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25 September

So whose idea was it anyway? “Who had this bloody fancy idea?” was the unequivocal response I got from a farmer I phoned up to get a response on the new proposed amendment to Act No 36 (the Fertiliser, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock ... Read more


Safeguarding the treasures of the desert
Founded by Johan Bouwer, Obesa Nursery is now run by son Anton and cultivates almost 2 million specimens of 7 000 succulent and cactus species from around the world, particularly the Karoo....

From a family farm to an Agribusiness
Handri Conradie is Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer of the Year for 2009. He has managed to steer his sixth-generation family farm from a traditional operation to a modern, profitable agribusiness....

Persevering with poultry
Ramadila Product CC, a fully equipped 15ha broiler farm in the North West,wasn’t used for over 10 years because of a lack of capital and a market. Steven Mogase describes the years of perseverance....

Dam issues
While dams are construction marvels, their impact on the environment and the earth’s crust can be devastating, writes Abré J Steyn....

Diversification: to buy in or to start up?
On a Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust tour of South Africa and Australia, Briton Andy Gage visited over 50 farms to learn more about the advantages and pitfalls of diversification. ...

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Dairy: pull together or flounder
Dairy farmers, especially in KZN, need to work together to collectively overcome the various problems that threaten their industry. At the recent We spoke to Mike Black

Zim misery continues...
Zimbabwe CFU deputy president, Deon Theron tells us about the sad state of agriculture, and how few remaining farmers are being persecuted.

Will land claims sour Sisonke's milk bowl
Ineffective and often stagnant land claims processes in KZN threaten the sustainability of one of the country’s largest milk supply areas.


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