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Didiza approves R134 million boost for citrus growers

More than 1 200 growers will benefit from a R134 million boost to the citrus industry following the final green light for the new statutory...
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WATCH: Here’s the buzz from inside the beekeeper’s suit

Imagine spending your days in a hot, bulky suit braving the buzzing and stings from a swarm of angry insects. Why on earth do...

Veggie garden brings healing to psychiatric patients

Tucked away behind one of the major psychiatric hospitals in the Western Cape, Lentegeur Hospital, buds a thriving vegetable garden. The garden aids in the...

‘Build on goodwill between traditional authorities and agriculture’

As the year draws to a close, it is worthwhile to reflect on one of the biggest highlights of 2020 in land reform. Geoff...

Vilikazi Street grows its own food to feed hungry residents

In the heart of Soweto, lush vegetable gardens are shooting up alongside the pavements of one of Mzansi’s most famous streets, Vilakazi Street. These...

Re-discovering the food in the food waste

Food waste has finally been earmarked as important and we are starting to take food waste seriously. However, Dr Naudé Malan argues that food...

Beyond covid-19: Shoots of realism emerging for land reform

It may be a bit of a cliché, but if there is a silver lining to be found in the post-covid economic situation it...

Rosy outlook about Mzansi’s 2020/21 summer and winter crop production

Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural economist at Absa, says Mzansi's 2020/2021 summer and winter crop production is a positive signal for the future. Hlomendlini explains that...

Strong partnership seeds success for 1 000 land reform beneficiaries

It’s 06:00 on a warm November morning and Dudu Nkuna is up early to check on the irrigation schedule for the 45 hectares of...

Farming on Mars – where would we even start?

Humanity is moving to space. SpaceX has loudly and clearly expressed its intentions to colonise Mars, and this immediately begs the question: What are...

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Mechanisation: Lessons learned from four African countries

Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa. Although up to 90% of farmers still rely on manual labour or working animals, this is...

Meet the Olympian rower who, in the end, chose farming

Despite being a junior Olympian, there was never any doubt that Paul Lombard would, one day, end up in agriculture. After all, both his...

Farmers must brace themselves for surging feed prices

Producers anticipate that consumers will have to pay more for red meat sometime this year based on rising animal feed prices, which are already...

3 things happening in agri today, 18 January 2021 

The farmers’ television show, Vir die liefde van die land, is back by popular demand. The first episode, featuring Free State farmers Samson...

‘Fast-track land reform through community-private partnerships’

A lot has been said about how land reform programmes can be administered and many models exist, market-led approaches that have proven to be...