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MEC: Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500 million
MEC: Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500 million

Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500m

6 hours ago

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Government to develop more black commercial farmers

Government is set to fast-track the transformation of the agriculture sector by increasing the number of black commercial farmers

6 hours ago

Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa
Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa

Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions in order to address food insecurity in East African countries

8 hours ago

KZN farmers, landowners elated after another ruling against fracking
KZN farmers, landowners elated after another ruling against fracking

Following a recent ruling against an application for exploration rights on more than 800,000ha in Northern KZN, farmers and landowners in the province are celebrating another fracking ruling victory, this time in the Midlands region

12 hours ago

Land Bank adds voice to dialogue on agricultural transformation
Land Bank adds voice to dialogue on agricultural transformation

Development impact is possible when established role players in the sector commit to the transfer of knowledge and skills and provide the necessary technical support to new entrants for them to integrate into established value chains

13 hours ago

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals
New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

Shoprite opens doors to community gardens for World Hunger Day
Shoprite opens doors to community gardens for World Hunger Day

To raise awareness of World Hunger Day on Sunday 28 May 2017, the Shoprite Group will give community projects it supports access to local markets

1 day ago

The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa
The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa

The search is on for alternatives to big plantations and estates that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people

By Ruth Hall, Dzodzi Tsikata and Ian Scoones 1 day ago

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Acquisitive Rhodes escapes drought woes

Acquisitive food producer Rhodes appears to have survived the drought better than its larger rivals, reporting both turnover and profit growth

By Robert Laing 2 days ago

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Land: 1.8 million hectares transferred to communal trusts since 1994

Almost two million hectares of land have been transferred to communal property associations and trusts since 1994, Land and Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti has revealed

2 days ago

GlobalG.A.P. presents new TR4 Biosecurity Add-On for Bananas
GlobalG.A.P. presents new TR4 Biosecurity Add-On for Bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. GLOBALG.A.P. developed a tool whereby banana producers can curb the spread of the disease

2 days ago

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Citrus farmers face R600m loss

Sundays River Valley citrus farmers are set to lose up to R600m as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns

By Riaan Marais 2 days ago

Conference to provide insight on land tenure, future skills for agriculture
Conference to provide insight on land tenure, future skills for agriculture

“The conference is designed to provide the leadership of the farming community in southern Africa with strategic insights into the future of agriculture and its implications.”

2 days ago

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Pioneer Foods first-half adjusted headline earnings drop 47% to R470m

Pioneer Foods Group on Monday reported a 47% drop in first-half adjusted headline earnings to R470m as higher input costs knocked its domestic essential foods

By Andries Mahlangu 2 days ago

Tongaat expects FY headline earnings to rise 45%
Tongaat expects FY headline earnings to rise 45%

Tongaat Hulett expects its full-year headline earnings to rise by up to 45%, helped by the rebound in the performance of its sugar operations

By Andries Mahlangu 3 days ago

Value of maize harvest is overrated
Value of maize harvest is overrated

The gross production value of this season's maize crop is totally overrated

By Fanie Brink 3 days ago

AGCO Challenger to expand business in Africa
AGCO Challenger to expand business in Africa

Manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions AGCO plans to further develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa

3 days ago

BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops
BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops

A new report describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The trait allows the plants to suppress the loss of nitrogen (N) from the soil and improve the efficiency of its uptake and use by themselves and other plants

3 days ago

Poultry industry challenges shape Sovereign Foods results
Poultry industry challenges shape Sovereign Foods results

According to Chris Coombes, Sovereign Foods CEO, three unusual events converged to create one of the most difficult trading years in the history of the company

19 May 2017

Image Supplied: 30ha farm located in the fertile Hermitage Valley near Swellendam
Southern Cape agricultural land some of the most sought-after in SA

Seven years of good rainfall and equally good harvests have made agricultural land in the Southern Cape some of the most sought-after in the country

19 May 2017

Food security to top SADC meeting agenda
Food security to top SADC meeting agenda

South Africa will participate in a Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting to seek ways to improve food security in the region

19 May 2017

Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF
Drought affects 1.4-million in Angola: UNICEF

More than 1.4-million people in Angola, including many children, have been affected by a "chronic drought" that has increased the risk of disease, a UN report said on Wednesday, 17 May

19 May 2017

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Sovereign Foods reports increase in revenue despite difficult trading year

Poultry producer, Sovereign Foods released its annual audited financial results for the 2017 financial year ending 28 February 2017, which showed a revenue increase of 25% to R2,2 billion

18 May 2017

Partnership as a panacea for enduring woes in agriculture
Partnership as a panacea for enduring woes in agriculture

It is in the interest of agribusinesses to utilise development organisations as an effective channel to establish trust and create successful relationships with rural farmers.

By Justice Novati Rutenge 18 May 2017

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AgriFood Youth Opportunity Lab to help youth access employment

MasterCard Foundation is partnering with MSU for the AgriFood Youth Opportunity Lab which will support 15,000 young people in Nigeria and Tanzania to access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities

18 May 2017

24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State
24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State

Nampo is not a word unfamiliar to me. As a student at NWU, my friends and I used to frequent this (then not-so-big) agri festival almost every year, funnily enough.

By Ilse van den Berg 17 May 2017

Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business
Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business

To drive agro-industrialisation, we must be able to finance the sector. Doing so will help unlock the potential of agriculture as a business on the continent

By Dr Akinwumi Adesina 17 May 2017

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Nation in Conversation at Nampo 2017

SA's respected agri-talk show, Nation in Conversation, once again took centre stage at the Nampo Harvest Day, where Carte Blanche host, Derek Watts, hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of Agriculture - A Positive Outlook

17 May 2017

Astral Foods still concerned about EU's unfair practices
Astral Foods still concerned about EU's unfair practices

"We are not concerned about imports from the EU We are concerned about the dumping of chicken product at a lower price than we can produce at."

By Colleen Goko and Andries Mahlangu 17 May 2017

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