Crops

Hydroponics 4: Time to start planting

A hydroponic system is a healthy and productive way to grow the best vegetables and fruit. Some vegetables may need a bit more effort and love to grow successfully. We will be looking at...

14 Jun 2024 · 5 min read

NviroCrop has the right advice for you

When you or your family are sick, you want only the best medical staff to care for you. When your plants need a little love, NviroCrop is the team you need. NviroCrop offers independe...

14 Jun 2024 · 2 min read

GMOs return to haunt Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s long running efforts to ensure food security have returned to haunt the country regarding the adoption of GMOs. In the aftermath of a devastating drought that has left milli...

13 Jun 2024 · 5 min read

Visit Pannar at Val Boeredag 2024 and be secure in your decision to make us a part...

At Pannar our journey with you doesn’t end at planting. We want to see you achieve the full profitability and performance potential benefits of our products. To do so, we need to provi...

13 Jun 2024 · 2 min read

Ripper Tillage’s rip-till equipment provides you with the perfect seedbed

Preparing your soil after harvest and before planting is crucial for a good yield. “Ripper Tillage specialises in soil and seedbed preparation as well as moisture retention. Before ...

13 Jun 2024 · 2 min read

Independent and industry data confirm job losses in sugar industry, threatening li...

Recently released research fundamentally misrepresents the negative impact of the so-called sugar tax on job losses in the South African sugar industry. The SA Medical Research Counci...

12 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

P1225PW performs well in the temperate eastern part of ​​the Orange River irrigati...

The hybrid P1225PW was first planted for trials in the 2023-24 season, and performed well  , against proven irrigated hybrids during an early trial in the Luckhoff area. This cultivar w...

11 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

neXgro: Because your grain deserves the best

A true friend for the farmer, but also for the consumer, is neXgro, enabling the growth of the agricultural industry through an integrated supply chain. neXgro does this by establishi...

10 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

Greens shortage stalks Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s agriculture commodities market is experiencing mixed fortunes as the country struggles with ensuring basic products are not only available but affordable amid currency volat...

7 Jun 2024 · 5 min read

Omnia supports farmers during climate change

Changes in climate cycles through drought and rainy seasons continue to affect farmers. In the never-ending quest for improved yields, farmers are constantly confronted with new products...

6 Jun 2024 · 4 min read

Make sure everything runs smoothly, from planting to harvesting season | Ripper Ti...

Ripper Tillage's main purpose is moisture conservation and pre-cultivation, says Werner Lubbe. He mentions that it is important to get your fields cleared as early and as much as possi...

6 Jun 2024 · < 1 min read

Transforming agricultural machinery: HYDAC’s advanced solutions

In the rapidly evolving world of agriculture, efficiency and precision are crucial. HYDAC technology (Pty) Ltd, a leader in hydraulic and electronic systems, offers solutions to equipmen...

4 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

BRAZGrass: Nutrition for your livestock

Pasture is profit. That is the motto of BRAZGrass, but what does it actually mean? If your animals get the necessary nutrition to grow to their full potential and to be sold for a good p...

30 May 2024 · 3 min read

One man’s trash … is Newquip’s treasure!

#browngold. That is the slogan of Newquip, because they understand the value and cost of proper fertiliser. Newquip is a family business that has been running for 25 years. They are p...

30 May 2024 · 4 min read

No need to drone on… SunAgri provides the best drones for the farmer!

Frazer Zhang is the director at SunAgri.  In this video, he explain a bit more about the product they sell. Their drones can spray as much as 1000 hectares. You are able to charge...

23 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Advanta Seeds aMaize at AgriTech 2024

[embed]http://youtu.be/VD7O8Ros50c[/embed] Steven Ngoma, Advanta Seeds' Business Development Manager for Zambia tells more about the maize crops at this year's AgriTech Expo. Maiz...

21 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Advanta Seeds have the veggies you need at AgriTech

[embed]http://youtu.be/2YbPVuBBVLU[/embed] While at the AgriTech expo in Zambia, Chanel huma for Advanta Seeds spoke about their different vegetable crops on offer. Okra is all th...

21 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Advanta Seeds’ field crops stands out at AgriTech

[embed]http://youtu.be/ST85NZLge1Q[/embed] Braam van den Berg, Advanta Seeds' Field crop Portfolio Manager for Southern Africa was at AgriTech in Zambia to talk about their various cr...

