Agribusiness

Agritourism helps ostrich farm fly high

Agritourism has grown substantially from 2% of the tourism industry in the Western Cape in 1996 to 10% of the foreign tourist market currently. For most farms, tourism contributes between...

SA’s milk industry -how sour is the situation?

The South African dairy industry is currently in turmoil, with milk producers complaining of poor milk prices, milk buying companies being charged with anti-competitive activities, and retailers being accused of...

SA dairy farming- not all doom and gloom

Poor profitability due to high input costs and low producer prices is having a devastating impact on South Africa's dairy industry, causing almost 30 producers to leave the industry per...

Is closer really better for the environment?

Ever-mounting anxiety about global warming is sparking consumer concerns, particularly in the UK, that carbon dioxide emitted while transporting food over long distances can contribute significantly to global warming. Wilma...

Is there a future for derivatives in SA’s wine industry?

Surplus wine in global markets is squeezing the profitability of many South African wine farmers. It has been proposed that a derivative instrument should be introduced for the wine industry...

Charter: business size clarified

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by...

Milking better health and learning for all South Africans

The dairy industry and various government departments are hoping to join forces to introduce a school milk ­progamme to improve the health and learning abilities of South Africa's children.

Effective management: the key to emu excellence

Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this...

An olive branch for financial peace of mind

Jannie and Wouter Kriel from Montagu, Western Cape have ensured the commercial viability of their olive farm by buying in and processing olives while waiting for their orchards to mature....

Agricultural investment: the key to food security

Comprehensive research into the causes of food insecurity, followed by significant investment in modern commercial farming techniques, is the only way to overcome food insecurity, says Limpopo agriculture MEC Dikeledi...

Eskom – the power behind a local timber enterprise

Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to...

Calls for state’s help as poverty threatens

Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben...

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