 Jan 2023 · 8 min read

Drought effects in sub-Saharan Africa

Over the past decade rainfall patterns in Africa have been less consistent to a point of even being non-existent in some areas. This unfortunate occurrence costs millions of farmers thei...

9 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Power cuts cripple homes, businesses hard in Zimbabwe

Electricity outages have escalated in Zimbabwe, with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) citing vandalism of its infrastructure, but experts say power generation is being cr...

9 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Greenhouses part 3: An option for maximised production

The exploitation of greenhouses from their creation has contributed immensely to optimise agricultural production systems. Be it for fruit, nuts, crops, grain, horticulture, or herb prod...

9 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Plastic use in the agricultural sector

There is a growing demand that all agricultural industries take into account the environmental consequences of whatever process they undertake. One of the areas of concern is the use of ...

9 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Tree nut production in sub-Saharan Africa: Part 4 Processing of nuts

Markets in all agricultural systems are best accessed by the supplier fulfilling pre-established requisites. These requisites help the supplier to meet target market specifications, e...

9 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Implements with your needs in mind from Ripper Tillage Equipment

Ripper Tillage Equipment offers more than robust and efficient implements; they start every customer journey with the question: What are your requirements? This includes the needs of you...

9 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Survival of bees depends on forage

Suitable forage is essential for the survival of honeybees. Strong, healthy bees are in turn needed to provide sufficient pollination for the country’s agriculture in general, and the ...

9 Jan 2023 · 8 min read

Steps ahead in farming with Zimmatic by Lindsay

Zimmatic centre pivots have proven vital in driving the success of farms. An efficient irrigation system can benefit the farmer through ease of use and better water management. This is e...

9 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Sheep breeds part 3: Native sheep breeds of Southern Africa

Southern African native sheep breeds thrive in extreme environments. They are lean and muscular, with thick rump and tail fat. In times of scarce grazing, body fat is stored here for use...

9 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Mahindra Pik Up: Meet the Karoo, Dusk and Storm

Mahindra SA launched three made-for-purpose adventure bakkies with a promise to Unleash the Explorer in You. To prove this, these flagship bakkies were sent to the most challenging terra...

9 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

AGRICO Micro-irrigation that makes sense

A good farmer does not randomly decide what he wants to farm with and how he wants to go about it. No, he investigates the most profitable practice and crop that grows in his area, as we...

9 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

VALLEY News: Festive edition

What a busy time it has been at Valley HQ! As the year draws to a close for those in corporate environments, the never-ending work of our growers has become more intense as the harvestin...

9 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

LEMKEN acquires the seeding technology specialist Equalizer

The family-owned company LEMKEN and the South African company Equalizer have reached an acquisition agreement. As a result, the German agricultural machinery specialist will be significa...

5 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Kynoch and the company they are today

Named after its founder, George Kynoch, the Kynoch brand has been part of agriculture in Southern Africa for the last 104 years. The original company, known today as Kynoch Fertilizer...

5 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

JOHN DEERE: WINNING IN AFTERMARKET

Following one of the most outstanding years in recent history, John Deere rewarded exceptional service from the top performers in their relevant sectors Customers do not expect products...

3 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Zambian Pig Genetics: TN70 sows will push profits

New and enhanced genetics is like a fresh breeze for every farmer and we salute the scientists who went through painstakingly precise, experimental processes to ensure that farmers can f...

22 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Soya bean inoculation at its best with ATUVA®!!

Since the breakout of Covid-19, the prices of fertilisers have been rising monthly. This has been compounded with the war in Ukraine. Regardless of whether the commodity prices of fertil...

22 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Greenhouses part 2: An option for maximised production

As the use of greenhouses spreads over Sub-Sahara Africa, it is more than paramount to ensure that the artificial climatic conditions created are optimally maintained. Not only does s...

22 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Fruit production part 1: Glorious granadillas

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22 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Beekeeping part 6: Feed

In a previous chapter, we had a brief look at the need for suitable forage for bees and the value of placing your hives near such a source. In this chapter, we look at what bees feed ...

22 Dec 2022 · 11 min read

Drotsky Hammer Mills create meaningful jobs in South Africa

“It is always a pleasure to help people who are willing to help themselves.” Tewis van der Ryst, owner of the wellknown Drotsky agricultural equipment manufacturer, once again realis...

22 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Tiger Chicks shares knowledge on effective broiler vaccination

A broiler health strategy starts with the broiler breeder, includes broiler management, and is fine-tuned by the judicious use of vaccines. Vaccination is an integral part of any chicken...

22 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Wireless Water Monitoring with Gallagher

A better view of your water Keep an eye on your tank levels with wireless water monitoring that gives you certainty of how much water you have available. It has 3 parts: Water lev...

22 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Dried fruits: Preserve and add value to your crop

Fruit that has had almost all of the water content removed through drying methods is referred to as dried fruit. The fruit shrinks during this process, leaving a small, energy-dense drie...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

5 Steps for Better Maize Silage

Step 1: Planning It is never too early to plan your silage-making process. Early and proper planning will not only help you to avoid certain potential challenges, but will also provide ...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Farming in South Africa & Africa: Aquaculture, aquaponics the way forward

A conference on new and advanced techniques in aquaculture, aquaponics, and hydroponics was presented in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch from 22 to 24 N...

21 Dec 2022 · 9 min read

Silkworms to silk garments Part 1: Mulberry tree cultivation

Sericulture is the process of raising silkworms to get raw silk and is the topic of this series. The feed that an animal is given to sustain its growth and reproductive potential is t...

21 Dec 2022 · 8 min read

Processing of condiments Part 25: Maize sweeteners & syrups

Maize sweeteners and syrups are manufactured from the starchy endosperm of maize using a conversion process known as hydrolysis. This hydrolysis process can be chemical (by means of stro...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

SARO AGRO INDUSTRIAL LTD a multi-faceted supplier and manufacturer of machines

SARO AGRO INDUSTRIAL LTD, is a Zambian company, whose shareholders are the Oza family. Their history in Zambia goes back to 1940 when the late Chairman settled in Livingstone and establi...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Irrigation without irritation: Senter360 pivots are ideal for farmers in Africa

Satisfied farmers in more than half of the African continent’s countries depend on Senter360 for quality irrigation solutions. Senter360’s policy is to not only sell the best possibl...

