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Water storage

Introduction Rain does not always fall where humans want it to fall, but we work with it to our own advantage. On a national level, dams such as the Gariep Dam, Vanderkloof Dam, Midmar Dam, Pongolapoort Dam, Vaal Dam or Theewaterskoof Dam have been constructed to collect and store rain water on a large scale. […]

Rainwater harvesting

Above: Rainwater harvesting on a commercial farming shed. Picture used courtesy of Helen Gordon, WWF-SA. Rain water harvesting (RWH) is increasingly being accepted as a practical method of providing both irrigation and potable water in agricultural and development projects throughout the world. Enough rain falls on the African continent to supply the water needs for […]

Packaging and handling systems

This article deals with that part of the supply chain where the product is packaged for marketing. It includes cold storage, packaging (includes wood-, biodegradable packaging and recycling), scales and weighing equipment, general handling systems and services.

Natural building

Natural building South Africa

Introduction Find the Construction subheading on the Permaculture page. Houses built with traditional earth technologies using indigenous knowledge make up the largest number of houses in the informal housing sector in South Africa. Natural building is any building system which places the highest value on social and environmental sustainability. It assumes the need to minimise the […]

Irrigation

Irrigation in South Africa

Introduction Irrigation is the artificial application of water to the soil usually for assisting in growing crops. Agriculture that relies only on direct rainfall is referred to as rain-fed farming. Sources of irrigation water can be groundwater extracted from springs or by using wells, surface water withdrawn from rivers or dams, or non-conventional sources like […]

Grain storage and handling

Introduction A farmer has the following storage options: Deliver the crop immediately to the miller/processor Use silo bags Erect your own silos Make use of commercial silos off-farm. The commercial silo owners offer producers, traders, buyers and processors a range of facilities such as: A time solution (by extended storage periods) A choice of locations (extensive geographic distribution) […]

General farm equipment

Role players Companies Note: Click to expand the headings below.  To get a free listing on our website like the ones below, visit here for more information or place your order here. Disclaimer: The role player listings are not vetted by this website.  Army Stores – https://armystores.co.zaFELCO SA – https://felco.com Shears and pruning equipmentAdendorff Machinery Mart – www.adendorff.co.zaEnviro Loo – https://enviro-loo.com Representative Bodies Training, Consulting & Research Service […]

Fencing

Introduction Conventional fencing It is essential to have good fences for your stock. If you are working with sheep or goats, it can be expensive to put up fences that are capable of keeping them in. Wire mesh is certainly the most effective type of fencing, because it not only stops newborn lambs and kids […]

Building supplies and structures

Role players Companies Note: Click to expand the headings below.  To get a free listing on our website like the ones below, visit here for more information or place your order here. Disclaimer: The role player listings are not vetted by this website.  B & T Structures – https://btsteel.co.zaHarding Treated Timber – www.treatedpoles.co.zaRoad Material Stabilisers – https://roadmaterial.co.zaElco Steel – www.elcosteel.co.za Representative Bodies Southern African Light Steel Frame […]

Boreholes and windmills

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Introduction A borehole is an expensive investment. Make sure you do your homework. It is advisable to ask for references preferably from clients who have had time to assess the quality of work over a reasonable period. The drilling contractor can never guarantee that he will strike water, and therefore it is the client […]