Time to say cheese again

2014-04-16 12:07

Thousands of cheese lovers will be heading to the annual SA Cheese Festival on Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

Nigeria plans to spark agriculture boom

2014-04-13 11:17

Can investors get rich by backing Nigerian agriculture? Experts agree that agriculture offers the best chance to generate millions of new jobs quickly.

Wine auction raises millions for education

2014-04-08 16:53

The AfrAsia Bank and Cape Wine Auction raised millions for education in the Cape Winelands.

Sharing farms with workers won't work - party

2014-04-07 16:12

The idea of giving farm workers half of the land they work on is ill-considered, warns the Freedom Front Plus.

Emerging farmers plead with Land Bank

2014-04-06 14:00

Emerging black farmers in Mpumalanga have called on the Land Bank to provide financial services to them as well and not just to commercial farmers.

Politicians must not 'use agriculture for votes'

2014-04-04 16:16

Political parties and politicians must refrain from making statements that unnecessarily tarnish agriculture’s image, warns an industry body.

Govt approves R1.5bn Land Bank guarantee

2014-04-02 16:53

The government has approved a R1.5bn guarantee to the Land Bank, in addition to the existing guarantee of R500m, following a credit ratings upgrade by Fitch.

Australian tobacco sales up despite plain packs

2014-03-25 13:37

Deliveries of tobacco to retailers in Australia rose last year for the first time in at least five years, even after the introduction of plain packaging.

China's deal to end European wine probe

2014-03-21 13:48

China's commerce minister says the Chinese and European wine industries have reached a deal to end an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe.

Call to revive agriculture co-ops

2014-03-19 15:20

Something akin to the co-operatives of the past will be needed for smaller scale agriculture, according to an expert.

India hit by farm suicides after storms

2014-03-19 13:34

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars.

SA wool prices hold steady

2014-03-13 13:56

Wool prices continues to hold steady at last week's price levels this week, says Cape Wools.

SA celebrates National Fairtrade Week

2014-03-11 17:23

South Africa ranks as the world's largest producer of Fairtrade wines, producing two-thirds of it.

World's biggest banana firm formed

2014-03-10 16:29

A US fruit firm and its Irish rival have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier.

SA farmers in Congo 'not desperate'

2014-03-05 14:23

The Congo Farmers Association says the farmers who lease land at a farming project in Malolo are not in such a desperate situation that they cannot return to SA.

Reopening of land claims 'blow' to farmers

2014-03-02 12:23

AgriSA has deemed the re-opening of land claims for the next five years as a "crushing blow" for commercial farmers.

SA maize stocks fall

2014-02-24 14:31

South Africa's maize stocks fell at the end of January from a revised 3.179 million tonnes at the end of December, industry data shows.

Woolworths deals with rBST issue

2014-02-21 17:02

Following discussions with the authorities, Woolworths is in the process of changing its packaging regarding rBST.

Climate a bigger threat to crops - study

2014-02-20 08:45

Agricultural crops could be more vulnerable to climate change than was previously thought, according to a new study by a Wits University scientist.

Zimbabwe forecasts farming boost

2014-02-20 07:19

Zimbabwe hopes to boost agricultural output with an increase in tobacco production, already the country's biggest export, says a minister.

Zuma's recognition of biofuels good thing

2014-02-17 09:56

President Jacob Zuma’s recognition of the biofuels sector in his State of the Nation address underscores the relevance of this industry to the SA’s economy.

Kenyan flowers taking on the world

2014-02-10 12:15

Agri-Vie, a fund focused on agribusiness investments, explains why it has invested in a Kenyan flower exporting business.

Wine festival awards bursaries

2014-02-05 17:39

The Stellenbosch Wine Festival Foundation has awarded R100 000 for bursaries.

Bio-ethanol plant 'short-sighted'

2014-02-03 20:00

A bio-ethanol plant in Bothaville is short-sighted in terms of the government's biofuels strategy and its development of small black farmers, says an expert.

Two-a-Day invests to increase productivity

2014-01-27 18:07

A recent investment means that Two-a-Day, Grabouw’s apple and pear packers, will better be able to manage their 7 200 000 annual cartons.


