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How to store your stock feed properly

Stock feed is the feed manufactured for livestock animals to meet the requirements of a certain species. It can be produced in a mash, crumble, or pelleted form. Livestock is an inves...

27 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 12 Interior layout of t...

The interior design of your dairy can make or break your operation. With some clever thinking beforehand, your dairy will become a place of pride for generations to come. Doors Because...

27 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 11 – The interior and e...

To ensure a pleasant milking experience for the cows, farmer, workers and even visitors, it is very wise to have a look at all the factors involved and do some planning before you draw u...

27 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 10 – Rapid-exit milking...

Rapid-exit parlours are designed to improve the efficiency of fishbone and parallel parlours. All the cows on the one side of the parlour are let out simultaneously in a direction perpen...

27 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 9 – The benefits and di...

Fishbone milking parlour Cows enter these parlours in groups and stand at an angle to the milking pit, so that only the udder part of the cow is exposed to the labourer (Figure 1). ...

27 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Poultry farming Part 6.1: Poultry health

Chickens get sick very easily. Disease can kill your whole flock overnight, so it is important to make sure that you do everything you can to keep them healthy. The two most significa...

27 Sep 2022 · 12 min read

Ancient African food Part 5.2: Marama, lablab and bambara beans

Legumes are a staple in many developing countries. Besides being a valuable source of protein, it also enriches the soil in which it grows. In this series, we highlight traditional crops...

26 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Hydroponics for Africa: Here is an opportunity!

The main asset utilised for farming in Africa is soil, a mixture of or­ganic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms for that sustain plant growth. The optimum use of this re...

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Meet Hughna Dlodlo, the crop whisperer

Intellectual knowledge blended with practical experience is always a well-balanced combination in any profes­sion. In a sector such as agriculture, the value such an individual brings o...

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Namibian female farmer beats downfalls and cultivates her dreams

In the heart of the Northeastern parts of Namibia, 250 km from Windhoek, on the farm Springvale, is a passionate female farmer, Elize van Niekerk, who farms with cattle, goats, sheep, ma...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

NEW HOLLAND T6000 and T7000: No compromise on performance and productivity

The flexible T6000 tractor range satisfy the demands of many operations. New Holland’s formula for outstand­ing T6000 tractor performance involves mixing raw power and superior contr...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Cattle breeds part 5

Sussex Sussex cattle are one of the oldest and purest English breeds and are popu­lar in Southern Africa’s beef industry. The breed descended from horned red cows once found in Susse...

26 Sep 2022 · 9 min read

Processing of condiments Part 21: Grape vinegar

Vinegar is the sour liquid obtained by naturally fermenting the juice of any fruit, cereal or sugar substances. Fermented grape juice, that is wine, is used as the starting material to w...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Tech news: Less is more with sustainable farming

Gator made from recycled parts. A bonnet made from plastic bottles pulled from the Mississippi river, and a storage compartment made from ground coconut are only a couple of the surpris...

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Soil research equipment from Van Walt South Africa

It goes without saying that the welfare of your soil is intrinsic to agricultural health because when soil is healthy, it provides the nutrients and moisture crops need. A healthy soil c...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

John Deere 5E Utility Tractors: Built for Africa

Golden opportunities were opened for farmers when, in June 2021, Tata Zambia and John Deere partnered and expanded their footprint within the Zambian community to support a fast-growing ...

26 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Feed your horse the best with Tiger Animal Feeds

Owning a horse can be an incredibly rewarding experience. However, certain decisions must be made by a farmer to be prepared for this under­taking. You must make sure that you can give ...

26 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Novatek supplies quality feeds for Africa, from Africa

Novatek Animal Feeds is the largest animal feed producer in Zambia and has been in operation since 2008. The company produces a large variety of scientifically formulated feeds and custo...

26 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Rumax hammermills fit your needs and your pocket

Preparing feed for animals can be a tedious daily task, but with a machine manufacturer like Rumax in your corner, this task will be done efficiently and without hassles. Rumax manufactu...

26 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

2022 FISP delay setback

Farmers are concerned with the reported delays in finalizing the procurement processes for the 2022 Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) fertilisers. Most small-scale farmers depend on ...

22 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Farmtrac Dundee has proudly flown the Massey Ferguson flag for over 40 years

Massey Ferguson is 175 years old this year, a testament to the brand’s longevity, offering farmers worldwide the straightforward and dependable machines they need to feed the world sus...

22 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Vegetable production part 17: Turning a new leaf with African leafy vegetables

Lerotho, Bangala, Spider flower, Delele, Jew’s mallow and kale are all part of the African leafy vegetables that can be commercially grown. These plants also help fight against malnutr...

21 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Vegetable production Part 16: Let’s ring the bell (pepper)

Bell peppers, sweet peppers or just good old peppers, these vegetables are jam packed with nutrients. Red peppers contain 300% the daily re­quirement of Vitamin C — significantly more...

21 Sep 2022 · 10 min read

Crop production guide Namibia part 13: Pest and weed control application techniques

The methods used to apply plant pro­tection chemicals are referred to as application techniques. There are many factors that contribute to good plant protection, including the substa...

21 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

FMD could wipe out game ranches

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) has the potential to wipe out game ranches. “The effects will be worse than on a cattle farm, and destroy the ranch financially and from a biodi­versity p...

21 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Pig farming part 6: Understand the products your pigs can produce

Global meat consumption is increas­ing steadily with the concurrent rise in human population. Among meat products, pork has been maintaining its position in the top two of meats consume...

21 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Managing agricultural loans

Obtaining a loan for an agricultural project is one of the best things that can happen for a farmer who needs financing. Without funds, nothing moves on a farm. Over 30% of loans taken b...

21 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Publication of regulations regarding the classification, packaging and marketing o...

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has gazetted new standards for certain raw processed meat products on Friday, 26 August 2022 in terms of section...

21 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Tenacious, integrated approach secures farmer esteemed Toyata Kwanalu young farmer...

KwaZulu-Natal’s Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, proudly announces that North Coast Macadamia and Banana farmer, Tammy Williams is the 2022 KZN Toyota Kwanalu Young Farmer of the Year. ...

21 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Whether you farm big or small: ETG Logistics has the mechanisation answer you need

Whether you plough and plant from horizon to horizon, or just a small patch of green fodder or silage maize for your livestock, all farmers have one thing in common: they need reliable i...

14 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Women in farming: Lessons-learned and growth

Since its inception in 2016, FarmSol in partnership with South African Breweries (SAB), has supported 475 female farmers across the country, with the number of women in the programme gro...

12 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Maximum harvest is not maximum profit

Dr Gawie du Toit's fertilization experiment with maize in collaboration with Ermelo High School and TLU SA, has proven once again that the pursuit of maximum harvest must be tempered wit...

