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Revival of small-scale cotton farming can push back rural poverty

There is an upsurge in small-scale cotton farming that can play a significant role in alleviating rural poverty. Cotton is being planted again in...

Young manager dreams of owning the whole chain, from farm to fork

Andile Siphesihle Ngcobo (25), never imagined himself as a farmer. But he’s always wanted to do something related to the food industry. “I thought of...

The township food revolution has started

Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around...

He has the heart and hands of a farmer with the mind of an entrepreneur

For Max Ndamane, 2004 was a nightmare year. He lives in Richmond in the Northern Cape Karoo, a small town alongside the N1. Up...

Young agriculturalist serves farmers in the Eastern Cape

A 28-year-old agriculturist is spearheading Grain SA’s influential Farmer Development Programme in the Eastern Cape. Sinelizwi Fakade was attracted to farming from a young...

Farming is a woman’s world, after all

Alfreda Mars (44) fulfilled her father's legacy by running her own flourishing farm in the Swartland region of the Western Cape. All she knew...

Underberg Farmers Association maps out emerging farming hurdles and solutions

Learning the ropes of becoming a successful farmer is probably the hardest thing to do when you have just entered the farming industry. As...

Black Tobacco Farmers band together to form association

Black tobacco farmers in South Africa have rallied together and recently formed the Black Tobacco Farmers’ Association (BTFA). The affiliation strives to prioritise and...

Young farmers flock to AFASA summit

More than 100 participants attended the third Annual AFASA Young Farmers Summit recently held in Johannesburg. Nono Sekhoto, AFASA’s Youth Chairperson, describes the two-day event as a...

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Avian influenza rocks Gauteng poultry farm

Farmers are on high alert after government confirmed that about 300 chickens were culled because of an outbreak of avian influenza at a commercial...

Didiza vows to expedite title deed handovers

While 39 Mpumalanga farmers are celebrating Thoko Didiza’s decision to withdraw eviction notices issued to them, the agricultural sector is cautiously optimistic that title...

Meet the pensioners who have supplied Shoprite for 30 years

Most retired couples wish to take a well-deserved break after decades of hard work. For some, this means international travel. For others, such as...

Starving for land: ‘Black farmers vs. govt. cowboys

The eviction of black farmers from profitable commercial enterprises – allegedly at the hands of “cowboy officials” – has opened room for a systemic...

This week’s agriculture events: 12 – 18 April

Happy Monday, Mzansi! Get your calendars out and take note of this week’s  agriculture  events that are taking place throughout South Africa, as well...