SA wine industry urged to focus on higher value products

2020-01-25 08:49

The South African wine industry should put more focus on supplying higher value products both locally and internationally, according to the chairperson of Vinpro.

SA's Flash Gala apples heading to the Far East

2020-01-22 16:16

Shipments of the full-coloured Flash Gala apples from South Africa are expected to reach the Far East in February.

Crop protection chemical input sector set for major consolidation

2019-12-28 18:15

South Africa's crop protection input sector is set for a major consolidation in the next three to five years, according to InteliChem CEO Gideon Hefer.

Wandile Sihlobo: SA's agricultural economy is in recession. Here's how we must adapt

2019-12-10 06:00

The third quarter 2019 GDP data released by Statistics South Africa this week illustrated that the farming economy is in recession. And the path ahead is uncertain, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Namibia vows to change 'status-quo' of white-farm ownership

2019-12-08 14:26

Farmers wishing to sell their business must first offer it to the state, which parcels it into smaller plots and redistributes to 'previously disadvantaged Namibians' - but President Hage Geingob has been prompted to call for a more muscular approach.

Diemersdal Estate releases Sauvignon Blanc from other side of the world

2019-12-04 18:25

Sauvignon Blanc specialist Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this one originating from New Zealand.

Land reform uncertainty, ongoing drought reflect in farmers' spending - Kaap Agri CEO

2019-11-29 10:33

Uncertainty about land reform policies as well as an ongoing drought in certain areas of the country have continued to impact spending by farmers, says Sean Walsh.

Philippi farmworkers' living conditions deteriorate

2019-11-25 05:25

Fransina Sauls has been living and working on the Bock family farm in the Philippi Horticultural Area in Cape Town for nearly a decade. The building she and her family share with several families is falling apart.

Our food system accounts for a whopping 37% of greenhouse-gas emissions, a UN report found. But it could also offer a solution to the climate crisis.

2019-11-17 12:23

Changing the way we farm and manage land could counteract rising greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Heated debate over which court should hear farmworkers' case

2019-11-09 08:00

Next week, a judge will rule on whether a case between Oak Valley and its workers will be heard in the Labour or Equality Court. It may seem a mere technicality, but a lot is at stake.


Wandile Sihlobo: What to expect from food price inflation this year

2020-01-23 06:00

Wandile Sihlobo considers what could impact the contents of your food basket.

Far too little, far too late - Agri-EC on government's drought assistance

2020-01-16 20:50

Any desperate farmer on his or her knees will gratefully accept any assistance from the government, but the assistance being rolled out to the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is far too little, far too late, says Agri-Eastern Cape.

The US government listed Black Panther's Wakanda as an official free-trade partner

2019-12-19 16:18

US agriculture officials added the fictional African nation and its supposed exports to test their Tariff Tracker, but neglected to remove it.

WATCH | Emerging farmers battle devastating drought in Northern Cape

2019-12-10 05:10

Day Zero and a ticking time bomb await farmers, both veteran and emerging, in the Northern Cape.

Northern Cape needs R688m to battle massive drought

2019-12-08 08:04

Agri-Northern Cape says it is looking forward to the help it will receive from the government to raise almost R688m for drought aid in the province. This, however, has not been granted yet.

PICS | Grisly discovery: Eastern Cape farmer finds 18 sheep carcasses on his fence

2019-11-29 12:48

A livestock farmer from Cathcart in the Eastern Cape has made a grisly discovery after he found that 18 of his sheep had been killed, gutted and hung on a barbed wire fence.

French flair brings Pink Valley's Rosé Wine to Stellenbosch Helderberg region

2019-11-25 18:06

A new French-South Africa wine venture focusing exclusively on the making of classic rosé wines was launched recently.

Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in SA, Africa

2019-11-22 06:00

Microsoft has launched FarmBeats, an agriculture research platform that aims to help farmers use artificial intelligence to aid production.

Kaap Agri's shares rocket following trading update

2019-11-15 19:36

Agricultural retailer Kaap Agri expects headline earnings to improve by at least 14% for the year ended September 30.

'It takes everything away from you' - water symposium hears how drought affects smallholder farmers

2019-10-30 16:25

Speaking at the 20th Waternet symposium on fresh water management, Dr Bongani Ncube of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology says she looked into how smallholder farmers were able to cope and adapt during times of drought.

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