Disease threatens bee farmers

2015-01-27 19:30

A disease that has spread among bees in the Western Cape is threatening to reach KwaZulu-Natal and completely wipe out South Africa’s bee population.

Wannabe farmers battle for funds

2015-01-27 13:42

While the farming sector has a lot of appeal for entrepreneurs, getting off the ground is daunting, but with collaboration and government funding, there is a glimmer of hope.

Wine farmers plead poverty

2015-01-22 19:15

Wine farmers and producers are simply not making enough money and are therefore not planting any new vines, warns an industry body.

Farmers suffer huge losses due to broken canal

2015-01-21 16:01

Producers in the Olifants River Valley are currently suffering financial losses of up to R30 000 per hectare after a water canal broke.

KZN sugar crop threatened by drought

2015-01-20 20:00

The drought-stricken KwaZulu- Natal province, where more than 80% of the country’s sugar is grown, has six weeks to get sufficient rain for this year’s crop.

Egypt has enough wheat until mid-May - minister

2015-01-18 11:45

Egypt's stock of wheat for its subsidised bread programme will last until the middle of May, says Supplies Minister Khaled Hanafi.

SA, neighbours must fight foot and mouth disease

2015-01-13 22:00

Collaborating with neighbouring countries will help SA safeguard its foot and mouth disease-free zone status, says Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

Kenya's coffee export earnings rise

2015-01-08 19:40

Kenya’s earnings from exports of its coffee have increased by 17% during the season that ended in September due to improved production.

IFP urges matrics to study agriculture

2015-01-06 14:05

The Inkatha Freedom Party says KwaZulu-Natal matriculants who achieved good results should consider studies in agriculture.

Russia to limit cereal exports

2014-12-22 14:15

The Russian government is bringing in customs barriers to limit the export of cereals in the hope of reducing domestic prices.

Oceana Group acquires Foodcorp

2014-12-19 17:49

The Competition Appeal Court has given Oceana the green light to acquire Foodcorp's fishing business for R400m.

Big Chinese opportunity for W Cape winery

2014-12-19 10:08

A Chinese businessman has purchased a majority stake in a Western Cape winery because of the big opportunity he sees for this region's wine in China.

Land Bank appoints chair, CEO

2014-12-11 18:13

Mabotha Arthur Moloto has been appointed chair of the Land Bank board and Tshokolo Petrus Nchocho CEO, says the National Treasury.

Eskom power cuts hit agriculture

2014-12-09 16:18

Agriculture, with a large component of seasonal workers, is suffering from inadequate electricity supply and load shedding.

De Wetshof honoured at SAA Wine Awards

2014-11-14 16:43

De Wetshof Estate flies high at the SAA Wine Awards and was named Producer of the Year, winning the CEO trophy.

Wine harvest a challenge in Europe

2014-11-04 12:48

For many of Europe's winemakers, the harvest of 2014 has been called a "disappointing" after a cold winter, hail storms and rain in August.

British American Tobacco sales down

2014-10-22 11:11

British American Tobacco has reported an accelerated decline in the number of cigarettes sold, citing economic pressures on smokers around the world.

Rooibos gets a kick

2014-10-20 16:23

Fans of rooibos and honeybush tea can anticipate more bite with their antioxidants as the local fynbos plants are now being used to make alcoholic beverages.

One-ton pumpkin heaviest ever in North America

2014-10-15 10:46

A one-ton pumpkin grown in Northern California has been declared the heaviest ever cultivated in North America.

Brazil beef exports up on China, Russia demand

2014-10-12 15:15

Brazil beef exports have jumped, in part due to rising Russian demand as Moscow turns away from US and European sources in retaliation against sanctions.

Zeder's investments now R10bn

2014-10-07 17:09

Zeder, the listed investment company and investor in the broad agribusiness industry, has achieved strong results for the six months to August 2014.

Ivory Coast buoyed by record agricultural harvest

2014-10-05 14:01

Good news is pouring in from plantations in Ivory Coast, the west African country is racking up record harvests for cocoa and cashew nuts.

EU farmers get aid to deal with Russian ban

2014-09-30 15:03

The European Commission has announced a new set of measures to help fruit and vegetable producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports.

Little change in SA maize estimate

2014-09-25 10:59

South Africa will hardly change its 2014 maize output forecast, a Reuters survey shows, as farmers hold onto crops in the face of prices that have fallen.

