Land Bank increasing support to emerging, small-scale farmers with R1 billion

South Africa’s Land Bank wants to provide R1 billion worth of finance to black entrepreneurs in the 2018 financial year to invest in predetermined agricultural products like fruit and nuts. CEO TP Nchocho said the bank also wants to invest R500 million in specific food and agricultural processing industries which…

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Young macadamia farmer harvests friends’ advice

A young macadamia farmer in the Sabie River Valley in Mpumalanga, South Africa is proving that anyone can become a farmer, even if he hasn’t inherited land and doesn’t know a thing about farming. This ex-golfer’s secret to success is a willingness to learn, a passion for farming and good…

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Mitigate risks for successful pecan nut farming

Many farmers regard pecan nuts as a favourable long-term investment. Limit your risks and ensure that the high establishment costs reap rewards. Gunter Hollenbach explains.  Before pecan nut production can be established, farmers must first thoroughly investigate whether all the necessary requirements to produce high quality pecans have been met.…

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Farmer builds his own oven for drying macadamias

Valley Macadamia's Farmer of the Year, Bill Bales-Smith, has built a drying oven for less than K7 000 and it saves him about K200 000 in the drying costs of his macadamias. For most macadamia nut farmers, the cost of erecting and operating electric drying units is extremely high, or…

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