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Fourfold increase in Wagyu consumption in Mzansi

It’s the most expensive steak in the world, but South Africans are increasingly choosing Wagyu beef. Typically, we eat it in small portions and in fine strips because the higher the marbling, the finer the cut.

ICYMI: ‘Hunting of livestock with dogs out of control’

The illegal hunting with dogs on private property is getting out of control, opines TLU SA.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.

ICYMI: Powerships losing bid for state contract

DNG, a losing bidder for state contracts to supply emergency power in South Africa, has leveled new claims of corruption against Karpowership, the winning bidder, and a government official.

ICYMI: Former Mpumalanga agri MEC to hear bail outcomes

Mandla Msibi, the former MEC for Mpumalanga, will learn his fate next week Tuesday when the court rules on his bail plea.

This week’s agriculture events: 18 – 24 October

There’s something for everyone on this week’s agricultural calendar. Malnutrition, animal feed, and fish food are just some of the topics under the microscope. To add your agri events to our...

Fishing communities drowning in solvable problems

For small-scale fishing communities in rural Eastern Cape, whose existence depends on access to natural resources, it remains an endless battle to get legal fishing rights. In some cases they are even denied the basic human right of access to water.

World Food Day: ‘Food systems captured by big corporations’

The global industrialised food system has failed, warns an environmental justice non-profit amid the World Food Day commemoration. Of the nearly 6.5 million people in South Africa, a staggering 11% suffer from hunger.

Weekend weather: Fire warnings for parts of Mzansi

The weekend is here, and a number of weather warnings have been issued for parts of Mzansi. According to AfriWeather, an affiliate of the South African Weather Service (SAWS), impact-based warnings have been issued for the several provinces.

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From brewery waste to spinach: SAB shines with Imifino

South African Breweries? Spinach? Economic salvation? You may be wondering how these seemingly incomparable items unite. Well, SAB has launched the first fully green biological treatment system for a brewery in Africa, creating much-needed jobs in the process.

FS state vet services ‘almost non-existent’

Getting a state veterinarian to visit their farms is close to impossible. This is according to livestock farmers in the Free State, who say that veterinarians often cite a lack of resources and empty fuel tanks as reasons for not doing call-outs.

Papaya industry in a seriously downward spiral

It is no secret that papayas are relatively easy to grow, but insanely difficult to market. Now an industry insider tells Food For Mzansi that the papaya industry is in a rapid decline with little hope in sight.

Mpumalanga PALS ‘a major step for land reform in Mzansi’

The establishment of Mpumalanga PALS shifts the focus from politics to sustainable agriculture, says Agri SA’s Christo van der Rheede. The critically acclaimed land reform initiative was launched at the Mbombela stadium moments ago.

Meyer steps down from FS chamber of commerce

Renaldo Meyer has resigned as the CEO of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry with immediate effect from 18 October, 2021.