US farmers set to get huge government payouts

2014-11-20 09:08

US farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10bn.

British duck farm shut over bird flu

2014-11-17 13:19

A duck breeding farm in northern England has been closed after an outbreak of bird flu, although officials say the risk to public health is "very low".

Cowspiracy: The film that environmental organisations don't want you to see

2014-11-12 13:06

Watch the trailer of the South African Premiere of Cowspiracy. A groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary about large-scale factory farming.

French farmers hand out veg in protest

2014-11-05 16:29

Flanked by mountains of potatoes in a central Paris square, irate farmers have handed out free fruit and vegetables in a protest against cheap imported produce.

Use your garden to fight food prices - minister

2014-10-29 07:00

South Africans should plant food instead of lawns to combat hunger and fight rising food costs, says Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

World Food Day – more than just feeding the hungry

2014-10-13 15:08

Family farming is the focus of World Food Day on 16 October 2014, coupled with the theme: 'Feeding the world, caring for the earth'.

Huge grain crops spell painfor US farmers

2014-09-21 19:50

US corn and soybean crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side: falling prices and a logistics nightmare getting crops to market.

Russian sanctions threaten Europe's farmers

2014-08-18 16:27

As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700 000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, due to the food embargo.

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.

Thembekwayo's advice for a wannabe egg farmer

2014-08-12 12:35

Are entrepreneurs born or made? A Fin24 user gets advice on how to become an egg farmer from Vusi Thembekwayo.

Farmers ready to 'stand and not run'

2014-08-06 15:13

Free State farmers will accept no compromise on economic or constitutional principles in the development of agriculture, a leader of an agriculture body says.

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.

Erratic weather endangers Bolivian harvests

2014-03-03 13:46

Erratic weather in the high Andes is rendering age-old methods of predicting conditions less reliable, endangering harvests in a region where life is hard.

China to spend billions for farming

2013-12-30 10:30

China has committed tens of billions of yuan a year aimed at rehabilitating contaminated land, which is about the same size as Belgium, to ensure food supplies.

Europe bans SA citrus imports

2013-11-28 14:59

The European Union has banned most imports of South African citrus over fears that a fungal disease found in dozens of shipments could spread.

SA citrus imports facing EU ban

2013-11-15 17:57

South African citrus fruit imports are at threat as the European Union is preparing a ban on imports that could be implemented in a matter of weeks, says a source.

Farmers oppose Afgri buyout - report

2013-10-04 13:13

A group of black farmers has petitioned the government against the proposed $258m buyout of Afgri by a Mauritian investment firm, according to a report.

EU auditor slams misspending of billions

2013-09-17 19:00

Billions of euros in EU funding intended to help struggling farmers build better lives has been poorly allocated, says the European court of auditors.

Suspend SA citrus imports - EU group

2013-09-12 22:09

South African citrus fruit imports should be halted because of a highly contagious disease, warns a European farmers' union.

Cape MEC to tackle farmworker issues

2013-04-26 11:18

Western Cape agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg has launched a plan to address farming labour concerns and avoid further unrest.

New scheme targets farting cows

2013-02-14 12:36

A French cattle feed company unveiled a novel form of carbon credits aimed at incentivising farmers to stop cows from emitting climate-changing farts.

Farming under the spotlight at Mangaung

2012-12-19 16:51

President Jacob Zuma briefly touched on rural development issues and a lack of support to farmers at Agri SA's stall in Mangaung, says the farming body.

Zim to contest SA land sale ruling

2012-10-18 14:41

Zimbabwe has filed an urgent appeal against a South African court judgment allowing former Zimbabwean white farmers to sell properties in Cape Town.

Wool season opens on Wednesday

2012-08-13 17:09

The 2012-13 wool season will open this Wednesday‚ when about 13 000 bales will be on offer at auction in Port Elizabeth.


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.

World shortage of chocolate expected

2014-11-18 12:27

Time to start hoarding!

Mpuma farming programme under fire

2014-11-16 12:00

The Mpumalanga government's Masibuyele Emasimini (back to farming) programme has been criticised following revelations that officials failed to meet targets.

Billion dollar Aussie-China cattle export deal

2014-11-07 12:15

One million Australian cattle worth Aus$1bn will be shipped to China annually in a deal that will double the size of the live export industry, officials say.

French farmers dump manure in protest

2014-11-05 10:00

A group of more than 300 farmers have dumped around 100 tonnes of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres in protest at falling food prices.

Vets urged to help small farmers

2014-10-21 19:38

Small-scale farmers need veterinary services to contribute to food security and to grow the economy, says Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

Grain pain

2014-09-21 20:18

Corn crops could break records this year, but for farmers the bounty has a dark side.

Farmers prefer private security to SAPS

2014-09-16 18:22

Farmers prefer using private security services because of their low level of trust in the SA Police Service, according to AgriSA.

SA pig farming is ethical, says Sappo

2014-08-13 20:36

Pig farming by commercial pork producers in the country is ethical and well-managed, says SA Pork Producers' Organisation CEO Simon Streicher.

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.

Unemployed graduates to help ailing land

2014-08-07 19:00

A Mpumalanga official says 40 unemployed agriculture graduates from Mpumalanga will be sent to revive struggling land reform farms.

Building threatens Egypt's bread basket

2014-06-19 15:36

Egyptians are building new homes on farmland on the outskirts of Kaha, north of Cairo, where crops used to grow.

Nigeria faces food supply crisis

2014-03-26 08:44

Nigeria could be heading for a food supply crisis this farming season, with a predicted shorter rainy season, violence and greater demand from Niger.

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.

Farmers get $88m to adapt to climate change

2013-12-16 16:29

An international fund has made $88m available to help small scale farmers in poor rural communities, among them Nigeria and Rwanda, cope with climate change.

Farmer of the Year honoured

2013-11-20 15:53

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing grower and company director, Rossouw Cillié has been named Farmer of the Year.

Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013 - winners list

2013-10-18 13:28

See who is leading the industry in eco-friendly, sustainable and organic farming practices.

Farm subsidies rising, warns OECD

2013-09-18 18:29

Farm subsidies in the world's biggest economies have surged as governments poured more funding into agriculture despite strained budgets and high food prices.

Tough stance against farmworker abuse

2013-09-16 19:12

The industry body for deciduous fruit says it is committed to labour legislation and will not tolerate non-compliance with the minimum farmworker wage.

A Cape Town food source under threat

2013-08-16 09:52

Private housing plans threaten a vital source of food and water security for Cape Town.

Green charcoal production the cards

2013-04-02 10:21

Mpumalanga cane growers may soon have a new green charcoal product in retail shops made from sugar cane biomass, the Business Day reported.

Ramaphosa a beacon of hope for SA farmers

2012-12-20 10:18

Newly elected ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, himself a major game farmer, has emerged as a key figure in calming fears in the agriculture sector.

Africa can feed itself - World Bank

2012-10-26 07:48

A World Bank report says Africa's farmers can potentially grow enough food to avert crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions within the region.

Maize and wheat a tad higher

2012-08-16 14:02

Maize and wheat prices closed slightly higher on the back of consolidation in local and US markets.

Billions spent on distressed farmers

2012-08-13 14:44

The SA government has spent billions of rands to help 600 farms in distress, says Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

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