21 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Omnia supports farmers during climate change

Changes in climate cycles through drought and rainy seasons continue to affect farmers. In the never-ending quest for improved yields, farmers are constantly confronted with new products...

20 May 2024 · 3 min read

Banana production in Africa part 5: Harvesting and marketing

Harvesting The right time to harvest bananas is quite important and tricky. It must be when they are swollen and green but before they become ripe (plump and yellow). Do not harvest t...

15 May 2024 · 2 min read

Setting up your first hydroponic system: What you need to know

Starting your own hydroponic system can be a daunting task. There are so many different methods and so much information that it can make your head spin. But when it comes to hydroponics,...

15 May 2024 · 8 min read

Zimbabwe’s sugar industry weathers climate storm

Zimbabwe’s sugar industry is making strides to weather climate uncertainty after a long dry spell that has affected the agriculture sector. Sugar production is one of the agriculture s...

14 May 2024 · 4 min read

AgriTech Zambia: Farmers welcome Advanta Seeds’ drought tolerant high yielding cro...

Advanta Seeds’ stand was a big attraction at this year’s AgriTech expo in Chisamba, Zambia. They had a wide variety of their field and vegetable crops on display for Zambian farmers....

14 May 2024 · 6 min read

Climate smart Sugargraze from Advanta Seeds: The sweet taste of success

Smart crops are the way of the future and Advanta Seeds are changing agriculture with their climate smart crops. During a historical day for Advanta Seeds they presented their new forage...

14 May 2024 · 8 min read

Sustainable farming in Zambia | ADVANTA Seeds leading the way

ADVANTA seeds are at the forefront of technology ensuring a bright future for farmers across Africa. Advanta Seeds is leading Sustainable Agriculture with climate-smart crops and recentl...

13 May 2024 · < 1 min read

VIDEO: President Hakainde Hichilema inaugurates ADVANTA/UPL seed sorghum in Zambia

Smart crops are the way of the future and Advanta Seeds are changing agriculture with their climate mart crops. On 17 April 2024, the inauguration of the UPL/ ADVANTA sorghum took pla...

13 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Protecting your crops have never been easier with Multiknit

When it comes to your crops you want to get the best yield; while there are many products to help your crops grow, mother nature sometimes also throws a spanner in the works. Whether ...

13 May 2024 · 4 min read

AgriTech Expo Zambia shapes the future of agriculture for Zambia and neighbouring ...

More than 18 000 visitors poured through the gates of AgriTech Expo 2024 in Chisamba, Zambia, all eager to learn of the latest developments in agriculture. The organiser, DLG Agricult...

13 May 2024 · 3 min read

Bayer’s insecticides and maize stood out at AgriTech

Bayer strives to provide farmers with what they need to thrive in their areas. Many of Bayer’s Dekalb maize cultivars are, for example, drought tolerant which is very important in a co...

13 May 2024 · 4 min read

No more need to toil for healthy soil | Omnia

If a company has been in business for more than 32 years, you sure can count on them. This is exactly the case with Omnia! Their fertiliser can be trusted to transform your soil. They...

10 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Bayer is the best in the crop protection business!

Bayer showed up to AgriTech, guns blazing! Hamakona Munjile explains in this video exactly what it is that makes Bayer the best in the business. Their crop protection products help...

10 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Ensure your harvest with Alvan Blanch

Christabel Blanch is the sales manager for Africa. She explains that they sell their products all over the world, over 6 continents and more than 150 countries.  Alvan Blanch produce...

3 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Alles is groter met Kynoch

As dit kom by jou gewasse, is groter beslis beter! Met Kynoch is alles groter en beter as voorheen: Van massiewe mielies tot groot oeste tot selfs groter winste. Met Kynoch in jou...

2 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Bayer’s insecticides and maize stood out at AgriTech

Bayer strives to provide farmers with what they need to thrive in their area. Many of Bayer’s Dekalb maize cultivars are, for example, drought tolerant which is very important in a cou...

1 May 2024 · 3 min read

Statement on the FRA maize price

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is pleased that the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has entered the crop market early, unlike most seasons in the past when moisture content caused the...

30 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

The Evolution and Vitality of South Africa’s Fresh Produce Markets

South African fresh produce markets (FPMs) have long been the bedrock of agricultural trade, fostering connections between producers and consumers while bolstering economic vitality. Beg...