9 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Stay safe with HJN Training

Security and safety are very important factors in any business. HJN Training is a tertiary training company that trains people in security and safety in the private sector. The com...

9 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Debunking the early disease problem in legumeswere

For some time now, Syngenta Zambia did not have an alternative seed treatment solution for soya bean in Zambia other than DIVIDEND® Extreme. They had been providing some third-party pro...

8 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Mitsubishi Motors Empangeni scoops the Dealer of the Year amid strong competition

Mitsubishi Motors in Empangeni has emerged as the brand’s Dealer of the Year 2022, following a closely fought contest between all the dealers around the country. Achieving this presti...

8 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

SA citrus industry voluntarily closes export of Valencias to EU to mitigate CBS risk

With a month left of the current export season, the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) and the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum Boards have taken the decision to volunta...

8 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Naboomspruit’s Opperman is TLU SA’s Young Farmer of the Year

Daniël Opperman from Naboomspruit is the TLU SA Young Farmer of the Year. The winner of the 2022 competition was announced at the annual TLU SA congress. “It was particularly diffi...

8 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Fuel Saving Facts – Small actions can boost profitability

With fuel contributing heavily to a farmer’s input costs, every fuel increase has an effect on the farm’s bottom line. Following a few basic rules that focus on fuel economy will hel...

7 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Marquis Macadamias Australia and South Africa mark World Macadamia Nut Day

Marquis Macadamias and their growers have celebrated the macadamia industry on World Macadamia Nut Day, Sunday 4 September, by continuing to educate the next generation in Bundaberg and ...

7 Sep 2022 · 4 min read

Potatoes SA confirms supply of fresh potatoes as Europe under pressure

Local businesses have raised concerns regarding the supply of potatoes and French fries as record temperatures and severe drought negatively impact the supply of potatoes from Europe. In...

6 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

The energy solution: Rentech, your ultimate renewable energy provider

Part of the AutoX family, Rentech was established in 2001 as a dedicated provider of renewable energy products and services. With a focus on supplying local and selected African markets,...

6 Sep 2022 · 3 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...

5 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Scania and Shoprite lead the sustainable transport shift

Scania Southern Africa recently handed over several Euro 5 new generation, fuel-saving trucks to the Shoprite group, a valued customer of Scania. These trucks are the first of their kind...

5 Sep 2022 · 9 min read

CNH Industrial drives the empowerment of women

CNH Industrial is a world-class equipment and services company that sustainably advances the noble work of agriculture and construction workers. With its globally respected brands, whose...

1 Sep 2022 · 9 min read

Gumboro Disease and the MB-Strain

Gumboro disease, also known as Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD), is a threat to all poultry enterprises. This is a contagious disease affecting young birds. The virus targets the Bursa of...

1 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Volkswagen’s B-BBEE Initiatives Trust invests in transformation of the automotive ...

When it comes to transformation in the automotive industry, Akhona Mosiane believes she has been given a rare opportunity to make an impact. “I am not title-driven but I know there ...

1 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

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

In this article, we discuss seeding rates, depth of planting, nutritional requirements and crop protection. [caption id="attachment_4171" align="aligncenter" width="352"] Neat seed sp...

1 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Good news for Zambian farmers: Syngenta helps farmers to grow

The benefits of accepting a world class agro-chemical company in a developing country are numerous and valuable. Apart from the job opportunities created and the professional skills that...

1 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Tradecorp brings new solutions for Zambia farmers

Tradecorp is a global reference in the field of biostimulants and crop nutrition specialist, developing and manufacturing first-class, innovative solutions that are marketed in more than...

1 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Algar introduces: Small, powerful and compact feed mixer

Wow! That's just the thing my animals and I need, farmers said when they saw Algar's new JAY-LOR feed mixer at the recent KragDag expo. Algar participated in KragDag for the second time ...

1 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Beekeeping Part 3: How to start beekeeping

In the first three articles on beekeeping, we gave you some background on why you should keep bees, what role bees play in pollination, and what goes on inside the hive. In this issue, w...

1 Sep 2022 · 8 min read

Beekeeping Part 2: Pollination – a vital service to farmers

About eighty percent of all flowering plants must be pollinated and this is mostly done by insects and other animals, such as birds and bats. Pollination affects more than a third of glo...

31 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

The John Deere 2680H High-Performance Disc: For a faster field-finish

At John Deere Africa Middle East, we understand that residue management after harvest time is critical for good soil health, and we know that working faster on the fields matters. We are...

31 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Get better yield and stronger crops in your next harvest!

Research enables us to better understand the challenges farmers face daily, providing evidence about which solutions are needed. By combining the strengths of both companies, Tradecorp a...

31 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Farmers prefer Bonnox

Game poaching is an enormous problem in the Lowveld and a large portion of a game farmer’s security expenditure goes towards his first line of defence – the fence around his farm. ...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 9 – The benefits and di...

Fishbone milking parlour Cows enter these parlours in groups and stand at an angle to the milking pit, so that only the udder part of the cow is exposed to the labourer (Figure 1). ...

31 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Beekeeping part 1: Introduction to beekeeping

Have you ever considered what life would be like without bees? Very few plants will grow in our gardens, and we will most certainly have less food to eat. More than 150 plant species tha...

31 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Water Wise farmers build earth dams: Part 8- Connecting an earth wall and a weir, ...

In this last article of our series on dam building, we wrap up the last few, but very important points that you should consider when building an earth dam. Connecting an earth wall an...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Water Wise farmers build earth dams: Part 7 – The core of the dam and construction...

The core must consist of the densest available material at the site, such as clay. The material must be moist and well compacted or rolled in thin layers of uniform thickness. If the cla...

31 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Water Wise farmers build earth dams – Part 6: Dam wall designs

In this article we share a collection of cross-sectional dam wall designs for different scenarios. We also look at polypropylene as a sealing material. [caption id="attachment_4018"...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Effective water harvesting techniques part 3

In a natural catchment area, rain and run-off water will always flow downhill and collect in a body of water such as a stream, a river, or a dam. Man-made catchment areas follow the same...

31 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Progressive solar innovation powered by Audi Centre Centurion

• Audi Centre Centurion implements solar solution to progress the transition to e-mobility, greener energy and a more sustainable future. • 53kWp of photovoltaic (PV) solar power ha...

31 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Effective water harvesting techniques: Part 2

Don’t let rainwater run away; use these techniques to effectively collect water from your own roof. Usually, large roof surfaces are equipped with gutters and down-pipes. These feat...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Martina Biene to succeed Robert Cisek as Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Sou...

• Robert Cisek appointed as Head of Volkswagen Small and Compact Product Line • Martina Biene to succeed Cisek as Chairperson and Managing Director of VWSA Kariega – Robert Cis...

