The 10-year agricultural outlook by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that income growth in middle-income countries will...
It is a theme I remember well from the children’s tales and Bible stories my mother used to read to my sisters and me when we were girls. Aesop’s loafing...
The latest edition of the ‘State of food security and nutrition in the world’ has found that the number of people affected by hunger globally has been slowly on the...

Malaysia files dispute with WTO over EU palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia is in the process of instituting legal action at the global trade watchdog, the World Trade Organization (WTO), against the EU and member states France and Lithuania, in particular,...

Mixed reaction to Mexico’s banning of GM maize

Mexico’s main agricultural lobby, the National Agricultural Council, has criticised the government’s decision to ban genetically modified (GM) maize, while organic growers hailed the move in the hope that it...

Palm oil alternative investments could help save rainforests

Players in the international biotech industry have been working on a synthetic alternative to palm oil in an attempt to replace natural palm oil in various products.

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The highest price achieved at the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale held in Cape Town yesterday was R4 million for an unnamed filly, one of the last progeny of one...
A woman tree farmer from KwaZulu-Natal’s Greytown area was recently announced as NCT Forestry’s 2018 Tree Farmer of the Year in the competition’s small-scale grower category.
Avocado farmers around Kiepersol in Mpumalanga are losing millions of rand due to the deteriorating condition of the E514 Kiepersol road.
Global food prices dropped 4% in May, according to the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO’s) Food Price Index which fell to its the lowest level since September 2011.
A Mpumalanga farmer has triumphed over a coal mine in a case that has set a legal precedent for mines who don’t comply with the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA).
Operations were set to resume at Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) in Western Cape after a wage deal was reached between the company and striking workers who were represented by the...
This ostrich farm in the Western Cape has diversified into tourism, sport, concerts and other attractions that ensure a constant income stream. Jay Ferreira reports.
Qobo Qobo Essential Oils, a non-profit organisation, has teamed up with South African Breweries to establish an essential oil crop venture in the impoverished Keiskammahoek area of the Eastern Cape....
Winemaker, Chris Mullineux, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how producers have turned the Swartland from a bulk producer into one of South Africa’s premium wine-producing regions.
Headman Manyota, a developing farmer, farms citrus in the Kat River Valley near Fort Beaufort. Last year, he achieved a massive 874% increase in production over 2013. Grant Hollins visited...
The current low maize price, with supply greatly exceeding demand, is a problem for most maize farmers. Henry-Ben Rheede, Standard Bank’s agricultural adviser for the northern Free State shares some...
A poor, deeply rural Eastern Cape community is on the brink of enjoying a revival, thanks to a project to establish a commercial farming operation amongst communal farmers. The venture...
Luci and David want to build a a new rondavel with cement blocks under thatch. Find out what Jonno comes up with.
A novel idea, limited space and a circular house, Jonno designs an octagonal structured house for Felix.
Out of all the extraordinary and enticing Indian-accented foods available, breyani is one of the all-time greats. Breyani, no matter how you spell it, is not a single dish but...
Jonno helps a reader incorporate a rondavel with a living area at a different height.
Good day Jonno We are keen to proceed with the development of our property at a mountain estate in North West. We have draft plans and have attached a picture of...
What has happened to the police force that is supposed to prevent and combat crime and protect the community, asks Abré J Steyn.
Horses that shy easily can be desensitised to ‘scary’ objects. It just takes a bit of retraining and patience, says Dr Mac.
Award-winning piggery owner Khulile Mahlalela says that to maximise profits, a farmer must get the pigs market-ready as rapidly as possible, and produce a low-fat carcass with tender meat.
Thomas Smit continues to profile veteran fancier Hannes Greyling, whose superstars come up for auction soon
Preventing predation by leopards is complicated because they are a protected species. Moreover, they might not be the true culprit, warns Dr Mac.
Government’s draconian treatment of the aquaculture industry is hypocritical – what is it actually doing to conserve our endemic tilapia species?
Cattlemen constantly debate how to market cattle off the veld in addition to through feedlots. A recent block test set out to address this.
Bacterial diseases are extremely difficult to control and can be very destructive in tomatoes (and other crops).
The rapid changes that we witness every day in the world are well-documented, but I remain constantly intrigued by them.
In 2012, Jacky Goliath won many awards for Nursery which she co-owns and runs in Simondium near Franschhoek. She and business partner Elton Jefthas started a backyard business growing 1...
Koos Mthimkulu, Grain SA's 2011 Developing Farmer of the Year, started off as a farm worker and is today a successful grain producer. He ascribes his achievement to hard work,...
Growing mushrooms on a small scale for home use or commercial sale can be lucrative. However, Lloyd Phillips discovers why a good-quality mushroom crop can only come from spawn produced...
The recent announcement that aphids and not leaf hoppers are the vector for the spread of the brassica stunting disorder virus (BSD) makes sense.
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