29 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Banana production in Africa part 4: Controlling weeds and pest control

Controlling weeds and pests in banana production is essential to ensure healthy growth and maximise yields. Here are some methods for weed and pest control: Weed Control: Manu...

26 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

National Milling: If you can name it, they can mill it!

“National Milling continues to grow. We have great confidence in this country and this region. Zambia is a good market, a good place to be and a good place to do business.” These con...

25 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Alvan Blanch: Meet the market leaders in grain dryers

When it comes to grain processing there is no other choice than Alvan Blanch. With more than 70 years of engineering experience, their innovative designs and systems exceed others on the...

24 Apr 2024 · 5 min read

Did you visit Pioneer’s agronomy day near Hoopstad?

During this event, agronomists shine a light on the maize, sunflower and soya cultivars that Pioneer. Many of the PowerCore seed products that will be available for purchase in the comin...

24 Apr 2024 · < 1 min read

UNECA: Agricultural innovation needed to aid food production in Africa

Agriculture innovation and science in Africa are seen as the final frontiers if the continent is to be able to feed itself at a time of the worsening impact of climate change. This emerg...

23 Apr 2024 · 5 min read

neXgro: Data driven solutions

The agricultural market is changing, and every producer strives to precision farming to maximize returns on their farm. neXgro understand the challenges of producing traceable, safe and ...

19 Apr 2024 · 4 min read

SARO unveils Zambia’s first locally developed 10 tonne per day maize milling plant

SARO has proudly unveiled Zambia's first-ever locally designed and built 10 tonne per day maize milling plant, marking a significant milestone in the country's industrial landscape. T...

11 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

AGI – a world class company!

The senior vice-president of EIA, Cristiano Carpin, tells us more about AGI.  AGI supplies food, fertiliser, grain and seeds. The cover from the field to the folk. Dawie Brits far...

5 Apr 2024 · < 1 min read

Join the Corteva Crop Protection team at NAMPO 2024

The Corteva Crop Protection team are looking forward to the NAMPO Grain SA Harvest Day taking place between 14 and 17 May 2024. This year we shall focus on our potato, maize, citrus a...

5 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Transform your fields with Senter360

Frederick van der Merwe farms in Botswana at Request Tuli Fresh. He has been using Senter360 pivot points for years. They focus on potatoes and started their farm basically from scrat...

3 Apr 2024 · 2 min read

To measure is the only way to manage nematode pressure

Nematode testing is a way of life at Aqua Farming near Christiana in North West. “It’s not a question of whether we will have nematodes on our potatoes, just how severe the infestati...

3 Apr 2024 · 7 min read

Water Quality Concerns and Contingencies

Time spent in the field this irrigation season, has alerted the Netafim Field Team of the extremely poor and worsening quality of available irrigation water in certain areas. According t...

27 Mar 2024 · 12 min read

Prosperous maize is a must! | Pioneer Agronomy Day

Jaco Snyman, business manager of Pioneer SA, tells us more about Pioneer's Agronomy Day and what sets Pioneer apart. This day took place in Bethal. Jaco says that such a day is crucia...

20 Mar 2024 · < 1 min read

Small grains may provide big gains for Zimbabwe smallholder farmers

Zimbabwe's smallholders are notorious for resisting appeals from the agriculture ministry to grow small, drought-resistant grains. They have always planted maize and weaning them from th...

19 Mar 2024 · 4 min read

Banana production in Africa part 3: Desucker, irrigate, and bag for better results

Desuckering of a banana plant means cutting off unwanted shoots from the stems of the mother banana plant. This will increase the banana plant size. Proper watering of the banana plan...

18 Mar 2024 · 6 min read

Solynta rebrands to ‘true potato seed’ company

Solynta, the Dutch company that specializes in the development, production and sales of hybrid true potato seed announced today that it will adjust its branding to ‘Solynta – true po...

18 Mar 2024 · 3 min read

Grow ultra beautiful crops with Ultra Starter! | Kynoch

Dr. Chris Smit, senior agricultural scientist at Kynoch, shares more about the Ultra Starter fertiliser. Dry granular fertiliser is coated with a micronutrient covering. The covering...

14 Mar 2024 · < 1 min read

Drones deliver predator bugs for sustainable pest control at Vergelegen

High tech is being combined with ancient natural remedies at one of South Africa’s best-known wine farms, where buzzing benefactors are helping to keep the vineyards pest-free.  Ve...

