Sea Harvest makes progress with Viking Fishing Group acquisition

2018-06-13 17:12

A consortium of black-owned companies led by the Sea Harvest Group has confirmed the terms of its transaction to acquire the fishing business of Viking Fishing Holdings.

After a $66 billion merger, one of the most hated food companies in the world is disappearing — sort of

2018-06-05 14:34

German drug and chemical company Bayer is finalising a $66 billion blockbuster deal to gobble up agricultural behemoth Monsanto, but you wouldn't know it by the company's new name.

Floyd Shivambu's proposed state custodianship of land farcical and tragic

2018-05-31 07:38

Should our often poorly capacitated state attempt to take on the control management of 121 million hectares of land, it is difficult to imagine an outcome that would not verge on the tragic, writes Terence Corrigan.

Oceana shows solid interim results - interim CEO

2018-05-28 18:32

Oceana reported solid financials for the six months ended March 2018, with material volume improvements and continued efficiencies in Africa, says the interim CEO.

From crisis to export success

2018-05-27 07:35

Emerging Limpopo citrus growers have increased production and profits with investment and strict controls.

4 myths about land expropriation that must be bust

2018-05-23 08:24

It is important to carefully note what the ANC has been saying, both publicly and in their internal documents about land reform, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Climate change could make your food less nutritious, according to Harvard researchers

2018-05-21 17:00

If carbon-dioxide levels continue their projected rise as an effect of climate change, crops like rice and wheat will likely lose some of their nutritional value, like protein, by 2050. Climate change may be already adding more sugar to our crops as

Zimbabwe 'on track to regain its bread basket status', says Mnangagwa

2018-05-18 06:00

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his country is doing well in regaining its breadbasket status, following the introduction of the command agriculture over the past two years.

Without govt support, farmers need more land to be competitive - experts

2018-05-17 18:17

With insufficient government funding to support the agriculture sector, farmers have no choice but to acquire bigger farms to be competitive in the market, experts say.

Castor seeds the basis for Thabang's bio business

2018-05-15 17:17

Thabang Mabapa is the founder of Selokong Sa Dimelana, which uses castor seeds to make castor oil and biodiesel.


Getting land reform right – a warning, as comments deadline looms

2018-06-12 08:23

Successful land reform is possible in South Africa. It is possible to get it right – but only if the enabling conditions are correctly arranged for it, writes Terence Corrigan.

Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger

2018-06-04 15:58

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will discard the name Monsanto when it takes over the controversial US seeds and pesticides producer this week, the group said Monday.

SA needs to reverse corporate capture of agricultural policy

2018-05-29 08:57

South Africa's current preference for large-scale, high-input farming enterprises fails to trust in small-scale family-based producers’ ability to provide more efficiently for the market, writes David Fig.

Flash Gala comes from Bigbucks

2018-05-28 16:50

Bigbucks is now the most successful new variety - in terms of orders placed - in the history of the SA Plant Improvement Organisation.

This multi-coloured mielie is real and there's a fantastic story behind it

2018-05-23 17:29

Glass Gem mielies, rainbow-coloured maize, became an Internet sensation in 2012 and is now sold by Native Seeds/SEARCH based in Arizona.

Can attracting more young people to agriculture naturally solve land reform question?

2018-05-22 15:50

While politicians are fighting over how to best go about land reform, there seems to be a much simpler, organic way to achieve this: by enabling more young, black people to enter agribusiness.

Getting black farmers across the economic divide

2018-05-18 08:18

The raging national debate about whether or not to expropriate land without compensation has over-shadowed other important developments in the political economy of agriculture, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

Huge potential for technology to enhance agriculture in SA, experts say

2018-05-17 20:34

South Africa's farmers compete in a global village and have to use the latest technology to ensure that decision-making is as effective as possible, experts have agreed.

Zim 'imports grain despite govt claims it has stopped doing so' – report

2018-05-17 10:09

Zimbabwe is reportedly still importing grain "despite claims by the government that it had stopped doing so" last year following a "bumper harvest from the command agriculture programme".

BAT signs MoU to help emerging tobacco farmers in E Cape

2018-05-15 16:48

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation has signed an MoU with BAT South Africa to support emerging tobacco farmers in the Eastern Cape.

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