The land of milk and opportunity

2017-10-15 06:00

Nyeleti Jeanet Rikhotso, the managing director of Middledrift Dairy, sees great potential in the future of the business.

Pretoria company comes to the rescue of drought-stricken West Coast farmers

A Pretoria-based bricking company has decided to heed the call for help from farmers in drought-stricken Vredendal. Watch.

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WATCH: Three-year-old farm boy's incredible grasp of crops, cattle and isiZulu

Carter turned three in April, and has a better grasp of farm life than many of his elders. This includes maize, wheat, soya and beef farming, as well as speaking fluent isiZulu. Watch.

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Farmers in Eastern Cape village have to give their crops away

2017-07-29 22:06

About 35 maize farmers in Ngxingxolo Village, Mooiplaas, outside East London, say they can't sell their harvest and have been asking government for 10 years to help find them a market.

Africa's richest man invests $4.6bn in Nigeria farming

2017-07-12 16:46

Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to invest $3.8bn in sugar and rice and $800m in dairy production in the next three years.

Banana farmers go nuts in SA over macadamia boom

2017-06-01 11:32

Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts.

Dairy farm in state control now in ruins

2017-05-24 15:12

A world-class dairy farm with international genetics in Hartbeesfontein, North West, is now completely deserted following lack of farming activity.

'If drought continues, more farmers will close shop'

2017-05-18 22:55

If the drought continues unabated, it could see more farmers close shop, CEO of Free State Agriculture, Henk Vermeulen, has said.

US farmers hope NAFTA survives the Trump era

2017-04-28 12:00

President Donald Trump's threat to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement has US farmers worried their access to Canadian and Mexican export markets could shrink.

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.


Over 2 million birds now dead in Western Cape's worst bird flu outbreak

2017-10-02 17:42

The impact of avian influenza on the province's economy is estimated to be in the region of R800m.

'Good meat given to the lions, rotten meat to the people' - Free State farm workers

2017-09-04 13:46

Free State Agriculture has called for guidelines on seasonal workers, after hundreds of contract workers complained that they were housed under appalling conditions, given rotten food, and were not paid.

Strawberry fields forever

2017-07-30 06:00

This KZN farmer’s determination never to give up, combined with savvy and patience, is starting to bear fruit.

Emerging farmers get boost from Land Bank - PnP partnership

2017-07-28 11:26

Land Bank and Pick n Pay have signed an agreement to provide financial and other types of support for emerging farmers.

Land question needs to be resolved

2017-06-07 08:56

It has been argued that one of the reasons why black South Africans have struggled to make economic headway is because they don’t own fertile land. A solution is needed for this problem.

Abnormal farming conditions require better risk management

2017-05-29 14:21

After the agrisector contracted during last year’s disastrous drought, there is a widely accepted realisation that agricultural risks have increased on several levels and that they require new strategies.

Beekeeping goes digital

2017-05-21 06:00

A KwaZulu-Natal beekeeper is bringing the fourth industrial revolution to the ancient art of beekeeping, with plans to use technology to uplift emerging black beekeepers.

Ethiopian honey farmers struggle with sticky traditions

2017-05-14 12:13

The beehives of Ethiopia make about a quarter of the Africa's honey, but travellers who come to sample the liquid gold often find there isn't enough to go around.

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.

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