Author: Hansie Britz

April 1, 2021 Hansie Britz

Cactus or prickly pear farming is enjoying renewed interest in South Africa. This is because of the drought and climate change as well as the commercial potential of a crop with abundant uses. Prickly pear is a surprising simple cactus. Its easy and undemanding to grow. It is also hardy enough to survive in most…

March 11, 2021 Hansie Britz

         Kiwifruits also known as simply “kiwis” are a popular type of edible berry that grows on wines in temperature regions. If you want to grow a kiwi plant for its fruit, purchace a grafted plant from a nursery. The three types of kiwi fruit are: 1. Common Kiwi – This is…

March 5, 2021 Hansie Britz

                “Micro Farms” are small – scale agricultural operations that use far less land than the average commercial or family farm. Size limits and zoning restrictions force micro farmers to be creative about the crops they grow. They tend to focus on sustainability, seasonal crops and niche markets…

March 4, 2021 Hansie Britz

          Precision Farming seeks to use new technologies to increase crop yields and profitability while lowering the levels of traditional inputs. These inputs are needed to grow crops – land, water, fertilizer, herbicides and insecticides. In other words, farmers utilizing precision agriculture are using less to grow more. Precision agriculture is…

February 25, 2021 Hansie Britz

      “Regenerative Farming” is the latest buzz in responsible agricultural management. It is similar to conservation farming. It combines the use of stubble retention, crop rotation and the minimum disturbance of the soil to promote soil health. Although having the same aims, regenerative farming moves beyond the simple definition of “organic”  and “biological” production. It aims to…

February 18, 2021 Hansie Britz

        Free Range Chicken Farming is a method of chicken farming where the chickens are allowed to roam freely outdoors. This is done for a good part of the day rather than being confined in an enclosure for 24 hours. In most free range chicken farms, the outdoor ranging area is fenced and…

February 14, 2021 Hansie Britz

             Spinach is not only full of flavour, but full of goodness too. Spinach is high in iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin c and low in categories. What most of us eat as spinach is usually “Swiss Chard” because it is: Much more available. Easier to grow. Heat tolerant and More…

February 12, 2021 Hansie Britz

                 It is evident that batteries comprised of various hazardous ingredients. This could be incredibly damaging to the environment when dumped. If we do not recycle them, the hazardous materials are sure to wind up in rivers, soil, and air. However, most batteries are 100% recoverable for better disposal. Batteries…

February 10, 2021 Hansie Britz

                    Matches (Matchsticks) are a very handy tool used in starting a fire. They are used in the kitchen to light ovens, kerosene stoves and cookers. Other application involves starting a fireplace, industrial burners, camp fires or to light candles. Matchsticks are made from plastic material, wood…

February 8, 2021 Hansie Britz

              Wheat is an annual grass with basic, erect, hollow or pithy culms. The wheat plant can grow up to 1,2m tall. The wheat leaves are flat and narrow while they can extend up to 38cm long. The spikes are long, slender, dorsally compressed and somewhat flattened. Temperature Warm temperatures…

February 2, 2021 Hansie Britz

         When starting your cosmetic / beauty products business, you need to have a “niche” and that niche cannot be organic or natural. There are many untapped niches in the beauty industry for instance: Skincare for the elderly. Skincare for certain types of athletes (swimmers, runners etc). Skincare for teenage boys/girls. You need to find…

January 31, 2021 Hansie Britz

          Tourism refers to all activities related to the short -term movement of people to locations away from where they reside. Tourism is one of the largest industries and the economies of many nations are driven, to a large extent, by their tourist trade. Tourism remains a key driver of South Africa’s…

January 28, 2021 Hansie Britz

                Watermelons are a member of the Cucurbitacceae family which includes squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, muskmelons, and gourds. Individual plants produce both male and female flowers and fruit sizes varies from 2 to 14kg, depending on variety. However, seedless varieties will require pollinators. Watermelon leaves are dark green, with prominent…

January 19, 2021 Hansie Britz

              Lavender is a perennial bushy shrub growing 0,3 to 1,2m high. True lavender has a compact and rounded growth form. The aromatic evergreen leaves are completely opposite and up to 5cm long. Flowering occurs in the summer and flowers form interrupted spikes and have a very sweet fragrance. LAVENDER…

