New Business Development Manager at John Deere, Zabion de Wee joins Bathabile Modutoane in the studio to talk about John Deere’s S.M.A.R.T Model for small-scale farmers. This week he discusses the A, which stands for “access to finance”.
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By Ashley Grimsell and Cleopas Tlotlang Lephallo Beef cows in their third trimester of gestation are your most prized possession. Not only have they achieved breeding success, but they will soon be rewarding you with your future income: calves. However,
This week on African Farming, Bathabile Modutoane gets to know egg producer and Zapa Farm Managing Director, Beverly Mhlabane. Beverly discusses her farming journey and
Cabbage is one of the most widely-grown vegetable crops in South Africa. Excellent yields can be obtained if you know what you’re doing, and the crop can be highly profitable. Cabbage is expensive to grow though, so you need to pay a lot of attention to detail.
This week on African Farming, Praveen Dwarika, Managing Director of Lemang Agri Services, discusses budgeting and financial planning for farmers in our latest video from the experts.
Livestock theft is becoming more common in South Africa. This week on African Farming Head of Transformation at Sernick, Patrick Sekwatlakwatla sits down with Bathabile Modutoane to discuss a few to prevent livestock theft.
This week on African Farming we talk to Praveen Dwarika, Managing Director of Lemang Agri Services, about a group of young people who have access to land but don’t have the know-how to develop it into a viable agri-business. Lemang introduced them to Solomon Masango, today an accomplished commercial farmer who came through the Lemang Programme.
This week African Farming talks to Patrick Sekwatlakwatla, Head of Transformation at Sernick. We discuss pests that livestock farmers have to look out for, especially after the good rains over large parts of southern Africa. We’ll also talk about vaccination programmes and supplements during the dryer winter months ahead.
Maize yields have skyrocketed. Back in the 1980s and 1990s 10 tons per hectare was exceptional, with the average on dryland typically being between 3 and 6 t/ha. Today 10 t/ha and even more, even without irrigation, are pretty standard, with the record maize yield (irrigated) being in the vicinity of 23 t/ha! These increases are due to improved hybrids and on-farm management practices.
It’s February, and the country has enjoyed great summer rains after almost a decade of dry summers. But while it is a blessing, much rain also presents farmers with unique challenges. African Farming went to find out what our farmers are busy with during this wet month.
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