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The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is dominating the news, with fears emerging about the widespread effect on the economy in general, and the food system in particular.
Fears about potential disruptions to global supply chains due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have raised questions about whether South Africa could experience food shortages in the short to...

A world without farmers

For many of my generation, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which is bringing everyday life to a grinding halt, will be one of the most enduring and disruptive experiences of...

Chinese farmers adapt to coronavirus with online buying

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has prompted many Chinese farmers to source vital supplies online in preparation for the spring planting season in that country.
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Overseas production hopes to address Chinese pork shortage

Companies in China are being encouraged to set up pig farms overseas to address a severe domestic pork shortage.
Coronavirus: Sharp increase in Spanish fresh produce prices

Coronavirus: Sharp increase in Spanish fresh produce prices

Rising demand for agricultural products in Spain, due to fears about the novel coronavirus outbreak, has seen prices soar.

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Land policy tussle

Current agricultural and land reform policies are not workable and fair, and sometimes don’t make any sense.
The 278 parcels of land mentioned by Deputy President David Mabuza during follow-up questions in a National Council of Provinces session in Parliament on Wednesday were intended for restitution purposes,...
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan assured South Africa that government had a plan to respond to the drought and set the country’s ailing economy on a new path.
The age of on-farm silos has dawned and manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with demand.
The agricultural industry is in recession as a result of the drought, but the sector’s performance will improve again when the drought comes to an end.
A groundswell is rising to put agriculture in its rightful place where it can generate growth and employment and address food security and social inequality said Andrew Guthrie, regional director...
New proposals from the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to regulate international tobacco farming have raised concerns among Africa’s tobacco growers and processors. Francois van der Merwe,...
Aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponics, is increasingly becoming popular in many countries due to its ability to boost farm output and reduce waste. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Ruann Coleman...
Illovo’s Ubombo mill in Swaziland is a showcase of successful electricity co-generation from bagasse. It has increased sugar production in that country and demonstrated that the process is affordable and...
The Jagpan Vernootskap Boerdery is a mentorship programme that's successfully partnered four emerging farmers in a Dorper sheep enterprise that's won many awards. But Jagpan's farming future isn't secure, because...
The list of audits to which SA producers are expected to adhere continues to grow – a situation given impetus by the farm worker unrest in the Western Cape in...
Diversifying a farming operation by adding a high-income niche crop is an effective way to utilise a small piece of spare land. Lindi Botha looks at four products that are...

A touch of Tuscany

Jonno designs a single plan house with tuscan-style roofing.
Deep-fried chicken – how the taste buds rejoice! Is there a better way to swiftly prepare poultry? Hotter? Tastier? Even more juicy?

Farm dwellings in the Karoo

Sean asks Jonno to sketch a design of five dwellings surrounding his farm in the Karoo. Read on to see Jonno's designs.
Despite every effort to be careful, most of us burn food from time to time. Here is a rare opportunity to be careless, on purpose. We are actively seeking the...

Practical home additions

James and Jill phoned me to request help with the design of additions to their home in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal.

The lamb burger

Given that the hamburger is really just a thick sandwich, here’s a jazzy riff on that old, old tune. Think we’ve just changed the meat? Read on for a whole...

Growing fish in salt water

Many argue that tilapia in brackish water taste that little bit better, and it’s difficult to deny this.
The only insurance against drought is a sound, scientifically based grazing management programme, coupled with a reasonable stocking rate even in times of plenty. So says Dr Mias van der...
Although she is a qualified engineer, Tracy Marobobo has traded her corporate suits for khaki and boots as she pursues her true passion in life: farming. Sabrina Dean recently visited...
The health of dairy cows is directly related to their conception rates and milk production.
The Afrikaner, once the most popular breed in Southern African, is ideally suited to today’s uncertain climatic conditions, says Namibia-based breeder Jan Blaauw, co-owner of the Salztal Afrikaner stud.
As a result of good rains and high summer temperatures, problems due to intestinal roundworms are increasing. Infestations were reported at:

The benefits of mycorrhiza

The name ‘mycorrhiza’ (a combination of two Greek words meaning ‘fungus’ and ‘roots’) is unlikely to ring a bell with most farmers as its use has been promoted only recently.
On many occasions, I’ve pummelled markets on their inability to upgrade and make improvements.
As weeds become increasingly resistant to herbicides, farmers will have to adopt strategic or long-term approaches when cultivating their crops. The time has come to consider other alternatives, before resorting...

Making markets work for you

For years I've been carrying on about the importance of using a fresh-produce commission market properly if you want it to work for you, so let's take a look at...
When it comes to leaf blight, there are three species of Alternaria that carrot growers have to watch out for: A dauci, A radicina and A alternata.
Potato production is a high-risk, high-reward industry. Farming seed potatoes is even more so. Sabrina Dean visited Gerhard Bruwer of Genade Boerdery in the Northern Cape to find out more...
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