35th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction highlights demand for local wines

2019-10-08 22:05

Thirty-five years of experience has equaled more than R9.4m at the annual Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction.

Watch: South Africa’s first crop-spraying drones can legally fly from today – saving farmers millions

The drone successfully applied chemicals at a rate of 30 litres per hour. In 1.5 hours it covered an approximate area of 6 hectares.

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In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction

2019-09-17 13:03

Human survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.

Wandile Sihlobo: Why government intervention isn't a cure-all for maize production

2019-09-07 14:00

Late in August, we learned that the Zambian government had placed a price cap on maize, and justified its actions by noting its concerns over rising maize prices, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Call to clamp down on water 'stealers'

2019-08-27 22:13

The verification and validation of the use of water in SA is urgently needed, says the CEO of the South African Association of Water User Associations.

Task team assembled to tackle swine flu

2019-08-24 16:02

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, along with MECs of three affected provinces, has set up a task team to urgently address the spread of African Swine Flu among pig stocks, the ministry said.

No reason to explore 100% local food procurement, says agriculture minister

2019-08-19 21:34

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza said while there were "no compelling reason for undertaking such a study", the department studies food security levels, agricultural production trends, and agricultural trade patterns.

Looming food insecurity in Zimbabwe - economist

2019-08-18 17:56

Hardships due to Zimbabwe's poor maize harvest are exacerbated by unstable economic conditions in the country, says Agbiz economist Wandile Sihlobo.

New climate change report underscores the need to manage land for the short and long term

2019-08-14 09:26

The challenge, then, is convincing people to use land in ways that do more than maximise short-term benefits. As the most recent IPCC report states, degraded land produces less food and stores less carbon.

Opportunity for youth-owned agricultural businesses

2019-08-08 17:21

Youth-owned businesses in the agricultural sector are invited to apply for SAB KickStart's Urban Agriculture programme.


Wandile Sihlobo: A sleeping giant - the Eastern Cape

2019-10-05 16:29

The Eastern Cape is typically seen as a non-starter when it comes to agriculture, but in reality, the province is a notable player in a number of commodities, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Fruit, cheese, and especially maize meal are all a lot more expensive – but at least offal and giblets are cheaper than last year

2019-09-20 13:45

A monthly consumer food basket tracked by the National Agricultural Marketing Council shows average year-on-year inflation of 4.1% – but the prices of some types of food rocketed far beyond that.

The Epstein-funded MIT lab has an ambitious project that purports to revolutionise agriculture. Insiders say it's mostly smoke and mirrors.

2019-09-08 15:27

MIT Media Lab staff faked key elements of its "personal food computer" project, insiders told Business Insider. In one instance, staff were told to place herbs grown elsewhere into the boxes.

Land Bank’s profits dip amid 'tough trade-offs'

2019-09-03 20:46

The Land Bank's profits dipped between 2018 and 2019 as the bank moved to reduce its exposure to risks in its loan book.

SA cannot allow its best agricultural land to be dug up for coal – academic

2019-08-27 08:50

South Africa cannot allow its best agricultural land to be dug up and used for coal, says Mike Muller, adjunct professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance.

Despite good rainfalls in the Western Cape, agri-production not yet out of the woods - economists

2019-08-23 07:50

Although dam levels in Cape Town are, on average, more than 60% full after a season of good rainfall, additional rain is still necessary to ensure improved harvests, says agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo.

Exporting rabbit meat could mean big bucks for small SA farmers. Here's advice on how to get started.

2019-08-19 12:13

With a startup investment of R35,000, fast-breeding rabbits could be a great way to get into farming, an economist says.

40% of US honeybee colonies disappeared last year. This is what the world would be like without any bees at all.

2019-08-15 11:44

Bee populations are in decline. Without them, food like nuts, fruits, and vegetables would become more expensive and rare.

Large-scale plantings of Fuji Royal apples to begin soon

2019-08-12 16:25

Ever since the Fuji apple was bred in 1939 in Japan there has always been a search for better coloured red fruit.

Land reform is imperative - agricultural business chamber on presidential panel report

2019-07-28 17:37

Two agriculture bodies weigh in on the report by the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform.

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