31 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Water wise farmers build earth dams: Part 5 – Construction factors of a dam wall

A dam wall may seem to be a simple construction, but when you are dealing with the incredible force that water exerts, you have to be very careful with your calculations, building proced...

31 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Effective water harvesting techniques Part 1

A valuable, crucial asset for any farmer is water. Every drop of water should be coveted and fully utilised. The term ‘water harvesting’ generally refers to the collection of rainsto...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Stop lightning from destroying your borehole pump

The consequences of a blown borehole pump are catastrophic and far-reaching. Added to the initial financial outlay of up to R60 000 to replace a pump are the effects of not being able t...

31 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Healthy bacteria in aquaponics systems can save the world

Healthy living begins with healthy eating. The social media rave about superfoods, warns about allergies that may be caused by poisonous substances, promote eating habits without sugar a...

31 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Farming hygiene practices can help protect the agricultural value chain

Despite the pandemic and a contraction in some sectors within agriculture, 2020 was a good year for the South African agricultural sector which experienced a 13.1% annual GDP growth rate...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Waterwise farming: Flowers can bloom in the desert

“We want to prove that agriculture can succeed in harsh conditions and then we can replicate this concept elsewhere,” says Christopher Kahle, Managing Director of Shalom Farm outside...

31 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Fight fires the clever way with Stafix Security Centres

The first thing to know about thermal cameras is that they operate differ­ently from regular cameras. Regular daylight cameras and the human eye both work on the same basic principle. V...

31 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Feed your pet the best with Top Dog from Tiger Animal Feeds

What you feed your dogs is one of the most important choices a dog owner can make. Choosing the right diet for your dog is not always an easy decision, but with Tiger Animal Feeds as spe...

31 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Tiger Animal Feeds: Enriching Zambian farmers with training

In developing countries such as Zam­bia, poverty levels are increasing, especially among rural households, the majority of whom rely on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. ...

31 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Five vaccination tips to successfully control Gumboro Disease in broilers

In our previous two articles (ProAgri Zambia 71 and 73), we have described the basis of Infectious Bursal Disease (IBD) (or Gumboro Disease), the dynamics of antibodies in chickens, as w...

31 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

How to improve father-son work relationships

Conflict between fathers and sons relates to traditional male roles. Once men understand the underlying issues, they can work to transcend their competitive instincts. “No matter wh...

31 Aug 2022 · 12 min read

Gold status confirms Mitsubishi’s excellence in After-Sales again

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa, in only its second year of participation, has achieved the prestigious Gold Award in the Mitsubishi Motors Middle East & Africa, ASBEP – After Sales...

30 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Mitsubishi excels at NADA Dealer Awards and achieves Gold status

Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) achieved excellent results in the latest NADA Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI), being awarded Gold status after showing a 2,8% improvement compared t...

30 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Art on display at Festival of Motoring

• Chery OMODA 5 on show at FOM • First appearance of fashionable next generation Chery in Africa • OMODA 5 confirmed for South African introduction Chery is preparing to wow S...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Produce profit on your pastures with Reinke Irrigation

Irrigation is the gateway to unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published an article many years ago (1997) that estimated Africa to ...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Do you want to become a Reinke Irrigation Systems Dealer? Join the best irrigation...

By joining the Reinke Dealer Network, you’ll become part of the team leading innovation in agriculture. We’re looking for dealers who are committed to helping farmers work more effic...

30 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Reinke offers solutions for Africa: Meet the new Engine Driven Mini Pivot

The pivot still reigns as king in the irrigation world, but limited access to a reliable power supply, or expensive electricity and inadequate water pressure often prevent farmers from t...

30 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Yields increase from 3,5 to 8 tonnes in One Season: Farmers in Mthatha welcome the...

Formerly known as the homelands in South Africa, the Mthatha region of the Eastern Cape has significant agricultural potential. With ample room for development, and a community eager to ...

30 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Improve pecan nut harvests with the World Focus philosophy

“I really appreciate the World Focus view,” says Herlu Smit of Boomplaas near Jacobsdal in the Western Freestate. “They do not pester you to peddle their product – their aim is t...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Green Grow Pecan Nursery: Increase your income and the value of your farm

Cash crops keep farmers going by providing a regular income and a steady cashflow. However, expanding your farming operations always remains a good investment, and there are various opti...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Plant pecans and leave rich pickings for generations to come

180 years. That is for how long a pecan nut tree can yield its rich annual nut crop. With an expected productive life that long, today’s investment for the future of your children and ...

30 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Good news for vineyard and fruit farmers: Reap the fruits of success with John Deere

 New growth is bursting out all over the country now that the winter rest is over. The picky local and export markets are already eagerly awaiting the tasty, tender fruits produced by S...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Allow nature to help fight pests in net-covered hothouses

Shade cloth cover for plants is relatively less expensive than other protective structures. Furthermore they are easy to erect and the producer can design his own structure to fulfil his...

30 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Macadamia nuts: The key to diversification

Macadamia is a tasty and very nutritional nut that was originally and indigenously grown in Australia. There are several varieties of macadamias, although only two are edible. Over the l...

30 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

The final step in successful crop farming: Harvest and storage

In the previous articles of this series we have covered crop establishment, crop nutrition and crop protection. It’s befitting then to end this four-part series with a look at activiti...

30 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Processing of condiments Part 20: Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar is the sour liquid obtained by naturally fermenting the juice of any fruits, cereals, or sugar substances. Apple vinegar is produced by alcoholic fermentation followed by acet...

30 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Ramoabi Moeng Appointed Plant Manager for Continental Tyre South Africa

Exactly one year after being appointed as Deputy Plant Manager for Continental Tyre South Africa, Ramoabi Moeng has been promoted to Plant Manager of the Gqeberha facility which celebrat...

30 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Tiger Animal Feeds: More than just feed in dairy farming Part 2

Dairy farming demands a hardworking, determined, and patient farmer. The aspiring dairy farmer must know that there is no holiday. A dairy farmer must possess some substantial knowledge ...

30 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Feed dairy calves for future prosperity

Raising healthy and productive calves is crucial for the long-term success of the dairy industry. The target of all good dairies should be to minimize mortality, and providing calves wit...

30 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Bayer shapes the future of agriculture through innovative products

Improving production and profits while minimising expense and effort is every farmer’s goal. Bayer understands this and continuously develops products that will enable a farmer to achi...

30 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Momentum Metropolitan’s Women in Farming Programme

All this women below is part of the Momentum Metropolitan’s Women in Farming Programme. The programme is on a mission to enhance the skills of young female farmers to enable and emp...

30 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Ancient African food Part 4: The answer to Africa’s malnutrition and obesity?