21 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Preventing early IBV variant 2 infections in pullets

Infectious Bronchitis virus (IBV) variant 2 has been detected in Zambia by PCR and genetic sequencing. Although the number of cases is on the rise and the number of flocks sampled is inc...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Beat Fall Armyworm with Syngenta

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an exotic arthropod pest which is highly damaging to maize in sub-Saharan Africa and Zambia in particular. It attacks maize which is a staple cro...

20 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

It’s the season to give the gift that keeps on giving – participate in the Food fo...

Give a man vegetables and you feed him for a day; empower a man to grow his own and he will feed himself and his loved ones for a lifetime. This is the practical wisdom that inspired ...

20 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

P23 Protective Coatings

A need for a durable waterproofing product, that has bonding and elastic qualities, was identified by the proprietor in the late 90’s. After extensive experimentation, the first app...

20 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Western Cape veterinary laboratory closed for major renovations

The Department of Agriculture’s provincial veterinary laboratory (PVL) at Helderfontein in Stellenbosch will be undergoing major renovations during the next 12 months, during which the...

19 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Stockfarming trends: foot-and-mouth, Covid recovery and the marbling index

A major concern for stock farmers this year, according to Greg Talbot of Tal-Tec, is foot-and-mouth disease, which again hit during 2022 in six of South Africa’s nine provinces, causin...

19 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

4IR and the role of abrasives in Robotics

It has long been known that the most sustainable and productive manufacturers in Africa will be those embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This is little wonder, as to not d...

19 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Revaro presents farmers with a machine for every task

What do you think of when you think about quality affordable machines? Revaro Equipment (Pty) Ltd is the leading supplier of yellow metal and material handling equipment to the agricultu...

13 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment is your livestock solution

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment's top-quality products are at the forefront of the market. With products that constantly deliver innovative solutions, Algar is a proud supplier of ani...

12 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Tough 2022 season sees citrus growers exporting lower than predicted volumes to gl...

Southern African citrus growers packed for export 164.8 million (15kg) cartons to be delivered to global markets in 2022. While this is an increase of 3.2 million cartons when compared t...

12 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Continental celebrates proud legacy spanning 75 years of tyre manufacturing in Sou...

Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022. Since the Continental group has found its home on South African soil in 1987, it has grown the company i...

12 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Citrus: More focus needed on windbreaks

Southeasterly (SE) winds in the Western Cape in the latter part of the year can be especially damaging to young mandarin fruit, because it coincides with the first 12 weeks after petal d...

12 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Advanced seed technology from AgriCOTE® for maximum seed germination

The seed, which is the first of many growing stages in a plant’s life cycle, is also the stage at which the plant is most vulnerable. Therefore, safeguarding the seed is the most im...

12 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

New Holland T8 Genesis tractor features SideWinder Ultra armrest

The SideWinder ultra armrest is a special feature in the cabin where all the important controls are located. This enables the operator to comfortably reach, access and control the imp...

10 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Use Castrol’s liquid engineering to protect and extend the lifespan of your agricu...

With the right technology, oils and lubricants can help support the agricultural sector, by helping farmers to identify the right lubrication for tractors, help to better maintain valuab...

9 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

FAW trucks remain committed to road safety

South Africa has one of the highest road death rates of any country in the world and the bulk of these deaths occur during the festive season. FAW Trucks believe that a little bit of pri...

9 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

H&M Group and BKB initiate project to promote on-farm regeneration and biodiv...

H&M Group and BKB Ltd, the leading supplier of RWS wool (Responsible Wool Standard), have partnered to implement the Biodiversity Restoration and Regenerative Land Management project...

9 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

ISOBUS technology allows for full compatibility between all tractors and implements

The major advantage of ISOBUS technology in the agricultural industry is that it allows for full compatibility between tractors and implements, regardless of brands and models. The ISOBU...

9 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

De Haasenjagt Boerdery: Chicken farming done right

When a chicken farm sells all the eggs their 1 600 chickens lay per day within 24 hours, it is proof that they are doing something right. Reyno Colyn and Belinda Hattingh farm with chick...

8 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 24: Sweet potato sugar syrup

Sweet potato sugar syrups are made from sweet potato starch, which is converted into a range of different types of sugars by means of special enzymes. The manufactured syrups can be used...

8 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

International Driving Presentation showcases ‘ready-to-launch’ Amarok

The new Amarok is all set for launch. A 'can do' pick up, a multi-tool on wheels - meticulously throughout from cab to the cargo box. Propelled by powerful and efficient turbocharged eng...

7 Dec 2022 · 10 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.5: Yam bean and horned melon

African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) The African yam bean belongs to the family Leguminosae. The annual climbing or prostrate vine is mainly grown for its fleshy roots that looks ...

7 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Hishtil South Africa – Leaders in Agricultural Innovation

After a long period of development and field trials, Hishtil South Africa is proud to introduce its new innovation to the vegetable seedling market of South Africa. Earlier this year ...

7 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Pioneer – always one step ahead with service to the farmer

The key to successful crop farming is planting the right product on the right hectare. And the way to determine what is the right product for the right hectare, is to plant trials. This ...

7 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 23: Soya sauce

Soya sauce is the dark brown liquid extracted from a fermented soya-wheat mixture. It has a salty taste and sharp flavour. It is used as an all-purpose seasoning. Soya sauce is prepared ...

7 Dec 2022 · 9 min read

Beekeeping Part 5: Challenges that beekeepers face

A beekeeper faces many challenges, but persistence is usually met with success. The biggest challenges are finding a suitable terrain for his apiary and sufficient and diverse forage,...

7 Dec 2022 · 10 min read

Next-Generation Ford Ranger Delivers High-Tech Features, Smart Connectivity, Enhan...

