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Data: The invisible gap holding back smallholders

If we had access to reliable, detailed database reflecting the reality of smallholder and subsistence farmers in Mzansi, we would know where levers were...

PhD candidate teaches kindness through farming

Blink twice, and you are likely to miss it passing by. A food garden barely the size of two tennis courts on the outskirts...

Transformation can futureproof agriculture

A wider representation of blacks (particularly women and young people) in commercial farming linked with the right production conditions and incentives has the potential...

Chicken import tariffs are walking a thin line

While trade policy has potential to boost local poultry production, it could also harm household consumption through price escalation caused by excessive protection. Thabile...

Brucellosis & Covid: A parallel vaccine drive is crucial

If we are to successfully avert a coronavirus-esque impact of brucellosis on the beef value chain and spare half a million jobs in a...

From going bust to supplying Spar in just 6 months

In the heart of Mbokotwane, a village less than 20 minutes away from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, a black-owned farming business empowers youth...

Black farmers plead: ‘Stop calling us emerging farmers’

Farmer and farming development leader Sinelizwi Fakade says black farmers have had enough of being treated like the forgotten child of South African agriculture....

Covid-19: Agri will show its worth in third wave

The second wave of Covid-19 infections appears to be moderating across South Africa, bringing hope for the start of economic recovery. But let's not...

Agriculture ‘shining light in Tito’s gloomy budget’

While agricultural leaders were left disappointed by Tito Mboweni’s budget speech, the well-known political commentator Jan-Jan Joubert has a different perspective. He believes that...

Imports: Mzansi looks to wean itself off foreign produce

If everything goes to plan, South Africa could reduce its reliance on imports by as much as 20% over the next five years. This...

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‘Serious intervention’ to boost black farmers – Didiza

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza has called for a “serious intervention” to increase the contribution of black commercial-scale farmers in...

2021 wine grape harvest deemed to be excellent

This year's wine grape harvest has been one of the latest to start, and the longest. This, however, has resulted in "an excellent concentration...

Bayer pesticides ‘damaging health of SA farmworkers’

Bayer has hit back at research that claims it is developing and selling highly hazardous pesticide-active ingredients that are damaging the health of farmworkers...

When dreams came to nothing, her garden fed more than just...

Every year, many people leave their homes in rural areas and migrate to cities to try and seek new opportunities to improve their lives. Unfortunately...

Recipe: Three recipes to celebrate Hummus Day

It’s International Hummus Day, and if you don’t already have this tasty vegan spread in your fridge, you are missing out big time. Our...