11 Mar 2024 · 6 min read

Kynoch are experts when it comes to fertliser! | KynoKelp

Dr. Chris Schmidt is a senior agricultural scientist at Kynoch. He explains why KynoKelp is the right choice for your soil. "Kelp" is an extract obtained from seaweed found along the ...

11 Mar 2024 · < 1 min read

Pioneer understands maize and water: New P1225PW yellow maize hybrid uses water wi...

This article deals with important points regarding the water consumption of maize during the plant's development stages. This is an important aspect of irrigated and dryland hybrids that...

8 Mar 2024 · 4 min read

Kynoch knows how to cultivate a fruitful crop

Lehlohonolo Pahkoe is a young farmer in the Free State, where he helps his mom on their family farm.  His mom bought a farm in the year 2000 where she started with four cows. She tri...

6 Mar 2024 · < 1 min read

Kynoch is a fertiliser fundi! | KynoFulvate Yellow

Hentie Cilliers is a Kynoch agronomist. He tells us more about KynoFulvate Yellow. This is a brown-yellow liquid product. It contains 10% fulvic acid. The small carbo-chains that it c...

1 Mar 2024 · < 1 min read

KynoHumate Black: The secret to your soil’s success | Kynoch

Hentie Cilliers is a Kynoch agronomist who tells us more about the KynoHumate Black. Organic matter releases humic acids when it decomposes which are beneficial to your plants and soil...

26 Feb 2024 · < 1 min read

Growing agriculture in Botswana, apple by apple

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

21 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

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

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

21 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

Corteva Agriscience Crop Protection – Keep Growing

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

21 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

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

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

16 Feb 2024 · 2 min read

Increasing trend of fire remains a threat to the Agri sector

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

16 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

Will Russian fertiliser change Zimbabwe’s fortunes?

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

14 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Kynoch’s KynoFulvate Yellow: Fertiliser for every climate!

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

14 Feb 2024 · 3 min read

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

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

12 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Seed storage: Tips and guidelines

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

9 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

YARA: The PROfessional choice – KimtraPro 20

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

9 Feb 2024 · < 1 min read

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

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

5 Feb 2024 · 5 min read

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

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

21 Dec 2023 · 6 min read

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

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

20 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Modderbult Farm wins with AGI’s complete grain solutions

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

18 Dec 2023 · 7 min read

The growth stages and development of sunflowers

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

7 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

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

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

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

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

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

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit production part 9: Cherries take the cake

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

21 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Food for Africa: Millet

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

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit Production Part 8: Strawberries

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

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

How to grow pumpkins

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

21 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Food for Africa: Amaranth

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

21 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Regenerative agriculture: Syngenta leads the way

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

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

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

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

16 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Fruit production part 10: Grape adventures

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

13 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Finding balance between cost and performance in dripline selection

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

10 Nov 2023 · 5 min read

Fertigation – Uber Eats for your crop

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

9 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

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

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

7 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

The Dimensions of Filter Efficiency

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

2 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

UFCL: The importance of balanced fertilisation

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

17 Oct 2023 · 2 min read

Western Cape farmers’ Knittex net stands 23 years strong

Arno Vlok, owner of the farm Welgevonden outside Riebeeck-Kasteel near Malmesbury, has great confidence in Knittex's nets that have been protecting his nectarine trees and vineyards from...

11 Oct 2023 · < 1 min read

High quality phosphate supplement – key to success

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

21 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

SureStart® (Reg. No. L10385)

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

20 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

LumiGEN™ Seed Treatments

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

20 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Maize emergence: A proactive way for a good turnout

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

20 Sep 2023 · 11 min read

Why does my pecans not bear every year?

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

19 Sep 2023 · 2 min read

Small grains provide hope for female traders in Zimbabwe

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

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Female strawberry farmer reaps sweet fruits of perseverance

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

15 Sep 2023 · 8 min read

LumiGEN’s revolutionary approach to seed treatment and partnership

LumiGEN is a revolutionary combined seed treatment that guarantees a successful start for every plant and every plot of land. Because of the expertise and dedication of Corteca's CSAT te...

12 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Food for Africa: Cassava

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a versatile, nutty-flavoured starchy root vegetable (tuber) that is used in the same way as a potato. It is an important source of nutrients, carbohydrates...

6 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Fruit production part 7: Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that has gained significant popularity in recent years for its unique appearance. The brightly coloured fruit is also known as the pitaya or pitahaya, be...