Ford has launched the Double Cab versions of its smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger yet, with the rest of the 24-strong model range – including the workhorse Single Cab a...

6 Dec 2022 · 15 min read

Tips from Novatek: Raising baby chicks

Chickens are relatively easy animals to maintain once they are adults, but mortality rates can be high while the baby chicks are still growing. It, therefore, becomes cardinal that me...

5 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Specialised oils, lubricants and greases for agricultural machinery

When it comes to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) producing equipment specifically for the agricultural industry and workshop facilities on farms, FUCHS has a range of innovative ...

5 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Tetra Pak® South Africa joins PETCO

In an increased effort to drive collection and recycling of liquid board packaging (LBP) in South Africa, Tetra Pak South Africa will join the PET Recycling Company NPC (PETCO), a well-e...

5 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Engineering ingenuity with Carl Hamm and STÜWA

Boreholes are vital for deep soil water extraction. Much like everything else on your farm, taking care of your borehole will ensure that it takes care of you. That is why you need quali...

5 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Prolick: An excellent source of non-protein nitrogen for ruminant animals

Non-protein nitrogen (NPN) is a term used in animal nutrition to refer collectively to components such as urea, biuret, and ammonia, which are not proteins but can be converted into prot...

5 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Appointment of Managing Director: CASE IH

Stephan Nel has officially been appointed as the Managing Director of CASE IH effective 1 December 2022, taking responsibility for the leadership and development of the CASE IH brand as ...

2 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Dry Ice International brings freeze branding solutions

Freeze branding is not new, it is a method of identifying cattle that goes back decades. Whether identifying animals is done for legal requirements or simply to make farm management easi...

2 Dec 2022 · 8 min read

OBP Vaccine Availability Update

Onderstepoort Biological Products SOC Ltd (“OBP”) confirms that it is aware of Clients concerns about availability of the certain critical vaccine for the impending vaccination seaso...

2 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Kverneland ripper makes for the ideal tillage system

Preparing and cultivating the soil to achieve the highest possible yield depends on choosing the correct tillage system. “The key to a successful harvest is good preparation. Eliminati...

2 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Get FREE Tractor Service Parts with John Deere

John Deere Africa Middle East announced that a selection of their service parts on the 5D and 5E 3-Cylinder range tractors will be FREE if that respective part ordered by the customer is...

1 Dec 2022 · 2 min read

Cold stress during germination in maize

Summary Cold injuries lead to a diminished stand and subsequently to a reduction in yield. Cold that presents early in the season, has a sizable influence on the development of m...

30 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Syngenta Zambia “cements” its commitment to Zambian farmers

Syngenta Zambia has “cemented” its commitment to Zambian farmers and crop protection with their new corporate office in Lusaka’s Rhodes Park area. Syngenta Zambia held a launch ...

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Tree nut production in Sub-Saharan Africa Part 3

The tree nut production industry is expected to grow to US$103 billion in 2027 according to a report from Intrado GlobeNewswire, 2020. It is mind boggling to find the roots of this in...

30 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Sheep breeds part 2: Dual purpose sheep

Raising sheep can be beneficial in many ways. Sheep can eat vegetation that is not fit for human consumption. Sheep populations tend to grow rapidly, and their gestation period is much s...

30 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Interest rates and agriculture

Interest rates greatly influence the efficiency and effectiveness of productivity for farmers, especially smallholder farmers that rely on capital they have to obtain against their colla...

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Introduction to: Invasive alien vegetation

Some plant species that have been brought to Southern Africa from other countries pose a serious threat to the environment, including water resources, indigenous vegetation, agriculture,...

30 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

African agribusiness companies can still grow: Learn from the top 5

“Rome was not built in a day.” The famous saying by John Heywood rings true in farming as well as business. Every large company today exists because of a growth plan that was laid ou...

30 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

New Holland TT-series: The strength behind you

New Holland Agricultural has a wide 26.85 to 67 kW (36 to 90 hp) range of tractors to meet the demands of the market. TT3-range The TT3 tractor range has been designed following exte...

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

The Agricultural Research Council participates in the first World Science Forum (W...

The CEO and President Dr Litha Magingxa will lead a team of agricultural scientists and experts at the  World Science Forum from 6 to 9 December 2022 in Cape Town. The theme for the 10t...

30 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Learnings from Africa: Women in Farming candidates return from Ethiopia with new i...

Khanyisile Zulu (35) and Nomfundo Makhanya (19) – two farmers from KwaZulu-Natal and Momentum Metropolitan’s Women in Farming programme candidates – were recently invited by Health...

30 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Concerns about the extent of moth damage to potatoes

The incidence of moth damage to potatoes has increased in the main production areas. This damage can be attributed to two moth species, the potato tuber moth (Phthorimaea operculella) th...

30 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Macadamia Nuts: The Future of High-Value Crop Farming

When most people think of high-value crops, the first things that come to mind are probably fruits and vegetables. However, one nut is quickly becoming a favourite among high-value crop ...

29 Nov 2022 · 9 min read

On September 21, 2022, Be Human played host to the Sterkfontein Meatmaster auction

Willem and Lucile van den Berg would like to thank every buyer for their support during the auction. Mario Kruger from Vleissentraal thanked and congratulated Sterkfontein for the excell...

29 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

African agribusiness companies can still grow: Learn from the top 5

“Rome was not built in a day.” The famous saying by John Heywood rings true in farming as well as business. Every large company today exists because of a growth plan that was laid ou...

28 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

RPM Advanced Plus™ from Reinke is a must for precision agriculture

The next generation product in precision agriculture has arrived! The technology is ReinCloud-Ready ™ and user-friendly. With basic functions and a customisable home screen, you get th...

28 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Free Tractor Operator Training with Every New John Deere Tractor Purchased

Unlock farmer profitability with the new training program from John Deere South Africa. Between 1 November 2022 and 31 October 2023, every new tractor purchased and delivered will receiv...

25 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

The 2022 ARC National Beef Performers Awards

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) once again presented its National Beef Performers Awards on 23 November 2022. This was the 44th instalment of the awards, the aim of which is to s...

