Sustainability

Gauteng’s water crisis now threatens food sustainability

Gauteng’s water sources continue to be under threat, warned Agri Gauteng president Dr Willem Pretorius at its Young Farmer webinar presented yesterday in partnership with Grobank. Not only is water wastage of...

There is an angel factory in the Karoo

Picture, if you will, a Christmas angel factory. Do you imagine fluffy clouds, elves, sparkly tinsel? People dressed in pointy hats with tinkling bells? You could not be more wrong. The Karoo Angel...

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...
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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...

Mzansi’s first black winemaker didn’t let rejection stop her

She may have been inspired to become a winemaker by reading her mother’s romance novels, but it was her steely determination to succeed that drove her to become Mzansi’s first winemaker...

‘Treevolution’ has started across Sub-Saharan Africa

Imagine a world where green spaces and green living is popular and accessible to everyone. That is exactly what Greenpop envisions, and this Western Cape based non-profit organisation has started a...

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...

FoodForward SA is connecting a world of surplus to a world of need

More than 200 000 South Africans are being fed daily with surplus food that would have otherwise ended up on landfills. FoodForward SA, a non-profit organisation, is championing this initiative to address...

No milk and honey for Mzansi dairy industry

South African dairy farmers are facing an extremely challenging environment, with market forces turning big producers into corporate giants and putting extreme pressure on the smaller farms. Dairy farmer Judy Stuart says...

Mzansi experts set to revive Russian sheep industry

For the first time since the Second World War, Russians will be able to enjoy lamb more regularly, thanks to a business deal recently concluded with a new Free State agricultural...

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Reserve Bank eases pressure on indebted farmers

Agricultural economist from the Western Cape department of agriculture explain how farmers are set to benefit from the country's unchanged repo rate of 3.5%.

More illegal booze on streets than legal wine and ciders

The alcohol sales bans over the last 15 months have not only plunged wine and barley farmers in crisis. Furthermore, the illicit trade sales by volume have now overtaken the entire combined wine and cider sectors.

‘Farm-to-fork start-up’ scoops FEED innovation prize

A week after he graduated with a Master’s degree, a software developer and his fellow FoodPrint co-founders were also announced as winners of the prestigious Inqola FEED Innovation Prize.

Veggie farmer can’t stop procrastinating

This Mpumalanga veggie farmer is a serial procrastinator, and they need some serious help before the spring planting season kicks off.

The Makoeles got the land, and they’re nurturing it!

Every Friday, we feature one of the rising farm stars participating in the FarmSol Youth Ambassador programme. This week, we travel to the Free State to meet father-and-son team Lehotla and Morapidi Makoele, who are continuing their family legacy.