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Posts by Charles Tjatindi:
Metusalem Tjirovi always believed in doing things differently. It was, therefore, not surprising to those close to him when, in 2014, he embarked on his farming journey, starting off with a whole kraal of full breed, registered stud livestock. If you are a hands-off farmer, then small stock rearing is not for you. Small stock farming requires double the hours you would put in large livestock such as cattle. Dorper sheep originated from South Africa; they were first developed as a combination of the Blackhead Persian and the Dorset Horn. For years, Gerhard Mbakoo Tjijeura and others in the Eiseb area of the Omaheke region have been battling many farming challenges such as predators, water shortages and bad access roads. Over the years, a large rural population has left their homes in the remote areas and made their way into the bustling urban areas. The Oruharui SME Agricultural Mini Expo will return this year for its third instalment. In our quests to make it as farmers and prove our worth, we may stumble and fall; it is perfectly normal. Mind you, the quest is no longer just about becoming a farmer, it is now all about ‘agripreneurship’. Namibia will soon have a retailer dedicated to stocking fresh produce from local farmers - most of whom are struggling to sell their products at market prices. Menyanuka Korupanda has a unique way of making a living. It is often said ‘dynamite comes in small packages’, and the ant has been known for killing an elephant. These adages ring true when it comes to cattle diseases. Vaanavi Ripunda is a man on a mission. He aims to breed a unique goat that will balance carcass weight, temperament and fertility, amongst others. T Ultimate Safaris, a travel company, has entered the agriculture sector with a promising development that is expected to boost the local agriculture sector, whilst promoting eco-tourism. Recovering from drought is a challenging period and decision-making during this time requires strategic management decisions to ensure you are in the best position to return to a positive cash flow and profitable operation as quickly as possible. Inge Kaveterua and her husband, Obed have managed to turn a bushy, open field in the middle of nowhere into a fertile ground for their business, Hacienda Farming - both figuratively and literally. Farming is continuously changing through innovation in science and technology. A chance encounter turned into a lifetime passion for Babette Taljaard, who had no idea she would one day become a full-time grower of vegetables and live to love it. When it comes to choosing careers, many young people in the developing world tend to shy away from agriculture. If you are a hands-off farmer, then small-stock rearing is not for you. As farming is an enterprise just like any other, it is vital at this time of the year to look back and evaluate your steps. A group of farmers in both commercial and communal circles have joined hands to assist each other in farming challenges.