January 19, 2021 Hansie Britz

        Basil is an erect herbaceous annual plant, or sometimes grown as a short- lived perennial in some areas. It grows into a bushy shape up to about 50cm tall and some varieties may even grow taller. The stems are herbaceous in young tissue. However, these become woody as the plant matures. Basil…

January 16, 2021 Hansie Britz

      Butternut is a tasty, orange squash that is very popular in our South African gardens and kitchens. Also in oven roasts, rocket salads, as a mash, or even as a creamy soup. Crop Potential Farmers growing butternuts from seedlings can get around 20t – 30t per hectare with appropriate spacing and irrigation. Harvesting takes…

December 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

       Radishes are a hardy, very easy-to-grow root vegetable that can be planted multiply times in a growing season. Plus, radishes can be harvested as soon as three weeks after planting. Planting Grow radishes in full sun or partial shade. Plant radishes in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil lumps, rocks, and roots from radish planting…

November 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                    Ginger is used to produce ginger wine, ginger beer, cordials, pickles and pharmaceutical preparations. A daily intake of 5g of ginger is reported to protect against coronary artery disease (CAD) and normally afflicts individuals who habitually consume fatty foods. Ginger is also used for soft drinks and…

November 13, 2020 Hansie Britz

                  Okra is an economically important vegetable crop of many countries in Africa including Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Egypt and many others. It has the nickname “lady’s finger” and is sometimes called “gumbo” in most other places. Farmers growing Okra for profit do so to meet both domestic and foreign market…

October 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

                Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit of the climbing cacti (Cacta cease) family. It is also known as pitaya or strawberry pear and is a native species of Mexico, Central and South America. Dragon Fruit is mainly eaten fresh and is best served chilled. The thick skins are easily peeled…

September 25, 2020 Hansie Britz

                      Kale – also called Bore Cole, is a cool season crop that belongs to the Brassicas family. Its leaves , which are rich in  vitamins and essential mineral elements are widely utilized alone or mixed with other vegetables, pulses or meat. It is an all-year crop and…

September 24, 2020 Hansie Britz

                         QUAIL is a general name that is given to a generation of mid-sized birds generally placed in the order Galliformes. There are loads of poultry’s that raise quail for meat and eggs and they are making huge profits from this type of farming operation. There are loads of opportunities in the poultry…

August 30, 2020 Hansie Britz

              If you are interested in the drone technology industry and you are looking to launch a business as an aspiring entrepreneur, one of your best bet is to launch a “drone rental” business. The right time to star a drone rental business is now because this business concept…

August 30, 2020 Hansie Britz

                               Agro – tourism receives massive support from Government because it gives farmers and other stakeholders in the industry a opportunity to generate additional income and an avenue for direct marketing of their produce to consumers. Agro – tourism is a booming line…

August 30, 2020 Hansie Britz

                 The software development industry has grown in the space of a century from an almost non – existent industry to one that is not only a billion dollar industry but an indispensable one , especially as software form the basis of modern gadgets & devices. The software development industry…

August 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                  Sugarcane farming is known to be a profitable business and over the years, it evolved from uncoordinated to a global industry in most countries where it’s carried out. With the recent advancement in technology, farmers can now comfortably grow crops…

August 16, 2020 Hansie Britz

                 Furniture is a major part of our lives and there is hardly any facility that you will come across that you won’t find a piece of furniture in it. This goes to show that the furniture manufacturing industry is indeed an important sector of the economy of…

August 15, 2020 Hansie Britz

                        A vineyard is a plantation of grape- bearing vines, grown mainly for wine making, but also for raisins, table grapes and non – alcoholic grape juice. The science, practice and study of vineyard production is known as viticulture. A winery is a licensed…

July 21, 2020 Hansie Britz

               Starting a car wash business is one of the ways to hit good money really fast. This is because of the way people use them. However, care has to be taken so that one sets up something quite unique and different from the conventional car wash centers. In the car wash…

July 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                        The concept is known as “Containerized Mobile Service Stations” or Mobile Fuel Stations. Mobile service stations are a complete service station closed and specially fitted into a ISO container. This is for the storage and dispensing of 18,000 to 24,000 liters of 1 or 2 products i.e Diesel/Petrol….

