Indigenous crop production: The versatile African eggplant

The current buzz around diversity is not just trendy scientific talk. It really is important in agriculture to diversify your farming operation. If all your eggs are in one basket and you drop the basket… well, you know the deal. If all your lands are planted to maize and the…

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Forty hectares of vegetable success on open land and in hydroponic systems

This family’s vegetable farming enterprise in the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has expanded over the past nine years from a quarter hectare to nearly 40 hectares of vegetable production. They attribute their success to their willingness to exceed their customers’ demands and expectations. As…

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Planned amendments to SA seed laws “to make criminals of small farmers”

The lobby group African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warns that amendments to the Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976 and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 15 of 1976 could, among other issues, restrict the exchange of seed. According to Linzi Lewis, researcher at ACB, small farmers will be held to…

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Farming patent: Take the hassle out of applying fertiliser by hand

Applying fertiliser by hand is a challenging task for any vegetable farmer. Michris Janse van Rensburg shows us his patent that allows you to apply the right amount fast, without walking speed affecting how evenly you apply it. If  you want to know more, send him a WhatsApp message to…

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