ARTICLES RELATING TO AGRICULTURE

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.

'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

2014-07-17 19:39

The increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation.

Dept: Limpopo farmers won't be compensated

2014-06-26 07:19

Farmers whose cattle were killed by a virus in Mopani, Polokwane would not be compensated, the Limpopo agriculture department says.

Farmers fined up to R1m for underpaying

2014-06-19 13:45

A number of farmers have been fined, some over R1m, for underpaying their employees, says a provincial labour department.

W Cape horse sickness restrictions lifted

2014-06-18 12:17

Movement restrictions on Western Cape horses have been lifted following the resolution of a bout of African Horse Sickness.

Africa's agribusiness in the spotlight

2014-06-11 17:28

All eyes will be on the African continent when the continent’s enormous growth potential in agribusiness comes under the lens at an event in Cape Town.

Winning prize inspires farmworker

2014-06-06 15:16

Jurie Muller’s dedication to his work has made him the winner of the Deciduous Fruit Industry's 2013 award for a farmworker in a managerial position.

Cape farmworkers' case dismissed

2014-06-03 13:44

Eleven Western Cape farmworkers have failed in a bid to fight their dismissal, with the Labour Court ruling their case had not been referred to the CCMA.

SA can no longer blame others

2014-06-02 20:46

The current economic deterioration can no longer be attributed largely to the international situation, warns an agriculture expert.

Cuba experiments with wholesale market

2014-06-02 06:30

Cuba has opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area.

Cape rooibos producer heads to S America

2014-06-01 17:35

The owner of Blue Africa Trading, which produces wine and rooibos products from the Western Cape, is exploring opportunities in Peru and Chile.

Demand for cocoa on the rise

2014-06-01 12:30

Latin America trails far behind West Africa in terms of production, but an increase in world demand - notably in Asia - could give the region a needed boost.

EU measures bring more cost for SA citrus

2014-05-30 15:57

Citrus producers will incur more costs for compliance with new measures by the European Union, warns the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

 

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.

Zim maize crop can meet demand - govt

2014-07-16 19:12

Zimbabwe's 2014 harvest for maize has risen enough to meet annual domestic consumption for the first time since 2003, according to a government report.

Citrus disease drives US fruit prices higher

2014-06-25 17:20

Fallout from a devastating citrus disease in Florida is the latest blow to American consumers struggling with record-high prices.

Time to transform Africa's agriculture - expert

2014-06-18 17:36

The time to transform Africa’s agriculture is now and it cannot wait, delegates have heard at the Ifama agribusiness forum.

Million-jobs target for agriculture

2014-06-17 20:45

President Jacob Zuma says the government has identified agriculture as a key job driver.

Packaging to help food plight

2014-06-08 08:30

The first conference on how to better preserve food and prevent its wastage recently took place in Cape Town.

NUM disapproves of workers' underpayment

2014-06-04 16:41

The National Union of Mineworkers does not condone the underpayment of workers, says spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu.

SA free of foot and mouth, goat plague

2014-06-03 11:30

South Africa has been declared free of foot-and-mouth disease and goat plague by the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Oceana tops empowered list

2014-06-02 10:29

Fishing group Oceana is number one on a most empowered companies ranking.

SACP: Criticism of Zokwana petty

2014-06-01 21:20
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The SA Communist Party has come to the defence of newly appointed Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana, after reports that he was under paying his cattle herder.

Health, animal welfare shake US egg industry

2014-06-01 14:00

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare are beginning to scramble the US egg business.

Italy's rice fields find 'niche markets'

2014-06-01 12:15

The rice fields around Vercelli in northern Italy stretch as far as the eye can see with the snow-capped Alps behind.

SA wool market declines

2014-05-22 09:37

The South African wool market has been substantially softer at the penultimate sale as demand remained subdued.

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