In the previous issue, we discussed ways of bringing back food plants our ancestors used, but which have become neglected and underutilised in recent times. By using these plants in t...

30 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Farmers feeling the cost crunch as load shedding continues

Persistent load shedding is having a dire impact on farming production costs and productivity, rapidly driving up food prices, and placing even more financial pressure on strained househ...

29 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Ctrack Crystal makes bespoke agri solutions even easier to use

Keeping pace in today’s digital world is now more relevant to the Agri sector than ever before. With the monitoring and allocation of various assets in the field, utilising a digital p...

26 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Build a sheep farm with Bonnox

Intensive and meticulous planning preceded Ian Wyeth’s move from the town to the farm to take up sheep husbandry. One of the solutions that accompanied him was Bonnox. “For years,...

26 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Agbiz welcomes the reopening of wool exports to China

Agbiz welcomes the decision of the People’s Republic of China to once again accept wool exports from South Africa. The decision is a welcome development within the context of an increa...

26 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

SA agritech disruptor driving down food costs for consumers and increasing profits...

Food costs are soaring with the war in Ukraine, interest rate hikes, fuel increases, and changed weather patterns. A KZN-based startup is focusing on driving down the cost of food by cut...

26 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

RSA Group CEO announced as new IFPA chairperson

Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of RSA Group, has been announced as the new chairperson of the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) Southern Africa Country Council, a position he will hol...

26 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Building a Greener Future with SPECK

SPECK is an industry leader in filtration and circulation in South Africa. We are committed to the innovation of sustainable products that support greener living and responsible environm...

25 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

CWCSA backs women in the workplace

At the heart of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme, you will find the Tadcaster Trading Post, where three dynamic women have been making an impact in the animal feed industry since 2012. ...

25 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Rely on Zimmatic for wise water application

Water is one of our biggest chal­lenges, declares Jesper Lublinkof of Mubuyu Farms in southern Zambia, 85 km south of Lusaka in the Chikankata District. During the winter months (May to...

25 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

ISUZU – a preferred trucking solution partner

The statement that Isuzu is ‘with you for the long run’ is exactly the reason why ISUZU has become the overall leading brand in trucking for the past 10 years. Trucks, especially ...

25 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Krypton Security Systems, your early warning system…

Every day, there are more and more violent home invasions, robberies, and farm murders in South Africa. This is because unemployment is so high that it is luring thousands of people into...

24 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Key considerations when looking at AgriTech for your agriculture business

Technology continues to transform industries globally as the trend towards digitising operations to enhance efficiency continues. According to Oxford Business Group’s Agriculture Afric...

24 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

NAMPO Cape 2022 – More for the ladies to do

Although NAMPO Cape is essentially an agricultural expo, there is no reason why the women cannot also enjoy a visit to NAMPO Cape. The Afgri Women's Program is presented daily from We...

24 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Five tips to planting your own vegetable garden this spring

With the high cost of living and rising food prices, many South Africans are struggling to put food on their plates.1 September is planting season in South Africa, and the climate and so...

24 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Technopol Southern Africa, leading manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene

Technopol Southern Africa (Pty) LTD, established in 1993, is a leading manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (LiteCel™ EPS) products and solutions primarily for insulation and construct...

23 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

India approves in-transit cold treatment for South African apples and pears

Notification issued by the Government of India opens new opportunities for Indian importers to increase volumes. The Government of India has approved in-transit cold treatment for Sou...

23 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

South African B2C and B2B indoor farming tech startup, PixelBlue T/A Homefarm, ann...

A local South African B2C and B2B indoor farming tech startup, PixelBlue T/A Homefarm, has announced a successful Seed Raise of R1,7 million from a group of investors including start-up ...

22 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Alpha Damme (PTY)Ltd

Alpha Damme was established in 2020 during the “Hard lockdown” that was enforced by the Covid Pandemic. Even though we are only 2 years old as a registered company, we have years of ...

19 Aug 2022 · < 1 min read

Market access woes worsen with Namibia, Botswana bans on SA vegetables

Agri SA has written to Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development Thoko Didiza to request her urgent intervention after Botswana and Namibia took unilateral action to bl...

19 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Voice of experience: Look at the whole agri value chain

“In life, you must decide which side of the shop counter you want to be on. If you are involved in the value chain of production and selling, you can have both the products and the mea...

19 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

IS A CENTER PIVOT A CENTER PIVOT?… NO!

Let us look at a general example in our daily life; When buying a new car which does not contribute anything to our income, on the contrary is only costing us money, we spend time select...

19 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 13: Marketing of sheep and lamb

Most sheep operations derive the majority of their income from the sale of lambs or meat. As a result, lamb prices have a large influence on profitability and viability of the sheep ente...

18 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 12: Controlling predators on sheep farms

Severe losses are suffered by farmers due to predators. The severity of the problem varies by farm and geographic region. For some producers, predator losses can be so overwhelming that ...

18 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 11: Grazing management

Grazing management is how and when you control the grazing habits of the animals on your pastures. What animals, how, when, and for how long they graze a pasture determines the species m...

18 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 10: Good nutrition – the key to lambing success

Investing in proper nutrition for pregnant and lactating ewes saves both time and money in the long run. Ewes in good body condition prior to lambing have healthier lambs and fewer compl...

18 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 9: Flock nutritional requirements

As with people, sheep do not require specific feeds. They require energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, fibre, and water. Many different feedstuffs can meet their nutritional requirements...

18 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Sheep farming made easy part 8: Sheep handling equipment and restraining devices

Effective sheep handling equipment can cut labour hours by as much as 18%, while allowing handlers to com­plete a variety of tasks efficiently and safely. The layout of the sheep far...

18 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 7: Basic concepts of handling sheep and lambs

Though frequency and need varies, it is usually necessary to handle sheep several times per year for various reasons. Without an easy way to handle sheep and lambs, important tasks often...

18 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Sheep farming made easy – Part 6: Systems and methods to treat and handle sheep waste

One of the most important aspects of any animal-based agricultural operation is having an effective waste management plan which reaps the benefits of the waste and helps reduce the risks...

18 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Sheep farming made easy Part 5: Biosecurity on sheep farms

Biosecurity means the management practices that are followed to prevent the introduction and spread of diseases. Healthy animals are the cornerstone of successful sheep farming. Biosecur...

18 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Pig production guide – Part 10: Feed

Pig feed Good, high-quality feed is essential for pig production. Proper feed does not only lead to healthier pigs, but also to more profit. Pig feed can drastically impact on the pro...

18 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

Pig production – Part 9: Feed sources for pigs

Various feed sources can be used to make nutritious pig feed that will enable your pigs to grow and earn more profit. The composition of the feed is extremely important. Pigs, like peopl...

