South Africa

‘SA consumers becoming better educated about rooibos health benefits’

‘SA consumers becoming better educated about rooibos health benefits’

South Africa’s consumers, as well as the rooibos value chain, are now far more knowledgeable about the health benefits of this uniquely South African plant and the variety of products...

New agriculture development agency to be launched in February

The much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA) will be officially launched on 18 February at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT) to be held in Pretoria.
Farmers must be vigilant for presence of fall armyworm moths

Farmers must be vigilant for presence of fall armyworm moths

Farmers have been urged to remain alert to the presence of fall armyworm (FAW) during the 2019/2020 crop production season, and to regularly scout their crops for larvae and eggs...
gerbil crop damage

Farmers urged to scout for gerbils to prevent crop damage

Widespread outbreaks of gerbil infestations have been reported in the summer grain production regions, with damage being reported in the Free State, North West and KwaZulu- Natal. This was according...

Court case to lift ban on auctions to be heard on...

A court application filed by two auction companies, a co-operative, a commercial farmer and a group of 50 emerging farmers to lift the national ban on auctions will be heard...

Macadamia and avocado theft costs industry millions

The popularity and profitability of avocados and macadamias have resulted in a double-edged sword, with theft of the produce becoming increasingly rampant.

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in Northern Cape municipalities

Joint monitoring and control efforts by both public and private sector role players have resulted in the successful eradication of the highly invasive and destructive oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)...

The importance of veld management after drought

Veld damaged by drought needs to be assiduously managed after the arrival of rain in order to conserve grazing potential and to avoid serious damage to plant species.

Industry leaders wishes for farming in 2020

Wrapping up 2019 and getting ready for 2020, industry leaders in the agriculture sector share some of their wishes for the new year with Farmer’s Weekly.

‘Livestock producers must adapt to climate change’

The bulk of animal production in South Africa takes place on natural veld and mainly in the savanna, grassland and Karoo biomes.

SA leads in sub-Saharan African food security index

Despite facing challenges in its agricultural production and socio-economic environment, South Africa’s food security ranked first out of 28 sub-Saharan African countries, and 48 out of 113 countries surveyed worldwide.

Slightly larger wine grape harvest expected in 2020

South Africa’s 2020 wine grape harvest is expected to be slightly larger than in 2019, but still smaller than the average wine grape crop over the past five years, according...

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