Meet our new presenter, a television icon synonymous with sports and news, Tony Ndoro. Tony has a wealth of knowledge about business, current affairs, news, and sports. He has interviewed top local and international politicians, leaders and sportsmen and has a firm grasp of Mzansi’s major issues. But he also understands the issues our farmers face specifically, and how those challenges ultimately impact the consumer.

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African Farming is an agricultural TV programme aimed at educating and inspiring black farmers, who want to become commercially successful and wish to invest in future generations.

To learn about our best African farmers and to find out how you could become one of them, watch African Farming on Thursdays at 18:30 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv channel 163) and get a copy of the free monthly magazine.

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Importance of accountability in farming

Importance of accountability in farming

African Farming host Tony Ndoro discusses how accountability factors into each element of a farming operation with Praveen Dwarika, MD of AFGRI's Lemang Agricultural Services, Ratselane Marumo, Afrivet Business Management, Sales and Marketing Manager for export, Johann Vosser, MD of Vleissentraal Bosveld and Hendrik Mokoto, Pannar Seed Sales Representative.

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Pannar sows seeds of accountability

Pannar sows seeds of accountability

New discoveries and advances in technology make agriculture a science on the move. Farmers who stay stuck in obsolete methods do so at their peril and many of them struggle to move forward. The agricultural extension services of the past are largely non-existent, leaving many farmers without advisors to guide their progress.

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Stay accountable in farming

Stay accountable in farming

Crop farmer Seitshiro Marumaloe has a philosophy of accountability in his farming operation – to his credit. He makes no excuses when challenges arise and has pushed the pause button on frustration with government, the weather, markets and pests. Instead, he just gets on with the job. 

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White beans give rise to abundant harvest

White beans give rise to abundant harvest

The value of learning about farming from a young age is inestimable, but unfortunately the policies of the past separated many potential farmers from the generational knowledge that should have been their birthright. Seitshiro Marumoloe was raised by his grandparents, who were small-scale farmers, and exposed to agriculture from his early childhood. He talks to Peter Mashala about his journey back to farming.

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Managing growth in livestock

Managing growth in livestock

“Get big or get out” is a common call among farmers that may not necessarily be true. Herd and flock expansion is the most common way to grow a livestock operation, but niche markets also offer positive opportunities for growth. Focusing on continuous improvement in management and innovation are other ways of growing your profit. 

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White beans give rise to abundant harvest

White beans give rise to abundant harvest

The value of learning about farming from a young age is inestimable, but unfortunately the policies of the past separated many potential farmers from the generational knowledge that should have been their birthright. Seitshiro Marumoloe was raised by his grandparents, who were small-scale farmers, and exposed to agriculture from his early childhood. He talks to Peter Mashala about his journey back to farming.

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Irrigation farmers on the Orange-Riet scheme

Irrigation farmers on the Orange-Riet scheme

Keith and Jacqui Middleton have faced some tough challenges in 15 years of farming, but this has not weakened their determination to take their business to the top of the emerging commercial farming sector in the next ten years. The Middletons’ farm, African Joy, is part of the Orange-Riet irrigation scheme near Jacobsdal in the Free State. In the late autumn sun on the stoep of their farmhouse, they shared the story of their farming success with Charné Kemp.

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Building her place in the sun

Building her place in the sun

From when she was in high school, Keneilwe Raphesu started shadowing her father, Dr Mamabolo Raphesu, on his farm. Two years ago, she came out from his shadow to swop life in academia for life on a farm. Peter Mashala caught up with this ambitious father-and-daughter team.

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Farmers’ Diaries: George Kgomo

Farmers’ Diaries: George Kgomo

Autumn is the time for sheep and goat farmers to work at keeping the body condition scores of their ewes up so that when lambing starts in about a month, the lambs and kids will get the best possible start. During autumn grass starts losing quality and cattlemen change to a higher-protein winter lick to stimulate the intake of low quality grass. This increases the intakes of low-quality grass. Tomato tunnel farmers are harvesting the last of their crops before winter’s frosts arrive.

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Farmers’ Diaries: Keneilwe Raphesu

Farmers’ Diaries: Keneilwe Raphesu

Autumn is the time for sheep and goat farmers to work at keeping the body condition scores of their ewes up so that when lambing starts in about a month, the lambs and kids will get the best possible start. During autumn grass starts losing quality and cattlemen change to a higher-protein winter lick to stimulate the intake of low quality grass. This increases the intakes of low-quality grass. Tomato tunnel farmers are harvesting the last of their crops before winter’s frosts arrive.

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A footprint in forestry

A footprint in forestry

Forestry is often overlooked as a form of agriculture but is in essence tree farming at its best. To succeed, one needs patience and a very good sense of long-term planning. It’s a sector in which Mlungisi Bushula has found his feet since 2013. Engela Duvenage writes about the 32-year old’s business plans, which now also include the wildlife sector and crop production in the Eastern Cape.

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