Minister moves to calm land reform fears

2017-03-28 12:53

Land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti says the country needs clarity on the ruling party's current stance on land, and the ANC is still guided by the provisions in the Constitution.

Look! Hippo in the Free State

2017-03-13 12:49

Motorists in the eastern Free State regularly stop to take pictures of three hippo floating around a windmill in the middle of a farm dam.

A province of vast opportunity

2017-03-12 06:02

The Northern Cape takes up nearly a third of South Africa’s land area.

Is Zuma's transformation plan radical enough?

2017-03-06 08:44

The manner in which land restitution has been pursued and talked about in South Africa has nothing to do with farming as an economic activity, writes Ralph Mathekga.

#Budget2017: Scope for improved transformation - Agbiz

2017-02-27 20:15

From an agribusiness perspective, Budget 2017 came against the backdrop of high food price inflation and a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence.

Agriculture dept targets creating 60 000 jobs

2017-02-22 16:11

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries plans to spend over R1.7bn and create 60 000 jobs, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech.

Agriculture to assist in SA’s GDP growth – Treasury

2017-02-22 14:12

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is set to play a crucial role in the growth of the country’s GDP, according to the 2017 Budget Speech.

Armyworm invasion must be declared a national disaster, says DA

2017-02-14 22:40

The invasion of the False Armyworm should be declared a national disaster so that emergency funds can be made available to affected provinces before it reaches “catastrophic levels” the DA said.

Zokwana, FAO to visit farms hit by False Armyworm

2017-02-13 06:09

The Minister of Agriculture Senzeni Zokwana will visit farms in Limpopo with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in an effort to bring the False Armyworm plague under control.

Agriculture dept to blame for slow False Armyworm response - DA

2017-02-07 19:07

“Gross negligence” by the agriculture department led to the late registration of False Armyworm vaccines, the DA claims.


Warning that farmers may take law into their own hands over stock theft

2017-03-20 17:20

Stock theft is threatening to spiral out of control and there is a possibility that farmers will take the law into their own hands, the Eastern Cape Red Meat Producers' Organisation has warned.

The needs of the land and the people can’t be separated

2017-03-13 08:49

The arguments are always over the land, but seldom about what it needs to remain healthy and productive, writes Robert Scholes.

Govt's black farmer strategy did not bring expected results - CEO

2017-03-06 18:17

The black farmer strategy of the SA government has not yielded the anticipated results, Phakamani Hadebe, CEO of Barclays Africa, says at an Agri SA conference.

Land reform favours businesses, not the poor - study

2017-03-02 07:31

The land reform system in South Africa favours agricultural businesses and sidelines the intended beneficiaries, research in the Eastern Cape suggests.

'Our daily bread' has hidden climate costs

2017-02-27 19:15

Nearly half the environmental impact of a loaf of bread comes from the "unsustainable use" of fertilisers on wheat crops.

Agriculture spend to increase to R30bn in next three years

2017-02-22 15:17

Spending in the agriculture sector will increase at an average of 4.7% per year over the next three years, said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his 2017 Budget Speech.

Army worm eats through profits

2017-02-19 07:23

South African maize farmers face lower profits in the coming season as they have to spend thousands more on pesticides to fight an army worm invasion.

Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa. Why it's a big deal

2017-02-13 17:22

A combination of armyworms native to Africa and those normally found in the Americas are ravaging crops in sub-Saharan Africa, writes Kenneth Wilson.

SONA: Zuma's R2.5bn for drought aid questioned

2017-02-10 17:14

Agri SA questions the amount of R2.5bn mentioned by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address as having been allocated towards drought aid.

Armyworm invading SA is a major threat to global agriculture

2017-02-07 07:46

The fall armyworms that have ravaged maize fields from Ghana to South Africa since arriving on the continent last year could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, a research body says.

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