Die Mosterts

Ons kuier in die Junie uitgawe by die Mostert-familie van Dassenvaley Bpk van Philadelphia. Die boerdery word bedryf deur Tobie en Hanlie Mostert en hul twee seuns Nicol en Johan. Die Mostert-familie boer al sedert 1891 op die plaas. Tobie vertel, “My oupagrootjie, Klaas Mostert het in 1891 die plaas Dasvlei gekoop. Met die jare…

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Bewaringslandbou

Mielieboere wat geenbewerking of bewaringslandbou op hul plase wil toepas sal kan baat uit heelwat beter opbrengste tydens droër seisoene, omdat hierdie boerderymetodes hulle toelaat om aanplantings heelwat digter te doen. So sê dr Stephano Haarhoff, wat pas sy doktorsgraad in agronomie aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) verwerf het. Sy studieleiers was dr Pieter Swanepoel…

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Seafood Value Chain

An argument can be made that every effort should be made to convert low-value fish into foods for direct human consumption rather than the inefficient conversion into fishmeal and then food fish via aquaculture. This argument is based on economic and ethical (Sustainable Development) ideas. For example, the small trash fish form part of the…

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Biodiversity

The issues of climate change and biodiversity are deeply intertwined. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, the international treaties charged with solving two of the biggest problems of the 21st century, were both due to hold make-or-break meetings in 2020. COVID-19 – yet another crisis with strong connections to the other two –…

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Vines

By choosing the right cultivars and adapting their irrigation regimes in young vineyards, winegrowers may mitigate the expected effect of climate change in coming years. This is according to Dr Hanlé Theron, who recently obtained her doctorate in viticulture from Stellenbosch University. She studied under the supervision of Dr Kobus Hunter at the Agricultural Research…

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