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Beyond covid-19: Shoots of realism emerging for land reform

It may be a bit of a cliché, but if there is a silver lining to be found in the post-covid economic situation it...

Rosy outlook about Mzansi’s 2020/21 summer and winter crop production

Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural economist at Absa, says Mzansi's 2020/2021 summer and winter crop production is a positive signal for the future. Hlomendlini explains that...

Strong partnership seeds success for 1 000 land reform beneficiaries

It’s 06:00 on a warm November morning and Dudu Nkuna is up early to check on the irrigation schedule for the 45 hectares of...

Farming on Mars – where would we even start?

Humanity is moving to space. SpaceX has loudly and clearly expressed its intentions to colonise Mars, and this immediately begs the question: What are...

Kitchen makes 1 million life-saving meals in 8 months

Preparing and distributing 1 million meals in eight months is no small feat and doing so amid the disruption caused by a national covid-19...

Can 4th Industrial Revolution enable regenerative farming?

Dr Naudé Malan, senior lecturer in development studies at the University of Johannesburg believes the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) has the potential to intensify the...

Why does our hit rate in black farmer commercialisation still suck?

Sinelizwi Fakade has seen both sides of the efforts by the state and the commercial farming sector to develop smallholder farmers into small-scale commercial...

‘Start with what you have,’ advises founder of poultry stokvel

For new era poultry farmer Ellen Mokau (35) collaboration is the key to unlocking incredible power within the agricultural sector. Through an “unusual” stokvel, Mokau...

Drop the beef with beef to live and eat healthy

Following the World Food Day commemorations, prof. Hettie Schönfeldt, research manager of the Red Meat Research and Development, argues that optimal nutritional status is...

Contract grower model ‘fails smallholder poultry farmers’

Kayalethu Sotsha, senior agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) reveals vital information about South Africa’s poultry industry. Sotsha used the Smallholder Market...

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Salt wars: Sodium, be you friend or foe?

Have you noticed how some people instinctively add salt to their food without even tasting it? Salt has been in use long before the beginning...

Liewe Lulu: ‘I love him, but can I forgive him?’

Miserable and confused from Graaf-Reinet in the Eastern Cape writes Liewe Lulu My husband of 37 years has cheated on me. Together we built a thriving 200-hectare...

A beginner’s guide on how to meal prep like a pro

Let’s face it, the routine of coming home (or logging out) from work, making dinner, eating the fruits of your labour then cleaning up...

New body: 10 no-fuss ways to transform in 2021

And so, we have made it to 2021, we are in a panic and a frenzy looking for ways we can get rid of...

Liewe Lulu: Could it be time to call it quits?

A besotted but frazzled lover from Hartswater in the Northern Cape writes… Liewe Lulu Where to begin... So, I am a 37-year-old woman dating a younger man...