EU deregulation to shrink Swaziland sugar exports

Swaziland’s sugar exports are likely to decline after the European Union’s (EU) deregulation of the industry. Swazi sugar farmers have struggled to assert themselves outside the EU. Sugar farmers in the world’s only absolute monarchy have for decades benefitted from the EU’s cap on annual sugar production. It kept prices…

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Young dairyman talks pastures and people

Leonard Mavhugu, a dairyman from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, talks to africanfarming.com about managing large herds and releasing the potential of farm personnel. It’s two hours before dawn. Dairy farmer Leonard Mavhugu is on the move, driving through the darkness to Amadlelo Agri’s dairy at Fort Hare, outside…

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Modern scarecrow protects fruit

A simple yet effective gadget that reflected light helped this farmer to prevent birds from damaging his fruit. On Mr. Manie van Zyl’s farm Plaatkop the birds used to pick off the apricot flowers and eat the fruit every year. Traditional scarecrows, like the boom canon or die doll with…

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