Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gallagher – Your Security Partner

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

28 Jun 2022 · < 1 min read

Erosion control in Malawi: Part 4 – How to deal with steep slopes

Prevention is always better than cure. This is particularly true about soil erosion, where the slowing down of runoff water on a steep slope can prevent the formation of gullies and deep...

7 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Erosion control in Malawi: Part 3 – Gullies

What is soil erosion? Soil erosion is caused by run-off water that flows unchecked over soil surfaces that are no longer adequately protected by a plant cover. Gullies, or dongas, are d...

7 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Erosion control in Malawi: Part 2

These methods were used in Malawi by Ken Coetzee and Wallie Stroebel of Conservation Management Services (CMS), who are based in George in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. They...

7 Jun 2022 · 7 min read

Erosion control in Malawi: Part 1

While more and more production is demanded from farmers, soil erosion is frittering away arable land.  Ken Coetzee and Wallie Stroebel of the South African company Conserva­tion Manage...

7 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Drought in Namibia: What to do to survive

If you are in a drought, most people say you should have planned for it. But it is too late for prior planning when the drought is upon you already. Presently the question is not what fa...

7 Jun 2022 · 8 min read

Composting and composting systems Part 6: Composting methods and structures

In part 5's edition, we looked at wire mesh composting bins, circular, round, and pentagonal structures, as well as the rotating drum composter. Let us now look at our last three compost...

31 May 2022 · 5 min read

Composting and composting systems Part 5: Composting methods and structures

Composting methods Compost can be made by different methods. The method of composting selected will depend on when finished compost is desired, the materials to be composted, and the sp...

31 May 2022 · 7 min read

Composting and composting systems Part 4: The use of compost heaps

Compost can be used to improve the soil structure and drainage, as a mulch to cut down on water loss, and as a fertiliser to improve the soil’s fertility. Soil improvement In the beg...

31 May 2022 · 5 min read

Composting and composting systems – Part 3 : Building and maintaining a compost sy...

A compost system can be compared to a living thing that requires the essentials of all living things: air, food, and water in a balanced combination. Choosing the ideal location The co...

31 May 2022 · 6 min read

Composting and composting systems – Part 2: Composting materials

A compost heap is much more sophisticated and sensitive than one would think. To ensure a highly effective system and to get optimum yields, it is important to pick and choose the materi...

31 May 2022 · 5 min read

Composting and composting systems – Part 1: How to make compost

Your vegetable garden at home can be transformed into a growing, sustainable food source without having to buy expensive chemical fertilisers. Making your own compost is cheap and will r...

31 May 2022 · 5 min read

Water wise farmers build earth dams – Part 4: Foundations and seeping lines

The quality of the earth under a dam is of utmost importance. Careful surveying of the nature and depth of the topsoil and subsoil must be done by drilling or sinking test holes (especia...

12 May 2022 · 8 min read

Water wise farmers build earth dams – Part 3: Design essentials

The dam design in this series is limited to dams of which the maximum water depth does not exceed eight metres. Dam outlets The spilling of the dam must be designed and constructed in ...

12 May 2022 · 12 min read

Water wise farmers build earth dams – Part 2: Building cost and natural losses of ...

Dams can be expensive to build and therefore a farmer should do his calculations and planning very carefully to prevent those hidden costs from rising out of control. Water seepage can a...

12 May 2022 · 11 min read

Water wise farmers build earth dams – Part 1: Types of dams

Earth dams protect a farmer against potential devastating dry spells and this month we start a new series on this huge, but important construction. It is a huge initial expense to build ...

12 May 2022 · 10 min read
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