Archive for March 2019

First commercial floating solar farm in Africa

Floating solar farm

From the ongoing issues at Eskom to the chemicals being sprayed and the high energy needs of farms, the agricultural sector is looking to become more financially and environmentally sustainable through green energy solutions like the first commercial floating solar farm in Africa. On 1 March 2019, media personnel as well as individuals from trade…

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Good news for dairy industry

SA Dairy championships

Good news for dairy industry: SA Dairy Championships attracts 882 entries The biggest dairy competition in Africa, the judging of the South African Diary Championships, took place on Thursday 28 February 2019 at GrandWest in Cape Town. This year, 76 manufacturers entered a total of 882 dairy products in more than 100 different classes. “These…

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Shared model of B-BEE farming a proven success in Ceres

Denau apples

With a  successful 15-year track record, the Denou Farming (Pty) Ltd is a stand-out success story. Established in 2003 as a partnership between fifth generation Prince Alfred’s Hamlet growers of the Goosen Family, Denou Farming (Pty) Ltd which owns the land is held by The Den Haag Werknemers Trust (51%) and The Goosen Boerdery Trust,…

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Agri Wes-Kaap stel nuwe HUB aan

Jannie Strydom

Agri Wes-Kaap het sy nuwe Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte, mnr Jannie Strydom, op 1 Maart 2019 verwelkom. Mnr Strydom, wat ‘n Meestersgraad in Landbou-ekonomie aan die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal het, neem die leisels oor by mnr Carl Opperman, wat na 20 jaar as HUB van Agri Wes-Kaap afgetree het. Mnr Strydom het omvattende ervaring as…

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Speculaas Flavoured Chocolate Chip Cookies

Speculaas flavoured chocolate chip cookies

On our last trip to Holland I became hooked on the delicious flavour of these biscuits. Do try them, they are superb with a cup of coffee. Use the generous amounts of spices as stipulated in our recipe to ensure the authentic flavour. Makes ± 25 YOU WILL NEED 1 x 390 g Ina Paarman’s…

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Chicken and Char-grilled Pepper Salad

Chicken salad

Classy and cool, we plated the salad on a pretty non-breakable plastic plate. Easy to transport and non-breakable. Serves 4 YOU WILL NEED 1 shop bought rotisserie chicken, skinned and boned Ina Paarman’s Cajun Spice 1 x 250 g Ina Paarman’s Char-grilled Peppers 4 extra large eggs, at room temperature freshly ground black pepper 1…

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Fish management in an aquaponics system

Fish management

When growing fish in your aquaponics system, it is important to maintain good water quality. As an aquaponics grower you have the responsibility to keep your plants and fish healthy. Therefore, we investigate fish management in an aquaponics system. Water quality considers several parameters. Temperature and pH first come to mind, followed by dissolved gases…

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Consider live weight when selecting dairy bulls

Consider live weight

Consider the live weight when selecting dairy bulls. The genetic improvement of a dairy herd depends on the group of bulls selected every year to inseminate cows and heifers. At conception the genetic merit of the calf is fixed while for the dam the possibility of a next lactation period is established. Despite sire selection…

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Cover Cropping for Climate Smart Agriculture

Cover cropping

In recent years there have been several new terms being used pertaining to modern agriculture. Terms such as Conservation farming, Regenerative agriculture, Sustainable agriculture, Climate smart agriculture to name but a few. All these terms suggest a different approach to commercial and small scale production. This article considers Cover cropping for Climate Smart Agriculture. Cover…

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What is Soil Carbon Sequestration?

Soil carbon sequestration

What is Soil Carbon Sequestration? Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide can be lowered either by reducing emissions or by taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and storing in  terrestrial, oceanic, or freshwater aquatic ecosystems. A sink is defined as a process or an activity that removes greenhouse gas from the atmosphere. The long-term conversion…

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