Informal farming

South Africa’s informal farming sector is contributing far more to the economy and food security than is officially being recognised. More should be done to develop this sector, and to intensify farming endeavours. On the commercial side, policy issues and infrastructure problems, such as electricity supply, rising input costs and backlogs at export ports, are…

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Festive Season Cybercrime Alert

South African businesses, already facing significant risk of cyberattacks, have been warned to step up their cybersecurity as the festive season is expected to see significantly more and increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Below are listed some of the common types of cyberattacks. Common cyberattacks • Phishing (random fraudulent emails), spear phishing (emails targeting specific people or…

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Boost Your Business with an Effective Website

“Almost overnight the internet has gone from a technical wonder to a business must” – Bill Schrader No matter the size of your business or what industry you are in, building and maintaining an effective website should be at the heart of all your planning. The internet has become an essential part of everyday life…

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Saving fuel with correct mechanisation practices

Mechanisation is necessary when doing crop production but can be very costly due to improper practices because of expensive farm machinery costs and increasing fuel prices. It is therefore important to plan and utilize farm mechanisation systems efficiently and thus to save costs when doing farming operations. Ultimately farming business is only sustainable when it…

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Solar Steam Distillation Technology in SA’s Indigenous Oils Extraction

Wild exotic oils play an important role in the societies in Africa and globally, from a flavour, fragrance, and aromatherapy perspective. South Africa, a country with a strong history of traditional healing, hosts a variety of more than 30,000 plant species which account for almost 10% of the world’s higher plants habitant in the country.…

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Wes-Kaap Jongoer 2021

Alexander Gibson: Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou se Jongboer van die Jaar 2021 Die 32-jarige Alexander Gibson van Ceres in die Witzenberg Vallei is Woensdagaand 19 Mei tydens ‘n glansgeleentheid in die Paarl as die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Hy sal die Wes-Kaap later vanjaar by die nasionale Agri SA Toyota…

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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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