25 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

ISUZU makes SPACE for small and medium businesses with its truck rental programme

In a bid to get more small businesses to become active participants in the economy, ISUZU Motors South Africa is making commercial vehicle acquisition more accessible for entrepreneurs a...

24 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Goodyear South Africa extends commitment to drive transformation and uplift Easter...

Goodyear South Africa handed over a donation of R2,4 million to the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). The donation is primarily aimed at assisting students with current and legacy debts. ...

24 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

The future is here: Jupidex is at the forefront of precision technology

Many farmers consider precision farming to be the first step on the path to financial success. The confidence and knowledge provided by Jupidex's precision technology enable farmers to g...

24 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

John Deere Dealers and Support Staff shine at prestigious Awards Ceremony

The most important key players in the Agricultural and Construction Sectors were invited to partake in the glamorous and prestigious annual Awards Ceremony hosted by John Deere Middle Ea...

23 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Dairy industry’s top stewardship awards winner will be announced soon

The winner of the 2022 Milk Producer’s Organisation (MPO) Nedbank Stewardship Awards will be announced during a gala dinner at Casa Toscana Lodge in Pretoria on 30 November 2022. The...

23 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Three courses for three lucky farmers

Three lucky farmers each won an AGRICOLLEGES course in collaboration with TLU SA. Michael Otto's course is Introduction to Animal Production, while Hendrik Prinsloo won the Introduction...

22 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

New Holland TT-series: The strength behind you

New Holland Agricultural has a wide 26.85 to 67 kW (36 to 90 hp) range of tractors to meet the demands of the market. TT3-range The TT3 tractor range has been designed following extens...

22 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Toyota SA’s KZN plant now protected by SVI-armoured Hilux fleet

SVI Engineering, leading specialist manufacturer of armoured products, is proud to announce it has armoured a fleet of Hilux double-cab bakkies deployed to help protect Toyota South Afri...

21 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

ISUZU Foundation makes a donation to Ironman4TheKids

The ISUZU Foundation is proud to announce that it will be donating R250,000 to the Ironman4TheKids Foundation. The ISUZU Foundation is a partnership between Isuzu Motors South Africa (IM...

21 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

SVI develops B6 discreet armour for SA-build Nissan Navara

SVI Engineering, leading specialist manufacturer of armoured products, has developed a new discreet armouring package for the Nissan Navara, handing the increasingly popular locally buil...

21 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

VWSA employees volunteer to conserve environment through Show of Hands event

Rolling up their sleeves to protect the environment, a group of over 160 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) employees and their loved-ones gathered in Gqeberha on Saturday morning, for...

21 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Choose Reinke for your irrigation needs

Ever wondered why you should let Reinke be your irrigation partner? Unmatched service and expertise, and machines that performs as promised! See for yourself today why the strong, li...

21 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Rabbit farming part 10: Rabbit fur pelt production

High-quality pelts are sourced from unique strains of rabbits, such as the Rex species. Only a small number of skins are collected from slaughterhouses; the rest are discarded. The on...

20 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 9: Rabbit hair production

When discussing textiles, the term “angora” by itself always and exclusively refers to the hair of Angora rabbits. The hair of Angora rabbits is one of five keratinic textile fibr...

20 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 8: Rabbit slaughter and meat marketing

Among domestic livestock, rabbits are one of the most productive. On the same quantity of feed and water a cow will produce 500 grammes of meat while rabbits can produce three kilogramme...

19 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming Part 6: Kindling and weaning

The doe makes a nest with various materials and abdominal fur before kindling. The doe’s nest is usually at the end of her kindling burrow. A quiet area should be set aside for the doe...

18 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Sugarcane farmers and workers presents case to Ministers and Members of Parliament

Small-scale farmers, workers and representatives of the sugar industry this week took their deepening concerns about the future of the sector directly to Members of Parliament (MPs) and ...

18 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Outbreak of Rabbit Haemorraghic Disease in the Western and Northern Cape provinces

The department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development which to announce the outbreak of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) in the Western and Northern Cape provinces.  T...

18 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Opinion Piece: Temporary employment services can speed up fibre rollout and give r...

While the Covid-19 pandemic threw the world, and South Africa, into chaos, it was also responsible for rapidly pushing the digital agenda. As more people are now empowered to work from h...

18 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

MASSEY FERGUSON DOES IT AGAIN! Master Mechanic – Season 2 (18 Nov 2022)

Who will you root for in the Massey Ferguson Master Mechanic Season 2 in November? Bigger tractors, bigger challenges, bigger everything! The time is fast approaching for the Massey F...

18 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 5: Breeding and herd management

In a single year, a doe can have up to 12 litters of kits. The average litter size is six kits, which means that if a doe is constantly in the presence of a buck, she could be able to pr...

17 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

First Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition finds owner

The very first production version of the Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition has been handed over to its new owner, Dr Matthews Phosa, an avid game breeder from the Nelspruit area. “It...

17 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Production of Next-Generation Ford Ranger Commences in South Africa for Domestic a...

Ford Motor Company’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, today became the third plant to commence production of the Next-Generation Ranger for customers around the world. The start ...

17 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Rabbit farming part 4: Feeding and watering the rabbits

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to rabbit nutrition. In order to keep the rabbits healthy and prevent them from gaining too much weight, they must be fed the right...

17 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming Part 3: Selecting the correct housing system

Alot of thought and planning should be done before starting to construct and equip anything for rabbit care. When this is done right, it should ultimately reduce the amount of labour req...

16 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

How the insurance industry can mitigate SA’s climate-related losses and boost econ...

Earlier this year, KwaZulu-Natal experienced such severe floods that Santam could only describe the phenomenon, which washed away houses, roads, bridges, and business premises, as the mo...

16 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Meet the President of the Suffolk Sheep Breeders’ Society of SA

Derik Strauss, President of the Suffolk Sheep Breeders Society of SA, was born in Schweizer-Reneke, where he went to school and played rugby for the Pukke for three years. He went back t...

