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Above normal rainfall forecast bodes well for winter grain

If the forecast for late-winter rain across the south-western and southern parts of South Africa holds true, winter grain producers in the Western Cape may achieve their best yields since...

‘Locked out of livelihoods’ women struggle to feed families

One of the consequences of the COVID-19-related lockdown regulations was that many women working as informal traders have been “locked out” of their livelihoods.

Pineapple export troubles eased by demand from home-brewers

Pineapple producers in the northern KwaZulu-Natal region have expressed the hope that as the economies in overseas countries start to “open up” after the COVID-19 pandemic, exports will re-commence and...

Storm rages around live sheep exports ahead of court case

Al Mawashi, which has exported approximately 120 000 sheep aboard ship from South Africa to Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates in two shipments since October 2019, will on 6...

Fresh herb demand falters as COVID-19 shuts restaurants

Despite the market for fresh herbs being very small compared with that of fruit and vegetables, it is an industry that has grown significantly over the past few years.

Wildlife industry caught off-guard by latest hunting ban

Various industry representative organisations were again left bewildered by the unexpected late July announcement by Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, to ban inter-provincial travel for South...

Diesel price expected to increase by 48c/ℓ in August

Fuel prices are set to go up again in August despite a stronger rand.

High-end agri products most affected by COVID-19 lockdown

A reasonably bright year for South African agriculture is forecast with growth of the sector expected to be strong in 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19 and its attendant regulations.

No such thing as ‘ethical’ live sheep exports, says NSPCA

The support expressed by the farming sector, and in particular the Red Meat Producers’ Organisation’s (RPO), for the live export of sheep by sea, has been met with sharp criticism...

Johnnie Walker brand to debut new paper-based bottle

Top-selling Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, has announced that early in 2021 it intends to debut the first-ever 100% plastic-free paper-based spirits bottle.

Gender equality in farming expands despite barriers to entry

Gender equality and women's dignity are valued and encouraged in the South African agricultural industry.

Boran bull sold for R1,7m sets new South African record

The R1,7 million winning bid for an eight-year-old bull sold recently at the National Boran Sale, set a new South African price record for a bull of this breed, far...


Ostrich farmers in distress due to drought and COVID-19

Ostrich producers in the Klein Karoo are expecting a challenging production year due to the prolonged drought in the region, as well as the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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