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.

Who really needs to go gluten-free?

2018-02-08 07:19

Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye, but a gluten-free diet is a must for only about 2% of the population.

US wheat gets a chance in Egypt

2017-05-17 21:00

The US will get a chance to compete with Russia to sell wheat to Egypt, but France seems to be out of the picture after rain wrecked the harvest.

Herbst: ANC & Western Cape farmers – an affair set to spark food riots

2016-07-28 19:35

Across the political spectrum, the warnings become ever more urgent. The spectre of food riots is a probability more than a possibility, writes Ed Herbst.

Brian Kantor: A Marie Antoinette moment – let them eat more expensive bread

2016-04-14 07:15

Investec chief economist and strategist Brian Kantor takes a look at increases in wheat prices, which is at the core of the country’s staple food.

Designer wheat fails field test

2015-06-25 19:30

The scientific quest for pest-resistant crops has suffered a blow when disappointed British researchers announced their designer wheat failed to repel aphids in the field.

Promising coeliac therapies on the horizon

2015-03-10 15:36

When people with coeliac disease consume foods that contain gluten, their immune response leads to intestinal damage, malnutrition and other problems – but new developments may change all that.

Coeliac disease might explain fertility problems

2015-02-04 10:43

A study suggests that women who don't have a ready explanation for their failure to conceive should be screened for coeliac disease.

Gourmet boerie with mushroom sauce

2014-12-13 00:00

A decadent sauce which takes the boerewors roll to a whole new level.

US sees record global wheat crop

2014-08-13 09:01

Global food supply expectations have received a boost as the US department of agriculture forecast a record global wheat crop.


Western Cape drought erodes SA status as wheat importer

2018-07-22 13:29

SA is traditionally a net importer of wheat, but the Western Cape drought resulted in an increase in wheat imports to the second-highest level on record, says Agbiz.

5 foods that can trigger an asthma attack

2017-08-07 09:26

Struggling with asthma? You might want to check your food labels.

US farmers sow smallest winter-wheat acreage since 1909

2017-01-13 09:13

The planted acreage for winter wheat in the US has fallen to the lowest level since 1909 as farmers from Kansas to Texas faced prospects for declining crop prices.

SA's 2015 wheat crop down 18% over drought

2016-05-12 16:00

South Africa's 2015 winter wheat crop has fallen to 1.44 million tonnes because of drought, the government's Crop Estimates Committee says.

Survey: SA to cut wheat output by 2.7%

2015-11-19 17:30

SA will probably decrease its estimate for wheat production by 2.7% this season as the country's worst drought in 23 years affected planting, a survey shows.

Coeliac disease linked to nerve damage

2015-05-15 13:53

People with coeliac disease are at high risk of nerve damage, and should be screened, according to researchers.

Libya tries to overcome flour shortages

2015-02-04 19:45

Libya's internationally recognised government says it has started tapping into its strategic wheat reserves to ensure bread supplies.

SA lowers wheat output forecast

2014-12-19 21:15

The SA crop estimates committee has slightly lowered its 2014 wheat output forecast because of smaller yields in the Western Cape.

France imports wheat because of poor crop

2014-08-21 15:45

France has imported milling wheat to mix with its poor quality, rain-soaked crop in order to reach quality required under contracts signed before the harvest.

Gourmet boerie with mushroom sauce

2014-02-14 00:00

A decadent sauce which takes the boerewors roll to a whole new level.

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