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Imports: Mzansi looks to wean itself off foreign produce

If everything goes to plan, South Africa could reduce its reliance on imports by as much as 20% over the next five years. This...

Ramaphosa: A trail of crumbs on agriculture’s future

The agricultural sector had the rare pleasure of being specifically complimented as a star performer during Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address, believes...

Minimum wage: ‘A R350 increase feels like R3.50’

In the language of comparisons, a 16% increase sounds mighty impressive. For farmworkers, though, it translates to a new national minimum wage of R21.69...

Mozambique sowing seeds of industrial farming

Cyclone Eloise has destroyed 138 000ha of agricultural land in Mozambique. Yet, its potential to become a regional player in food production should not be...

Cotton: Will government save ‘agriculture’s stepchild’?

Cotton is one of the world’s greatest poverty alleviating crops, with 150 million people relying on it for income. Cobus de Bruyn, Nedbank’s northern...

Transportation: Your farmworkers aren’t cattle

A Western Cape farmer, Michael Vorster, is pleading his fellow agriculturists to also prioritise the safe transportation of farmworkers. Across South Africa, many are...

Didiza: ‘Maluti PALS will stimulate rural economy’

The birth of Maluti Farming PALS, a brand-new land reform initiative in the Free State, will stimulate the rural economy and ensure equitable access...

Mr President, here’s 16 tips for economic recovery

Dear Mr Cyril Ramaphosa You might not be aware of it, but in the agricultural sector it is often said that our country would be...

Steady interest rates ‘positive for agri in tough times’

The agricultural sector has welcomed the South African Reserve Bank’s decision to keep the repo rate unchanged – a much-needed lifeline for farmers who...

‘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...

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African horse sickness strikes Western Cape farm

After five suspected cases of African horse sickness (AHS) were detected on a Cederberg farm, the Western Cape government has taken emergency steps to...

Drop it like it’s hot: Pleasant autumn weekend awaits

If you don’t have weekend plans, you should perhaps find at least one good reason to spend some time outdoors. Another pleasant autumn weekend...

Container shortage threatens SA’s bumper fruit harvests

The citrus industry continues to scramble to secure enough mobile refrigerated shipping containers, known as reefer containers, in order to meet this year’s citrus...

Farmers and workers: How to register for Covid-19 vaccine

Farmers and farmworkers who are 60 years and older can now register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. This, after government officially opened online registrations...

Avian influenza: Botswana bans Mzansi poultry imports

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) is yet to comment on the decision of Botswana to ban poultry products from Mzansi after an outbreak...