The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Food Programme’s Hunger Hotspots report highlights the countries most at risk of increased food insecurity from August to...
It has been almost 13 years since I wrote my first stories for Farmer’s Weekly as a freelance journalist, and now, as we start a new year, the time has...
The past year has brought with it many challenges, including a significant increase in the prices of agricultural inputs. However, farmers have shown that there is much strength in unity,...

Fears about higher risk of bird flu spreading to humans

As more variants of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu, emerge, they become harder to track, increasing the potential spread to humans.

Call for investigation into spiking US fertiliser prices

US farmer group, the Family Farm Action Alliance, has alleged in a letter sent to the US Department of Justice that fertiliser companies in that country are increasing the prices...

Ethanol production rise puts pressure on global sugar supply

Global sugar supplies are expected to tighten again, following the forecast for a fourth successive global deficit in the 2022/23 marketing year, Tropical Research Services (TRS) said in a recent...

Plough for more

The third Goat Agribusiness Conference was recently held at the Durban Botanic Gardens and was well-attended by prospective and existing goat farmers.
Many areas of the Western Cape experienced unseasonal flooding during the weekend of 16 and 17 November that affected thousands of people across the province.
Free State Agriculture (FSA) has decided to facilitate the establishment of an organisation to support mentors and mentorship programmes in the province.
South African wine cellars and traders imported more than 40 million litres of wine during the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons to make up for local shortfalls resulting from the drought...
Bergsig Estate, in the Breedekloof, received the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Wine Estate for the second consecutive year, as well as the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top...
Billions are spent on agricultural support programmes, but now MPs are asking why so little seems to have been accomplished. Denene Erasmus reports.
As businessman and game breeder, Cyril Ramaphosa focuses on buying the best and conserving animals for the future. Sean Christie spoke to him.
Biosecurity plays a vital role in ensuring maximum profitability for poultry farmers. Because of the high mortality rate in chickens, hygiene, stocking density and the immediate environment all need to...
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
Dairy Group, a farmer-owned company with over 120 producer members is dedicated to bringing top-quality dairy products to consumers.
According to various climate change models, the average temperature in South Africa will increase by 2°C within the next 40 years and by as much as 6°C within the next...
Standard Bank and UN Women are actively working towards equipping women farmers to grow their businesses and become long-term successful producers.
There are times in a braai connoisseur’s life when he or she gets to wondering what to serve after the boerewors, chops and well-aged rump steak, but before the ice...
With the possible exception of a chocolate brownie, nothing accompanies tea or coffee better than a crisp shortbread biscuit.
Dionne is looking for an architect who could design a number of environmentally friendly housing options of 40m², 60m² and 80m², with the option of additions but staying true to...
The study of a moving projectile and knowledge of its design for maximum performance is essential information for every hunter, writes Jurie Nel.
Christine and her husband want to build a three-bedroom home on one level, with open-plan living rooms surrounding an atrium with glass roofs.
Jonno helps a couple with a house near Barberton.
Before you start these lessons, it's essential for your horse to trust you completely. He must know how to relax and give in to positive pressure. Once your horse is...
A Sussex stud herd near Viljoenskroon has imported polled genetics from the UK to capitalise on the advantages offered by the polled gene and to develop its own world-class polled...
Dairy farmer, Tshilidzi ‘Chilli’ Matshidzula, the Eastern Cape’s Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year, manages and partly owns a dairy operation near Alexandria in the Eastern Cape. Mike...
Jean du Plessis refers to himself as a ‘bush breeder’, someone who selects with the eye and farms in harmony with his natural environment. Sabrina Dean visited him in the...
Retired animal nutritionist Dave Short from Harrismith in the Free State believes that the inability of ­nutritional ­scientists and grassland scientists to work together is hampering animal ­production off the...
In a desperate attempt to limit livestock losses due to predation, Karoo farmer Eddie Steenkamp devised a plan to protect his livestock, and has achieved remarkable success. Jeandré van der...
Situated along 2 100km of the continent’s east coast, Australia’s 385 000ha sugar industry was producing a whopping 32 million tons of irrigated sugarcane in 2008. This was processed to...
Papaya production poses few challenges, says Mpumalanga-based papaya producer Giovanna Secco. But with high volumes and unstable demand, farming the fruit requires careful management to ensure that the crop remains...
Morapedi Mutloane left his job in the corporate world in 2012 to get back into agriculture.
Stuart and Grant McMurray are reaping the rewards of essential oil production in Zululand, KZN, after identifying the need for a South African operation that could supply the growing international...
We’re approaching the fresh produce sector’s ‘conference season’ once again.
A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.
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