Finding effective and lasting solutions to rural crime will require a collective response from individuals, community organisations, government structures and the police, writes Uys van der Westhuijzen, chairperson of the...
According to the 2021 statistics yearbook ‘The World of Organic Agriculture’, which presents the latest statistics and emerging trends in organic farming from 187 countries around the world, organic farmland...
Climate change is inextricably linked to the accelerating destruction of nature. This report discusses how natural climate solutions, which include land management programmes that increase carbon dioxide storage and reduce...

Adverse global weather creates potent bull market for wheat

The agriculture sector in Europe is frantically assessing the damage to crops following the recent devastating floods that wreaked havoc in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, in particular.

Farmers in China planting maize at expense of other crops

Chinese farmers have greatly increased maize plantings this year at the expense of soya bean and other crops, including sorghum and edible beans.

US farmworkers forced to work at night as temperatures soar

Many farmworkers in the north-western US have started working during the night to avoid temperatures as high as 42°C, due to an unprecedent heatwave that has engulfed this region of...

Plough for more

Countries rallying to ensure local food supply are restricting exports amid uncertainty over how long the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic will last and continue to affect trade.
The period for which vouchers issued as part of the COVID-19 Disaster Agricultural Support Fund are valid has been extended to 30 September.
Indications are that maize stocks will tighten towards the end of the season, leading to more maize imports and higher prices.
Communities are encouraged to participate in the events around World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, as a day of action against global hunger.
It is unlikely that South Africa will dissolve into a full blown economic crisis, but government has to urgently address a number of challenges if the country is to escape...
Dr Theo de Jager, a South African farmer, was elected president of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (Pafo) in Cotenou, Benin at Pafo’s annual general meeting earlier this month.
Despite its pastoral traditions of extensive cattle farming, profitable agriculture in the former homelands is today often the result of intensification. In the Keiskamma area of the former Ciskei for...
The trade office of the Israeli embassy in South Africa, together with the Fresh Produce Marketing Association’s South Africa office, jointly hosted the Virtual Agritech Roadshow to South Africa 2020....
Ponki Makanita has recently been crowned as Breedplan Emerging Farmer of the Year in Bloemfontein. Wayne Southwood reports on his remarkable journey from gardener and lorry driver to successful top...
Community non-profit organisation, Letsha la Eleroi, farms on a small scale to provide fresh vegetables to the sick and the elderly. Project chairperson Beauty Tsokunyane tells Peter Mashala how the...
Dairy farming is changing as smaller farmers fall by the wayside and bigger operations expand. David Beca, director of Australian company Red Sky and CEO of NZ Farming Uruguay, dispels...
Although honeybush has long been used in parts of South Africa to brew a caffeine-free tea, it has remained a small-scale activity. However, the industry has potential to grow and...
Jonno assists Peter with his plans to build a single storey house in Wakkerstroom.
The ideal dish must not only be satisfying, but generate feelings of cosiness and camaraderie. This tasty, heart-warming casserole does it all.
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...
Whenever I visit my brother in Cape Town, I know I am in for superlative dining. And when the big item on the menu is bobotie, this Durban boykie renews...
Many people I know have installed one of those non-selective electronic insect shocking devices on their verandas. Issue date 15 June 2007
In cooking, it’s tradition to add excellence to an already desirable ingredient. Sticking to this tradition, this recipe offers excellence with a side serving of pasta alfredo to accentuate the...
Over almost three decades, Foundation Farm in KwaZulu-Natal has evolved from a small dairy operation to winner of the Agricultural Research Council’s 2019 Master Dairyman of the Year. The farm’s...
Mecki and Brigitte Schneider of the Okabra Brahman Stud in the Grootfontein district in Namibia own one of the largest stud and commercial beef cattle operations in Southern Africa. Wayne...
James Raw - chasing opportunity
If this condition is neglected, the large intestine can rupture, requiring surgery, says Dr Mac.
Albert Lingenfelder and André Mills have again made their mark, this time in the inaugural Western Cape Classic, says Thomas Smit.
Characterised by a hard, bony swelling, splints are a common cause of lameness in young horses, says Dr Mac.
As much as 30% of South Africa’s agricultural soil resource is deemed to be acidifying, mostly due to inefficient or incorrect liming practices. This is according to a recent presentation...
Henk Conradie adopted no-till practices four years ago on the nine farms he manages in Mpumalanga. He tells Peter Hittersay how he converted to this system and why it has...
Lettuce growing has changed much over the past 30 years or so.
South Africa’s irrigated sugar cane farming region was hard hit by the recent drought. This prompted Dr Abraham Singels, principal agronomist at the SA Sugarcane Research Institute, and his colleagues...
White blister (Albugo candida) is also sometimes referred to as white rust.
Potatoes are an amazing crop. The amount of nutrients produced on a hectare of potatoes is staggering. It’s virtually a complete food, with a high nutritional content and a good...
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