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.

SA Grains: Maize follows Chicago higher

2012-08-10 16:26

Maize and wheat prices ended higher on the back of stronger contract prices on the Chicago Board of Trade.

SA Grains: Maize prices end session firmer

2012-08-07 18:57

Maize prices ended firmer‚ rebounding from a two-day losing run‚ which traders had attributed to some profit taking.

Maize futures rally to daily limit

2012-07-19 16:38

Maize prices has jumped to yet another SA Futures Exchange-imposed maximum daily limit gain of R80 on longer-dated contracts in line US corn prices.

Climate change a threat to rooibos tea

2012-02-27 07:57

Rooibos tea farmers in the Western Cape fear climate change could destroy the delicate ecosystem their crop depends on.

Seed firms appeal ruling

2011-11-09 12:44

Multinational Pioneer Hi-Bred and SA's Pannar Seed have appealed a ruling by the Competition Tribunal preventing their merger.

Zimbabwe lands farm loan from Brazil

2011-10-27 09:27

Zimbabwe has secured a $300m loan from Brazil to finance agriculture and boost crop production after successive years of food deficits, state media reports.

Bird flu batters SA ostrich farms

2011-09-20 07:52

An outbreak of bird flu has forced SA farmers to slaughter thousands of ostriches in the Klein Karoo, undermining the economy of this valley in the south of the country.

Afgri loses out as farmers plant less

2011-09-07 08:22

Afgri has reported a 30% fall in full-year earnings as farmers planted less maize than expected, but says high prices should boost seeded acreage.

Zeder foiled again?

2011-07-07 00:00

What is it about Zeder Investments – the agribusiness arm of PSG Group – that brings out the best in minority shareholders? Finweek reported recently on how Capespan’s huge value offering was driving Zeder’s bid to gain more influence at the Bellville-based fruit marketing group.

Exports raise maize shortfall risk

2011-06-15 15:16

SA may need to import maize by the end of 2011 if it commits too much of its huge surplus for export, says an industry official.


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.

Maize and wheat follow Chicago lower

2012-08-13 13:44

Maize and wheat prices ended lower‚ following the Chicago Board of Trade‚ after a supply-and-demand data print.

No light at end of R74

2012-07-29 14:55

The Free State road crisis has sunk businesses and lead to scores sitting without jobs.

Food price hikes on the horizon

2012-07-19 14:22

Food costs could rise sharply as maize and soya bean prices hit record highs in the US.

SA farmers court Asian market

2012-06-25 13:16

South African maize and citrus farmers are setting their sights on the East as they grapple with rising competition in Africa and falling demand in Europe.

Mining threatening Mpuma farms

2012-03-22 08:48

Mpumalanga farmers say the country faces a national food crisis if water pollution from mining in the province is not brought under control.

Walmart impact on agriculture dissected

2011-10-16 12:09

South African farmers are yet to realise what the Walmart/Massmart deal is doing to do to them, says Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

Climate-smart farming the way forward

2011-09-13 14:30

Adapting agriculture to climate change will reap benefits for food security, says the international relations minister.

Emerging farmers failing - study

2011-07-19 14:36

Emerging farmers are not succeeding because of insufficient government intervention and flawed agricultural policies, a new study shows.

Blu-print to halt

2011-07-07 00:00

Dairy products and beverages producer Clover Industries Limited says it’s on schedule and hasn’t overspent on implementing its restructuring programme Project Cielo Blu.

Sour and sweet

2011-06-09 00:00

Farming isn’t a line of work where promises are lightly made and it’s with that in mind that Tongaat Hulett CE Peter Staude has, in his own words, “stuck his neck out” to assure investors that production can double over its current financial year.

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