Rose farmers struggle to keep tradition alive

2015-07-02 18:07

Many of the workers in the bright-pink fields in this southwest Turkish province have an unexpected connection with the flowers they are tending.

Designer wheat fails field test

2015-06-25 19:30

The scientific quest for pest-resistant crops has suffered a blow when disappointed British researchers announced their designer wheat failed to repel aphids in the field.

W Cape wine producers shine

2015-06-24 13:52

Western Cape wine producers have been ranked as South Africa’s best, according to results published in the SA Wine Index.

Climate change pushing poor farmer insurance

2015-06-19 19:56

Efforts to insure vulnerable people such as poor farmers against extreme weather and other climate risks are picking up pace.

Pakistan farmers flattened by erratic rain

2015-05-27 17:23

Pakistan crop farmers are changing to animal husbandry after erratic rains cause massive crop losses.

Corn output to be cut over drought

2015-05-22 07:45

The estimate of corn production in 2015 would probably to be cut by 0.6%, after a drought earlier this year damaged crops, according to a survey.

Israel leads the way in dairy tech

2015-05-19 21:15

Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary - how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land?

Land Focus: Community makes mealie magic

2015-05-18 15:06

Take one inspired investment company, a handful of chiefs determined to help their villages out of poverty and a group of passionate new farmers. The result is a rural agricultural success story

Sixty percent of bee hives in US survived year

2015-05-13 20:42

More than 40% of bee hives in the US died in the past year a federal survey says.

Farm studies gain in popularity

2015-05-12 13:39

Despite young black professionals saying they have little interest in agriculture and farming, Stellenbosch University figures show a significant uptick in applications to its Faculty of AgriSciences in the past four years.


Beekeeper's sweet taste of success

2015-07-02 14:44

Bees are not like cattle that need regular monitoring. The only thing to really look out for is theft, fires, vandalism and diseases, says an emerging beekeeper.

Fruit, wine and labour create new forum

2015-06-25 18:51

A bold step towards improved labour relations in the fruit and wine sectors was taken when two key industry bodies and a national trade union signed an MOU.

Annual agriculture survey is underway

2015-06-22 14:39

Stats SA is appealing for participation in the annual agricultural survey which is currently being conducted.

Bees are sick of humans, who will feel the sting

2015-06-08 16:02

In a worrying development which could threaten food production, South Africa's traditionally tough honey bees - which had been resistant to disease - are now getting 'sick of humans', with the population of the crucial pollinators collapsing.

Anthea Jeffery: ‘Sustodianship’ and control over farm land

2015-05-27 15:09

Anthea Jefferys brings to our attention yet another bill that flew entirely under the radar. This time, it’s about the preservation of agricultural land.

Gusts of opposition hit Kenyan wind farm project

2015-05-21 11:47

A planned $144m wind farm in central Kenya has run into opposition from farmers who fear being forced to sell their land and allege that the wind turbines could cause health problems.

US bird flu could cost $1bn

2015-05-19 06:51

Bird flu could cost nearly $1bn in the economies of the two central states hardest hit, Minnesota and Iowa, agricultural economists say, and the virus is still spreading.

Mentoring workers: White farmer makes a difference

2015-05-18 13:53

Four years after an Mpumalanga farmer allocated 10% of his land to his farm workers, Sizwe sama Yende provides an update on how their novel approach to land reform is doing

Her quest for the root of farmers’ poverty

2015-05-12 13:39

Livestock science graduate Nomusa Jaca wants to change the game for black subsistence farmers and improve food security. She’s looking for the answers about why they are still so poor. She spoke to S’thembile Cele

Food wastage a global concern

2015-05-08 20:04

Food wasted by consumers is an enormous economic problem and nations should ensure excess food is given to the hungry instead of being thrown away.

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