South Africa

Illegal hunting with dogs an ongoing problem in KZN

There appears to be no immediate solution in sight for the ongoing problem of illegal hunting with dogs in KwaZulu-Natal.

Producing organic food just isn’t paying

Organic farming has come under fire by one of the world’s leading organic food producing countries. Helena Jonsson, president of the Federation of Swedish Farmers...

Biofuel breakthrough, but the devil is in the detail

The compulsory blending of a minimum of 5% biofuel with mineral diesel and 2% to 10% with bio-ethanol announced in the Government Gazette on 23 August has been hailed as...

CapeNature denies claims of political intimidation

The DA-led government in the Western Cape has been accused of putting political pressure on CapeNature to permit certain lethal methods of controlling problem animals on livestock farms in a...

Joemat-Pettersson accused of avoiding responsibilities

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is due to investigate a third complaint against Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson, this time for allegedly violating the Executive Ethics Code.

Trevor’s plan for land reform & agriculture

If government succeeds in implementing the National Development Plan, over 11 million jobs will be created by 2030. Denene Erasmus looks at the plan’s ramifications for the agriculture sector.

Europe’s anti-GM attitude weakens

The United Kingdom is showing signs of easing up on their anti-genetically modified (GM) food stance with two supermarkets allowing such food on their shelves.

Organic food doesn’t pay – Sweden

Organic farming has come under fire by one of the world’s leading organic food producing countries.

Battling those bad road blues

Poor maintenance of unpaved roads in the rural North West plays havoc with farmers and other road users. And the problem isn’t only confined to that province, writes Robyn Joubert.

We want title deeds – farmers to Nkwinti

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti should reconsider the new land acquisition system under which black farmers are not given title to land.

Veterinarians support vet bill amendments

Practicing vets in South Africa have welcomed the proposals in the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Amendment Bill, which seeks to amend the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act of 1982.

Veld fires destroy 40 000ha in Mpumalanga

Some 40 000ha of grazing has been destroyed by veld fires in Mpumalanga this August.


Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Yield and quality determine profits, nothing else!

Costs under your control such as yield and product quality are what determine farming success. Don’t waste time on costs you cannot influence or control.

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