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The grim realities that were presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni when he delivered the Supplementary Budget to Parliament recently did not come as a surprise.
Drylands are home to two billion people, many of whom are poor and depend directly on the land’s resources for food and energy. Drylands also generate crucial environmental services and...
Food and agriculture laws hamper food security in Africa and elsewhere, say Tigist Gebrehiwot, Steve Cornelius and Lise Korsten in the journal article ‘Impact of global food and agriculture laws...

Covid-19 delays 2020 coffee harvest as prices weaken

The shortage of migrant workers to harvest coffee beans in South America due to travel restrictions aimed at containing the COVID-19 pandemic, could result in countries such as Costa Rica,...

Low EU canola output fuels Belarusian exports

Market conditions for canola exports will be favourable for producers in Belarus this year, due to a decline in the production of canola oil in the EU in the wake...

Rise in Brazil’s sugar production may ‘topple’ global market

There is growing concern that if the Brazilian ethanol market remained weak, the global sugar market could be flooded, which would send prices plummeting.

Plough for more

The fire season is in full swing for the majority of South Africa, with dry conditions prevalent throughout the country.
The good news is that rainfall conditions for most of the summer rainfall region are likely to improve from mid- to late summer. The bad news is that drought conditions...
Joint monitoring and control efforts by both public and private sector role players have resulted in the successful eradication of the highly invasive and destructive oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)...
The South African agricultural business chamber, Agbiz, recently reported that national food price inflation, excluding non-alcoholic beverages, had increased to 11,6% year-on-year (y/y) for August 2016, from 11,5% y/y for...
Consumers need a better understanding of agriculture and the work done by farmers and workers, it was said at the launch of this year’s Bien Donné Agri Cape Week. Denene...
At least 65% of all plants that have gone extinct in South Africa were from the Western Cape.
De Kock Boerdery’s award-winning farm worker choirs have been the saving grace for many of the singers. Choir leaders Elsie Oliphant and Willem Krotz told Denene Erasmus how singing in...
Independent agricultural education institutions catering to the black youth could be an answer to our land reform failures. With the financial support of private corporations and the mentorship of successful...
Western Cape farmer Andries van der Poll grows wheat and medics on rotation on dryland, produces irrigated maize, and runs Dohne Merino sheep and Red Angus cattle. He spoke to...
Oceanwise in the Eastern Cape is one of the largest land-based marine finfish recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) in the world. Mike Burgess visited this pioneering initiative.
The Namibian Agricultural Union’s Production-Cost Index is a valuable tool for determining and monitoring price trends in the country’s livestock production industries, according to Jaco Hanekom, the union’s assistant manager...

Lemon grass success story

A group of subsistence farmers in a remote coastal area of Eastern Cape is turning to lemon grass and essential oil production – and finding a ready market. Robyn Joubert...

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...

A hint of the US in RSA

Gershom contacted me with regard to an old dilapidated farm house that he had bought just outside the town of Estcourt in KZN.

Pickled hake with onions

Cooks perfected the art of pickling food products long before they had fridges. Try this great South African classic – pickled fish – with its mouth-watering sharpness and exquisite oceanic...
Soft-centred with a crisp edge, these lemon zest accented biscuits don’t hang around long enough to get stale. Not only quick to bake, they also add their own special magic...

When it rains buckets

Flood is no joke, so pray for rain - but please don't ask for too much. Issue Date: 9 March 2007

Cowboy pork and beans

Cold weather demands easy-eating, easy-cooking hot food in large quantities. Try this variation on a Western cowboy theme. Take along a wide-mouthed thermos of this meal next time you’re home...
Winners of the Royal Show's carcass competition hold the prestigious title of producer of the best beef carcass in KwaZulu-Natal for a year. Lloyd Phillips visited Weston Agricultural College to...
This serious disorder can affect endurance horses after a long ride, says Dr Mac.

SAPIR final results

A comprehensive training programme ensured that the pigeons were fit for the demands of the final race, says Thomas Smit.
Due to severe drought conditions in certain parts of the country now is the time to get rid of all unproductive and old animals.
Ignore all that talk of ‘poor species’ and ‘low temperatures’ – tilapia farming in SA can succeed, as long as a few fundamentals are followed.
There are not too many successful commercial aquaculture enterprises in Southern Africa, but these two are worth mentioning.
If you want lands free of weeds, herbicides must be used properly. The first principle is timing.

Supervision is all

In the 22 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly, Paul Lynch, chairperson of the SA Wool & Mohair Buyers Association, bemoans the lowering of wool classing standards, saying: “Farmers are not...
The Zondagh family farm apples and pears in the Eastern Cape’s fertile Langkloof Valley. During a media tour to Matt Zondagh Estate, hosted by Tru-Cape, the Zondaghs spoke to Jeandré...
The soya bean cultivar best adapted to a specific area will provide the best yield and quality. The ARC national soya bean cultivar trials are valuable in determining the most...

Why top brands sell

Winter came late this year and the impact on the markets has been almost disastrous for many products.
The eastern Free State’s apple orchards are doing well with a small edge in marketing time over the more established orchards of the Western Cape. Lloyd Phillips talks to Charles...
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