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Podcast: Farmers, take note of saffron opportunities

Mzansi is fast becoming a significant player in the farming and export of saffron – by far the world’s most expensive spice. After years of...

10 tips to cut down on animal feed costs

Farmers have been warned to brace themselves for a period of rapidly increasing animal feed and production costs, with the prices of some animal...

How to start your own pig farm in 10 easy steps

“Working with pigs, seeing how fascinating they are from birth all the way to slaughter made me want to begin farming with them.”  These are...
Soil is the foundation of most types of agriculture, yet soil health is negatively impacted by many farming practices. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Regenerative agriculture ‘turns soils into sponges’

While farmers in many provinces are still suffering from soil erosion due to recent heavy rains, experts urge them to adopt regenerative agriculture practices...

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Malnutrition is ‘a slow violence against our children’

The triple burden of malnutrition has cast a long shadow on children and their futures, robbing them of health and wellbeing, condemning them to...

Battling Covid-19 in a rural community

The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road,...

‘A school of refuge amid Covid-19’

It is back to school today for more than 12 million learners. Many are anxious after a recent spike in Covid-19 infections and death....

Garlic prices too high? Plant your own!

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that the past few months have seen record-high prices of immune boosting foods such as...

Future Farmers: Global internships on ice due to Covid

The future of a proudly South African initiative to give young farmers international experience, hangs in the balance due to travel restrictions in the...

To dump or not to dump? Tough choice for wine industry

While the ban on alcohol sales persists wine producers and growers are scrambling to avoid the possibility of dumping 250 million litres of uncontracted...

LIFESTYLE

Woman Winemaker of the Year sparkles in male-dominated space

South African sparkling wines are a force to be reckoned with, says Danielle Coetsee (née Jacobs), the Methode Cap Classique winemaker at Boschendal Wine...

Giyani-born DJ keeps people dancing to his food beats

Cooking and music are one and the same, says Paul Hlaisi, a Limpopo-born cook and food consultant who, every now and then, also hits the decks as a part-time DJ. He...

Japan gives Mzansi’s Rooibos their nod of approval

It is an understatement to say that Japanese folk love to drink tea. For them, it is more than just a hot drink. Mingwei...

SA Dairy Championships attracts almost 900 entries

Nearly 900 dairy products this week competed in the 2021 SA Dairy Championships, the largest and oldest dairy competition in Africa. After a 17-year...

How a Zim refugee became a top vegan restaurateur

Raised by his parents and grandparents, who were all farmers, Elisha Madzivadondo decided a long time ago that he too would follow in the...

Have a merry, covid Christmas with tips from Mzansi’s foodies

Is it just us or is it a little difficult to get into the swing of the holidays this year? We are amid the second...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Recipe: What the cluck? 3-ingredient roast chicken

Nothing beats a simple golden roast chicken on a Sunday! Chef Andrew Jordaan (49) has a no fuss recipe, and get this, you only...

Plant-based diaries: Taking the veg life to work

The start of 2021 was like no other year any of us has experienced before. Luckily, we see our world slowly returning to some...

Recipe: Feeling fishy? Make this fish biryani

Looking for a little soul food? Owner of catering business PriMade, Apriena Jugoo Pummer, has just the fix for you with her recipe for...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Get the hell out of chef Andrew’s kitchen!

Project Runway host Heidi Klum is famous for saying, “One day you’re in, and the next day you are out.” When British celebrity chef...

Food inspiration is all around, believes Apriena

So, what do you do when your cooking mojo runs dry? Turn to that box of Salty Crax you have been saving for a rainy...

Chanel hits the sweet spot as food blogger

Many South Africans would much rather put their thumbs to work for an Uber Eats request than hit the kitchen after a long day’s...

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LATEST ARTICLES

We meet SA’s first farmer to exceed trade standards

Halala, Mzansi! A pome fruit producer outside Ceres in the Western Cape has become the first in the country to exceed ethical and environmentally...

Black farmers plead: ‘Stop calling us emerging farmers’

Farmer and farming development leader Sinelizwi Fakade says black farmers have had enough of being treated like the forgotten child of South African agriculture....

BATSA accused of terrorist funding, ciggie smuggling

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association says it is "unsurprised" by BATSA’s deflection following its implication in an alleged organised crime syndicate that was...

Police murders: ‘Farmers, SAPS key to national stability’

The agricultural sector has condemned the murder of six police officers in the last ten days. While police minister Bheki Cele called on officers to...

What you should know about SA’s first land court

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, hopes the Land Court Bill will breathe new life into the country’s land...

Population growth: Mountains hold many future clues

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to experience a population growth explosion, warns the United Nations in its latest data projections for 2100. Dr João Vidal, a...

Megan put world’s most expensive beef on the map

It may have been her dad, Brian, who started breeding with Wagyu cattle in South Africa, but it was Megan Angus who put Woodview’s...

Price-shocker: Sharp increase for rice, bread and beans

Rice has been flagged as the highest food inflation contributor in the urban food basket. This is according to the National Agricultural Marketing Council’s...

Rooibos: It’s harvest time, and we have a front-row seat

To have witnessed a rooibos harvest, must be among life’s greatest privileges. We meet some of the heroes behind Mzansi’s favourite tea in Clanwilliam...

Chicken dumping: SAPA gives red card to Brazil, EU

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has applied for anti-dumping duties on imported chicken from five countries, including Brazil and four European Union nations. Izaak...

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