5 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Okra: Food for Africa

What is okra? Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a popular vegetable in Africa and the Middle East, the Caribbean, South America, and the southern parts of North America. It is also refer...

5 Sep 2023 · 9 min read

Skilled lady from Ripper Tillage Equipment loves soil and agriculture

"Your dreams will not work if you do not make them come true," says Christine Bouwer, Managing Director of Ripper Tillage Equipment. She has been working in agriculture, an industry she ...

25 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Herb and spice production part 7: Setting yourself up to grow

Becoming a spice producer requires a lot of planning. Just like any other farming operation, you need to consider input costs, labour, market access, and your return on investment. With ...

22 Aug 2023 · 8 min read

Tatu’s ASTMatic 450 rippers and Valtrac helps farmers with hard soil

Tatu's ASTMatic 450 rippers help farmers to break up the hard plough sole to improve root penetration. The reason Dirk chose to invest in the ASTMatic ripper is because of its penetra...

21 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Pannar Seed supports Val Farmers Day year after year

At sunrise, Pannar's team was ready to go at their Val Farmers Day ​​stand, armed with expertise and colourful banners displaying Pannar's latest seed varieties. Farmers from across ...

21 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

Plant for success with: Advanta Seeds International’s superior genetics

In Africa, Advanta is present in 30 countries at different stages of its evolution. In Zambia, Advanta Seeds has been operational since 2018, with presentment and a supporting team in Co...

21 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Doing better – re-defining success in agriculture

In a world increasingly plagued by pressing societal issues and environmental concerns, conscious individuals and companies are re-evaluating our roles and responsibilities, seeking ways...

18 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Corteva Agriscience™

Corteva Agriscience™ was founded in 1803 and was built on the rich heritages of Dow, DuPont, and Pioneer. Corteva Agriscience is a pure-play agriculture company dedicated to helpin...

18 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Philagro’s winning formula for African agriculture

As one of the leaders in the drive to transform agriculture in Africa for the greater good, Philagro’s philosophy is modestly simple but extremely effective. Henk van der Westhuize...

17 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Female strawberry farmer reaps sweet fruits of perseverance

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

16 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Atlantic Fertilisers: Spring fertilisation

Spring fertilisation plays a vital role in promoting the growth and productivity of vines and fruit trees. As the winter cold subsides and the temperatures begin to rise, these plants en...

10 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

Moringa in Southern Africa part 2: The cultivation process

Moringa is a resilient crop that can survive in the often harsh and unpredictable climate of Southern Africa because of its drought resistance. Farmers, who may have trouble growing othe...

8 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments part 31: Small-scale fig preserve

Preserves are similar to jelly with the exception that whole or large pieces of fruit are used in the making of preserves. The figs used for the preserve should be first-ripe instead of ...

8 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Herb and spice production part 6: Flavour your skills

Skills development within the herbs and spice industries is not only needed, but the industry also provides a well-needed chance for skills development. Through training and upskilling, ...

6 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

Meet the miracle tree: Production, cultivation, and consumption of moringa in Sout...

Both animals and humans can benefit from eating moringa (Moringa oleifera). Due to the plant’s high nutrient content, this "miracle tree" is useful in the fight against malnutrition, a...

28 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

LumiGEN™ Seed Treatments Part 1

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...

26 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

Processing of condiments Part 30: Pickled red cabbage

Pickled red cabbage is shredded red cabbage canned or bottled in brine. Red cabbage (Brassica oleracea capitata) is most frequently used and should be packed as soon as possible after re...

20 Jul 2023 · 8 min read

Fruit production part 6: Blueberries

Blueberries are a well-known fruit across the globe. The juicy, marble-sized fruits are a culinary favourite, making their way into the muffins, pancakes, bread and breakfast bowls of co...

20 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Pannar is here for the farmer at Val Farmers’ Day 2023

Pannar was present at the recent 2023 Val Farmer's Day, hosted by the Waterval farmers association. They aim to show farmers that they are active in the community and participating in di...

19 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Yara Fertiliser expands their footprint at Val farmer’s day

Yara Fertilizer is an international fertiliser manufacturer and distributor that aims to re-establish their footprint on the African soil. At the recent Val farmers' day, their goal was ...

