Govt threat to SA food security - economist

2014-07-30 06:00

Continued involvement of the SA government in the free functioning of market forces creates serious threats to food security in the country, says an economist.

JC Le Roux an icon for SA consumers

2014-07-28 15:38

South Africa’s sparkling wine JC Le Roux has been declared an icon among SA consumers, shows a brand survey.

Bill should give back stolen land – EFF

2014-07-25 18:34

The passing of the appropriation bill has caused heated debate in parliament, with some MPs claiming it will place an unfair burden on future generations .

Davies vows to fight citrus ban

2014-07-21 17:59

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has vowed to fight tooth and nail to avert a possible European ban on citrus imports from South Africa.

Zim maize crop can meet demand - govt

2014-07-16 19:12

Zimbabwe's 2014 harvest for maize has risen enough to meet annual domestic consumption for the first time since 2003, according to a government report.

Citrus disease drives US fruit prices higher

2014-06-25 17:20

Fallout from a devastating citrus disease in Florida is the latest blow to American consumers struggling with record-high prices.

Time to transform Africa's agriculture - expert

2014-06-18 17:36

The time to transform Africa’s agriculture is now and it cannot wait, delegates have heard at the Ifama agribusiness forum.

Million-jobs target for agriculture

2014-06-17 20:45

President Jacob Zuma says the government has identified agriculture as a key job driver.

Packaging to help food plight

2014-06-08 08:30

The first conference on how to better preserve food and prevent its wastage recently took place in Cape Town.

NUM disapproves of workers' underpayment

2014-06-04 16:41

The National Union of Mineworkers does not condone the underpayment of workers, says spokesperson Livhuwani Mammburu.

SA free of foot and mouth, goat plague

2014-06-03 11:30

South Africa has been declared free of foot-and-mouth disease and goat plague by the World Organisation for Animal Health.

Oceana tops empowered list

2014-06-02 10:29

Fishing group Oceana is number one on a most empowered companies ranking.

SACP: Criticism of Zokwana petty

2014-06-01 21:20

The SA Communist Party has come to the defence of newly appointed Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana, after reports that he was under paying his cattle herder.

Health, animal welfare shake US egg industry

2014-06-01 14:00

Rising consumer interest in healthy eating and animal welfare are beginning to scramble the US egg business.

Italy's rice fields find 'niche markets'

2014-06-01 12:15

The rice fields around Vercelli in northern Italy stretch as far as the eye can see with the snow-capped Alps behind.

SA wool market declines

2014-05-22 09:37

The South African wool market has been substantially softer at the penultimate sale as demand remained subdued.

Jump in Uganda coffee exports

2014-05-19 13:25

Uganda's coffee exports in April have jumped year-on-year, helped by rising global prices, says a source at the state agency.

All's well with farming in SA - analyst

2014-05-18 11:35

Agriculture in South Africa is doing well, but farmers are mechanising to circumvent labour laws, a farmer and analyst told sister publication Rapport.

Additional demands on food - expert

2014-05-15 18:14

Population growth and rapidly-expanding economies are placing additional demands, on food resources, according to an expert.

Ex-FNB boss Michael Jordaan heads wine body

2014-05-09 11:47

Former First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan has been appointed chair of a wine organisation.

Forex rates hit BAT revenue

2014-04-30 09:46

British American Tobacco has posted improved sales volume for the first quarter, though foreign exchange rates were a big drag on revenue.

Fishing exemption order extended

2014-04-24 17:07

Commercial line fishermen who were unsuccessful in their applications for new rights can continue fishing for now, the Western Cape High Court orders.

Plan to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors

2014-04-24 09:42

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed rules that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.

Cattle project launched in N West province

2014-04-22 15:39

North West livestock farmers have been urged to take part in the Industrial Development Corporation's Nguni cattle development project in the province.


Troubles in Ghana cocoa sector

2014-07-28 19:00

There has been a reversal of fortunes between Ivory Coast, the world's largest cocoa grower, and Ghana, the second-largest.

