‘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.

Fuel price hike: big blow for grain and citrus farmers

In the first week of August, maize and citrus farmers who are currently harvest will be hard hit by the dramatic increase in fuel prices. Diesel will cost 47 cents more per litre while the price of petrol is set to increase by 80 cents.

What you can do to prevent another booze sales ban

The alcohol sales ban has been lifted, but don’t be fooled: government won’t hesitate to impose another ban if Covid-19 continues to surge. Alcohol consumers have to play their part in drinking responsibly if they’re serious about saving the tattered industry.

Tragedy strikes Mauwane on ‘coldest night of the year’

Eric Mauwane, a vegetable farmer from Gauteng, lost everything on what was described as the coldest night in Mzansi this year. A heartbroken Mauwane tells us, “Everything is gone. The farm is completely gone.”

KOO recall: No, you really can’t eat defective products

Many are still holding on to some of the defective KOO and Hugo’s products that were recalled. Surely, all 20 million cans can’t be defective, right? Yes, says a top food expert, but “none of the recalled batches should be consumed.”

Transnet back up and running, but is Maputo a safer bet?

Following a crippling cyber-attack on Transnet’s operating systems, the agricultural sector is keeping a close eye on the Port of Maputo to secure fruit exports. “The return of port operations to full operational capacity can only be termed unbelievable,” said CGA boss Justin Chadwick.

Mooi River Toll Plaza is ‘catalyst for unrest’ – Kwanalu

Kwanalu and Agbiz have called for the removal of the Mooi River Toll Plaza on the N3 after recent widespread looting and anarchy in KwaZulu-Natal. They describe it as “a catalyst for unrest, a soft-spot, and an identified risk for anyone moving goods or services through it.”

Changing diets can transform agri-food systems

Jumla beans. Black, red and yellow spotted, cultivated by hand in one of the most remote districts of Nepal’s mountains. Despite their great nutritional value and environmentally friendly production, jumla beans threaten to be replaced by other crops because mountain producers cannot make a decent income from them.

R350 grant will stimulate rural entrepreneurship – Venter

For more than 20 years, South Africa has been toying with the idea of a basic income grant. A political analyst, Theo Venter, says contrary to popular belief, grants doesn’t make people lazy. It can actually stimulate entrepreneurship development in farming communities.

Covid-19: Distell vaccinates thousands of employees

Distell has kicked off Covid-19 vaccinations at its Bergkelder site in Stellenbosch. The liquor giant is now waiting to hear whether it will be allowed to administer the Covid-19 jab to members of the public as well.

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