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Opinion: We’ve learned to loot from government

Log onto any social media platform or switch over to any South African news channel, and you will be bombarded with visuals showing a shocking state of affairs. Mzansi is in a crisis unlike any other we have endured before, writes Lucinda Dordley, the head of news at Food For Mzansi.

Covid-19: Have agri jobs dynamics shifted permanently?

The agriculture sector will keep growing, although it might not mean employment growth, predicts economist Thabile Nkunjana of the NAMC.

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...

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Empowering smaller farms with global connections to trade

The opportunity is open for trade partners and platforms to serve as a gateway to export for small to medium farmers. This is why powering globalisation with partnerships remains a key factor to facilitate the enjoyment of a post-pandemic recovery for farmers across the globe.

Red tape is choking biodiversity research in SA

It is no exaggeration to say that science has saved humanity on multiple occasions. The most recent has been through the development of vaccines for the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a chicken liver manufacturer

For Kyle Oelofse, Chief Executive Officer of Goshen Food Solutions, creating a product that was both high in nutrients and delicious was a matter of extreme importance. The product was created in response to a call from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), a government-run programme that offers disadvantaged learners one nutritional meal a day.

The hard truth about being a farm manager

From a rural Eastern Cape village to managing one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top farms. This is the story of Mpumezo Ndima, an inspirational leader who has learnt many tough lessons along the way.

Wanted: the plant varieties that changed your life

Whether you're a farmer or a consumer – if a plant has made your business more profitable or your life easier, the Southern African Plant Breeders Association (SAPBA) wants to hear about it.