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US agri giant to buy cow masks to trap methane burps

Agriculture giant Cargill Inc. will start selling methane-absorbing wearable devices for cows, putting its support behind an experimental technology that could help the industry cut greenhouse gas emissions, reports Bloomberg. The developer...

No jokes! This mushroom actually eats plastic waste

Since the 1950s, humans have created over nine billion tonnes of plastic. A total of 9% has been recycled, while only 12% has been incinerated. This leaves a whopping 79% of...

Pollination: Blowing bubbles could save the world

What has until now been a carefree childhood activity could now be used to ensure humanity's food security, as researchers in Japan have come up with a way to use soap...

‘Help! There’s a snake on my farm’

Last week we shared the astounding story of Durban snake catcher Nick Evans, Mzansi’s own Steve Irwin, as the adjudicator in a python vs. goat battle. (No jokes, go check it out.) Evans pointed out...

Spiritual healer now champions traditional Khoe plants

There’s a river which runs through Zuurbraak, a little village just outside Swellendam in the Western Cape. The river has its source in the high ground of Tradouw Pass, sacred ground...

Weird mushroom facts we bet you didn’t know

One of the great things about mushrooms is that they're in season all year long. They're also a great source of vitamins D and B and, above all, an awesome meal stretcher and side dish. A...

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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.