July 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                         There are some businesses that someone can start with little schooling and no serious business background and training necessary. One of them is a tyre retailing shop. The basic things you would need to have in place…

July 9, 2020 Hansie Britz

                     Starting a strawberry farming business, is good news because you can’t get it wrong due to various species of strawberries that are consumed fresh by almost everybody and all over the globe. Strawberries and strawberry flavorings are a popular addition to dairy products such as…

July 9, 2020 Hansie Britz

                     Cabbage is a kind of vegetable that is prepared and consumed in different forms. Cabbage can be eaten as a raw vegetable or steamed. Cabbage is a leafy green, (purple), or white (pale green) biennial vegetable plant grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense- leaved…

June 29, 2020 Hansie Britz

  There are a huge growth potential for the ostrich market, even though the industry is yet to gain a 1% share of the total meat market. Having at least a 1% share in the total meat market would mean that that more ostriches (numbering about 4 million) would need to be farmed and slaughtered…

June 29, 2020 Hansie Britz

  There are loads of business opportunities in the poultry industry and a chicken egg hatchery business is one of them. A chicken egg hatchery business comes with its own fair share of challenges, but that does not rule out the fact that it is indeed a profitable business. An aspiring entrepreneur can either choose…

June 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

                    Plastic bottles are used by everyone and every day. A plastic bottle manufacturing business is indeed a very profitable business that any aspiring entrepreneur can start successfully and grow from scratch to profitability. Plastic bottles are one commodity that are used mostly in the retailing industry for…

June 15, 2020 Hansie Britz

                       If there is any product that is in high demand in all Pharmacies and Supermarkets, then it must be alcohol-based hand sanitizer. The fact that alcohol- based hand sanitizer is one of the antidotes to any virus, bacteria and germs means that the product is bound to…

June 14, 2020 Hansie Britz

                        Alfalfa is a crop that is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle, and is mostly often harvested as hay, but can also be made into silage, grazed, or fed as green – chop. Alfalfa usually has the highest feeding value of all common hay crops….

June 14, 2020 Hansie Britz

                      Blue Agave is also known as “Weber Azul” a part of the Agave Tequila species. The blue agave’s boost of numerous economic importance and is mostly cultivated in South America and South Africa. The blue agave extract is the primary raw material used for…

June 3, 2020 Hansie Britz

                       The plumbing industry provides general maintenance and repair services to residential and commercial customers, including plumbing and electrical repairs, appliance installation and repair etc. Emergency repair work like unclogging drains or repairing burst water mains represent a significant source of industry revenue. Plumbers can…

June 2, 2020 Hansie Britz

                          Kiwifruits, also known as simply “kiwis” are a popular type of edible berry that grows on vines in temperate regions. Large areas of South Africa’s interiors are suitable for gold kiwifruit production, as the vines can tolerate temperatures as low as -15°C in midwinter….

May 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                   South Africans love of dining and entertaining has created a tremendous market for off-premises caterers all across the country. A wide range of social and business events are providing an opportunity for caterers to cook up tasty dishes. Social…

May 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                      Citrus production (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit) continues to grow, averaging more than 100 tons every year. More cultivated land in environmentally climates and society’s passion/demand for these fruits, drinks and medicinal uses make this a viable enterprise for anyone wishing to start and…

April 26, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                  When you become a fitness instructor there are several avenues you can go down.  Some instructors work with individuals to help them achieve a desired goal. This could be to lose weight or to become fitter and stronger, or perhaps both….

April 25, 2020 Hansie Britz

                    A mechanically inclined entrepreneur with an interest in cycling can earn a great income repairing bicycles right from the comfort of a home-based workshop. In addition, to big profit potential there are many other advantages to operating a bicycle repair service, including low overheads, huge demand…

April 24, 2020 Hansie Britz

                        Animal feed is a kind of feed prepared for oxen, cows, sheep, goat, poultry etc reared for their milk, meat and eggs. It contains protein, minerals and other nutrients which are useful fr milk, eggs, and beef production as well as survival and growth of the animals. Animal feed can be prepared from…

April 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                   The construction industry is growing steadily from year to year. Starting a construction business is an excellent way of enjoying long-term returns on your investment. A construction business is capital intensive simply because of the type of heavy…

April 20, 2020 Hansie Britz

                           Basically, a private security company is any company that provides both armed and unarmed security related services and expertise to both private and public clients at an agreed fee. The security industry is an integral part of our world especially in periods such…

April 18, 2020 Hansie Britz

                                                    Vermicompost (vermiculture) is the product of the decomposition process using various species of worms,usually red wigglers, white worms and other earthworms, to create a mixture of decomposing vegetable or food waste, bedding materials and…