Compiling a Business Plan for a Commercial Aquaponics Project Part 2

Compiling a Business Plan for a Commercial Aquaponics Project

Planning your production and Financial Modelling: Using information developed in the market analysis about the customer values, needs, and preferences, describe the products to be offered and how they will compete in the target market. This could be a list of specific products (collard greens) or a list of general classes of products (greens). Product…

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Planting the right type of seed to improve production

Planting the right type of seed to improve production

Seeds are the main component of diets globally, 70% of mankind’s food and livestock feed consists of or is derived from seeds. Seeds also fill other rules in the human diet, apart from the direct application as food or feed, and also have a commercial value. The following examples of the importance of seeds commercially…

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Regenerative agriculture: Some perspectives

Regenerative farming

Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting bio-sequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. Regenerative agriculture is not a specific practice itself. Rather, proponents of regenerative…

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Compiling a Business Plan for a Commercial Aquaponics Project Part 1

Compiling a Business Plan for a Commercial Aquaponics Project

Commercial aquaponics systems remain a challenge independent of the country, fish, plant species, or system design type. Hobbyists make most aquaponics systems, with aquaponics not being the main source of income. As such, scholars and practitioners have long debated the real profitability of aquaponics systems. With the growth of the aquaponics industry and commercial businesses, sustainable…

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The Big Five Risks Faced by Farmers

The Big Five Risks Faced by Farmers

As you think about managing risk to stabilize farm income, there are five basic sources of agricultural risk that you should address: Production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resource risks. Various tools and strategies can be used to manage each of these risks. Production Risks Production risks relate to the possibility that your yield or…

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Money must be spent more wisely to control invasive plants in SA

Money must be spent more wisely to control invasive plants in SA

The South African government has spent R7,1 billion (adjusted to 2020 values) between 1998 and 2020 to curb the spread of invasive plants, but we are still struggling to get them under control. What we need is a national strategy that focuses on clearly defined priority sites, improves planning and monitoring, and increases operational efficiency.…

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Benefits of plant biotechnology for smallholder farmers

Bringing the benefits of plant biotechnology to smallholder farmers

On a daily basis we are confronted with headlines signalling the urgency to address issues concerning the climate crisis, food shortages, our deteriorating environment, and declining natural resources. Within this context, agriculture will play a pivotal role due to the growing threat that these adverse environmental and climatic conditions have on our ability to safeguard…

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A low-cost shade net structure for vegetable production

A low-cost shade net structure for vegetable production

The demand for food and especially vegetables is increasing in the RSA, as a result of e.g., rising living standards. Higher prices are being fetched for better quality agricultural products. The producer must utilize this opportunity to apply additional and more intensive cultivation methods, to cope with the demand. This will also ensure a higher…

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Invasive plants reduce resilience to wildfire

Invasive plants reduce resilience to wildfire

The Overberg is preparing for the next fire season as we head into the summer months following a dry winter. Because of the increased fire risks, landowners and property owners are now encouraged to address the threats of invasive alien plants – which increase the severity and frequency of wildfires. In the Overberg, now is…

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