18 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Pig production guide – Part 8: The value of keeping detailed records

Farming is a business. No business can survive without good administration. Keeping detailed records of your pig farming business is essential to remain profitable, avoid losses and keep...

18 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Pig production guide Part 7: Create new possibilities with waste management

An important operation on any pig farm is proper waste management. The manure produced in the piggery can cause many problems if not managed effectively. If sound waste management princi...

18 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Pig production guide – Part 6: Proper housing for proper growth and proper profits

Good, efficient housing makes pig management easier and helps the farmer to successfully rear 85% or more of all the live-born piglets to market weight in the shortest possible time. ...

18 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Pig production guide – Part 5: Breeding practices, sow selection and management

The success of a piggery lies in the quality of the breeding programme and breeding practices. Using superior genetics and efficient culling will ensure that your pigs are genetically so...

18 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Poultry farming Chapter 5.1: Broilers and layers

Raising broiler chickens to sell as meat can be a profitable addition to your present small-scale farming. Chicken meat is a popular source of protein in diets everywhere in the world. ...

18 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Poultry farming part 4.3: Raising chicks in a brooder

In part one of Chapter 4 we discussed the types of chickens suitable for Southern African circumstances. We also learned how to take care of day-old chicks in a heated brooder from the d...

18 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Poultry farming Part 4.2: Raising chicks in a brooder

In Part 4.1 of the series on raising chicks in a brooder, we looked at the preparation of a brooder heated with infrared lamps. In Part 4.2 we shall look at the requirements of chicks, a...

18 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Poultry farming part 4.1: Raising chickens in a brooder

Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched. There is much truth in this saying which means that you should not count on anything be­fore it actually happens. But with good plan...

18 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

Poultry farming Part 3: Budget

We discussed twelve points that must be kept in mind when you are considering farming chickens for meat or eggs. This month we look at drawing up a budget to show you what the approximat...

18 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

National Safe is more than just an investment

The manufacturing and distribution company, National Safe, has an extensive national footprint. This company has a wide range of products used by all of Africa’s leading companies. In ...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Dry season feeding and supplementation of grazing cattle, sheep, and goats

Dry season feeding and supplemen­tation for grazing animals requires good planning. The plan should take into account of the long-term effect of the dry season on the land, pasture, fin...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Growers save millions in input costs thanks to comprehensive sustainability solution

Over the past three summer rainfall production seasons, an innovative alliance has given growers access to sustainable crop solutions, technical expertise and extremely favourable commer...

17 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Twigg Furniture grows from farm start-up to busy workshop

An entrepreneurial farmer and son team has built a flourishing artisa­nal furniture and timber ware company with a Wood-Mizer LT40, ingenuity and artistic flair. Based in South Africa...

17 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Val Farmers Day: LEMKEN shows its worth

A perfect seedbed. That is all that remains behind when the Rubin 12 compact disc harrow has moved through the field. At Val Farmers Day, where the country's best among the best could sh...

17 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

South Africa has what it takes to create global cannabis brands

It has been almost four years since the Constitutional Court ruled that South Africans have the right to consume cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, effectively decriminalising t...

17 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

BRIDGESTONE: VT-TRACTOR tyre boosts productivity, reduces costs, and protects crop...

South Africa’s farmers have a well-deserved reputation for using technology to farm smarter and increase productivity despite challenging conditions. The launch of Bridgestone’s f...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Ancient African food plants 5.1

In previous issues, we discussed the value of indigenous and ancient food plants of Africa that can provide essential nutrition that is lacking from ‘modern’ food plants that are pre...

17 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

At the helm of the tobacco industry

The pioneers of commercial tobacco production, The British South Africa Company, could not have fathomed that what seemingly began as a production option to growing food crops and raisin...

17 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

A lady’s touch in urban farming

For most people, suburban life represents an escape from the hustle and bustle of high-rise buildings, traffic jams, parking fees and high food costs in central business districts and to...

17 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Erect a fence in a jiffy with Bonnox

Nowadays, the condition of a farmer’s fence is equally important to that of his sheep. Therefore, Johan Venter, part-time sheep farmer and broker from Middelburg, quickly erected a fen...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Quadro Alloys

Quadro Alloys Trading Enterprise was established in 2007 and is located in the East Rand of Johannesburg. Specialising in the manufacture and design of extruders, hammer mills, feed prod...

17 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Automation in poultry farming: the what and the why

When it comes to small-scale operations such as 5 000 chickens or fewer, one might debate whether or not automation is essential. The correct response is "Yes"! Because of increasing ...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Male or female, every farmer is unique and special

"I didn't decide to farm," Franelyn Hoffman laughs. “I grew up on tractors. In my standard eight year, my father woke me up one morning during the school holidays and said: 'Come, I ne...

17 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Female farmer is living her dream

“Farming is my life, it’s not a job,” says Alida Venter. She farms in the Outeniekwa Mountains, between Uniondale and Knysna. “It’s in the middle of nowhere, but in the perfec...

17 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Quickly identifying irrigation issues to prevent crop loss in South Africa

In South Africa, irrigation decisions can make or break your harvest. David Müller, a farmer at Uitdraai Farm in Prieska on the Northern Cape, knows this all too well. David’s family ...

17 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Cattle breeds Part 4

Santa Gertrudis Robert Kleberg Jr of King Ranch in the United States developed the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed. Kleberg's 400 000 ha ranch had 6 000 Hereford and Shorthorn cows. The...

16 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Is Infectious Bronchitis Variant 2 a problem in your broiler enterprise?

Infectious Bronchitis (IB) Variant 2 (also known as IB variant IS/1494/06) was first detected in Zambia in 2017. In an ongoing survey, Phibro has found it in two broiler flocks in the...

16 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Successful rabbit farming with Tiger Animal Feeds: What a farmer needs to know – P...

If you have followed this article from the previous publication (Part 1), then you would be aware that rabbits are a very economically viable livestock. They have high reproductive rates...

16 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Equipping women to shine

Welcoming women in prominent and strategic roles within maledominated industries and organisations is beneficial and inevitable as women’s capabilities are invaluable. At ELB Equipm...

16 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

The hidden benefits of strip grazing: Profit from pasture

Ask any progressive farmer what the benefits of strip grazing are, and inevitably, the first answer will be: “It reduces wastage.” True, it does. By restricting the quantity of grass...

16 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Dream sustainably with Agrico

“Our dream was to get water to Groenvlei farm, located 5 km from the nearest water source,” says WG Treurnicht, who grows wine grapes just outside Porterville, at the foot of the Oli...

16 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Crop production guide Namibia part 12: Chemical control and pesticide selection

Methods of chemical pest control The following must be done before applying pesticides: Choose the active ingredient in a pesticide: Whenever possible, use an active ingredient th...

