South Africa

Sussex breed society centenary celebrations postponed

The Sussex Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa celebrated its centenary on Wednesday, 6 May.

More COVID-19 support for farmers, but only for smallholders

In order to further support smallholder and communal farmers during the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform (agriculture department) is working on plans...

Cash-strapped KZN farmers open their hearts to less fortunate

Numerous KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) farmers have been directly or indirectly involved in donating food and other resources to increasingly poverty-stricken residents in their local communities.

Good season for SA pecan nuts despite some challenges

The 2020 pecan nut harvest is currently underway in most of South Africa’s production regions.

Livestock auctions industry embraces digital solutions

While digital auctions are not new to the industry, the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and subsequent ban on ‘open-cry’ auctions, forced role players to search for alternative solutions to...

Special COVID-19 Report – Smallholders

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these...

More than 40 000 farmers apply for agri COVID-19 funding

Small-scale farmers whose applications for relief funding from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) were successful, are expected to start receiving vouchers for agricultural inputs...

Read the 8 May Farmer’s Weekly digital magazine for free!

As promised last week, Farmer’s Weekly is providing free access to its second digital issue, the 8 May issue. This magazine will be on its website from Thursday, 30 April,...

Feedback still being awaited on farm patrols during lockdown

Organised agriculture role players have again called for regulations to be revised so that farmers can reinstate rural safety activities such as the patrolling of farming areas.

Craft brewing may take years to recover from lockdown

It is expected that it will take years for South Africa’s craft distillers and brewers to recover from the nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant...

Special COVID-19 Report – Agribusiness part 2

In this second part of a special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, in an interview with Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean, explains...

Land Bank clients ‘too high risk for commercial banks’

It has been a rough first few months of the year for the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa (Land Bank).

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