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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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From bullied teen to 15yo kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting...

Recipe: Sippy’s strawberry shake

Siphesile Mhlongo is only 15, but she's already running her own business, teaching other teens to cook. Having joined her mom to experiment in the...

Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.