Farming Cheats: Learning about natural systems

While many farmers read articles and books about the problems they face, there are few resources where farmers can get an idea of the basic natural systems that will allow them to farm more cheaply by farming with nature rather than against it. These practices allow farmers to use less expensive inputs like chemicals and fertilisers. Here’s some advice:

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Not only is the Malans’ hydroponic farm exceedingly neat and on point, but their open-field lettuce farm is also carefully managed. Charl recently acquired a weed rotovator which helps him to eradicate the weeds between the rows of lettuce. “All our implements have fertilizer bins to reduce the tractor traffic in the fields. We also only plant two lettuce harvests on each field per year. Afterwards, we sow any type of grain that is worked in as green manure after three months,” says Charl.

Vaccinate and educate to manage risks

For Lindiwe Sithole, host of African Farming Season 2, visiting the Eastern Cape in all its splendour is only the beginning of an insightful journey. She gets the opportunity to see the large farming enterprise that Mandla Mandlendoda and his brother, Johnston, runs in the province.

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Managing fodder feed flow successfully

An excited Lindiwe Sithole, host of African Farming Season 2, travels to the beautiful Eastern Cape to visit the large farming enterprise of Mandla and Johnston Mandlendoda. The brothers take her on a tour of their farmlands, showing her the various wildlife species that call it home. Running such a multifaceted enterprise takes a lot of hard work and dedication, which the Mandlendodas have in abundance.

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African Farming panel experts recap episode four with Abel Naphtaly!

We recap African Farming episode four from our second season with our trusted panel experts, Dr. Thapelo Makae from Elanco, Praveen Dwarika from AFGRI’s Lemang Agricultural Services, Dr. Francois van de Vyver from Voermol Feeds and Geo Cronje of Vleissentraal.

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