16 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

John Deere is proud of their trailblazing women employees

Since 1837 John Deere has operated in the agricultural sector. Head­quarters out of Boksburg oversees the entire Africa and Middle Eastern Region. Because of the company’s core values...

15 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Poultry farming Part 5.2: Natural and artificial incubation

In the previous aeticle we discussed the raising of pullets and broilers to be sold as meat. In this issue we look at natural and artificial brooding of eggs to be raised as layers. Br...

15 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF)

The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) show provides the perfect ground for national, regional, and international companies to advertise their products and services to increase bra...

15 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Pig farming Part 5: From pig to pork

There is nothing that excites pig farmers more than seeing their herd healthy and having attained the ideal slaughter weight they sought for. It means their arduous labour put into reari...

15 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Finding the things that change everything

The landscape of the South African avocado and macadamia industry is in a state of uncomfortable upheaval, with local growers and tree nurseries scrambling to adjust and adapt to the pre...

15 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

AGCO puts farmers first at NAMPO Cape 2022

AGCO is investing heavily in South Africa to establish itself as the preferred supplier for mechanisation and technology. “Working very closely with farmers to provide suitable hi-tech...

15 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

The Awareness Company: Innovation in agriculture and the tech industry

Technology has continuously proved to be an asset that a farmer cannot go without. It helps solve real-world problems in innovative ways. The founders of The Awareness Company witnessed ...

15 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Poultry farming Part 2: Planning

Chickens will be a valuable and profitable addition to your existing smallscale farming, but you need a proper plan to ensure that it is sustainable. That means you do not want to spend ...

5 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Poultry farming part 1: Introduction

Would you like to start your own poultry farm, but do not know how to go about it? If you already have chickens roaming around your yard, you may like to take it one step further and set...

5 Aug 2022 · 8 min read

Teamwork makes the Gallagher dream work

Technology that serves the farmer is critical to streamline the farming enterprise, but a farmer also depends on a reliable team that can assist him with product queries, advice and taki...

5 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Think fuel price! Save up to 3,5% on fuel with the John Deere 5090E

In July 2022 South Africa reached a new level of load shedding as Eskom introduced stage 6. We have started the winter with news that there is a definite 90 days of load shedding ahead o...

5 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Processing of condiments Part 19: Tomato sauce (Ketchup)

Ketchup is made from strained, pulped tomatoes and additions such as spices, salt, sugar, vinegar, onions, and garlic, and it contains no less than 12% tomato solids. The principles o...

5 Aug 2022 · 9 min read

Processing of condiments Part 18: Sesame-seed oil

Sesame is an erect, annual plant (Sesamum indicum L. Pedaliaceae), which is cultivated for its seeds, which are used for food flavouring and for the extraction of a prized oil. The seeds...

5 Aug 2022 · 14 min read

Processing of condiments – Part 17: Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is made from shredded cabbage leaves preserved through an acidifying fermentation process. Sauerkraut is produced from both hard white or red cabbage varieties. Process descr...

5 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

Processing of condiments Part 16: Bell pepper salsa

Bell peppers can be preserved in the form of a sauce known as Salsa. Salsa is a spicy sauce that is served with meat and Mexican food. It is best served fresh, but can be frozen for late...

5 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

New Holland launches the GENESIS® T8 Series with PLM Intelligence™

New Holland built the new GENESIS® T8 Series with PLM Intelligence™ (precision land management system with intelligence) around the input of farmers like you. From a reimagined cab de...

5 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Processing of condiments Part 15: Pickled Chillies – small scale

Chilli peppers can easily be pickled in a brine or vinegar solution, alone or with other vegetables and seasoning. The bright red-coloured chillies make attractive pickles. Certain varie...

5 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 14 Pickled bell peppers

Peppers can easily be pickled in a brine or vinegar solution, alone or with other vegetables and seasoning. The variety of coloured peppers available make attractive pickles. Certain var...

5 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 13: Pickled onions

Small onions are peeled and stored in brine (salt solution) to facilitate natural fermentation of the product. The fermented onions are then packed and preserved in vinegar to produce pi...

5 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 12: Fresh-pack cucumber pickles

Fresh-pack or quick process pickles (that is whole cucumber dills, cross­cut cucumber slices, bread-and-butter pickles) are made by the addition of an acid such as vinegar and not by th...

5 Aug 2022 · 10 min read

Processing of condiments – Part 11: Fermented cucumber pickles

Fermented pickles or brined pickles undergo a curing process for several weeks during which fermentative bacteria produce acids necessary for the preservation of the product. These ba...

5 Aug 2022 · 13 min read

Processing of condiments Part 10 – Make it, don’t buy it: Piccalilli

Pickles generally fall into two categories, namely clear pickles, and thick, saucy pickles such as piccalilli. Pickled vegetables are preserved by the addition of acid, salt, and sugar. ...

5 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Tata International Africa signed an agreement to distribute and support John Deere...

Two and half years ago, Tata International signed an agreement with AFGRI Ghana to buy the distribution rights for John Deere agricultural and Construction equipment. The success and ...

4 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Game, Set and Match: Growing Women – From the Ground Up

It’s Women’s Month in South Africa, a time to focus on the incomparable role that women shoulder in our society and country as caregivers, businesswomen, volunteers, friends, and fam...

4 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Businesses applaud government for heeding chicken tariff concerns

The food industry has welcomed government’s decision to suspend anti-dumping duties on bone-in chicken for 12 months to alleviate supply shortages and rising food costs. However, of...

4 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Innovative dry cow solution helps to prevent new intramammary infections which can...

Bovine mastitis, which is an inflammation of the udder caused by multiple factors, including bacterial infection or trauma, can lead to abnormal and decreased milk production. It is sti...

4 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Two inspirational women excelling and breaking barriers of agricultural norms

When well-respected Sasolburg farmer Tharina Terblanche fell in love with the latest combine harvester from Fendt, she turned to Bronwyn Cilliers, General Manager of Valtrac in Parys, to...

4 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Steps for successful irrigation

There's no universal way to irrigate fields with different soil, crop size, or crop types. Any location's best system provides adequate irrigation without water waste, is easy for the fa...

3 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Enterprise Zambia Challenge Fund

ENTERPRISE Zambia is a Challenge Fund, funded by the European Union, to strengthen agricultural value chains (including agroforestry and aquaculture) in the country. The project, run by ...

3 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings Part 9: Create delicious dishes by ...

Virgin olive oil is the oil extracted by mechanically pressing the fruit without using any heat, and may have a slight off-flavour, “olive-fruity” and may contain acid up to 0,3 to 0...