17 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Holland Greentech assists emerging farmers from start to beyond success

Water is life and irrigation is a must for anyone who wants to farm profitably. That is why Holland Greentech ensures they provide farmers with the necessary guidance and support as well...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Holland Greentech brings tailored solutions to farmers at AgriTech Zambia 2023

At Holland Greentech, we believe that if a farmer wins, we win together. Holland Greentech is a distributor forRijk Zwaan hybrid vegetable seeds and soil testing, Rivulis for drip irr...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Herb and spice production part 4

The spice and herb market is an assortment of a few high-level spice distributors and many medium to low level producers. Although growers are faced with many challenges, the overall mar...

10 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Plant BRAZGrass pasture for your livestock

Are you looking for pasture grass for your livestock? Then BRAZGrass is the answer. This seed can be planted once every seven years. BRAZGrass has three different types of products: B...

15 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Record Turn Out for Corteva at NAMPO 2023

The Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day 2023 was a huge success for the Corteva Crop Protection team. With record numbers attending the event - the team was able to engage with many of their ...

9 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Yara AllFarm takes the guesswork out of farming

Yara fertiliser helps the farmer with a well-thought-out plan that is based on real-time, in-season information from the farm. Since its formation in 1905 to help avert the impending ...

7 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

Plant BRAZGrass for pasture for your livestock

Are you looking for pasture grass for your livestock? Then BRAZGrass is the answer. This seed can be planted once every seven years. The expert team at BRAZGrass is there to help you,...

7 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Yara Africa Fertiliser’s AllFarm App wows NAMPO guests

The AllFarm App from Yara Africa Fertiliser is a platform that assists agronomists in collecting data to assist in precision agriculture. There are so many data points on a single far...

31 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Malay apple distinctive tropical apple

Malay apple is an and unique tropical apple now grown, eaten and sold in Nigeria and some tropical countries of the world.  As its name suggests, Malay apple originates in the Indo – ...

25 May 2023 · 4 min read

Atlantic Fertilisers: Fertilisation for growth that you can measure

The company’s aim is to increase sustainability and to help farmers produce healthy crops over the long term. In 2000, the Herholdt brothers began composting chicken manure and prod...

22 May 2023 · 4 min read

Holland Greentech is the all-in-one pitstop for vegetable farm inputs

Holland Greentech is a distribution company that offers African farmers an integrated portfolio from quality Dutch companies. This consists of a range of input products from industry lea...

15 May 2023 · 6 min read

Plant for success with: Advanta Seeds International’s superior genetics

Advanta Seeds International is a plant genetics company with a global presence across Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, North America and Europe. Advanta is a subsidiary of the...

15 May 2023 · 2 min read

Fruit production part 5: The cape gooseberry is a golden crop

The sweet cape gooseberry is gaining popularity due to its high value as the next big superfood. Its name is derived from its look, as the ripe fruit looks like it is wrapped in a paperl...

15 May 2023 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 29: Pickled baby marrows

Baby marrows (courgette or zucchini) are common ingredients in vegetable pickles. It can either be pickled alone or in combination with other vegetables such as onion, gherkins, cauliflo...

15 May 2023 · 8 min read

Omnia Nutriology Zambia caters for emerging and commercial farmers at AgriTech exp...

Omnia prides itself on producing high-quality products that help farmers deliver a good yield. The business is divided into three categories: Emerging, Retail Commercial ...

12 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Improve your yield this cereal season with Corteva crop protection

As the annual cereal planting season is upon us, it is important to have a comprehensive crop protection solutions offering on hand. Corteva Agriscience™ offers a wide range of high...

11 May 2023 · 7 min read

Farmers marvel at Pioneer Farmers’ Day in Middelburg: Look at all the champion cul...

Farmers’ days bring farmers together and give them the chance to take a closer look at the different cultivars so that each farmer can choose exactly the right cultivar for his farm an...

10 May 2023 · 4 min read

Watch this space! Degelman takes high-performance tillage to the next level at NAMPO

Tradition is no longer the determining factor when farmers make decisions about tillage. Successful farmers are guided by the latest research and technology and careful analysis of produ...

10 May 2023 · 5 min read

Omnia attracts numerous at Zambia’s AgriTech Expo

Omnia actively pursues the science of growing all over the globe, but also in Zambia. Omnia Zambia has been operating out of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, for close to 30 years. Wi...

10 May 2023 · 6 min read

Processing of condiments Part 28: Pickled asparagus

Asparagus is preserved by the ad­dition of salt and acid in a suit­able container that may or may not be pasteurised. Asparagus is usually pickled as whole spears, alone or with the ad...