Good news for SA maize output

2014-07-25 19:23

South Africa is likely to raise its 2014 maize output forecast slightly as harvesting draws to a close with little expectation of a big change in the estimate.

Land claimant renting out land - report

2014-07-23 11:11

The chief of a clan in Mpumalanga has angered neighbouring farmers because he is renting land claim land to squatters instead of farming, according to a report.

SA citrus takes another black spot knock in EU

2014-07-20 15:27

A consignment of SA citrus fruit heading to Europe has been found to have citrus black spots, says the Citrus Growers' Association.

'Peak soil' threatens future global food security

2014-07-17 19:39

The increasing degradation of the earth's thin skin is threatening to push up food prices and increase deforestation.

Dept: Limpopo farmers won't be compensated

2014-06-26 07:19

Farmers whose cattle were killed by a virus in Mopani, Polokwane would not be compensated, the Limpopo agriculture department says.

Farmers fined up to R1m for underpaying

2014-06-19 13:45

A number of farmers have been fined, some over R1m, for underpaying their employees, says a provincial labour department.

W Cape horse sickness restrictions lifted

2014-06-18 12:17

Movement restrictions on Western Cape horses have been lifted following the resolution of a bout of African Horse Sickness.

Africa's agribusiness in the spotlight

2014-06-11 17:28

All eyes will be on the African continent when the continent’s enormous growth potential in agribusiness comes under the lens at an event in Cape Town.

Winning prize inspires farmworker

2014-06-06 15:16

Jurie Muller’s dedication to his work has made him the winner of the Deciduous Fruit Industry's 2013 award for a farmworker in a managerial position.

Cape farmworkers' case dismissed

2014-06-03 13:44

Eleven Western Cape farmworkers have failed in a bid to fight their dismissal, with the Labour Court ruling their case had not been referred to the CCMA.

SA can no longer blame others

2014-06-02 20:46

The current economic deterioration can no longer be attributed largely to the international situation, warns an agriculture expert.

Cuba experiments with wholesale market

2014-06-02 06:30

Cuba has opened its first wholesale market for farmers in decades, an experiment limited to agricultural supplies in one area.

Cape rooibos producer heads to S America

2014-06-01 17:35

The owner of Blue Africa Trading, which produces wine and rooibos products from the Western Cape, is exploring opportunities in Peru and Chile.

Demand for cocoa on the rise

2014-06-01 12:30

Latin America trails far behind West Africa in terms of production, but an increase in world demand - notably in Asia - could give the region a needed boost.

EU measures bring more cost for SA citrus

2014-05-30 15:57

Citrus producers will incur more costs for compliance with new measures by the European Union, warns the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

California drought could cost $1.7bn

2014-05-20 11:31

One of California's worst droughts in decades could cost farmers $1.7bn, a week after alarmingly early wildfires forced thousands of homeowners to evacuate.

China to reign supreme in world commodities

2014-05-18 15:32

World commodity prices have surged in recent years, driven by rising demand from increasingly affluent shoppers in emerging markets and particularly China.

Fishing rights process to be set aside

2014-05-15 18:45

The 2013 fishing rights allocation process and its decisions and outcomes will be set aside, says Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Wine treated as commodity, says expert

2014-05-13 21:00

An international wine expert says South African wine is not being recognised internationally because the market is highly fragmented.

France suspends live pig imports

2014-05-04 14:43

France has suspended imports of live pigs from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to try to prevent a virus from entering the country.

Cheese champions honoured

2014-04-24 17:58

More than 820 products were judged in this year's DuPont Qualité Awards for the SA dairy industry and organised by Agri-Expo.

Russia may restrict Polish apple imports

2014-04-24 14:58

Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan may restrict imports of Polish apples due to concerns over the quality of food safety checks.

SA wool prices increase

2014-04-24 09:28

South African wool prices have continued to rise at this week's national sale, says Cape Wools.

Farmers ready for R2.5bn biofuels project

2014-04-22 10:50

Various organisations have welcomed the announcement made by the department of energy about the publication of the final biofuels position paper.

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