2 Aug 2022 · 12 min read

FES takes the lead in Zambian land preparation solutions

Farming and Engineering Services Africa (FES) is proud to offer bespoke land preparation services aligned with the demands of Zambian farmers. FES, an integrated agricultural solution...

2 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings Part 8: Honey’s sweet rewards

When farmers use their raw products produced on the farm to make refined products that can be sold to the retail or wholesale markets, they add value to their products and boost their pr...

2 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings Part 7: Avo

Add value to your avos by making guacamole The principle of any farming business is to grow or cultivate natural products in order to supply a demand set by the market. Many farmers do ...

2 Aug 2022 · 5 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings – Part 6.4: Grinding, distillation,...

Grinding Grinding involves exposing dried products to friction and pressure to produce a fine powder. Before extraction of the oil can take place, the dried rhizomes are ground. Size r...

2 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings – Part 6.3: Drying of ginger

Drying is the removal of surface and/ or internal moisture from a product to lower the overall moisture content. There are various methods to dry ginger, each with a different purpose...

2 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings -Part 6.2: Peeling methods of ginger

Peeling involves removing the skin, peel or other outer protective layers from fresh produce using manual or mechanical devices. Before further processing the ginger rhizomes are peeled....

2 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings – Part 6.1 From harvesting to...

We can use the very tasty and healthy spice, ginger, which is popular for its uses in food and home remedies, to extract ginger oil, which can also be applied to alleviate a number of he...

2 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Turn your crops into condiments and seasonings – Part 5: Tomato Chutney

You can earn more for your produce than the current market prices. If you add value to your produce by processing and packaging it, you can increase your profit by selling processed cond...

2 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Almaz Agro is paving the way for women’s empowerment

Among Almaz Agro SA's employees, there is a remarkable story of women's leadership and success. Elena Yudina, the company's Managing Director, goes above and beyond the call of duty to s...

1 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Preparations in full swing for AgriTech Expo Zambia

With just three days to go, organisers of AgriTech Expo Zambia trade fair are all geared up to open its doors from 7 to 9 April 2022 in Chisamba, Zambia. At least 140 exhibitors will ...

1 Aug 2022 · 3 min read

Erosion control in Malawi part 5: How to deal with flat, bare areas

Erosion is caused when a lot of water runs over bare soil. Soil usually becomes bare because of overgrazing, which is caused when a farmer keeps more livestock than the land can support....

29 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Take care of your pigs, and they will take care of you

Optimum profitability on a pig farm starts by raising good quality gilts. After that, feeding a high-quality creep feed to the youngsters will ensure a healthy digestive system, and in t...

29 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Caring for the calf: What dairy farmers need to know

Raising dairy calves is a challenge for any dairy farmer. Many losses occur through death and poor growth. These losses can be minimised, and health outcomes are improved if the calves a...

29 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Bayer and Grain SA release documentary about impactful Farmer Development Programme

There are over two million smallholder or household farmers in South Africa*. These are farmers that farm on small areas in order to feed their families, ideally with some surplus to sel...

28 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Uralchem to make a humanitarian shipment of fertilisers to Africa

Uralchem JSC, one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of nitrogen, potash and complex fertilisers (hereinafter, the Company), will make a gratuitous shipment of its products...

28 Jul 2022 · 2 min read

John Deere Introduces New Articulated Dump Truck To Southern Africa Market

Designed with the demands of today's job site in mind, John Deere introduces the new 460E-II Articulated Dump Truck (ADT). This John Deere-designed machine delivers ultimate productivity...

28 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

ESG – Taking a ‘beyond compliance’ approach. What it means and why it matters

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has evolved from decades of focus on sustainable development and is increasingly becoming a critical business imperative. ESG is often associa...

28 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Kemin Industries Opens New Sub-Saharan Africa Campus

Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer that strives to sustainably transform the quality of life every day for 80 percent of the world with its products and services, recentl...

26 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

Yet another agri dealer switches to Massey Ferguson

Such has been the success of the Massey Ferguson brand in the Delmas, Mpumalanga region that AGCO Africa appointed M&F Bemarking as a dealer over a year ago. A family-owned business,...

25 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Wood-Mizer makes a welcome return to NAMPO!

After a two-year layoff due to Covid-19, Wood-Mizer made a welcome return to NAMPO 2022, the largest agricultural expo in the Southern Hemisphere! Originally organised by the erstwhil...

22 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Green technology in sub-Saharan Africa

As the world seeks more sustainable farming methods that positively contribute to flora and fauna, the concept of green technology holds the key to global problems such as climate change...

22 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

John Deere: The farmer’s first choice

If you have ever been ready to get to work in your fields, only to find your equipment was not working, then you know the importance of reliability.   Farming consists mainly of time...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Cattle breeds Part 3

Drakensberger In 1497, the seafarer, Vasco da Gama, first encountered black oxen when rounding the Cape. In 1836, several Voortrekker families left the Cape with similar black oxen, ref...

22 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

Cattle breeds Part 2

Cattle can be considered as an essential daily food and nutrition source, a valuable supply of revenue, and they produce nitrogen-rich manure that can be used to rebuild soils. Different...

22 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

Cattle breeds Part 1

Beef production in Southern Africa has a long history, with cattle being farmed for a variety of purposes in diverse cultures throughout the continent in the present and past. Differe...

22 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

New Holland Agricultural: The best harvester on the market

Good harvesting starts in the farmer’s heart. Tending the land is much more than a job: it’s a vocation. Your fields feel the care you give them and return the favour by providing th...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Pig farming part 4: Health management in your piggery

Piggery production systems are kept at peak performance by the upholding of a variety of parameters. One of these is health management. Efficient and effective health management safeguar...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Pig Farming Part 3: Good nutrition means healthy pigs

An integral part of piggery is the feed the animals consume. The quality of the feed and feed uptake are closely related to parameters such as the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) of the anim...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Pig Farming Part 2: Project management

In pig farming, optimum management is essential as this determines the success of the venture. The general production cycle of pig farming begins with a sow mating with a boar, or the...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Pig farming Part 1: Where did it start, and how to begin

The history of pig production be­gins with humans domesticating pigs from wild boars independently in Anatolia (modern-day Turkey) and East Asia around 9 000 years ago. A team led by...

22 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 15: How to start with Swiss chard

Swiss chard can easily be confused with spinach. This is because these green, leafy vegetables only differ slightly in appearance: Swiss chard has bigger, broader leaves and thicker stem...

22 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 14: Learn bit-by-bit how to grow cucurbits

A cucurbit is any plant from the Cucurbitaceae family. These plants are climbing or trailing plants and include squash, pumpkin, gourd, watermelon, melon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and marr...

22 Jul 2022 · 10 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 13: Potatoes

Mashed, fried, or roasted; there is nothing quite like the versatility of the potato. These starchy vegetables are a staple for many people across the globe, ranking as the world’s fou...

