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Raisins industry is striving towards inclusive growth

Overall, there is a lot for the raisins industry to pride itself about regarding inclusive growth of the industry, writes Kayalethu Sotsha, senior agricultural economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council...

SA’s agricultural exports celebrate all-time high

While the Covid-19 pandemic caused severe disruptions in global trade, South Africa's agricultural exports, including wine, citrus, and maize, hit an all-time high in the first quarter of 2021.  International trade in...

‘Nationalise Clover to save farm jobs,’ pleads union

While North West dairy farmers insist that they are unaffected by Clover’s decision to shift production from Lichtenburg to KwaZulu-Natal, manufacturing employees seem to be facing a different reality. The General Industries...

Livestock farmers and the veld deserve our support

The veld and farmers are important for the country’s economy and social-cultural landscape. However, both are under threat and at risk from many factors such as climate change, Covid-19, economic...

What farmers should know about Halaal certification

Labelling on food and beverage products is critical for so many reasons, but the question is if consumers can trust the accuracy of these labels? Also, farmers who want to reach...

African farmers can beat food insecurity

While we rely on the wisdom and expertise of the older generation, young minds will introduce the much need innovative thinking and shift in perspective to help us solve our issues,...

Future still bright for African agriculture investments

African agriculture is far from the 'farmers in sports cars' future that legendary investor Jim Rogers predicted in 2012, writes Roux Wildenboer, the sector head for agriculture at the Absa Group....

Jobs Fund: Open high-value opportunities to smallholders

Developing a sustainable agriculture sector means growing both the farm and the farmer, writes head of the Jobs Fund Najwah Allie-Edries, the same level of effort put into the crops must also be...

Farmworker faces eviction despite residency rights

Buyiswa Dayi lives on the Eastern Cape citrus farm where she was born, but now faces eviction by her employers despite seeming to have legal security of tenure. Anna Majavu reports...

Freedom Day: Madiba’s legacy still guides agriculture

Nelson Mandela’s grandson and the tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in rural Eastern Cape, Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela, believes that 27 years into democracy his grandfather's legacy is still alive...

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New farmer: How to build cattle fencing right the first time

There are lots of reasons why you would want to build a fence on your farm, from separating properties, keeping your animals in and out of certain areas, and for security. But for whatever reason you might be building a fence for, you need to ensure that you do it well.

What you can do to prevent another booze sales ban

The alcohol sales ban has been lifted, but don’t be fooled: government won’t hesitate to impose another ban if Covid-19 continues to surge. Alcohol consumers have to play their part in drinking responsibly if they’re serious about saving the tattered industry.

Civil society efforts send ripples of change through SA

The key to combatting food insecurity is the creation of sustainable community-based food supply chains, argues Refilwe Pico, communications officer at the Seriti Institute. This non-profit is a developmental facilitation agency that helps communities and social partners reach their goals by delivering innovative, sustainable and comprehensive solutions to enhance socioeconomic impact.

Tragedy strikes Mauwane on ‘coldest night of the year’

Eric Mauwane, a vegetable farmer from Gauteng, lost everything on what was described as the coldest night in Mzansi this year. A heartbroken Mauwane tells us, “Everything is gone. The farm is completely gone.”

KOO recall: No, you really can’t eat defective products

Many are still holding on to some of the defective KOO and Hugo’s products that were recalled. Surely, all 20 million cans can’t be defective, right? Yes, says a top food expert, but “none of the recalled batches should be consumed.”