Economic Growth

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 want to do repairs or invest in...

Don’t fall into ‘junk status’ thinking, warns economist

South Africans must guard against falling into a "junk status vision" of our country's potential while there are so many opportunities generated by a growing urbanised population. This was the vision put...

Land reform: A possible game changer in the tourism sector

Successful implementation of the land reform programme has the potential to accelerate the growth of the tourism sector by deflating simmering fears of wanton land grabs and encouraging nervous investors to...

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...

Chicken industry should be a jobs focus in unemployment crisis

As South Africa’s horrific unemployment rate reaches new record levels, politicians and policymakers should take an urgent look at the opportunities offered by South Africa’s chicken industry. Unemployment in South Africa is...

Mzansi farmers need to diversify to prosper, says economist

Globally, farmers face many challenges and decreasing farm income has been a major driver encouraging farming families to investigate diversification. Looking at grain farmers, for instance, if you are only engaged...

Japan gives Mzansi’s Rooibos their nod of approval

It is an understatement to say that Japanese folk love to drink tea. For them, it is more than just a hot drink. Mingwei Tsai, co-founder of Nigiro Tea Merchants in...
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Vuyani Lolwane carries on his father’s farming legacy

Vuyani Lolwane knows there is a world of possibilities in the soil and he is not afraid to chase them. His late father, Thando, whose heart belonged to the land, laid...

Cheap sugar imports a bitter nightmare for Mzansi’s cane farmers

Cheap sugar imports have put the South African sugar industry under huge pressure, leading to major job losses and fears that the industry is collapsing completely. There has been a major...

About 30% of food produced in Mzansi is lost or wasted

It is estimated that one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain. This is a whopping 1.3 billion metric tons of food...

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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.