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Pros and Cons of Growing in Tunnels

June 12, 2018

Now that winter is here with icy winds and frost, smallholders with tunnels will be glad of the ability to protect their vegetables. A tunnel has a frame made from steel or plastic, which is covered in clear polyethylene sheeting or shade cloth. Tunnels are usually semi-circular, square or elongated in shape. The interior heats […]

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Financial management for the Smallholder

June 6, 2018

South Africans recently awoke to the depressing news that the economists had got their predictions spectacularly wrong. What was supposed to be a small GDP growth of 1,1% this year, will in fact be a contraction of 2,2%. Thus, while the economy continues to languish we all need to manage our finances more carefully and […]

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Diatomaceous Earth

June 6, 2018

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a soft, silica-based rock powder made from fossilised marine algae known as diatoms, and contains a number of beneficial trace minerals. It has a long list of wonderful uses for people, livestock and pets alike. It has been used for various purposes for many decades. In the ‘60s, for example, it […]

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May 25, 2018

If you are a beekeeper and you had difficulty in registering and re-registering as such with the Dept of Agriculture (Daff) after March 31 this year, The SA Bee Industry Organisation (Sabio) has sought clarity from Daff on the issue following a meeting with the department, and the current state of play is outlined below […]

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Disneyland comes to K’dorp Reserve

May 25, 2018

A portion of the Krugersdorp Game Reserve may soon be developed into a massive edutainment centre aimed at international tourists ~ but questions are being asked about why a conservation area is being targeted for the development. The Mzanzi Dreamland was proposed by an entity calling itself the Hadassah Group, and the estimated cost of R3-billion […]

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Food forests: what are they?

May 23, 2018

The term “food forest” has entered the lexicon of home gardeners, permaculturists, off-gridders and greenie beanies recently, conjuring up a mixture of trees, plants, insects and flowers, all bathed in dappled sunlight and delivering forth a magical harvest of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. But is this correct? Or more prosaically, what exactly does the […]

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Invasive Species Training in June

May 23, 2018

Once again the SA Green Industries Council (Sagic) will run its popular four module invasive species and herbicide training during May and June. In Johannesburg the course will run from June 19 to 22. Invasive species and herbicide training expands participants’ career prospects, enabling them to become a  consultant, to head up an invasive species […]

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The way of the future

May 22, 2018

We have seen the future, and it’s electric. And so quickly and certainly is it going electric that we predict that within the next couple of decades the only place you’ll see the small two- or four-stroke petrol engines such as commonly power lawnmowers, brushcutters and chainsaws today will be in a museum. The technology […]

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New vaccine factory for Ondersterpoort

May 21, 2018

Onderstepoort Biological Products, South Africa’s leading producer of livestock vaccines, will start on the construction of a new manufacturing plant, to be completed by 2020, for R347 million. According to agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana, “this will lead to large scale production of competitively priced vaccines manufactured under global quality standards; consistent availability of OBP vaccines […]

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Nampo 2018

A Nampo 2018 review

May 21, 2018

Following the bumper show last year on the back of an excellent season one would have been forgiven for expecting this year’s Nampo Harvest Show outside Bothaville last month to have been a less-spectacular affair. But one would have been wrong. Grain SA says a record 82 800-plus visitors shuffled through the gates this year, […]

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