Election helps Indian sugar demand

2014-04-14 10:03

As India's election campaign picks up, it seems to be helping the demand for sugar, according to a retailer.

SA farmers 'don't owe anyone anything'

2014-04-09 12:27

South African farmers are unwilling to finance half of land reform farms, because it is unjust and unfair, says an agriculture union.

Excess Free State wildlife on sale

2014-04-08 16:30

The Free State will sell excess wild animals from its nature reserves at its annual game auction, says the provincial department of environmental affairs.

Govt playing with fire - property rights body

2014-04-07 14:43

The proposal that commercial agriculture must transfer 50% of land to workers could create a major disaster for SA, says a property rights group.

Report: Workers could get half of farms

2014-04-06 11:36

Rapport says farmworkers on commercial farms could own half of the farms, according to a new proposal government is considering.

Marginal drop in wool prices

2014-04-02 18:52

Cape Wools say difficult demand conditions have led to a marginal drop in South Africa's wool prices.

Joemat-Pettersson feels for small fishers

2014-04-02 14:40

Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson is taking the complaints of those who were not successful in fishing rights applications seriously, says her office.

SA maize crop could increase due to rain

2014-03-24 14:17

South Africa is likely to raise its maize output estimates after late summer rains brought relief to drought-hit parts of the country, a survey shows.

Italy moves to root mafia out of agriculture

2014-03-19 15:30

Italy's leading agriculture industry association has launched a drive to root out mafia infiltration, which is costing the sector billions of euros.

Kenya tea prices dip at latest sale

2014-03-19 14:32

The highest price for top grade Kenyan tea fell at this week's sale, according to Africa Tea Brokers.

Virus kills more than 4 million pigs

2014-03-14 09:51

A US food retailer says a virus killing millions of pigs is likely to result in higher pork prices, as meat producers pass along their increased input costs.

Fear of hormone meat, GM food divide talks

2014-03-12 16:25

Europe's reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an "enormous gulf".

African horse sickness confirmed in W Cape

2014-03-11 10:47

A containment zone has been declared in a region in the Western Cape where two horses have been found to have African horse sickness.

Distell pays out to BEE shareholders

2014-03-10 14:26

JSE-listed wine and spirits producer Distell has paid out in excess of R600m to about 4 000 employees as part of the company’s employee share ownership plan.

Ethiopia's teff grain to be 'super-food'

2014-03-02 14:42

Under a searing midday sun, a herd of cattle circles atop a pile of golden teff, a method that has been practised by Ethiopian farmers for centuries.

Wine industry reacts to budget impact

2014-02-26 20:58

The wine industry calls on Government for a responsible policy framework with focused actions, and committed itself to closer collaboration in this regard.

SA farmers struggle in the Congo

2014-02-23 11:15

Only 9 of a group of 28 South African farmers who moved to the Congo in 2011 are still farming.

Project to give farmworkers free electricity

2014-02-21 15:19

Western Cape farmworkers may benefit from Eskom's free basic electricity grant in the future if a pilot project is successful, provincial premier Helen Zille says.

Danone struggles for China bounce

2014-02-20 07:58

The French dairy giant is handing out diamonds as prizes in promotions to win back consumers it lost last year.

End to meat export ban in sight

2014-02-19 14:55

SA has met conditions to recover its foot and mouth disease-free status, paving the way for meat export bans to be lifted, says the agriculture ministry.

Innovations could curb world hunger -study

2014-02-13 14:18

A mix of farming technologies could significantly improve global food security by mid-century as the world's population swells to a projected 9 billion.

African states seek Gulf farmland deals

2014-02-07 09:19

African countries that missed out on Gulf agricultural injections are trying to entice Arab investors with deals designed to avoid problems of the past.

US set to end direct payments to farmers

2014-02-04 19:14

The US Congress is set to pass a long-awaited agricultural bill that ends direct payments to farmers.

Record Brazil heat pressures crops, energy

2014-02-02 17:19

Heat and a severe drought, has kindled fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills in Brazil that could drag down the economy.

GMO food labels cause a stir

2014-01-23 18:23

Individual states in the US are moving to require labels on genetically altered food, which is opposed by the GE industry.

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