Agri, eco sectors to join forces against climate change

Environment, forestry and fisheries director-general Nomfundo Tshabalala wants South Africa’s environment and agriculture sectors to band together in the fight against climate change.

Drought in East Africa: scientists sound the alarm

AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE: Sophisticated weather predictions paint a grim five-year picture for every country from Ethiopia down to South Africa. But without wise action these predictions mean little. Scientists sound the alarm.

Master plan to save sugar industry from collapse

Droughts, sugar imports, sugar tax and the fact that South African sugar is exported at a loss. A barrage of factors beyond its control has led to the decline of the local sugar industry in the last 10 years.

ICYMI: FSA calls for consistency in policing hate speech

The Prevention and Combatting of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill could potentially lead to Orwellian inequality, said Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA). Wilken referred to Orwell’s famous dictum, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others,” as exemplifying the danger of discriminate application of the Bill.

Gordhan to farmers: ‘Reflect first, then move forward’

We are living in tumultuous times and in order to move forward, we first need to reflect on what has transpired in the country and in the world in recent months. This was one of the key takeaways from public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan's address to farmers and major players in the agri sector today.

Didiza: ‘Master plan must not end up in libraries’

It is imperative that the national Agriculture and Agro-Processing Master Plan provide targeted support to farmers of all types and sizes in South Africa. It should also ensure that poorly developed agricultural areas become attractive to public and private investors.

WWF honours De Wetshof with first conservation award

De Wetshof Estate in Robertson is the first recipient of the WWF Conservation Pioneer Award, one of the accolades under the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism and Wine Tourism Ambassador Awards.

53 towns in sugar belt battered by KZN looting

As the executive director of the South African Sugar Association, Trix Trikam has a rare understanding of the challenges faced by the sugar industry. He sits down with Food For Mzansi to speak about the true cost of recent anarchy on sugarcane growers.

‘Small politics won’t solve land reform woes’ – Agri SA

Moments ago, while addressing delegates at Agri SA’s virtual congress, retiring president Pierre Vercueil warned that a failed agriculture sector would result in a failed state. He called on farmers to help shape the future, adding that advocacy alone cannot solve Mzansi’s many challenges.

Smallholder farmers to benefit from new relief fund

South Africa’s agricultural sector is no stranger to damaging floods, droughts, veld fires and disease outbreaks. While most relief initiatives are geared toward large-scale disasters, a newly established body is set to come to the rescue of individual agricultural producers in dire need.

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