How the food you eat impacts global warming and climate change

2019-06-06 15:34

On a global, national and individual level, we need to do everything we can to reduce our environmental impact, and it starts with the food on our plates.

'Don't fear reform process', Ramaphosa tells farmers

2019-04-09 16:58

Farmers shouldn't see themselves as an island, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told wine farmers and businessmen at the Beyerskloof wine estate outside Stellenbosch.

Watch: This futuristic vertical farm would farm fish, bugs and plants in the middle of the city

It does not have space for cows.

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Squirrels are damaging some maple syrup operations

2019-03-16 19:00

Maple syrup producers have more than the weather to worry about.

SA farmers raise alarm on persistent drought threat, seek aid

2019-01-25 20:32

As little as 60% of available land was planted this season and those crops are being threatened by heat stress, according to lobby group Grain SA.

Zimbabwe's farmers urge cloud seeding as drought withers crops

2019-01-09 21:30

Farmers are urging authorities to undertake cloud seeding to ease an early-season drought that’s hurting crops and destroying cattle pastures.

The world's first no-kill eggs have gone on sale after scientists found a way to determine a chick's sex before it hatches

2018-12-29 14:22

German scientists have found a way to determine a chick's sex while it is still an embryo. This could help end the culling of billions of male chicks.

South Africa, the world's biggest grapefruit exporter, just had a record season – why that could spell trouble for farmers

2018-10-25 18:21

Thanks to a huge jump in exports to China, South Africa will remain the world's top exporter of grapefruit this year. But while volumes are great, prices are not, and when it comes to rands and cents the record year may not look good on the books.

Summer drought may shrink supplies of French spuds

2018-10-19 06:13

It's harvest time and the chips are down for potato producers in northern France where a long summer drought could see French spuds shrink in size and volume.

Buy a solar panel, make money

2018-10-07 15:52

Individuals can essentially become independent power producers by buying a solar panel, which feeds into the national grid.


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.

This season's wines will be better quality - owing to the damaging drought

2019-03-27 17:09

This year's grape harvest will be smaller than last year's because of the drought and October heatwave – but the quality of the wine is likely to be better.

Local citrus industry bears fruits of its labour with record exports

2019-03-24 20:24

CEO of the Citrus Growers Association Justin Chawick said in the statement that the rise in exports could bring job opportunities, more foreign exchange revenue and economic growth.

WATCH: Should we be concerned that 90% of our food options have disappeared?

2019-03-06 09:55

In just over 100 years our food varieties have decreased. What now?

Wandile Sihlobo: 2019 will have beef with SA's cattle farmers

2019-01-15 06:25

SA's beef producers will struggle to hang onto their hard-won export market this year.

Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Here's why this is good news

2019-01-02 19:12

Medium-scale farms are an important driver of agricultural and rural transformation in much of Africa.

Newly launched farming register to prevent 'double dipping' of department resources – DG

2018-11-06 12:13

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has launched the Producer/Farmer register in order to keep an accurate record of smallholder farmers as well as the services provided to them.

The big debate about small farms

2018-10-19 08:36

Size is not a good criterion for defining small farms. One hectare of irrigated peri-urban land has a higher profit potential than 500 hectares in the Karoo, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

How a solar plant is changing the fortunes of a small-town economy

2018-10-14 17:43

The railway town of Touwsrivier in the Western Cape no longer has a thriving economy - but residents, local government and others aren't taking that lightly.

Court dismisses farmers' appeal over flooding at Africa’s largest estuary system

2018-10-02 16:55

A group of sugar cane farmers, who sought to manage the flooding of water on their farmland, have failed in their bid to appeal a ruling over the management and breaching of the uMfolozi River in the St Lucia Estuary.

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