Conservation agriculture: No-till and perfect seed placement

Correct seed placement and depth are critical for successful no-till crop production. As is the case with conventional agriculture, farmers have to use specialised planting machinery to ensure correct seed placement and depth. Richard Findlay from the No-till Club of KwaZulu-Natal, explains that one of the major differences with no-till…

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Conservation agriculture builds a better life for Phumelele Hlongwane

Phumelele Thembisile Hlongwane is a mother of 6 from Ezibomvini village in the Bergville area of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. She is one of about 400 smallholder farmers experimenting with conservation agriculture as part of Grain SA’s Smallholder Farmer Innovation Programme with the Mahlathini Development Foundation. Phumelele says her passion stems…

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Crop production: Basin planting could work well for you

The Zimbabwean method of basin planting – where small pockets of soil are hoed and filled with seed and fertiliser – is practical and will improve your soil as years go by. Basin planting is one of several techniques available to small-scale farmers to produce a crop using conservation agriculture…

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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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