Author: Hansie Britz

October 5, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                Asparagus, unlike most vegetables, is a perennial; the same plants grow and produce food year after year – 15 years or more, in some cases. It’s dioecious, meaning there are both female and male plants. Female plants usually produce larger spears, male plants a greater number of smaller,…

August 27, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                            Creating an accurate , workable plan and budget allows a business to get the money it needs from finance, keep track of it with accounting and human resources, and succeed. You can only succeed with a good budget and it will also help the bottom line of any business. Choosing where to start. There…

August 14, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                   More than 28% of businesses fail because of poor financial management that includes keeping poor financial records. Therefore, it is essential for every business owner not only to understand the key financial metrics, but also to understand what they can tell you and how to monitor them on an ongoing basis. There are a…

August 8, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                              Macadamia nuts are quickly becoming an important crop in South Africa and are possible the fastest growing tree crop industry in the country. OPPORTUNITIES The volume of Macadamia nuts exported has grown tremendously over the past few years and is expected to increase in the future. South Africa is tapping into new markets in…

August 5, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                 PEST is an acronym for: P – Political; E – Economic; S – Social; and T – Technological. All external factors that commonly effect business activities and performance. PEST Factors Political – Government regulations and legal issues affect a company’s ability to be…

June 30, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                        Soybean production surpassed sunflower in 2012, becoming the country’s most important oil-seed crop (BFAP 2016). Soybeans are mainly cultivated under dry-land conditions., and grown primarily in Mpumalanga and the Free State. Over two-thirds of the country’s soybeans is grown here (DAFF 2015), KZN and Limpopo are…

June 25, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                    The market for avocados has been growing rapidly, and many South African growers are jumping into this market. Avocados can be produced 12 months a year and because there are limited avocados available in South Africa from…

June 24, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

    SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. A Swot Analysis is a simple but powerful tool helping businesses to develop their business strategy, whether a start=up business or an existing company. Strengths and Weaknesses – are internal to a company – things that you have some control over and can change. Opportunities…

May 16, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                             Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture in a recirculating system and hydroponics (the soil-less cultivation of plants). The plant crop utilise the waste (nutrients) released by the farmed fish to grow hydroponically and the crops in turn purify the water for reuse by…

April 30, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                 The special events industry has grown enormously during the past decade. According to resent research conducted by Dr. Joe Goldblatt (Certified Special Events Professional) spending for special events worldwide is $500 billion annually. “Suffice it is to say, the market is large enough to support and sustain your endeavor”,…

April 30, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                Tunnel farming has been around in South Africa for almost 4 decades. In the 70’s it was found that vegetables could be successfully grown without soil by using nutrient based solutions. Furthermore, great success was achieved by covering the plants with a plastic-clad semi-circular structure, dubbed a “tunnel”. Tunnels may also be called,…

April 29, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                            Garlic (Allium sativum) is a hardy crop that can survive low winter temperatures. While temperature and day length influence bulb formation, this is to a lesser extent than demonstrated by onions. Most conditions suitable for onion production also apply…

April 29, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                WHAT IS ORGANIC FARMING? Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality…

March 30, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                              Why do you need a business or farming plan? You already know the obvious reasons, but there are many other good reasons to create a business/farming plan that many business owners don’t know about. A good business plan is never done. If your business/farming plan is finished, then your business is also finished. As…

January 25, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                      A Business Plan or Farming Plan is a selling document; a succinct breakdown of how, where, and why your business will generate a profit. Your business plan must convince potential investors – be they bankers, venture capitalists or private investors – to throw money your…

January 17, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                    Capital is vital for you to grow your business and take advantage of opportunities when they occur. One way to get this capital is to allow others to invest in your enterprise. Such an investment involves exchanging funds for…

January 15, 2018 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                   Table grapes are grapes intended for consumption while they are fresh, as opposed to grapes grown for wine production, juice production, or for drying into raisins. Table varieties usually have lower sugar content than wine grapes and are more flavorful when eaten. The Orange River; the valleys of the Hex, Berg and Olifants Rivers;…

December 20, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                        No matter who you are or how big you hope to grow your business, figuring out what product to build or what services to offer is a huge challenge. Starting any business takes a huge leap of faith. You’re jumping off a mountain and hoping your parachute…

December 16, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

“Cash Flow” refers to the revenues a business generates (and collects) compare to the expenses it pays out over a fixed period of time. Broadly speaking, businesses bring in money through sales, financing and returns on investments. And they spend money on supplies/services, as well as utilities, taxes and other bills. Cash Flow problems affect…

December 16, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                Buying your way into entrepreneurship can be an appealing option and mitigate many of the risks of “growing your own” when it comes to launching any business. Sticking your neck out to secure the startup capital, hiring the right employees, and establishing cash flow are just a few of the risks that send would-be…

December 15, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                                                           CATTLE FARMING Beef farming slots in well with other agriculture enterprises, especially grain. Cattle can feed on resources that have little other use, such as crop residue and land not suitable for crops. Before entering the cattle…

December 6, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                          Pecan Nut production is a lucrative industry. “Income harvested from 2 pecan nut trees is equivalent to that from 1t of maize” says Phillip Antrobus pecan nut farmer….

