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Small-scale farmers keep rural economies alive, says Free State Agriculture

Free State Agriculture has joined a growing chorus of leading agricultural role-players who have warned against the “oversimplified” notion that just 20% of South Africa’s farmers are producing 80% of the...

Underberg Farmers Association maps out emerging farming hurdles and solutions

Learning the ropes of becoming a successful farmer is probably the hardest thing to do when you have just entered the farming industry. As an aspiring farmer, you are faced with...

Agriculture can change SA, fruit industry body tells bursary holders

Hortgro executive director Anton Rabe says he believes in the power of agriculture to change the country for the better. Speaking to bursary holders at a function earlier, Rabe reiterated that...

Don’t freak out, but how will we feed 9,8 bil. by 2050?

Planning for the future is vital, especially considering that by 2050 nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. The big question, however, is whether we can produce enough food to ensure...

Send us, Mr Ramaphosa, a new generation of farmers

A 17-year-old aspiring farmer from Tzaneen in Limpopo has heeded Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s “Thuma Mina” call, pledging his support to build a better South Africa for all. Stefan Corbett, the head...

Fake ciggies threaten farm jobs (oh, it also contains human poo!)

The illegal cigarette trade in South Africa is rated one of the highest in the world. Today, illegal tobacco products account for approximately 24% of the local market with an estimated...

Land debate ‘clouded by misreports, lack of data’

South Africa’s parliament has passed a resolution to amend the constitution and allow expropriation without compensation. The decision has generated a storm of gigantic proportions as political parties, citizens, white farmers and commentators...

‘Don’t underestimate agri contribution to SA economy’

Nono Sekhoto-Iga, the Managing Director and founder of Growthshoot, a leading agri-business, says new farmers will thrive if they receive proper support, as well as access to finance and markets. Sekhoto-Iga, who...

Food ambassador calls for unity amidst foot-and-mouth outbreak

Closing the borders is not the solution to the current foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in South Africa, warns Dr Brylyne Chitsunge, the Pan African Parliament’s Ambassador for Food Security in Africa. The outbreak...

Agricultural training for emerging farmers

The issue of land ownership has reached a boiling point with many South Africans now using “Give back the land” as a mantra to express their frustration with the historical dispossession...

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Free State’s veld fire battle not over

The SA Weather Service has issued another warning of high temperatures that may lead to runaway fires in the Free State as farmers are still counting their losses following devastating blazes in the province last week.

What’s the deal with gluten?

LIFESTYLE: It is a natural component of wheat and everyday favourites like bread and pasta. So why have we spent so much time in recent years trying to avoid it? A registered dietician says that gluten isn't necessarily the culprit it is made out to be.

Podcast: Legal pitfalls can ruin great farming enterprises

Water licences and farm lease agreements can become tricky for up-and-coming farmers. We chat to agricultural lawyer Katlego Ngwane about the common pitfalls that can ruin great businesses.