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South Africa depends on resilient maize farmers

  • 26 July 2018
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Johan Bezuidenhout of NWK, a company that provides a range of services to maize farmers, speaks to Nation in Conversation about how farmers are managing their businesses within the challenging environment.

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Female farmer of the future

  • 26 July 2018
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This psychology graduate gave up the corporate life for a career in agriculture and she’s not looking back.

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From farm worker to award-winning farmer

  • 19 July 2018
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Thulo realised his lifelong dream of becoming a farmer and being his own boss – he shares some of his secrets to success

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Trends in agriculture

  • 12 July 2018
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Earlier this year, I came across an interesting article by the U.S. agricultural economist, Jason Lusk, highlighting the disruptive trends in food and agriculture.

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Growing a business and flourishing in farming

  • 12 July 2018
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This self-proclaimed “rural girl” from Abbotsdale and her partner, Elton, are gaining ground in the agricultural sector.

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Land reform must help emerging farmers to catch up with latest agri-trends

  • 05 July 2018
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For centuries, technological advancement – or lack thereof – has been one of the factors that determined the progress or regress of nations. Those that have been astute enough to innovate have enjoyed the fruit of being the early beneficiaries of efficient and highly productive technologies.

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Farming for a sustainable future

  • 05 July 2018
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Badge’s passion for farming helped him grow and carve a successful career in agriculture.

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A fruitful family legacy

  • 28 June 2018
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From hawkers to farm owners with burgeoning orchards, this young farmer and his family are making their mark in agriculture.

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Don’t bank on land reform panic, policy menu is diverse

  • 28 June 2018
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When controversial public policy proposals are put on the table, it is easy to choose with an “either… or” mentality, ignoring the rich menu of options. This is particularly the case when emotions trump rationality.

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Dates Bring NIC to a Close for 2018

  • 28 June 2018
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Make a date not to miss the final episode of the current season of Nation in Conversation which draws to a close with episode 13, focusing on Medjool date cultivation and production in South Africa.

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Planting a seed of success

  • 21 June 2018
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This small-town man’s heart-warming story proves that through hard work and sheer determination dreams can become reality.

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Political risk in agriculture needs calm heads

  • 21 June 2018
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There are many things that a good business person would find strange. Market volatility is certainly not one of them. However, whenever market volatility strikes, it causes pain for some and a boon for others, depending on whether they are beneficiaries of the up- or downswing.

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Nation in Conversation goes nuts

  • 21 June 2018
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In this episode we take a look nuts, where and how it’s grown and what to do with it. As usual the show kicks-off with a look at tourist attractions and this time the cameras go to the famous route 62, the longest wine route in the world. It is of-course situated in the Western Cape.

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Nation in Conversation looks at the Wheat Industry

  • 15 June 2018
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This week Nation in Conversation shines the spotlight on the wheat industry and we follow the process of how wheat becomes flour and then bread, which as we all know is a staple food the world over.

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Land reform – from emotions to rationality

  • 14 June 2018
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At the ANC’s 54th elective conference in December 2017, two seemingly incompatible positions emerged on the issue of land reform.

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Episode 10 of Nation in Conversation takes a look at the Avocado Industry

  • 07 June 2018
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“There’s nothing quite as delicious as a freshly toasted slice of bread with Avo on it, and what’s more it’s packed with good fats and vitamins.” This is how the show kicks-off with Rozanne’s comment.

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Nation in Conversation – 2nd Part of Nampo Highlights

  • 31 May 2018
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Show host Rozanne McKenzie continues her tour of Nampo 2018 and continues to be astounded by the sheer scale of it all and how much there is to do!

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Nation in Conversation at Nampo 2018

  • 24 May 2018
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Episode 8 of Nation in Conversation shines the spotlight on the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest agricultural event, the Nampo Harvest Day festival which is held near Bothaville each year.

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Nation in Conversation at Nampo ends with Our youth, our future

  • 18 May 2018
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Nation in Conversation ended on an upbeat with a lively discussion about the role of the youth in agriculture.

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Nation in Conversation takes aim at The Importance of Economy of Scale: Big vs small

  • 17 May 2018
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Day 3 of Nation in Conversation at Nampo 2018 got underway with a robust discussion about the importance of economy of scale with Theo Vorster hosting the conversation with a panel comprised of Senwes Group CEO Francois Strydom, Agriculture Economist Wandile Sihlobo, BFAP’s Ferdi Meyer and GrainSA CEO Jannie de Villiers.

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Nation in Conversation looks into the future to 2035

  • 17 May 2018
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The final session of Day 3 of Nation in Conversation at the Nampo Harvest Day festival saw a panel discussion taking a peak at what agriculture could look like in 2035.

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Inspirational Women in Business on Nation in Conversation

  • 17 May 2018
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The final session of Day 2’s edition of Nation in Conversation at Nampo dissected the importance of female leadership in agricultural structures posing the question “Why is it still difficult for women to land leadership roles in agriculture”.

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The Conversation about Family Businesses

  • 17 May 2018
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The panel discussion was hosted by Roelf Meyer and consisted of Agbiz CEO John Purchase, Daan Kriek, President of AgriSA; Johan Willemse, a retired professor of agriculture; Malcolm Ferguson, a former diplomat now representing a massive maize producing company in Mexico; and Pitso Sekhoto a Free State Producer and Agri-activist with AFASA.

