ARTICLES RELATING TO AGRICULTURE

British American Tobacco sales down

2014-10-22 11:11

British American Tobacco has reported an accelerated decline in the number of cigarettes sold, citing economic pressures on smokers around the world.

Rooibos gets a kick

2014-10-20 16:23

Fans of rooibos and honeybush tea can anticipate more bite with their antioxidants as the local fynbos plants are now being used to make alcoholic beverages.

One-ton pumpkin heaviest ever in North America

2014-10-15 10:46

A one-ton pumpkin grown in Northern California has been declared the heaviest ever cultivated in North America.

Brazil beef exports up on China, Russia demand

2014-10-12 15:15

Brazil beef exports have jumped, in part due to rising Russian demand as Moscow turns away from US and European sources in retaliation against sanctions.

Threat of renewed farm strikes in W Cape

2014-10-07 18:35
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Cosatu and a number of farm workers' organisations in the Western Cape have cautioned farm owners to stop evictions of farm workers.

Cape farm worker problems concern Ramaphosa

2014-10-05 20:00

Changes in the Western Cape's farming sector are affecting farm workers the most, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cele asks SA to donate food

2014-10-03 13:26
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Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele has called on South Africans to donate food to the 12 million South Africans who go to bed hungry each day.

Government cannot farm - expert

2014-09-26 19:56

It is through mentorship and other support from industry that those involved in land reform projects are able to make notable progress, according to an expert.

Grim reaping for east Ukraine sunflower farmers

2014-09-25 10:00

Fields of sunflowers are ready for harvest, but artillery and rocket attacks are stopping farmers in east Ukraine's frontline villages from gathering crops.

Apartheid caused land degradation - Zokwana

2014-09-23 11:00
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The apartheid-era land use system has caused degradation of land, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says.

Huge grain crops spell painfor US farmers

2014-09-21 19:50

US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market.

Land ceilings a 'political charade'

2014-09-09 08:51

The proposal to limit land ownership is as radical as redistributing 50% of land to farmworkers and amounts to land-based affirmative action, says a farms body.

Nkwinti in push for land ceilings - farms body

2014-09-08 11:18

Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti used a summit to push for land limits, claims an agricultural body which says delegates are frustrated by corruption levels.

EU to aid dairy sector hit by Russian ban

2014-08-28 16:30

The European Union has announced more measures to help European farmers hit by a Russian import ban, expanding the aid to dairy products.

Coega gets R2bn aqua farming project

2014-08-25 10:44

The Coega Development Corporation plans the development of a R2bn aqua farming facility in the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth.

SA maize estimate little changed - survey

2014-08-22 11:30

South Africa is likely to slightly raise its 2014 maize output forecast, as traders expect no surprises before the end of the season.

SA doesn't want Zim land situation - Zokwana

2014-08-21 07:29
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Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says land reform is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed, but expropriation without compensation is not government policy.

SA's Chenin Blanc seeps onto world stage

2014-08-19 16:45

Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is now gaining an appreciation around the globe.

Brazilian bid challenges big banana merger

2014-08-12 10:45

Two Brazilian companies have made a $611m offer for US banana giant Chiquita Monday that could derail Chiquita's merger with European rival Fyffes.

Russia promises US, EU food import bans

2014-08-07 09:00

Russia will impose "quite substantial" bans on the US and EU food imports and has already decided to suspend US poultry imports.

Light gene boosts tomato yields by a fifth

2014-08-06 05:00

Scientists have found a gene in wild tomatoes that enables farmed tomato plants to be grown 24 hours a day under natural and artificial light.

Govt threat to SA food security - economist

2014-07-30 06:00

Continued involvement of the SA government in the free functioning of market forces creates serious threats to food security in the country, says an economist.

JC Le Roux an icon for SA consumers

2014-07-28 15:38

South Africa’s sparkling wine JC Le Roux has been declared an icon among SA consumers, shows a brand survey.

Bill should give back stolen land – EFF

2014-07-25 18:34
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The passing of the appropriation bill has caused heated debate in parliament, with some MPs claiming it will place an unfair burden on future generations .

Davies vows to fight citrus ban

2014-07-21 17:59

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has vowed to fight tooth and nail to avert a possible European ban on citrus imports from South Africa.

