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Container shortage threatens SA’s bumper fruit harvests

The citrus industry continues to scramble to secure enough mobile refrigerated shipping containers, known as reefer containers, in order to meet this year’s citrus crop exports. Estimates received by the Variety Focus...

Farmers and workers: How to register for Covid-19 vaccine

Farmers and farmworkers who are 60 years and older can now register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Government officially opened online registrations for phase 2 of the country's vaccine rollout. Health minister...

Avian influenza: Botswana bans Mzansi poultry imports

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) is yet to comment on the decision of Botswana to ban poultry products from Mzansi after an outbreak of avian influenza was confirmed on a...

Bribes for state land: ‘Govt. must get its house in order’

Corrupt government officials are increasingly expecting farmers on state land to pay so-called “administration fees” of as much as R250 000 to have their leases extended. This is not only the case in...

Tenant farmer family of 12 evicted by MEC’s husband

An Eastern Cape family of 12 looks set to lose the land generations of their forebears have been farming on since the 1960s. They are being evicted by the new owner...

New Fruit SA chair shares her plan for the industry

Expanding export markets for South African fruit, improving relations with government and getting more previously disadvantaged people into the industry. These are just a few of the priorities of Fruit South...

Didiza says ‘role of extension officers to change fundamentally’

The role of agricultural extension officers and the service they provide to Mzansi farmers will dramatically change in the next few months. This, says agriculture minister Thoko Didiza, will boost the...

Conditions of Free State roads negatively impacts farmers

The past year has been particularly challenging for farmers across the board, but those in the Free State are battling more hurdles than most. Recent rainfall in the province has resulted...

Premier calls for probe amid growing tension on farms

After two farmworkers were killed in Mpumalanga, the KwaZulu-Natal premier has now also warned of mounting tension between farmers and their labourers in his province. Last weekend, Sihle Zikalala met with farming...

Free State, meet your new Young Farmer of the Year

The winner of Free State Agriculture’s Young Farmer of the Year competition, Doug Osler, this evening pledged his commitment towards building the agricultural sector to help move South Africa forward. During a...

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New farmers: 5 reasons you need a crop production plan

A crop production plan is the best way to maximise the use of your land and ensure a reliable supply of produce to your...

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.