16 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Rabbit farming – Part 2: Select the right breed

The vital first step in rabbit breeding is choosing the right breed. Accor-ding to the American Rabbit Breed­ers Association, there are around 38 breeds and 89 variants of domestic rabb...

16 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Meet the President of the Brahman Breeders Society of SA

Wayne Porter is the President of the Brahman Breeders Society of SA and he farms in the Tarkastad District of the Eastern Cape. “I farm with Brahman Stud cattle, Angora goats and Merin...

15 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Rabbit farming Part 1: Why you should become a rabbit farmer

Rabbit farming can be an alternative farming opportunity for a beginner farmer or someone with limited resources. According to Mike Daka, a rabbit farmer and interim President of the Rab...

15 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Grow your fish with Novatek Simple pre-requisites to a successful aquaculture season

Aquaculture is becoming very popular amongst Zambians because it provides people with employment and a cheaper source of protein. The government, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Li...

15 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Solynta and RegenZ Partner to Bring Hybrid Potatoes to South Africa

South African seed potato producer RegenZ and European hybrid potato seed innovator Solynta announced a partnership to bring hybrid true potatoes to the South African farming community. ...

15 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

John Deere: The green keeps growing

At John Deere there is no time for sitting back and being idle. John Deere’s smart people are constantly identifying and implementing strategies to ensure that John Deere customers get...

15 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Vegetable planting part 19: Crop rotation and crop calendar

Vegetable crops offer a good source of income for both small- and largescale farmers. But it takes so much more than placing a seed in the soil and harvesting the plants at the end of th...

14 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Industry vehicles can achieve fuel savings of up to 3,75 %* with new Shell FuelSav...

New triple-action formulation of Shell FuelSave Diesel cleans even more thoroughly than before to help improve fuel economy and recover power in heavy-duty engines. Shell Commercial F...

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Tree nut production in Sub-Saharan Africa part 2

The global tree nut production industry continues to steadily grow corresponding to increasing demand. The Tree Nuts Market Outlook, from the Future Market Insights states that the globa...

14 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Carl Hamm offers water solutions: STÜWA borehole riser pipes and well screens for ...

Boreholes are vital for deep soil water extraction. Much like everything else on your farm, taking care of your borehole will ensure that it takes care of you. That is why you need quali...

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Fighting a thorny issue

Two businessmen of George in the Southern Cape have tackled the thorny issue of invasive, alien cactus species that are adored as garden plants, but which are seriously threatening to de...

14 Nov 2022 · 9 min read

Last Current-Generation Ford Ranger Comes off Assembly Line in South Africa, Sets ...

Production of Ford’s current-generation Ranger pick-up has drawn to a close at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria. The last unit came off the assembly line on 10 November 2022, e...

14 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

FAW trucks celebrates significant production milestone

FAW Trucks offer a locally produced model range that continues to represent robust solutions and excellent value for money in the extra-heavy, heavy, medium and light commercial segments...

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

XUV700: Special treat for first 700 pre-orders

Only a few days remain before Mahindra officially opens orders for the highly anticipated XUV700. On 15 November 2022 at exactly 11:00, Mahindra will officially open pre-orders for it...

14 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

2022 Winners of Agricultural Writers SA Awards

Some of South Africa’s top contributors to agriculture were recognised at the 2022 Agricultural Writers SA Awards on Friday, 11 November 2022. The annual event salutes those that work ...

14 Nov 2022 · 12 min read

South Africa’s favourite bakkie is back and more powerful than ever

The Toyota Hilux is the latest vehicle to receive the GR treatment. Aptly named, the Hilux GR-Sport, the 2.8 GD-6 4x4 6AT, was designed with two things in mind: toughness and sportiness....

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Meet the President of the Nguni Cattle Breeders Society

Oswald Jannasch, President of the Nguni Cattle Breeders Society, grew up in the bushveld, on a mission station and went to school in a rural town. After school, he went to university, wo...

14 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Meet the President of the Meatmaster Sheep Breeders Society of South Africa

Charles Freeme, President of the Meatmaster Sheep Breeders’ Society South Africa, is a full time farmer doing Meatmaster Stud breeding and also have various other interests in small st...

14 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Reinke makes every acre count!

When you use Reinke Irrigation on your farm, you know that every acre is showing what it is worth. By using the data from your pivot and the knowledge about your farm, you can overcom...

14 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

GWM and HAVAL Reshaping the future of motoring

GWM and HAVAL, have recently won a host of outstanding accolades, and have just reached record sales for October 2022.  In the competitive and well-contested South African automobile...

11 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

South Africa’s Cannabis Research Institute will sponsor the first observational cl...

The Cannabis Research Institute of South Africa (CRI) has sponsored a year-long study that examines the effectiveness of medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids for chronic pain ma...

10 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

New Pioneer Maize Hybrid – P1975PW for the Eastern Maize Production Areas

Introduction The development and large-scale implementation of hybrid genetics are one of humanity's greatest achievements, resulting in a multifold increase in productivity over histor...

10 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Devlan Limousins provides adaptable, early-maturing, quality bulls with conformati...

John and Tracey Devonport run the successful Devlan Limousin cattle stud, which is situated on Water’s Edge on the Vaal. Background John was brought up in Johannesburg and went to Wi...

10 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Circular Forcing Pen for calm animals

Tal-Tec, the designer and manufacturer of farming solutions for the better management and control of livestock, has recently released a circular forcing race for cattle. The company’s ...

10 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

SA beef company taps into Saudi’s Halal market

South African beef is once again taking centre stage in the Middle East. One of South Africa’s leading beef producers – Beefmaster Group – is attending this year’s Saudi Internat...

10 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Valtrac: Market leader in Pöttinger cutting technology, winning hearts of farmers

Any farmer's dream is to get the most from each stalk, along with digestible and more nutritious feed for his animals. Pöttinger's mowers not only meet farmers' dreams but also run like...

10 Nov 2022 · 5 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...

9 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

ORONDIS Ultra presents a new era of late blight and downy mildew protection

Farmers welcome Syngenta’s announcement of ORONDIS® Ultra fungicide with two active ingredients for unsurpassed late blight and downy mildew control. ORONDIS® Ultra fungicide brings ...