 

Agri-Expo Livestock for whole family

2014-10-21 17:20

Agri-Expo Livestock brings agriculture closer to the public and the programme is packed with activities.

Top SA Chardonnay Report released

2014-10-17 17:43

Wines from the Stellenbosch district have dominated the 2014 Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report – with seven out of the Top 10 hailing from this region.

Vines watered underground against climate change

2014-10-14 11:30

Treasury Wine Estates is testing technology to water vines underground and is expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change.

Agri-Expo Livestock near Stellenbosch

2014-10-10 11:40

A real country event to experience and enjoy.

Zeder's investments now R10bn

2014-10-07 17:09

Zeder, the listed investment company and investor in the broad agribusiness industry, has achieved strong results for the six months to August 2014.

Ivory Coast buoyed by record agricultural harvest

2014-10-05 14:01

Good news is pouring in from plantations in Ivory Coast, the west African country is racking up record harvests for cocoa and cashew nuts.

EU farmers get aid to deal with Russian ban

2014-09-30 15:03

The European Commission has announced a new set of measures to help fruit and vegetable producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports.

Little change in SA maize estimate

2014-09-25 10:59

South Africa will hardly change its 2014 maize output forecast, a Reuters survey shows, as farmers hold onto crops in the face of prices that have fallen.

Cocoa grinders buy less beans

2014-09-24 15:39

Cameroon's cocoa grinders have bought 616 tons fewer tons of cocoa beans in August in the first month of the 2014/2015 season, a report says.

Grain pain

2014-09-21 20:18

Corn crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side.

Chinese dairy group buys Australian farms

2014-09-17 09:30

Chinese dairies looking for new sources of cows' milk are buying Australian farms and intend to bring Chinese workers to help staff them, reports a newspaper.

SA citrus growers suspend EU exports

2014-09-08 12:31

South African citrus producers will voluntarily suspend exports to the European Union in order to comply with EU standards against a fungal disease.

Africa needs to make agriculture create wealth

2014-08-29 17:30

In Africa export crops like coffee, tea, cotton and cocoa are often produced by smallholders whose incomes cannot support families and pay for better harvests.

Dutch farmers dump tonnes of produces

2014-08-27 16:00

Tonnes of tomatoes, pears and apples have been dumped by Dutch farmers as they signed up for compensation after prices plunged due to Russian sanctions.

Top woman entrepreneur in agri-processing named

2014-08-25 10:17

A Western Cape entrepreneur has clinched top honours in the agri-processing category of national awards to honour women in agriculture.

France imports wheat because of poor crop

2014-08-21 15:45

France has imported milling wheat to mix with its poor quality, rain-soaked crop in order to reach quality required under contracts signed before the harvest.

Case study highlights Tru-Cape success

2014-08-19 17:14

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing has grown its turnover by a significant margin and extended its global footprint, shows a case study.

Jonas: SA needs formidable farming sector

2014-08-18 15:17

Growth in the agricultural sector must become more formidable and contribute to the country's gross domestic product, says Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.

How to become a pig farmer

2014-08-09 12:43

Prospective entrepreneurs often have good ideas, but don’t have the resources to get started. An expert gives a Fin24 user advice on how to become a pig farmer.

Rooibos protection could bring economic boost

2014-08-06 06:00

The department of trade and industry’s efforts to protect the name rooibos could provide real impetus for other intrinsically local products.

Robert Redford raves about SA Chenin blanc

2014-08-05 16:43

On holiday in SA, Hollywood legend Robert Redford explains why he is a devout fan of South African Chenin blanc.

Troubles in Ghana cocoa sector

2014-07-28 19:00

There has been a reversal of fortunes between Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa grower, and Ghana, the second-largest.

Good news for SA maize output

2014-07-25 19:23

South Africa is likely to raise its 2014 maize output forecast slightly as harvesting draws to a close with little expectation of a big change in the estimate.

Land claimant renting out land - report

2014-07-23 11:11

The chief of a clan in Mpumalanga has angered neighbouring farmers because he is renting land claim land to squatters instead of farming, according to a report.

SA citrus takes another black spot knock in EU

2014-07-20 15:27

A consignment of SA citrus fruit heading to Europe has been found to have citrus black spots, says the Citrus Growers' Association.

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