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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 per hour; not enough to break the...

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 underestimated, argues Grace Goodrich, the editor of...

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 divisional manager for agriculture, reminds us about...

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 still transported on the back of trucks...

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 to land for economic development and agrarian...

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 in a better position if farmers ran...

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...

‘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 effective. These should now be explored and...

Didiza approves R134 million boost for citrus growers

More than 1 200 growers will benefit from a R134 million boost to the citrus industry following the final green light for the new statutory export levy, as approved by Thoko Didiza,...

Strong partnership seeds success for 1 000 land reform beneficiaries

It’s 06:00 on a warm November morning and Dudu Nkuna is up early to check on the irrigation schedule for the 45 hectares of sugarcane owned by Mhlaba Trust, a community-owned...

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The village girl who found culinary stardom

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Recipe: Sipho’s easy cheesy pap balls

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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.