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Sunflower and Soya Bean on Nation in Conversation

  • 17 May 2018
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Episode 7 of the current season of Nation in Conversation takes the viewer on a journey into the fascinating world of sunflower and soya bean farming and processing.

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Nation in Conversation 2018 Kicks-Off with Policy Matters and Scenarios

  • 15 May 2018
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Day one of the country’s premier agri-talkshow, Nation in Conversation, got underway at 11:00 this morning (15 May 2018) at the agri-calandar’s premier event, the Nampo Harvest Day festival near Bothaville. The proceedings, attended by a full studio audience comprised of media and agri-stakeholders, saw the panel discussing “Policy Matters and Scenarios”

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Heated Conversation at 2nd session of Nation in Conversation

  • 15 May 2018
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Nation in Conversation asked the question: “How can threats to food security be overcome to ensure a prosperous future and healthy agricultural sector?”

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Nedbank agri-specialists committed to using their ‘financial expertise to do good’

  • 11 May 2018
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Nedbank’s relationship with the agricultural sector has evolved beyond just offering finance and now entails the provision of holistic solutions for everyday, seasonal and future growth requirements. These holistic solutions cater for the whole agricultural value chain, ranging from primary producers to listed agribusinesses.

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AFGRI - Your agricultural partner for generations

  • 11 May 2018
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AFGRI is a leading agricultural services company with core competencies to enhance, support and guide the growth of agricultural enterprises. With a core focus on grain commodities and a vision of driving food security across Africa, AFGRI provides services across the entire grain production and storage cycle, offering financial support and solutions as well as inputs and hi-tech equipment through the John Deere brand supported by a large retail footprint.

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The Cherry on Top

  • 10 May 2018
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Who doesn’t love a tasty cherry, weather its part of your roast garnish, your cocktail or your favourite cupcake, it’s always a hit.

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Nation in Conversation looks at the Beef Value Chain

  • 03 May 2018
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In the next episode of Nation in Conversation we look at exactly how your delicious piece of steak arrives on your plate, from the farm to the store and all the steps in between.

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Nation in Conversation takes a look at production of milk

  • 26 April 2018
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Episode four shines the spotlight on the dairy industry, specifically milk production which delivers some 3 billion litres a year.

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Nation in Conversation Looks At the Pork Industry

  • 19 April 2018
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This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home…

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Nation in Conversation looks into the carrot industry

  • 13 April 2018
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In episode two of the new season of Nation in Conversation we take the view on a journey to the Cradle of Mankind, which is also the home of Rugani Carrots, one of the biggest carrot producers in the country.

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Nation in Conversation 2018 gets under way with a hot cuppa joe.

  • 09 April 2018
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South Africa’s premiere Agri-talkshow is back with comprehensive look at another set of commodities and the various aspects of the value chain. Episode one kicks off with a look at South Africa’s coffee industry, which although very small, is part of a growing culture of local coffee connoisseurs.

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Prestigious award for Nation in Conversation

  • 22 November 2017
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It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Nation in Conversation, South Africa’s most talked about Agri-talkshow / television series, of which you are a major partner, has been awarded a prestigious award by the Agricultural Writers of South Africa.

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Jeug: Loopbaangeleenthede en Hoe om Nuwelinge na die Landbousektor te Lok

  • 19 May 2017
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Die laaste sessie van Nasie in Gesprek is op die heel laaste dag van Nampo Oesdag in Bothaville verfilm waar dit geëindig het met ʼn lewendige gesprek oor Jeug: Loopbaangeleenthede en Hoe om Nuwelinge na die Landbousektor te Lok. Die sessie was deur Mpumelelo Mkhabela aangebied met paneellede soos Graan SA se Jannie de Villiers, Agri SA se Omri van Zyl, Afgri se Prudence Motseo, Monsanto se Kobus Steenekamp, Johan Hudson van Nedbank, Antois van der Westhuizen van John Deere asook Flint Meintjies van Senwes.

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Youth: Career Opportunities and How to Attract New Entrants to the Agricultural Sector

  • 19 May 2017
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The final session of Nation in Conversation, filmed on the last day of the Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville ended off with a lively discussion on Youth: Career Opportunities and How to Attract New Entrants to the Agricultural Sector. The session was hosted by Mpumelelo Mkhabela and the panellists included GrainSA’s Jannie de Villiers, AgriSA’s Omri van Zyl, Afgri’s Prudence Motseo, Monsanto’s Kobus Steenekamp, Johan Hudson from Nedbank, Antois van der Westhuizen from John Deere and Flint Meintjies from Senwes.

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Die Skuif van Kommoditeite na die Handelsmark

  • 19 May 2017
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Die swaargewig in die media en nuusanker, Jeremy Maggs het die laaste sessie van dag drie aangebied tydens die lewendige opname van Nasie in Gesprek by Nampo Oesdag 2017 naby Bothaville.

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The Move From Commodity to Trademark

  • 19 May 2017
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Jeremy Maggs, media heavyweight and news anchor hosted the final session of day 3 of the live recording of Nation in Conversation at the Nampo Harvest Day 2017 near Bothaville.

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Tegnologie Grondgesondheid en Raadgewers

  • 19 May 2017
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Nasie in Gesprek het die rol van Tegnologie, Grondgesondheid en Raadgewers in Landbou onder die loep geneem tydens die tweede sessie van dag drie van die lewendige opname van die gerespekteerde landbougespreksreeks by Nampo Oesdag 2017 in Bothaville.

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