Give land to able people, farmers urge

2014-10-22 05:00

The government must ensure land is allocated to individuals who have the capacity to use it, the African Farmers' Association of SA says.

Mantashe: Farmers need funding to survive

2014-08-13 10:38

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says farmers need support programmes to succeed, and has urged commercial farmers to help groom emerging farmers.

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.

Cape farmers lend a helping hand

2013-12-24 15:59

Western Cape farmers are reaching out to their counterparts who are battling to keep their livestock alive due to drought, says agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg.

Black farmers, UK investors face-off

2013-10-13 14:56

American investors, who are buying out South Africa’s major listed agriculture cooperative Afgri for R2.4bn, allegedly outmaneuvered a BEE group, a report states.

Climate change a threat to maize farmers

2013-10-01 19:00

Farmers who rely on rain to grow the staple food crop could expect to see yields drop dramatically in future, warns the Agricultural Research Council.

Farmers suffer R2bn in drought damage

2013-06-06 09:31

Farmers in the North West province have suffered damages amounting to almost R2bn due to the prevailing drought conditions, a report states.

Exodus of farmers worries Ramphele

2013-03-25 08:46

It is “worrisome” that South Africa is losing many of its commercial farmers to countries to the north of it, academic and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele says.


De Doorns unrest continues

2012-11-13 09:25

Farm workers in De Doorns, Western Cape, continue striking. They want R150 a day and not the R69 they currently earn. Watch.

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North West trains emerging farmers

2012-11-12 16:27

The North West province has trained more than 1500 emerging farmers in the past three years, says premier Thandi Modise.

Pettersson: Uplift small farmers

2012-10-22 17:02

Small farmers need upliftment to become commercially more viable, says Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

CoAL rail plan angers farmers

2012-04-20 10:00

Farmers are incensed at Coal of Africa's plan to build a railway line to transport coal from its Makhado project to Vanderbijlpark, which will cut across game farms.

Nkwinti spells out land reform target

2012-03-01 14:05

The land reform minister says 30% of 82 million hectares of agricultural land held by white commercial farmers should be transferred to black farmers by 2014.

Land Bank touts leases for black farmers

2011-07-19 16:29

SA should consider leasing land to black farmers with an option to buy later to speed up land reform, says the Land Bank.

Farmers fingered for Eskom power theft

2011-05-17 16:58

Power utility Eskom says an audit has found that farmers are responsible for close to half of all electricity theft incidents.

Sugar farmers get funding

2011-04-12 12:30

The provincial government and Tongaat Hulett have set up a project to assist small sugar farmers in KwaZulu-Natal access funds for expansion.

Foot-and-mouth to cost farmers

2011-03-30 11:32

The foot-and-mouth outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal holds serious financial implications for the livestock industry, Agri SA says.

Big drop in farms, farmworkers

2011-01-26 13:24

There has been a significant decline in the number of both farms and farm labourers since 1993, says the SA Institute of Race Relations.

G20 to tackle rising food prices

2011-01-07 15:21

As soaring food prices stoke fears of a repeat of the 2008 crisis, world leaders are looking into ways of dealing with the problem.

Cotton price surge comes at a cost

2010-12-01 10:57

In the hub of cheap clothing manufacturing, the record price of cotton is causing havoc for producers and the pain will pass down to buyers in developed countries.

Bailout for struggling farmers

2010-11-18 14:53

The KwaZulu-Natal government says it will help struggling black farmers who are land reform beneficiaries.

Standard to boost black farmers

2010-04-29 08:22

Standard Bank has set up a R500m economic empowerment fund for emerging black farmers.


Farmers raise concerns on land reform

2014-08-13 13:00

Commercial farmers have raised questions and concerns about land reform with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Euro farmers feel Russian sanctions bite

2014-08-08 18:00

A wide array of small fresh food producers have felt the first impact from Moscow's tit for tat ban on their goods.

Dairy giant pleads guilty to food-safety violations

2014-03-13 16:04

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleads guilty to food-safety violations after botulism scare and faces a substantial fine.

Thai rice farmers threatens protest

2013-12-11 10:30

Thai farmers who have not been paid by the state for rice bought under an intervention scheme are threatening to block roads in 26 provinces.

EU farm payments down over budget cuts

2013-10-09 20:00

The European Commission says it will reduce direct payments to Europe's farmers by 4% in 2014 due to cuts in the European Union budget.

Croatian farmers talks tough with govt

2013-08-13 13:59

Croatian farmers are demanding that the government pay them $105.83m in lost subsidies, cut in a budget crunch to meet deficit targets set by the European Union.

Pesticide exposure may raise parkinson's risk

2013-05-29 09:32

Prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents may raise the risk for developing Parkinson's disease.

SA farmers looking north

2012-11-20 08:51

Land claims and running costs, in particular for power and labour, are forcing local farmers to seek for opportunities elsewhere in Africa, says Agri SA.

De Doorns farmworkers march

2012-11-12 19:02

De Doorns farmworkers held a peaceful protest march, Western Cape police say.

Agri Wes-Cape: Farms comply with laws

2012-11-08 18:39

De Doorns farmers in the Western Cape comply with sectoral agreements and minimum wages, says employer body Agri Wes-Cape.

Commercial farms ensure SA food security

2012-08-08 12:13

Commercial farmers account for 95% of the country's locally-produced food, with the rest being produced by emerging and subsistence farmers, a study has found.

Land Bank overcharged farmers

2012-03-09 16:06

The Land Bank has been ordered to pay R3.6m to five farmers plus interest, for the overcharging of interest on their agricultural loans.

Higher prices boost SA's maize plantings

2012-01-24 16:45

SA farmers have planted 11% more maize crops this season because of higher prices.

Farmers don't bank on Land Bank

2011-06-06 07:14

The Land Bank's share of agricultural financing has fallen from 30% in 2000 to 8%.

Departing farmers not a threat: minister

2011-05-03 15:43

The departure of South African commercial farmers to other African countries is not a threat to local food security, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says.

Farmers leaving SA: report

2011-04-04 08:56

Two-thirds of commercial farmers have stopped farming since 1994, with with many going to other countries, according to a newspaper report.

IDC grants R750m for farmer relief

2011-03-01 14:22

The Industrial Development Corporation is giving R750m to farmers affected by the recent flood and drought.

SA farmers seeking greener pastures

2011-01-11 11:11

Thousands of white SA farmers are leaving their homeland to work abroad due to post-apartheid land reforms, a shortage of affordable territory and severe water shortages.

'Pragmatic solutions needed for land reform'

2010-12-17 14:57

The land reform programme has not always produced the intended results, says Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

'Over third of farmers underpay workers'

2010-11-23 11:36

More than a third of black and white commercial farmers in SA pay their workers less than a minimum wage, according to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Land grab bill back on books

2010-05-05 18:08

Previously withdrawn land expropriation legislation will be reintroduced to parliament next year, according to Minister of Public Works Geoff Doidge.

SA wheat farmers seek incentives

2010-04-26 17:53

Investment in SA's wheat industry has slowed as farmers abandon the cereal in favour of other grains on the back of low prices and "unfair market competition".

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