Extension Suite Online® Articles 2016

Extension officers: Helping people to help themselves

Extension Suite Online - What's the Fuss All About?

14 November 2016
Piet van Zyl

The days when farmers practiced monoculture and everyone, including agricultural extension officers and advisors had lots of time, are long gone. Today, time is money - even on the farm, and 3 000 extensionists in South Africa, must render services to more than 1.5 to 1.8 million emerging farmers and small-scale producers... Read more

Smallholder farmers to ensure household food security

Smallholder farmers to ensure household food security

24 October 2016
Portia Phahlane

Sustainable access to safe and nutritious food is a constitutional right for all South Africans. Our country is a net producer of agricultural products, yet, many households face the problem of regular or even acute food insecurity. One of the accepted causes of food insecurity... Read more

Postharvest grain loss and small-scale farmers

Postharvest grain loss and small-scale farmers

11 October 2016
Sabhinah Ncongwane

According to the APHLIS (African Post-Harvest Losses Information System) estimates, post-harvest grain losses in Africa range between 10 and 20 percent, with some sources reporting losses of as high as 40 percent... Read more

Effect of climate change on livestock

Effect of climate change on livestock

19 September 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Climate has a significant impact on animal production and with rising global temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, farmers need to plan and manage accordingly. Global temperatures are predicted to continue rising, with extreme weather events becoming more frequent and more intense... Read more

Female Entrepreneurs in the Agricultural Sector

Women to the front please, and let's talk about positive things for a change!

29 August 2016
Portia Phahlane

The agricultural industry, like most others, has its roots firmly planted in the patriarchal past - a past that prevented women from taking their rightful place, including positions of leadership, in the societies where they lived and worked. In harmony with activism... Read more

Female Entrepreneurs in the Agricultural Sector

Female Entrepreneurs in the Agricultural Sector

22 August 2016
Jantus van der Linden

While it is no secret that women produce between 60 and 80 percent of the food in Africa and are responsible for half of the world's food production, it is only recently, that their key role as food producers and their critical contribution to food security, started to receive the recognition it deserves... Read more

Women in Agriculture

Women in Agriculture

08 August 2016
Sabhinah Ncongwane

Women play a significant role in agriculture in Africa - about 80 % of the agricultural production on the Continent is produced by small-scale farmers of which the majority are rural women. Agriculture in the developing countries is central to economic growth - contributing to food production, job creation, poverty alleviation and... Read more

Biotechnology in animal breeding

Biotechnology in animal breeding

11 July 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Improving livestock breeds has been practiced for many years, as farmers sought to shape the genotype and physical characteristics of livestock breeds to increase yield and nutritive quality of their products, and in the process create food security... Read more

Biotechnology Advances: CRISPR genome editing

The role of GPS and GIS in precision farming

20 June 2016
Pretty Duma

Precision Farming is a concept based on managing the variations in the field with greater accuracy, using fewer resources and reducing production costs to grow more food - a sustainable agriculture practice. The adoption of new technologies such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic... Read more

Biotechnology Advances: CRISPR genome editing

Biotechnology Advances: CRISPR genome editing

30 May 2016
Dr John Lapham

CRISPR-Cas9 is a newly developed genetic editing tool that enables genes within an organism to be rearranged, removed or altered very precisely and easily. Since the 1970's, when it was first possible to alter the genetic material of a plant or animal, efforts to do so... Read more

The role of infrastructure in recovering from drought

The role of infrastructure in recovering from drought

16 May 2016
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

The recent El Nino-induced drought experienced in the summer rainfall area of South Africa has amongst other things, led to extensive losses for livestock farmers. This has placed an added responsibility on producers to manage their enterprises carefully to make up for loss... Read more

GIS and Farming

GIS and Farming

18 April 2016
Daphney Bakgoeng

The agricultural industry continuously need to find solutions to problems through finding and applying new knowledge and equipment, in the quest to improve the living and working conditions of farmers and farm workers... Read more

Crop Calendars and Crop Management

Crop Calendars and Crop Management

11 April 2016
Dr John Lapham

Crop calendars summarise periods during which it is best to initiate and complete various crop production activities. They show when to prepare the soil, plant and grow the crop, and when to harvest it providing farmers with an initial broad indication of the planning and scheduling of activities needed to produce the crop... Read more

Can Agri-parks breathe new life in Land reform programme?

Can Agri-parks breathe new life in Land reform programme?

29 March 2016
Portia Phahlane

The concept of Agri-Parks is rooted in the National Development Plan (NDP) calling for the integration of rural areas into mainstream economic development in South Africa - allowing these areas active participation in our country's economic growth. Policymakers recognised that the government's land reform programme has not yielded the expected results as yet and that farming alone cannot revitalise the rural economy and improve the destiny of small-holder farmers... Read more

Underutilized land in communal areas

Underutilized land in communal areas

14 March 2016
Zandisiwe Manyathela

South Africa covers an area of 121.9 million hectares of which an area of roughly a 100 million hectares, is used for purposes of agriculture. Approximately 84 million hectors of this agricultural land is used for private farming while 16 million hectors is communal land. Communal areas in South Africa, however... Read more

Impact of Drought on Agriculture

Impact of Drought on Agriculture

29 Ferbuary 2016
Portia Phalane

Agriculture plays a critical role in developing the South African economy and is a key sector contributing to the country's gross domestic product. Despite its importance, agriculture is dependent on unpredictable factors such as climate change, shifts in the global economy, changes... Read more

The impact of the current drought in South Africa

The impact of the current drought in South Africa

22 Ferbuary 2016
Juanita van Zyl

South Africa's climate is driven by natural climate variability. This variability can be seen in the differences in the rainfall that South Africa receives every year. South Africa rates as the 27th driest country on earth, with a mean annual precipitation of 500mm compared to the global average of 850mm. Approximately 66%... Read more

Irrigation in Agriculture

Irrigation in Agriculture

15 Ferbuary 2016
Dr. John Lapham

In times of drought much attention is focused on the use of water by farmers. This is not surprising because it is estimated that agriculture consumes 70% of all water used. However, the judicious use of water is not only in the interest of the public, but also of farmers, as they need to survive... Read more

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