South Africa

Mining a threat to food security

Current mining and new prospects for mining could soon have a devastating effect on agricultural production as well as long-term food security implications for the country.

Farming income outlook

Real gross farming income is expected to increase strongly over the next two years, but the outlook for the rest of the coming decade is not so rosy. Denene Erasmus...

El Niño back in the Pacific

The El Niño weather pattern is returning to the Pacific Ocean.

‘Meatless Monday’ gaffe slammed

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was forced into a humiliating back-down after publicly endorsing the ‘Meatless Monday’ concept.

Quantify effect of labour amendments on jobs – Agri SA

Agri SA has requested that parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Labour carry out a regulatory impact assessment to determine the unintended consequences of amendments to labour legislation on job creation.

Hostile policies eroding agriculture

Those worried about South Africa’s eroding competiveness have cause for concern as agricultural imports are growing faster than exports.

Reactions mixed on commodity release for so-called “Agent Orange Maize”

Responses have been mixed to the news that the South African government has given commodity clearance allowing the import of maize grain from a newly developed herbicide-tolerant genetically modified maize...

Mulder spends R500 000 on flights, Agri SA spends R700 000

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Pieter Mulder has become the subject of much criticism after a parliamentary question revealed he spent nearly R500 000 on domestic and international...

Consumers to pay more while farmers get less

Consumers can expect to pay between 12% and 15% more for their food in the coming months, but this does not translate to more money for the farmer.

Private companies better farmers than individuals

Farms run by private companies are more profitable than any other type of ownership.

Livestock industry declining as chicken takes over

Theft has kept livestock numbers from climbing and the industry has been shrinking steadily over the past ten years.

No facts to back genocide link

There is currently no evidence to support TAU SA’s contention that white communities and farmers in SA are being subjected to genocide.


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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