22 Jul 2022 · 10 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 12: Peeling the layers off onion farming

Evidence suggests that onions have been part of the human diet for over 5 000 years. This means that it may have been one of the first cultivated crops. Knowing this, a quote by American...

22 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 11: Beetroot

Beetroot or beets, as they are known in other parts of the world, is a versatile vegetable, known for its rich, dark red colour and sweet taste when consumed raw. Beetroot refers to t...

22 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 10: Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, vitamin E, C and B6, as well as iron and potassium. Orange types are also high in vitamin A. The high carbohydrate content is a key source of en...

22 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Planting quality seeds

Seeds are a vital input for agricultural productivity. There are many seed companies that offers good seed. To provide the farmer with the best yields, seed should have the best genetics...

22 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Syngenta at your service: Ensure seed and food security with productive technologies

The world is undergoing great shocks due to climate change. Every drop of water is more important than ever before. Agriculture has become more scientific, and farmers that depend on rai...

22 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 9: Sunflowers

The sunflower, Helianthus annus L., is one of the few crop species that can be traced back to North America, despite reports that it originated in the Fertile Crescent, Asia, or in Sout...

21 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 8: Tomatoes

Everybody knows tomatoes. Tomatoes are normally big, round, edible, pulpy berries that are often red in colour but may also be yellow, orange, green, or purple. Tomatoes can vary in s...

21 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Vegetable planting guide Part 7: Dry beans

Dry beans are an ecologically sound foodstuff in today’s world. Dry beans are one of the easiest crops to produce organically. Dry beans are an excellent source of protein when com­bi...

21 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Vegetable planting guide – Part 6: Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable. Crunchy and mild, it works as both a supplement and a substitute for many dishes. Growing cauliflower is very similar to growing cabbage. Neverthel...

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 5: Soya beans

Soya beans are healthful and rich in protein, giving them numerous nutritional uses. People can eat them, drink them in milk alternatives, and take them in the form of supplements. Soya...

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 4: Peanuts

Nuts and legumes are very good alternative sources of protein that can be utilised in areas where meat is not readily available or too expensive to buy. Cultivating and supplying peanuts...

21 Jul 2022 · 8 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 3: Carrots and green beans

Carrots Origin and distribution Carrots are believed to have originated in Afghanistan, which remains the centre of diversity of D. carota. They were known to the Greeks and the Roma...

21 Jul 2022 · 8 min read

Massey Ferguson becomes a ‘go to’ tractor for a large dairy farmer in the KZN Midl...

A local dairy farming operation in KwaZulu-Natal is now more grateful than ever for joining the Massey Ferguson family due to the cost-effectiveness and wide application of its tractor r...

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Vegetable planting guide part 2: Growing cabbage

Whether you are a commercial vegetable farmer, subsistence farmer, emerging farmer, or just an avid gardener who wants to learn to grow his own vegetables, there are certain important gu...

21 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Vegetable planting guide – part 1: Spinach

Agriculture is not only limited to commercial farming units. In fact, the majority of agricultural products in Africa are produced by small-scale and emerging farmers. If more people are...

21 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Crop production guide in Namibia Part 11: Pest management

Avital part of crop production is pest control. However, pesticides should be used responsibly to prevent harming farmers, workers, consumers, and the environment. Guidelines for action...

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Crop production guide in Namibia Part 10: Marketing of produce

When it relates to agriculture, marketing starts right on the farm, with the planning of production to meet specific market demands and future growth opportunities. It consists of the f...

21 Jul 2022 · 7 min read

Crop production guide Namibia Part 9: Shading and harvesting of fruits and vegetables

Shading vegetables Because Namibia’s climate is often warm, shade netting helps most vegetables grow. Shade netting throughout the garden is expensive, so only use it where needed. Mo...

21 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

Crop production in Namibia part 8: Irrigation methods, frequency and quantities

Irrigation methods There is no one-size-fits-all method of irrigating fields that differ in soil, crop size, or crop types. Any location’s best system is the one that can provide appr...

21 Jul 2022 · 9 min read

Crop production in Namibia Part 7: Fertilisers and crop rotation

Agriculture relies heavily on soil. As a result, fertiliser is required to replace the nutrients taken from soil by our crops. This replenishment ensures sustainable production of high-q...

21 Jul 2022 · 8 min read

Growing agriculture means cultivating people: Farmer of the Year

Commercial farming can only be sustainable when it also uplifts workers and communities. So says Jan le Roux, director of the Le Roux Group, a socially responsible agricultural enterpris...

21 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Crop production in Namibia Part 6: Increasing soil fertility

Fertile soil provides plants with the nutrients they require to flourish, resulting in nutritious food for humans and animals. Soil fertility is essential to agricultural production, whi...

21 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Crop production in Namibia Part 5: Nursery site selection, sowing and transplanting

The stage between sowing and the appearance of the first true leaves is crucial, and many seedlings are lost if conditions are not favourable. Many crops are sown directly in the field o...

21 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Saving on repair costs using automotive DIY adhesives

A range of versatile, high-performance DIY adhesive products for the automotive sector is available from Pratley. The range is ideal for various quick, on-the-spot automotive repairs, es...

18 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Quality genetics from Milestone Beefmasters

Through the years Mylpaal Boerdery experimented with different cattle breeds (Beefmasters among others). We came to the conclusion that Beefmaster is the way to go – ideal for cross br...

15 Jul 2022 · 2 min read

Case IH provides hands-on training to dealers throughout Africa and Europe

Case IH recently hosted a Practical Commercial Training Day attended by 26 dealers from various countries throughout Africa and Europe. The aim of the training day was to provide practic...

13 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

Naude Broers takes Massey Ferguson to new heights in Naude’s Neck Pass region

The Massey Ferguson brand is anywhere in South Africa where farming takes place. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Naude’s Neck Pass region in the Eastern Cape. Connecting Macle...

13 Jul 2022 · 8 min read

Tiger Brands to extend operations at deciduous fruit business Langeberg & Ash...

Tiger Brands will extend operations at its deciduous fruit business Langeberg & Ashton Foods (L&AF) for a further season. The decision was taken after a compact was agreed upon w...

13 Jul 2022 · 3 min read

New politically motivated EU regulations could see R654 million of SA citrus destr...

In June, the European Union’s (EU)  Standing Committee on Plant, Animal, Food and Feed (SCOPAFF) published drastic, and arguably misinformed, new regulations requiring the cold treatm...

13 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

Zambian Kwacha Now Stronger Than The South African Rand

The Zambian Kwacha has gained value in recent months and is now stronger than the South African Rand and other currencies in the southern African region. The Zambian Kwacha has contin...

13 Jul 2022 · 2 min read