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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.

Agripreneurs set to benefit from Clicks business lifeline

Agripreneurs have welcomed a brand-new Clicks portal set to boost black-owned businesses by listing their products on the retailer’s shelves. The group intends to target over R4,5 billion worth of procurement spend over the next three years.

Limpopo celebrates new world-class avocado packhouse

Limpopo will soon be home to one of the world’s largest avocado handling facilities. The world-class packhouse, set to benefit all avocado growers, will also address major challenges in one of Mzansi’s poorest provinces.

Mokopane farmers survive brutal panga attack

An injury to one is an injury to all, says Agri Limpopo after two farmers were brutally attacked with pangas on a farm just outside Mokopane.

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Potato industry in a jam over cheap European chips

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Like most people, 26-year-old Renate Griessel wanted her life’s work to have a purpose. After studying industrial engineering and entering the corporate world, the purpose she was looking for still eluded her. So, in 2018, she decided to go into agriculture.