8 May 2023 · 9 min read

Fruit production part 4: Prickly pears

The cactus- or prickly pear is an interesting kind of vegetation. It is a cactus that is both a vegetable and a fruit because the fleshy pads are con­sidered a vegetable and the parts t...

8 May 2023 · 8 min read

Prevent and combat the effects of stress with Tradecorp Delfan Plus

In optimal weather conditions, plants generate energy and reach their maximum production capacity, thanks to moderate temperatures and a proper water availability. However, the realit...

25 Apr 2023 · 3 min read

Farmers in the area place a high value on Pioneer’s Agronomy Day in Middelburg

Outside of Middelburg is a test farm that Pioneer employs to evaluate not just their own seed kinds but also those of its competitors. Based on the results of the experiments, it is c...

19 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

Pioneer’s Agronomy Day in Middelburg showcased some intriguing cultivars

Pioneer uses the trial farm outside of Middelburg to test both their own and competing seed varieties. The trials demonstrate that these cultivars benefit from the new biotechnology i...

19 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

Producing fibre crops can boost the economy

An important industry that is often overlooked in the agricultural sector is the production of fibre crops. Processing fibre crops leads to products such as clothes, cordage, and filling...

14 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Herb and spice production part 3: Value and use

Herbs and spices have multiple uses, adding to their value. You may only consider culinary uses, but there are other functions that make herbs and spices valuable. This may include medic...

13 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Kynoch cares about the environment

Your farm is an ecosystem. A perfect environment where every organism, plant, and nutrient works together to grow food. For every good seed and measure of fertiliser you put in, natur...

6 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

Feet in the field takes Pioneer further

Farmers in the Northwest will benefit greatly from the insightful tips and advice that Pioneers agricultural specialists provided to them at a recent farmer's day which took place outsid...

6 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Processing of condiments – Part 27: Pickled beetroot

Pickled beetroot is skinned, sliced and cooked beetroot packed and preserved in vinegar, a little salt, with or without sweetener and spices. The product is sealed in glass jars and pas...

4 Apr 2023 · 8 min read

Herb and spice production: The origin and history of spice in Africa

The discovery of spices and herbs, in particular the trade of these ingredients, was a defining moment in world history. Firstly, because spices and herbs enhanced the culinary experienc...

3 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Herb and spice production in Africa Part 2: Why Africa is the place to grow

Herbs and spices are important commodities for different reasons. Not only do they serve as an important source of income for farmers, but they are important substances for use in foods ...

3 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Invasive alien plants: Prosopis part 3: Control the prosopis invasion

Urgent action is needed to stop the rapid spread of the invasive alien plant, prosopis, that has already encroached 1,8 million hectares of South African rangeland. At the present gro...

3 Apr 2023 · 8 min read

Taking good soil samples: Tips for small-scale farmers

Successful farmers regularly take samples of their soil to determine the fertility or nutrient levels of their land and make educated decisions about the best way to manage it. Taking a ...

3 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Tree nut production in sub-Saharan Africa – Part 6

Tree nuts are invaluable in whichever form they are. Their value, like with any product that undergoes value addition, increases. Value addition gives a raw product a new life as its fin...

3 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

New cultivars from Pioneer look promising at Agronomy Day in Sannieshof

The trial farm outside Sannieshof serves as a place where Pioneer can test their own seed as well as other companies' seed. What the trials show is that the new biotechnology in these...

2 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

PowerCore biotechnology is exhibited at Pioneer Agronomy Day in Sannieshof

PowerCore is biotechnology that Pioneer developed within the Corteva group. This provides farmers with improved insect resistance and better weed control. For more information, vis...

1 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

Northwest agents introduce new cultivars at Pioneer’s Agronomy day at Sannie...

Builiding trust and a relationship with farmers is the first team in showing a farmer that Pioneer seed truly works. The second is planting it, because the results speak for themselves....

31 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Kynoch Fertiliser cares for nature through innovation and science

Kynoch fertiliser has a long history in South Africa of supporting farmers through crop care. As an agricultural inputs company, they provide a range of products to promote crop health, ...

29 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Fruit production part 3: Pineapple in its crowning glory

Pineapples. Who does not enjoy the sweet and sour flesh from time to time? Freshly sliced, the yellow fruit is juicy and rich in vitamin C and fibre. It is a tropical fruit that is grown...

