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Kwanalu to fast-track KZN women and youth in agri

Women and youth hold the key to poverty alleviation, job creation and advancing food security in South Africa’s rural areas. This is the belief of Kwanalu chief executive Sandy La Marque. Yesterday,...

ARC announces end of Moephuli’s 15-year reign

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has begun its search for a new chief executive following an announcement that Dr Shadrack Moephuli’s 15-year reign ends on 31 July 2021. Moephuli is currently concluding...

Agriculture sheds most jobs since 2014 drought

Jobs in the agricultural sector have plummeted to 8% in the first quarter of 2021 – the lowest it has been since 2014. This is alarming, says Agbiz chief economist Wandile...

Soil testing lab on wheels come to rural farmers’ rescue

Farmers in deep rural areas and far-flung agricultural communities across Mzansi could soon be receiving agricultural advice right on their doorstep. This is thanks to a mobile agricultural laboratory launched by...

Mzansi salutes culinary icon and friend of Mam’ Winnie

“There is a dullness left in the food world without Sonia Cabano,” says the well-loved food commentator Errieda du Toit as tributes continue to pour in for the fallen celebrity chef. Cabano,...

Rethink GMO rules for gene-edited crops – Sihlobo

Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo says Africa ought to also loosen up rules for genetically engineered crops. This, after Germany’s agriculture minister, Julia Kloeckner, welcomed the “overdue modernisation” of European Union...

Firearms bill: Public participation emails fail to deliver

What is the use of inviting so-called public participation about the Firearms Control Amendment Bill when emails to government simply are not being delivered? This is what Free State farmers want...

‘Guilty conscience’ couldn’t save alcohol producers

Here is the reason government decided not to ban liquor sales as part of the latest Covid-19 restrictions: The illicit alcohol trade sales by volume have now overtaken the entire combined...

NAMPO now cancelled due to Covid-19 third wave

The largest show of agricultural machinery and livestock in the southern hemisphere, NAMPO Harvest Day, has now been cancelled for a second consecutive year due to Covid-19 infections in the Free State. Last...

Farmers urged to prepare for cold, wet weekend

People of Mzansi, brace yourself. Wet and cold weather will persist into the weekend. This is fuelled by the development of a low-pressure system over the south-east of the country. According to...

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Standing around might be a good thing after all

Doing farm admin in front of your computer all day? It may sound silly, but Finnish researchers have found that the simple act of standing instead of sitting can help help offset the effects of an inactive lifestyle.

Rural matrics and agri students urged to vax up

After almost two years of disruption in schools and universities, Western Cape MECs Ivan Meyer and Debbie Schäfer are hopeful that vaccines will help the education sector find its way back to some semblance of normality.

Liewe Lulu: Does love always have to be a game?

The games are so exhausting! This hard-working farmer is fed up with the fresh phase of her relationship, and ready to quit the flirting. Of course Liewe Lulu has a pep talk ready.

‘YouTube vet’ Dr Nobs is a voice for the voiceless

With a budding YouTube channel and a deep passion for her community, veterinarian Dr Mukani Nobela is determined to make an impact.

Poor roads should be fixed for economy’s sake

If we want to keep the agricultural sector competitive and see growth in rural economies, we need to protect our vital rural road infrastructure. This is according to the Western Cape government’s senior agricultural economist, Tshepo Morokong.