President Zuma sings and dances ahead of no confidence motion

2017-04-11 17:16

President Jacob Zuma is showing no sign that he is taking strain over the looming motion of no confidence in Parliament.

Fall armyworm starts attacking SA soya bean crops

2017-03-10 05:02

The fall armyworm plague, which started marching through South African maize farms in December 2016, has now been found in soya bean crops.

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

2017-02-26 14:30

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

Moths threatening Limpopo tomato crops

2017-01-25 17:01

Tomato farmers in Limpopo have again suffered a major blow as crops have been damaged by moths which are threatening their harvest.

US farmers sow smallest winter-wheat acreage since 1909

2017-01-13 09:13

The planted acreage for winter wheat in the US has fallen to the lowest level since 1909 as farmers from Kansas to Texas faced prospects for declining crop prices.

70 farmers killed in 2016 – attacks more sophisticated

2016-12-09 19:08

With food prices becoming increasingly onerous for many South Africans, the latest report on farm murders by agricultural bodies makes for disturbing reading.

Land reform efforts lack a focus on struggling farmers

2016-12-06 06:37

Government makes much of its efforts of putting more land in the hands of the previously disenfranchised black majority, but many continue to wallow in poverty, academics say.

Land reform goes private

2016-10-23 06:08

A new funding initiative could revive failed land reform programmes such as Mamahlola.

Raise a glass to SA wine

2016-10-16 07:38

The sustained quality of our wine continuously attracts overseas investors, writes Eugene Goddard.


Farmers slash corn planning as China's stockpiles decay

2017-03-17 18:07

While China’s agricultural output has surged along with its robust economic growth, state-run stockpiles are overwhelming demand and prompting the government to re-evaluate costly buying programs intended to bolster food security.

Is Zuma's transformation plan radical enough?

2017-03-06 08:44

The manner in which land restitution has been pursued and talked about in South Africa has nothing to do with farming as an economic activity, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Let it rain

2017-02-07 15:09

With a stronger rand and the worst of the recent drought seemingly over, food producers might be a worthwhile addition to a share portfolio.

Red meat, maize prices to remain high due to drought

2017-01-23 21:30

The impact of last year's drought will be felt by consumers until at least the end of this year, the African Farmers Association of South Africa says.

The drought isn't over: Farmers in urgent need of aid

2016-12-19 13:35

Agri SA is making a desperate plea to the private sector and government for funds to help farmers who are still in the grip of the worst drought this decade.

Land reform fiasco should keep us all awake at night, not just failing farmers

2016-12-08 18:37

The government must take measures to make sure redistributed land is used productively instead of simply acquiring land for redistribution, say two analysts.

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

2016-11-13 22:01

Evictions and maltreatment of farm workers are among the disturbing trends uncovered by country-wide hearings by the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform.

Lessons for SA? Zimbabwe’s land grabs a ‘lose-lose’ situation 16yrs on

2016-10-20 13:49

It is a tragedy that Zimbabwean farmers have still not been compensated and that those who grabbed the land can't produce 80% of the food the country needs, says an analyst.

Record prices for SA wine

2016-09-18 14:42

Record prices were achieved at the 42nd annual Nederburg Auction, with the top red wine fetching an unsurpassed R9 777 per litre.

Herbst: ANC & Western Cape farmers – an affair set to spark food riots

2016-07-28 19:35

Across the political spectrum, the warnings become ever more urgent. The spectre of food riots is a probability more than a possibility, writes Ed Herbst.

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