Cocoa grinders buy less beans

2014-09-24 15:39

Cameroon's cocoa grinders have bought 616 tons fewer tons of cocoa beans in August in the first month of the 2014/2015 season, a report says.


Wilmar opens palm oil supplies to scrutiny

2015-01-22 19:30

Wilmar International, the world's largest palm oil processor, has opened its supply chains to outside scrutiny in what environmentalists called an unprecedented step.

SA may plant 3.3% less corn this season

2015-01-22 11:42

South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, may plant 3.3% less grain in the 2014-15 season than a year earlier as prices drop.

Australian wine exports rebound on China trend

2015-01-21 10:19

Australian wine exports to China have rebounded last year as sales of cheaper wines gained traction, bucking a regional shift towards high-end tipples.

SA corn price rises on rain concerns

2015-01-19 17:10

SA's yellow-corn futures have risen the most in almost two years on concern that there isn’t enough rain in Bloemfontein and the North West province.

International award for Van Ryn’s Distillery

2015-01-15 17:01

Van Ryn's Distillery in Stellenbosch has been named as having the best distillery tour in the world by judges at the 2015 Distillery Experience Awards.

EU vote gives govts choice to grow GM crops

2015-01-13 20:15

Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops under a compromise deal that has been agreed upon.

Damaged canal could spell agricultural disaster

2015-01-08 15:05

The Elephants River Valley is heading for an agricultural disaster after a water canal from the Clanwilliam dam broke, leaving producers without water.

Little oil price benefit for African farmers

2014-12-24 05:00

From the coffee plantations of Uganda to the maize fields of Zambia, the collapse in world oil prices has so far brought few benefits for African farmers.

SA lowers wheat output forecast

2014-12-19 21:15

The SA crop estimates committee has slightly lowered its 2014 wheat output forecast because of smaller yields in the Western Cape.

Marine protection campaign launched

2014-12-19 10:32

The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has kicked off its annual festive season marine protection awareness campaign.

Best olive oils in SA honoured

2014-12-17 13:18

South Africa's top extra virgin olive oils were honoured at the 2014 Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards.

US farmers face worst drought in 1 200 years

2014-12-10 10:06

As parts of the south-western US shrivel in historic drought, farmers are faced with an impossible choice: Today's crops or tomorrow's water supplies.

Cele: Life not easy for those who don't work

2014-11-25 17:26

Life is very difficult particularly for young people who choose not to work, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele says.

Fantinel's Prosecco bubbles in SA wine industry

2014-11-10 16:36

Of Fantinel’s range of wines available in South Africa, its Prosecco - an Italian sparkling white wine - is the fastest-seller.

Modise to meet police over farm animals - report

2014-11-02 14:47

NCOP chair Thandi Modise has declined to confirm a report that she will be meeting with police to discuss the discovery of dead and starving animals on her North West farm earlier this year.

Agri-Expo Livestock for whole family

2014-10-21 17:20

Agri-Expo Livestock brings agriculture closer to the public and the programme is packed with activities.

Top SA Chardonnay Report released

2014-10-17 17:43

Wines from the Stellenbosch district have dominated the 2014 Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report – with seven out of the Top 10 hailing from this region.

Vines watered underground against climate change

2014-10-14 11:30

Treasury Wine Estates is testing technology to water vines underground and is expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change.

Threat of renewed farm strikes in W Cape

2014-10-07 18:35

Cosatu and a number of farm workers' organisations in the Western Cape have cautioned farm owners to stop evictions of farm workers.

Cape farm worker problems concern Ramaphosa

2014-10-05 20:00

Changes in the Western Cape's farming sector are affecting farm workers the most, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cele asks SA to donate food

2014-10-03 13:26

Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele has called on South Africans to donate food to the 12 million South Africans who go to bed hungry each day.

Government cannot farm - expert

2014-09-26 19:56

It is through mentorship and other support from industry that those involved in land reform projects are able to make notable progress, according to an expert.

Grim reaping for east Ukraine sunflower farmers

2014-09-25 10:00

Fields of sunflowers are ready for harvest, but artillery and rocket attacks are stopping farmers in east Ukraine's frontline villages from gathering crops.

Apartheid caused land degradation - Zokwana

2014-09-23 11:00

The apartheid-era land use system has caused degradation of land, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says.

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