15 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Bayer supports AgriCareers Roadshow to showcase career opportunities in agriculture

While the official unemployment rate has eased marginally to 32.7%, South Africa’s unemployment rate is still one of the worst in the world, with 7.8 million people unemployed. Even m...

13 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Timing of pollen shedding in maize

In this article, everything the farmer needs to know about pollen shedding is looked at in detail: what is it, how is it characterised and when does it take place? Key findings •...

13 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

AgriCOTE from AGT Foods Africa is the seed buildup that improves yield and protect...

AgriCOTE is a seed build-up that is mainly produced for the seeds of cover crops and grasses. This product is formulated by AGT Foods Africa who has over 25 years of research-backed deve...

8 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Omnia GREENSULF™: More than just an effective nitrogen source

Many articles have been written to compare the effectiveness of ammonium nitrate and urea – each one emphasising a specific sales argument. In any case, the advantages of the nitrat...

7 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

How Tsebo Kenya’s farm-to-fork initiative is reaping sustainable and refresh...

As part of the Tsebo Solutions Group, Tsebo Kenya shares its parent organisation's environmentally responsible ethos and commitment to managing its environmental footprint by employing w...

22 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Kynoch- your long-haul partner for success

Kynoch Fertilizer has been a plant nutrition partner for South African farmers for over a hundred years, offering innovative and purpose-built products based on the needs and growth phas...

21 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

KYNOPLUS – A STRIKING BLUE friend!

This overview aims to explain the utility and use of KynoPlus to arable farmers. As is well known, there are different nitrogen sources to be used in agricultural practices; either durin...

20 Feb 2023 · 11 min read

Soil microbiology, the present and the future

Agriculture is in a time where the focus is increasingly placed on the subject of soil microbiology and "soil health". Regular discussions across the spectrum, between the media, produce...

7 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Corteva Agriscience Cultivate progress by bringing farmers and crop protection tog...

Corteva Agriscience™ is a dedicated agricultural company that focuses on supporting farmers to get the most out of every hectare every season. Our solutions increase productivity an...

6 Feb 2023 · < 1 min read

Pioneer crop focus: Silk jamming

What is silk jamming? This phenomenon occurs when the silks are supposed to appear at the tip of the cob and the elongation of the silks is obstructed by husk leaves that are packed too...

6 Feb 2023 · 2 min read

Invasive alien plants – Prosopis Part 2: Prosopis spread is a major catastrophe

The invasive alien plant, prosopis, is a serious threat to of areas in Southerern Africa where it threatens water resources, indigenous vegetation and the livelihood of communities who a...

6 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

Processing of condiments Part 26: PEAR RELISH

A relish is a sweet-n-sour condiment containing preserved fruit/vegetable pieces and spices. It is served with curries, hot and cold meats, and savouries. Pear relish is usually prepared...

6 Feb 2023 · 5 min read

Fruit production part 2: Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit production has been a hot topic for over two years. Many growers have seized the opportunity to farm with kiwis and capitalise on the demand for this exotic fruit. Contrary...

6 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

Kynoch cares about the farmer

After more than a hundred years in the fertilizer industry, we still take care of your fields. Our experienced agricultural experts are ready to help you find the right nutrition for you...

27 Jan 2023 · < 1 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

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

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

The proof of the pudding is in planting Pioneer!

Pioneer understands that precision farming is more than the technology in your tractor and how you prepare your seed bed. It is also about your seed and the result you see in your plant'...

23 Dec 2022 · < 1 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

Fruit production part 1: Glorious granadillas

Granadillas, also known as passionfruit, is a vine species of passionflower that is native to Brazil. It belongs to the family Passiflora. The centre of the fruit is filled with yello...

22 Dec 2022 · 6 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pioneer’s® LumiGEN™ seed treatments hit South African soil

Following the opening of Corteva Agriscience’s Centre for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) laboratory in Rosslyn, Gauteng, farmers can now reap the benefits of LumiGEN™ seed treatmen...

5 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Processing of condiments Part 22: Barbecue sauce, cheese sauce and cottage cheese

Barbecue sauce During barbecue-style cooking, barbeque sauce is used as a flavouring sauce, marinade, or basting for pork, beef and chicken. Barbeque sauce is a ubiquitous condiment tha...

28 Sep 2022 · 18 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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