Husband-and-wife team on their way to mega-farmer status

Mr. Alexander and mrs. Agatha Tendai Matuka may have started out as small-scale farmers in Zambia’s Central Province some years back, but their joint passion for agriculture, keen business sense and ambition to excel has propelled them into commercial status in a short time. At their current rate of expansion…

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Fighting cross-border disease a team effort in South Africa

Continuous monitoring and close cooperation between farmers, veterinarians and officials from the Veterinary Sciences Directorate at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) ensure that South Africa (SA) retains its status of being foot and mouth disease (FMD) free, says Dricus Botha, TLU North Manager. The Daily Maverick recently…

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Online agricultural college gets green light

Agricolleges International, an internet-based platform launched to provide online training in agriculture, is going to offer its first 5 courses in March 2018. This follows after the South African (SA) sector specific education and training authority AgriSETA announced the accreditation of the college as a training institution in the agricultural sector.…

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Farmer rises from the ashes through conservation farming

Gaston Mukuwa, a farmer from Katoba in the Lusaka Province’s Chongwe district lost everything in a fire 3 years ago. Broke and desparate, he turned to conservation agriculture to dig himself out of the pit. He had to rebuild not only his home, but also the 5 hectare farm he…

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