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Side hustle: Couple grow along with their chicken farm

For a good eleven years now, Lebohang (32) and Dumisane Dhludhlu (38) have been in friendship, partnership and, most importantly, marriage. They’re poultry farmers in Mpumalanga, whose farming journey began on...

Wine experts share ‘story of hope’ with new farmers

South Africa's wine industry has faced an extraordinary number of challenges over the course of the past year, but low points often make space for opportunities to grow. This was the take-home...

Trade union irked by R100bn plan for Durban port

The National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa) says moving Transnet’s head office to the Eastern Cape will effectively render the Durban port useless. This, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vow to position Durban...

Logistics challenges could hurt innovative citrus industry

Despite logistical challenges to secure global exports, South Africa’s innovative citrus industry now expects export volumes for 2021 to, at the very least, equal last year’s levels. In its latest newsletter, the...

Latest crop estimates: It’s raining maize, hallelujah!

Mzansi famers are expecting yet another bumper maize harvest with the latest crop estimates banking the size of commercial maize crops for 2021 at a massive 15 922 million tonnes. This...

Trade war fallout: China finds new bestie in SA wines

Tension between Australia and China over key commodities, including beef, cotton and wine, could have South African farmers smiling all the way to the bank. This is the view of Johan Reyneke,...

Meet the women selling the boys their big toys

Across the globe, International Women’s Day is observed today. In 2021 the focus is on the efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a more equal future as well as...

AfCFTA could be ‘jackpot for SA farmers’

Bearing in mind that Mzansi is a major exporter of food products to the rest of the continent, there can be no doubt that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)...

Steady interest rates ‘positive for agri in tough times’

The agricultural sector has welcomed the South African Reserve Bank’s decision to keep the repo rate unchanged – a much-needed lifeline for farmers who want to do repairs or invest in...

Mosele proves that pig farming can be glamorous

Things have never come easy for Mosele Lepheane. Perhaps that is why she often chooses to do things differently, especially after choosing to trade a career in marketing and event planning...

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Ask the vet: Mfethu, here’s how to prevent cow bloating

This week, an animal nutrition consultant helps a Food For Mzansi reader who struggles with bloating in dairy cows. High-yielding cows often suffer when from high-grain diets, but there are a few tips that will save the day.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

How Voermol changed the game for this Free State farmer

Eugene van der Walt has been farming for just over a decade. His operation has improved drastically since he discovered Voermol’s products.

The most adorable story you’ll read today. Fact!

This grade 8 learner’s future is so bright, he has to wear his shades! At 14, he is already farming with chickens and veggies in his parents’ backyard. His dream job? You’ll never guess… (No, it isn’t farming.)

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.