December 5, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                A start-up business is usually on a constant look out for capital from outside investors. Investors include banks, venture capitalists, private investors, government, foundations and even family members. Although “pitching” plays a major role when you are trying to raise capital, the realities of your…

December 1, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                                  POTATOES Potatoes are recognized as an important foodstuff worldwide and is seen as a key component in the worldwide fight against hunger and malnutrition and the creation of food security. Potatoes are packed with vitamin B3, B5, B6, C and fibre. They are ranked after rice, wheat and maize as the world’s 4th…

November 27, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

              WHY GROW BERRIES?: Berries are a high-value, nutrient – dense crop. Farmers grow them for the market to bring in extra cash. Berries are the cherished fruit of every farm, and once planted, they often produce for seasons to come. Find out which berry types will give you instant gratification…

November 16, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                Goat Farming in South Africa can be a very lucrative business if done right. Choose the right breeds of goats for your location and you could raise superior livestock. Goats are hardy animals and can survive under harsh environments. They have survived centuries of periodic drought’s and harsh…

November 15, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                    As the fifth-largest agriculture industry in South Africa, milk production provides a regular income for thousands of small and large producers. Commercial dairy farming is a demanding and complex operation. To succeed at it, you need to…

November 15, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                          There are more than a hundred species and thousands of cultivars. The flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy. Colors range from white through yellows and reds. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach…

November 14, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                        A Hunting and Game Farm is normally run as a joint enterprise, the one supporting the other. Game animals are farmed for the purposes of meat, skin and horn off-take (culling) and tourist viewing. The culling is usually combined with sport- hunting. Game farming may also yield benefits in term of photographic safaris,…

November 14, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                Rabbit meat is considered a “niche” product and as a result the producer can expect a better price than most other industries. According to Pieter Keyser, a rabbit farmer from Coligny in the North West Province, the South African market has not even started to fully experience this industry due to substantial exports to…

November 3, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                       1. Conduct a personal evaluation Begin by taking stock of yourself and your situation:- Why do you want to start a business? Is it money, freedom and flexibility, to solve a problem, or some other reason? What do you like to do? Your passion? What skills do you…

October 12, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

               Whether you are starting a new business and require funding for your business venture or seeking capital to grow your business, one thing is certain, any potential investor or bank will require a well-structured “business plan” or farming plan from you. So, the question is “How do you choose a business plan consultant/writer”? If…

October 10, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                             A Pig Farmer has 2 options: Intensive farming; or Free – Range Farming. Intensive – Pigs are kept in a high-density, closed housing system. Free Range – Pigs are running in smallish camps, foraging on feed crops such as oats, barley, lucerne…

October 10, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                                If you’re a small farmer who wants to start a farming operation of any kind, you might wonder if you really need a farm business plan. Maybe you just wants to sell a few eggs on the sideline or plan…

June 2, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                      Before you create any slides, think about  what you want to communicate to your audience. Your goal isn’t to dazzle the audience with your Power Point skills, but to communicate something – a company…

April 16, 2017 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                         What is a Pitch Deck? A Pitch Deck (Power Point Presentation) provide your audience (Potential Investors) with a quick overview of your Business Plan. You will usually use your pitch deck during face-to-face meetings with investors, customers etc. Sometimes you will use your “Pitch” to present your business in front of a…

December 4, 2016 Hansie Britz No comments exist

Many opportunities to start a successful and profitable poultry business exist as long as you start in the right way. How do you start? It is very important to decide upfront which sector of the industry you want to serve.  The following options are available to suitable farmers:- Option 1: You can hatch and sell…

December 4, 2016 Hansie Britz

TOMATOES Tomatoes are one of the major food crops of the Western world, yet breeders are still trying to improve the fruit’s disease resistance, shape flavor and color. The tomato is a member of the Solanaceae family which also includes peppers, capsicums, eggplants, potatoes and tobacco. While many consider the tomato to be a vegetable,…

November 28, 2015 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                          In order to start a successful bakery you need to possess the qualities of an artist, an ingenious financial manager and a marketing wizard. Should any of these qualities be lacking in your make-up, then the only way to succeed is to…

October 12, 2015 Hansie Britz No comments exist

            LAND DEVELOPMENT Before you invest in a piece of land, look carefully at the total expenditure you will be incurring and assess your financial requirements. These go beyond the simple purchase price of the land: there will be other costs like transfer fees, legal costs and many other items that will inflate the…

September 25, 2015 Hansie Britz

                 The local motor industry is accepted by all as a cornerstone of the economy as a well-organized sector. It has grown over the years, while general manufacturing has shrunk. Government is committed to ensuring that this sector grows and develops. Starting an automotive business does not necessarily require experience in this field, although it…

September 24, 2015 Hansie Britz

                                     The basic premise behind mobile vending is that you take your business on the road with you, going to where the people and likely consumers are. Sport events, beaches, flea-markets – these are all popular venues, especially when considering the…

August 25, 2015 Hansie Britz

                   Today’s coffee shops offer a variety of coffee’s from latte’s to espresso’s, mocha’s to Irish coffee’s. Some also offer a variety of light meals, for the breakfast, lunch or late-night crowd. A coffee shop requires a lot of work, as your hours are from early morning to late evening, depending on where your site…

May 28, 2015 Hansie Britz No comments exist

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May 26, 2015 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                      There  are two broad ways of going into business for oneself. You could either start from scratch or purchase an existing business. Starting from  scratch has the advantage of allowing you to shape the business exactly as…

April 23, 2015 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                                                                                   No matter what type of printing business you want to set up or run, the client’s requirements remain the same: quick turnaround times; competitive pricing; and professional service. Your client’s loyalty will…

December 30, 2014 Hansie Britz No comments exist

                                    1. FORMULATE THE CONCEPT. Clarify in your own mind the type of establishment you would like to develop. Decide on your objectives: Is the objective to be host to visitors from abroad? Will local tourist be welcome? Will…