Agri Politics

AFASA set to launch transformation barometer for the agribusiness sector

The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) is gearing up to launch its much-anticipated Agribusiness Transformation Barometer, highlighting the role of black farmers in South Africa at an upcoming conference...

‘Black people can’t farm?’ We respectfully disagree, Prince Mashele

We don’t want to start a fight, but well-known political analyst Prince Mashele could do with an urgent crash course in agriculture. We’re rather peeved after Mashele reportedly said that most...

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Farmworkers’ children should be free to choose – Didiza

Children of farmworkers must enter the sector by choice and not by circumstance. This was the stern message earlier today (Monday, 25 October 2021)...

Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.