BEWARE: 'Stolen sheep headed to KZN for mass celebrations'

2019-07-11 15:50

Sheep farmers in the Free State, North West, and Mpumalanga have been warned of a dramatic increase in stock theft, mainly due to 'orders' placed from KwaZulu-Natal.

We need a social pact to secure the farming industry

2019-07-01 11:22

Social pacts in agriculture, energy and mining, between business, labour and communities, will be crucial to lift market confidence, growth levels and industrial peace, writes William Gumede.

Zim maize production down 54%

2019-06-20 20:36

Zimbabwe is expecting record a significant reduction in agricultural production following the 2018/19 season.

Culling of male chicks: a controversial practice

2019-06-17 16:01

The systematic eradication of male chicks is a common practice in the poultry industry, which says it is the only viable option for birds that have no economic value.

Tongaat delays 2019 financials while it conducts forensic probe

2019-06-03 12:30

In an update to shareholders last week the sugar producer said it had identified 'certain past practices which are of significant concern to the board and the company's auditors'.

INSIDE LABOUR: New dawn — or signs of impending storms

2019-05-31 15:31

There are small signs of a new dawn, but bigger, more worrying signals of an impending storm, says Terry Bell.

Swine fever sending pork prices higher

2019-05-21 09:04

Outbreaks of African Swine Fever are forcing huge culls that could send pork prices to levels never seen before.

Van Reenen family takes beef business from small scale to international supplier

2019-05-16 18:00

Lourie van Reenen began with a small cattle-feeding business in 1965 and in 1983 he established a small cattle business which is today known as Beefmaster.

Certainty about land, water needed for agri investment confidence - Kaap Agri

2019-05-10 13:38

Certainty about land reform and water regulations is needed to build investor confidence in the agricultural sector, JSE-listed Kaap Agri CEO Sean Walsh said after the company released its interim financial results for the six months ended March 30.

SA wine harvest hits record low

2019-05-06 17:01

The SA wine grape harvest has hit a record low, largely due to the preceding drought and fluctuating weather conditions during the season, says Vinpro.


Feathers fly as Competition Commission rejects merger for SA's biggest ostrich firms

2019-07-01 22:00

Two of the largest companies in the ostrich industry are heading to the Competition Tribunal in a bid to have a decision by the Competition Commission – to prohibit their merger – overturned.

Farmer Angus dedicated to reviving the way farming used to be

2019-06-22 18:15

Angus McIntosh is dedicated to reviving the way farming used to be before the days of chemical fertilisers, herbicides, anti-biotics and GMO.

Wandile Sihlobo: So far, so good for SA's crops this year

2019-06-20 06:01

So far, the news looks good this year for SA's farmers. But they're not quite in the clear yet, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Two women in agriculture to Ramaphosa: Why saying nothing about farm murders makes the problem worse

2019-06-10 12:52

In the current socio-economic climate and the extent to which our country is divided, killing a farmer is not just another murder, write Mihlali Xhala and Jolanda Andrag.

Thoko Didiza's to-do list to make agriculture and land reform work

2019-06-03 10:43

There is a need to enhance communication, cultivate a shared vision, and sustain coordination between national and provincial departments responsible for agriculture and land issues, write Mzukisi Qobo and Wandile Sihlobo.

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven countries

2019-05-21 19:12

Bayer says US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto kept lists of key pro- or anti-pesticides figures in at least seven EU countries.

Farmers determined to fight against shale gas

2019-05-20 21:51

The Supreme Court of Appeal has heard arguments by Agri Eastern Cape, regarding the legality of technical regulations for fracking previously promulgated by the Minister of Mineral Resources.

Take a look: South Africa's first licensed crop-spraying drone takes flight - and it could change farming forever

2019-05-16 12:28

Drones can fly closer, spray more accurately and are more cost efficient than traditional applicators.

Agri SA kicks off anti fracking court battle

2019-05-07 13:24

Agri SA has launched court proceedings against the granting of environmental authorisations and exploration rights for shale gas to Rhino Oil & Gas.

Lesotho needs R200m to buy food for 500 000 people

2019-05-02 21:25

Lesotho needs about R203.73m for food aid for almost half a million people.

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