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How to harvest without using a litre of diesel

On a scorching hot day in a stiflingly warm hall, Petrus Claasen van Eeden, a farmer from Harrismith, had the audience at African Farming’s sister magazine Landbouweekblad’s 2024 regenerative agriculture conference in Reitz on the edge of their seats with his “harvesting without using any diesel”.

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UFS research supports role of conservation agriculture in fighting climate change

According to the initial findings of a study conducted by Dr Jerry Dlamini, a lecturer and researcher specialising in agronomy at the Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences, University of the Free State (UFS), conservation agricultural practices, such as legume rotation and no-till practices, can potentially reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions, especially highly radiative gases like nitrous oxide.

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Financial solutions to combat power disruptions

The impact of the energy crisis on the agricultural sector is felt right through the value chain – from a loss of production on farms, to processing, logistics, and point of sale. However, alternative energy solutions are available. In this week’s episode of African Farming, Ross Simons, the managing director of AFGRI Financial Solutions discusses financing options available to farmers seeking those solutions. 

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