AgriSuite Online® Articles 2016

Think hard and smart before you plant!!!

Think hard and smart before you plant!!!

21 November 2016
Portia Phahlane

Emerging farmers often feel pressurised when they acquire land to put something in the ground as soon as possible for financial and personal reasons. Unfortunately, the results at the end of the production cycle are not what they expected, as the final act - that of getting paid for their efforts - never occurs... Read more

Developing small-scale cash crop farmers

Developing small-scale cash crop farmers

07 November 2016
Dr John Lapham

Small-scale farmers inherently adopt informal risk management strategies based on traditional, less risky, but less profitable, farming practices. By using more efficient strategies, it is estimated that income could be increased by up to 30% (Rashid and Jayne, 2010)... Read more

The importance of quality control and quality assurance in the livestock industry

The importance of quality control and quality assurance in the livestock industry

17 October 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Modern-day consumers demand quality for their money - they want food that is not only economical but also healthy, tasty and safe - forcing what once was a quantity-orientated food production into a quality-orientated food market where a range ... Read more

Climate Change and Agriculture

Climate Change and Agriculture

26 September 2016
Juanita van Zyl

We are confronted daily with television documentaries and articles in the media on Climate Change and Global Warming. Climate change science dates back to the early 19th century with the discovery of the natural greenhouse effect. In the 1960's, scientists... Read more

natural resources

Challenges of natural resources

12 September 2016
Sabhinah Ncongwane

The socio-economic forecasts have predicted an extreme shortage of proteins in the whole world under current cropping practices; that is, protein production is not currently sustainable. The reasons for this increasing demand for protein are two-fold. Obviously, the world population is... Read more

Empower a woman and better the nation

Empower a woman and better the nation

15 August 2016
Zandisiwe Manyathela

Women play a fundamental role in the development of rural and national economies. Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to building stronger economies and improving the quality of life for women, their families and communities... Read more

Food security through Modern Agriculture

Food security through Modern Agriculture

27 June 2016
Portia Phahlane

While an estimated 12% of South Africa's land is fit for crop production, only 22% is valued as high-potential arable land. The limited availability of water and unreliable rainfall remains a consistent threat to food production and food... Read more

Permaculture: Getting the most out of your farm

Permaculture: Getting the most out of your farm

13 June 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Permaculture is not new, being a holistic, integrated system where natural energies are utilised in a sustainable way. David Holmgren and Bill Mollison coined the phrase in 1978 and since then, permaculture has been practiced by permaculturists... Read more

Markets

Farmers, get to know the Market and Market Agent!

25 May 2016
Portia Phahlane

A big stumbling block for farmers in the developing world is free and easy access to markets. One obvious reason is the perception, even amongst farmers themselves that they suffer from an inherent inability to produce consistent high quantities of quality produce. But while that is lamented, we tend to ignore another, and... Read more

Winter crops

Winter crops

09 May 2016
Sabhinah Ncongwane

Winter crops are selected for their ability to cope and grow well in the lower temperature ranges - even in frosty winter weather. These include different types of crops and variations, such as cool-weather vegetables, winter field crops, and deciduous fruits... Read more

Skills Required for Livestock Production

Skills Required for Livestock Production

25 April 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg and Zandisiwe Manyathela

The raison d'être for the South African Extension Service, "the dissemination of existing knowledge and new research findings to the farming community" dates back to 1925, and is proof that providing agricultural skills to farmers in South Africa is not just a modern-day requirement... Read more

The role of GIS in land use planning

The role of GIS in land use planning

29 March 2016
Juanita van Zyl

Agricultural land use is the management and modification of the environment for agricultural purposes, and consists of the production of goods (crop production, livestock farming, mining and timber), and services (protection of biodiversity and natural resources)... Read more

Managing Crop Production

Managing Crop Production

07 March 2016
Dr John Lapham

The production of a crop by a farmer can be considered as a project and the project management skills required are no different from any other project. Furthermore, this applies to all types of crop production, whether it be a large-scale maize project or the production of a few hundred... Read more

Drought-related animal health

Drought-related animal health and nutrition risks.

08 February 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

With the prolonging drought gripping the country, livestock owners not only have to worry about where the next feed and water source will come from, but they will also need to watch over the health of their remaining animals. Low feed and water intakes place a tremendous amount... Read more

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