9 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Biosecurity on your poultry farm: Maintain your broilers in good health

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission to and among livestock. Biosecurity is important because the set of preventi...

9 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Whatever your equipment needs … Ripper Tillage Equipment manufacture implements to...

Ripper Tillage Equipment has an implement for every job throughout the planting journey. The team specialises in custom-built equipment that ensures results in your crop because a succes...

9 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Take control of managing your wastewater

The recent water crises around the country should make all South Africans consider not only how we desperately need to protect our sources of fresh water, but how we treat wastewater and...

9 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

HJN training qualifications and training

Company Description HJN Training, with head quarters in Centurion and a satellite office located in Vereeniging, is an organisation dedicated to the training of police, private and publ...

8 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Minister of Agriculture visits green fingered learners at Curro Delft

Green fingered learners from Curro Delft in the Western Cape were ecstatic to see Dr Ivan Meyer, Provincial Minister of Agriculture join them for a tree planting ceremony last week. T...

8 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Hot Tank Summer for JoJo

As South Africans prepare for what will be another sweltering summer, present and future JoJo Tanks owners can be rest assured that their tank has been engineered to resist the ravages o...

8 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Meet the President of the Simbra Cattle Breeders Society of Southern Africa

Tito Vorster is the CEO of the Delft Group and SIMBRA SA Breed President. They have a diversified agriculture footprint in Mpumalanga. Delft Group is a family-owned business managed by h...

7 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Tongaat Hulett payment to small-scale growers welcomed but payment to commercial g...

SA Canegrowers has confirmed reports that some small-scale growers supplying the Tongaat Hulett mills at Felixton, Amatikulu and Maidstone have received the overdue payment for cane deli...

7 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Charcoal-hungry: Cities are killing Malawi’s woodlands

Tree harvesting has left the Miombo woodlands in northern Malawi de­nuded of trees, resulting in major soil erosion. Ken Coetzee of Conservation Man­agement Services, based in Georg...

4 Nov 2022 · 9 min read

Renewable energy for farms

Self-reliant farms, the 21st-century utopia for most farmers, are what farm operational activities are slowly moving towards. These are systems that depend less on outside sources when i...

4 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Waste water treatment: Trapsuutjies makes a difference

Trapsuutjies is an environmental initiative owned by Susan Botha, who formerly worked at CapeNature. The name Trapsuutjies literally means ‘tread lightly’ and is the Afrikaans word f...

4 Nov 2022 · 9 min read

Greenhouses Part 1: Choose greenhouses for maximised production

As the adverse effects of climate change increase result in destruc­tive weather conditions that affect the agricultural sector, there is also an increase in agricultural participants i...

4 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

High Court issues critical victory for food security against City of Tshwane Munic...

The Pretoria High Court has issued a critical judgment requiring that the City of Tshwane invest R18 million in the implementation of a precinct plan for the maintenance of the Tshwane F...

4 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Meet the Chairman of PinZ²yl Cattle Breeders

Cecilia Prinsloo, Chairman of the PinZ²yl Cattle Breeders of South Africa, is a practising attorney, the senior partner at a niche boutique-style law firm, with no farming background wh...

2 Nov 2022 · 10 min read

Meet the Chairman of Merino SA

Adrian McNaughton(48) farms with his family (brother Ronald) on the farm Houdconstant in the Graaff Reinet district. “We are primarily Merino sheep farmers with a beef component and so...

2 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Trewirgie Timber drives successes further

Orange is the colour of success for KwaZulu-Natal-based Trewirgie Timber. The flourishing farming enterprise relies on an orange-liveried Wood-Mizer sawmill line at its Orange Farm Sawmi...

2 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Why is feed conversion ratio (FCR) important?

Pig farmers often focus on reproductive traits. These traits are important, but also keep in mind how your herd is making use of feed because 80% of a farm’s costs is feed. Feed con...

2 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Meet the President of SA Hereford

Dr Hinner Köster is President of the SA Hereford Cattle Breed. More about dr Köster He was born on the 17th of April 1965 and raised on a large cattle ranch in Vryburg in the Nort...

2 Nov 2022 · 16 min read

Meet the President of the Southern African Limousin Society

John Devonport is the President of the Southern African Limousin Society. John was brought up in Johannesburg and went to Wits where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. “As a fa...

2 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

LumiGEN™ Seed Treatments built for your success with Pioneer genetics

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...

2 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Reinke 740 A UD Wheel Gearbox is the new standard in wheel gears

Reinke-certified innovation brings you technology such as the 740 A UD Wheel Gearbox is the new standard in wheel gears. The gearbox has a 10-year/16 00-hour warranty. With this, Rein...

1 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Momentum Metropolitan’s Women in Farming

Candidates from Momentum Metropolitan's Women in Farming programme, a three-year incubator that aims to enhance the skills of young black female farmers, recently celebrated their gr...

31 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Women at the forefront of communal rangeland conservation in Southern Africa

Each year, in rural communities, devastating livestock losses due to crime, pests and diseases, natural disasters and fires¹ increase the burden on impoverished South Africans. More and...

31 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Action by DALRRD required to prevent another record-breaking locust outbreak in 2023

Agri SA is extremely concerned that the 2022/2023 summer season will lead to an even greater locust outbreak if no proactive measures are taken now. South Africa will likely experience f...

31 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Tongaat business rescue: Over R400 Million in Canegrower payments at immediate risk

SA Canegrowers is deeply concerned by the announcement that Tongaat Hulett Limited has entered its South African operations into business rescue due to the catastrophic consequences it h...

31 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Sheep breeds part 1: Sheep raised for mutton

Dorper sheep In South Africa, the Persian sheep, the Dorset sheep, and the Van Rooy sheep were used to create the Dorper breed. This process produced a robust, quick-growing meat breed ...

31 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Poultry farming part 7: Record keeping

No business can survive without proper record-keeping. The sys­tem need not be complicated, but as a poultry farmer you must note down important information, such as the feed consumptio...

