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Top tips to protect yourself against livestock theft

Free State farming communities believe that livestock theft is an even greater threat than farm attacks. Often, animals are stolen by syndicates led by law enforcement agencies. In July alone, five police officers were arrested.

Wildfires: ‘I don’t know what my sheep will eat tonight’

In July alone, more than 71 000 hectares of grazing land was destroyed and thousands of animals killed following severe veld fires in the Free State, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and even Gauteng.

This week’s agriculture events: 12 – 18 July

The online agricultural space is buzzing, as usual. This week’s events include a discussion on food system sustainability, as well as a webinar on regenerative agricultural practices in South Africa. Here's a rundown of informative agriculture events and opportunities...

Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Immigration exodus? No, we’re staying, say farmers

Immigration agencies were inundated by people who wanted to leave the country following recent anarchy in two provinces. Six top agriculturists, however, are having none of it…

Section 25: Have your say on redistribution of land

It’s back to the drawing board for the expropriation clause as the ANC and the EFF are deadlocked on the way forward. Members of the public now have three more weeks to comment on the draft bill while Free State Agriculture warns, “Property rights are inextricably part of human rights.”

Court orders govt. to feed learners during school closures

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and eight provincial education departments have been ordered by a court to provide meals to learners who need them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Private power: eThekwini reveals plan to assist farmers

The eThekwini Municipality has invited proposals for private power generation amid great challenges at Eskom. The municipality tells Food For Mzansi this could be a game-changer for livestock and crop farmers.

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6 tips to thrive as a serious township farmer

“We can safely say that there are about 2.5 million ‘agricultural’ households in South Africa,” says Naudé Malan, a senior lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg. “These emergent, new or small farmers can make a significant contribution to our food system, both in food production and in community development.”

‘Radical steps needed to transform food systems’

Bold measures are needed to transform food systems, said Dr Brave Ndisale, the FAO country representative in South Africa, during an independent dialogue ahead of the UN Food Systems Dialogue. The media's role in transforming food systems was discussed by Ndisale and many other top speakers.

Potato industry in a jam over cheap European chips

You know those dirt-cheap frozen potato chips? They’re being dumped in Mzansi from Europe and it’s slowly killing the potato industry. To add insult to injury, our antidumping duty protection recently lapsed.

Composting entrepreneur on mission to feed the soil

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.