Floating solar farm

Solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity in history, according to a 2020 report by the International Energy Agency. But there is something holding this clean energy powerhouse back: space. Unlike fossil fuel power stations, solar farms need a lot of room to generate enough electricity to keep up with demand. Most solar farms are composed…

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Offshore wind energy could help solve SA’s energy woes

We still rely heavily on coal to generate electricity, but with an ageing fleet of coal-fired power plants we should perhaps start to tap into our abundant offshore wind energy resources to help address future electricity shortages. “If we were to install wind turbines at different depths off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coast, they…

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Boer van die maand

Ons boer van die maand in die Januarie 2021 uitgawe is Lourens en Ignatius de Jager van Helderwater Boerdery (Edms) Bpk, op die plaas Witfontein, 80 km suid-oos van Kuruman op die Ghaapse plato. Waar dit als begin het Lourens vertel van die geskiedenis van die De Jagers in Kuruman: ‘’In 1913 het my oupa,…

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Benefits of modern CTRM for agriculture industry

Commodity traders in agriculture companies face these 5 main business challenges: 1. Cash management 2. Risk/hedging effectiveness 3. Operational/supply chain efficiencies 4. Accurate & timely market intelligence 5. Regulatory compliance Limitations of traditional commodity management: Using monolithic CTRM (Commodity Trading & Risk Management) systems results in data-siloes with no real-time connection between procurement, logistics and…

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Better Farm Security

Preventing farm attacks with better farm security is something that should be on everyone’s mind, farmer or not. No farmer, no food, as simple as that. We cannot afford to have our farmers driven from the land. This article provides an insight as to how to approach your farm’s security in a practical manner that…

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Boer van die Maand: Martli Slabber

Die Boer van die Maand reeks fokus op gewone mense, hul boerderyondernemings, leefstyl en hul unieke uitdagings. Ons kyk ook na die groter gemeenskap en streek wat hul verteenwoordig asook die verskeidenheid in landboupraktyke in Suid-Afrika. Ons boer van die maand vir November is Martli Slabber van Hexrivier Sitrus in die Citrusdal-vallei. Hexrivier plaas, en…

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Boer van die maand

Ons boer van die maand vir Oktober is Nollie Stofberg van Swartwalle, Houmoed en Platdrif in die Rawsonville omgewing. Nollie het in 1977 aan die Hoërskool Goudini gematrikuleer en na sy twee jaar diensplig by 1 Valskermbataljon, het hy sy Landbou Diploma in Wingerdbou en Veeteelt aan Elsenburg Landbou Kollege in 1981 voltooi. Nollie vertel,…

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Education is key to improving the African agribusiness

The South African agribusiness pool is filled with ample opportunities. Despite the various challenges facing the regional sectors, there seems to be a silver-lining for farmers who are directly investing in their own personal development as business leaders. Eastern Cape farmer and co-founder of CI Project Agricultural Co-operative (CIPACO) Andisiwe Mpumlwana is one such business…

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The Internet of Things

A Simple Explanation “The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”- An unnecessarily technical explanation of IoT You are most probably reading…

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