31 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Beekeeping part 4: Inside the hive

In the previous articles, we discussed beekeeping in general and the value of bees as pollinators. In this article, we have a peek inside an active beehive to see who lives there and wha...

31 Oct 2022 · 11 min read

BI celebrates its 65th anniversary with solid growth and expansion

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) grew its countrywide distribution network by four branches this year alone and is looking to add a completely new complementary business unit...

31 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.4: Cowpea

The cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp) is one of the most important seed legumes in Africa. The edible leaves and seed have significantly high levels of protein (up to 40%), as well as t...

31 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Ancient African foods Part 5.3: Jute mallow and Ethiopian kale

Jute Mallow and Ethiopian Kale are two ancient African plants that are used as leafy green vegetables. Jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius) Jute mallow belongs to the Malvacea...

31 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Marquis Marketing announces leadership changes

The world’s largest marketer of macadamias, Marquis Marketing, has recently announced several changes to its leadership team. The company has announced the appointment of Charles Co...

31 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Airmax suspension kits – How do they work?

Airmax air spring systems are designed to maximize safe load-carrying capacity, stability and overall ride quality. Their air springs are designed and assembled in the USA. Airmax air sp...

26 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Getting the most out of your FAW tipper

Tippers are one of the true workhorses of the commercial vehicle industry, carrying heavy loads in conditions that are less than ideal. Every load represents money, making a reliable veh...

26 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Appointment of Managing Director: CNH Industrial AG & CE SA

Jacques Taylor has been appointed as the new Managing Director of CNH Industrial AG & CE SA as of 1 October 2022, taking responsibility for the leadership and development of the CNH ...

25 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

ETGL to distribute force motors model range in South Africa

Pune-based automotive manufacturer Force Motors, a market leader in the manufacturing and selling of panel vans and midi-buses in India, announced today the appointment of ETG Logistics,...

25 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Ile de France Breeding Society of South Africa appoints new chairman

The Ile de France Breeding Society of South Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Stefan Conradie as its new chairman. “The roots of the Ile de France breed in South Afr...

25 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

ImpiloVest introduces African wellness to a global audience

Approximately 88% of countries around the world use natural medicines, including herbal medicines, acupuncture, yoga, indigenous therapies, and others, according to the World Health Orga...

25 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

MTBPS: Agricultural sector needs tax relief and infrastructure investment

Agri SA is hopeful that the Midterm Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) will outline critical measures to support the agricultural sector amid a number of crises that threaten the sector’s...

25 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Finding alternative ways to ensure sustainable water supply

The massive population increase in South Africa over the past decades, failing water infrastructure and lack of good rain has compounded the current water crisis in the country, but here...

25 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Save money with EV Global’s electric golf carts

With the constantly rising fuel price, it may be wise to get an electric car from EV Global. EV Global is South Africa’s biggest independent electric transport business since 2009. “...

24 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Small-scale organic rooibos farmers become climate smart

‘The Suid Bokkeveld is where my heart lies, with the farmers who share this beautiful landscape. They are very keen to learn new things and one of the woman farmers told me she will ne...

24 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Take care of your skin with JUSTBLiSS natural products

Taking proper care of your skin is something that goes beyond taking showers and avoiding the sun as much as possible. It also has to do with the quality of the products that we use to k...

21 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Crop production in Namibia Part 14: Weed control

Any plant that is not wanted or that sprouts up at the wrong time or in the wrong place is considered as a weed. There are a number of drawbacks associated with weeds: Weeds cons...

19 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Tree nut production in sub-Saharan Africa part 1

According to the McKinsey and Company report, Winning in Africa’s agricultural market, more than 60% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers, and about 23% of s...

19 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Pig farming Part 7: Marketing – the final test for success

A crucial element of the piggery business chain is the market. Thoroughly compiled market information and linkages determine piggery production objectives and profitability due to the co...

19 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Climate change and farming in Sub-Saharan Africa

There was once a time when weather patterns were stable, and the effect of destructive weather patterns was not a great threat; a time when farmers had a more than 70 percent guarantee t...

19 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Bonus for farmers: Revaro Agri in cooperation with AgriBonus, offers more to farmers

AgriBonus (AB) is the first loyalty programme specifically designed to reward farmers for the loyalty they show towards certain brands. The AgriBonus loyalty programme Farmers are rewa...

19 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Measure your livestock performance with Gallagher’s scales

Gone are the days of guesswork over animal performance. Gallagher Animal Management’s livestock scales give farmers Immediate, accurate, and easily accessible information. It provides ...

19 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

South African beef sought after by Saudi Arabia

A landmark deal has been signed between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, which will see South Africa export beef – amongst other red meat products – to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA...

19 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Algar Animal Handling Equipment shows how to make livestock handling productive at...

Productivity and efficiency are what Algar Animal Handling Equipment strive to give the farmer in the equipment they manufacture.  A variety of their equipment was on show at NAMPO A...

18 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Agricultural Writers SA North: Awards evening on 14 October 2022

The regional candidates for the Agricultural Writers SA (AWSA) North were officially announced on 14 October during an awards event in Pretoria. The event's main sponsors were Corteva...

18 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

MOWCS commemorates world food day by empowering more than 100 unemployed youth

The 16th of October is a date set by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations as World Food Day. MOWCS, as one of the organisations that have food security as their pi...

18 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

The Marquis Group looks to long-term future despite global nut downturn

The world’s largest grower, processor, and marketer of macadamias, The Marquis Group, has reiterated its long-term commitment to its more than 485 macadamia grower suppliers amid falli...

18 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Tips to maximise the vaccination success against Infectious Bronchitis in broilers

Physical properties of Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) infects exclusively birds, with different clinical presentations depending on factors such as ...

17 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Novatek remains committed to the Zambian community

In Zambia, poultry farming serves as a major source of income and nutrition for more than 1 million farmers and households who keep chickens. Novatek is committed to maintain both qua...

17 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Growing soya beans in Zambia, the Syngenta way!

