Farmers devastated by El Nino drought

2016-02-07 22:48

Farmers in the Free State say dry spells are common but the current drought is unprecedented.

Thai fishing industry crackdown intensified

2016-02-01 17:32

Thailand, faced with possible trade sanctions over abuses in its seafood industry, says it has accelerated its fight against human trafficking and unregulated fishing.

Bursaries to boost wine business skills

2016-01-29 17:07

The VinPro Foundation and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business have made bursaries available for people who want to study Wine Business Management.

Vines 'predicted' dry summer

2016-01-25 18:43

It seems as if the vines have been predicting the dry summer with many vines adopting conservative growth and yield, say the Sperlings of Delheim Wine Estate.

Drought, fire impact on W Cape agriculture investigated

2016-01-22 15:47

The Western Cape government wants to start an impact assessment of the recent fires on the agriculture sector.

Put land reform blame where it should be - academic

2016-01-22 11:55

The notion that farmers do not want to make land available is nonsense and South Africans must tackle land reform by facing the future together, says an academic.

Limpopo farmers get feed for livestock

2016-01-20 17:30

Emerging livestock farmers in Limpopo have received bags of cattle feed as part of government's drought relief programme.

Bird flu detected in US turkey flock

2016-01-17 13:30

Bird flu has been detected in a US turkey flock, but is different from the strain that devastated the nation's poultry industry last year, say officials.

At least R20bn will be needed to import maize - Grain SA

2016-01-15 18:00

South Africa will need at least R20bn to import the 5 to 6 million tons of maize needed to mitigate the effects that the drought has had on crop production in the country, says Grain SA.

Drought impacts SA table grape crop

2016-01-14 19:30

SA's table grape crop is expected to be between 1% and 4% lower than the actual 2014/15 exported crop size, according to the South African Table Grape Industry.


Western Cape needs R88m to help drought-hit farmers

2016-02-03 19:21

Farmers in drought-stricken parts of the Western Cape are in desperate need of help, leading to the provincial government taking the unprecedented step of making R1.5m available as it waits for Cabinet to officially declare a drought in the area.

Farmers dig deep to help those affected by WC drought

2016-02-01 15:48

Farmers have provided 100 tons of animal feed for farmers worst affected by a drought which has crippled parts of the Western Cape’s agriculture sector.

Argentina's government fights plague of locusts

2016-01-27 10:37

Argentina's agricultural inspection agency says it keeping up efforts to control a locust infestation threatening crops in at least 3 states.

Govt working to help farmers - Zokwana

2016-01-22 20:20

The government says it is aware of the negative effect the drought is having on farmers, and says it is working closely with them in order to help.

'We have to keep going' - Free State farmer

2016-01-22 12:49

A Free State farmer has taken a leap of faith and started planting crops to keep his livestock alive following some rain this week.

SA and its wine 'need more sex appeal'

2016-01-21 19:39

South Africa and its wines do not have an attractive international image and this lack of sex appeal shows in falling in sales of SA wine, says an expert.

Tackling poverty in Nigeria with tomatoes

2016-01-17 16:30

Nigeria has abundant resources but has lacked the capacity, will or ability to exploit it, forcing a reliance on imports.

SA may need to import 6 million tons of maize - minister

2016-01-15 19:21

The country could find itself needing to import between five and six million tons of maize as a drought continues to cripple the country, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says.

SA farmers owe banks R125bn as drought hits

2016-01-15 06:36

Farmers have their highest-ever debt as a drought, caused by the lowest rainfall on record, is withering maize fields and discouraging the planting of crops.

World does not trust SA any more - agri leader

2016-01-13 11:38

SA is currently a tinderbox with violent crime and the drought key factors in building a perfect storm in the country, warns an agricultural leader.

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