Zimbabwe farmers fear winter of hunger

2015-07-22 13:04

Thousands of farmers in Zimbabwe fear they will be going hungry this winter after abandoning traditional staples like maize, sorghum and groundnuts for tobacco.

Crisis puts thousands of farms at risk in France

2015-07-19 17:15

A downturn in France's livestock sector has put thousands of farms close to bankruptcy, says the government.

Polish cow on the run for 2 years finally caught

2015-07-14 22:05

A Polish farmer has celebrated the return of a cow who ran away 2 years ago, damaging local crops.

Japanese grapes sell for about R100 000

2015-07-09 13:46

A bunch of Japanese grapes has sold for a record $8 200 or $315 per berry - no trifling matter even in a country where fruit can cost a small fortune.

Rose farmers struggle to keep tradition alive

2015-07-02 18:07

Many of the workers in the bright-pink fields in this southwest Turkish province have an unexpected connection with the flowers they are tending.

Designer wheat fails field test

2015-06-25 19:30

The scientific quest for pest-resistant crops has suffered a blow when disappointed British researchers announced their designer wheat failed to repel aphids in the field.

W Cape wine producers shine

2015-06-24 13:52

Western Cape wine producers have been ranked as South Africa’s best, according to results published in the SA Wine Index.

Climate change pushing poor farmer insurance

2015-06-19 19:56

Efforts to insure vulnerable people such as poor farmers against extreme weather and other climate risks are picking up pace.

Pakistan farmers flattened by erratic rain

2015-05-27 17:23

Pakistan crop farmers are changing to animal husbandry after erratic rains cause massive crop losses.

Corn output to be cut over drought

2015-05-22 07:45

The estimate of corn production in 2015 would probably to be cut by 0.6%, after a drought earlier this year damaged crops, according to a survey.


Australia opens door to major live cattle trade with China

2015-07-21 11:17

Australian farmers have welcomed a breakthrough which paves the way towards exporting up to one million live cattle to China each year, with the government saying the new market could open up within months.

Any bid for Syngenta some way off - Monsanto

2015-07-19 14:00

Any hostile bid by Monsanto for Swiss rival Syngenta is some way off, says the US seed company's CEO.

Bumblebees dying due to climate change

2015-07-09 22:32

Bumblebees are struggling to adapt to global warming and are simply dying rather than migrating northward to cooler climes.

Zim drought: 600 000 cattle at risk, says report

2015-07-07 16:01

Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland North is reportedly faced with a severe drought which might see the province losing at least 600 000 cattle.

Beekeeper's sweet taste of success

2015-07-02 14:44

Bees are not like cattle that need regular monitoring. The only thing to really look out for is theft, fires, vandalism and diseases, says an emerging beekeeper.

Fruit, wine and labour create new forum

2015-06-25 18:51

A bold step towards improved labour relations in the fruit and wine sectors was taken when two key industry bodies and a national trade union signed an MOU.

Annual agriculture survey is underway

2015-06-22 14:39

Stats SA is appealing for participation in the annual agricultural survey which is currently being conducted.

Bees are sick of humans, who will feel the sting

2015-06-08 16:02

In a worrying development which could threaten food production, South Africa's traditionally tough honey bees - which had been resistant to disease - are now getting 'sick of humans', with the population of the crucial pollinators collapsing.

Anthea Jeffery: ‘Sustodianship’ and control over farm land

2015-05-27 15:09

Anthea Jefferys brings to our attention yet another bill that flew entirely under the radar. This time, it’s about the preservation of agricultural land.

Gusts of opposition hit Kenyan wind farm project

2015-05-21 11:47

A planned $144m wind farm in central Kenya has run into opposition from farmers who fear being forced to sell their land and allege that the wind turbines could cause health problems.

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