Soya beans (Glycine max) is a crucial food legume crop being cultivated extensively in our country Zambia on large and small-scale farms. Growers must follow basic agronomic principle...

17 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Is Africa ready for artificial intelligence?

In a world of rapidly changing technology and creation of more efficient systems, manual labour is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and with this conception of new technology, the ap...

17 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Carbon sequestration: Putting carbon back into the soil

The need to put carbon back into the soil where it belongs instead of being released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide that contribute to global warming, is very real. There is no ti...

17 Oct 2022 · 9 min read

Vaccinate your horses to get them ship-shape to ride and compete this summer

As equine competition season ramps up, the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) has emphasised the importance of horse owners getting their animals vaccinated against African horse si...

14 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Yara’s Chrisna Heuer: “Agriculture is a place for growth and women”

"It was truly a privilege and a blessing from day one to be in agriculture," says Chrisna Heuer, marketing manager in South Africa for Yara Africa Fertilizer (Pty) Ltd, an international ...

14 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Cattle and small stock management information day 14th October 2022, Lusaka showgr...

Program of Speakers Note : The Speakers are at the event all day and available for more detailed discussions. Entrance fee: K50. Gates open 08.00 hrs Talks start 09.00hrs RS...

14 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Valley irrigation solutions – invest in your future with the brand trusted t...

Invest in your future Whether you’re installing irrigation equipment for the first time, replacing an aging pivot or upgrading your current equipment, there’s no question that it’...

13 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Sustainable farming is no longer possible without reliable information

South Africans are justifiably proud of their can-do, DIY reaction to life’s challenges. When things become complicated, however, sound and impartial advice becomes indispensable. T...

13 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Cardinal Weighbridge in collaboration with GravityWeigh provides weighbridge solut...

Cardinal Weighbridge Cardinal Weighbridge Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd. has grown over the years to become one of the largest suppliers of weighbridges in South Africa and Africa. ...

13 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

#WorldFoodDay: Cyber threats to digital and smart farming pose potential risks to ...

When it comes to the digitization of agriculture, countries across sub-Sahara Africa are at varying stages of technology adoption and transformation. But even though smart technology is ...

13 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Agrico is the irrigation leader of the 21st century

What is the secret to more than 120 years of service? According to Johan Visser, drip- and micro-irrigation expert at Agrico, constant innovation and progress are fundamental to succe...

13 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Maize: Replant or not?

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...

13 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Bee season is here, and Rentokil wants to save them

As the swarming season begins for bees in South Africa, Rentokil Initial has partnered with Bee Kulture to provide specialised and sustainable “bee sanctuaries” adding to their suite...

12 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Nedbank partners with the automotive industry to drive competitiveness amid turbul...

The South African automotive industry, which generates around 18,7% of domestic manufacturing output, plays a significant role in our country’s economy, with a GDP contribution compara...

12 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

LEMKEN: Deeply rooted in the soil preparation of Greenway Farms

LEMKEN is well known for their multipurpose equipment such as the Karat, Rubin and Heliodor, assuring you a firm seedbed for the planting season. When ploughing needs to be done, LEMKEN ...

12 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Building Soil and Plant Health for Human Health

Increasing input costs, over-reliance on fertiliser, consumer pressure to farm more sustainably, government regulations to reduce greenhouse gases, the unpredictable effects of climate c...

12 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Protected areas management will help South Africa to survive

Significant resources are required to conserve South Africa’s landscapes and their associated biodiversity and ecosystem services. These include freshwater, fresh air, carbon sequestra...

11 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Make livestock work easy: Save time and money with Algar’s equipment

Farmers who handle livestock and game, equally love Algar's livestock-handling equipment. Algar's equipment is of the highest quality, is sturdy, is made of strong steel, and is cleverly...

11 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Agri Western Cape puts farmers first

This year, NAMPO Cape took place from 14–17 September in Bredasdorp. During this gathering, farmers engaged in conversation with the management of Agri Western Cape (AWC), to hear how ...

11 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Reinke’s long lasting pivots offer farmers value for money

A centre pivot is an essential part of many farms worldwide. What a farmer expects from a pivot is efficiency, reliability, and longevity. A farmer wants assurance that his investment wi...

11 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Rhino farmer emigrates, but keeps his rhinos

Piet Warren, game rancher from Gravelotte in Limpopo, is slowly but surely getting rid of his assets with the aim of emigrating to Australia. Piet (75) and his wife Christine have bee...

11 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Rumax’s reliable blue displayed again at Cape NAMPO

Rumax's reliable blue machines grabbed everyone's attention once again at the Cape NAMPO terrain in Bredasdorp. This isn't Rumax's first NAMPO, and it's certainly not their last. After t...

11 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Revaro Agri is looking for new dealers

Rugged equipment that serves the farmer faithfully and meets strict safety requirements - this is what Revaro provides. Revaro's people believe in satisfying farmers' needs by providing ...

10 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

52 years – Stiglingh family becomes one of the oldest customers of Massey Ferguson...

The farm Spitskop in the Heidelberg district in the Western Cape represents pure Massey Ferguson tradition and achievement. Hendrik-Pieter and Hanro Stiglingh are the fourth generation o...

10 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Farmers flock to Valtrac at NAMPO Cape

With lively interest, farmers descended on Valtrac's exhibition at NAMPO Cape. "It was really worth it for us," says Johan Steyn, salesman for Valtrac, in the Eastern Cape. "We have f...

10 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Vegetable planting part 18: Eggplant

Eggplant, aubergine or brinjal, whatever you would like to call them, this vegetable has probably made an appearance on your plate and is definitely worth growing in your garden or on yo...

10 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Cattle breeds part 6

Holstein dairy cows Holsteins are easily recognisable due to their distinct markings, which are most often black and white, but can also be red and white. The breed originated in the Ne...

10 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

The John Deere 5E Series: Built for Africa

AFGRI Equipment has been Botswana’s proud John Deere Dealer since 2016. Brand new premises and additional appointed product experts who love working with farmers, along with premium eq...

10 Oct 2022 · 3 min read