Technology is driving agriculture forward and has been responsible for dramatic growth in countries that have adopted these tools. But small-scale farmers, unable to afford the technology, are being left behind.
The unhindered expansion of mining in Mpumalanga and Limpopo could compromise food security in South Africa.
The wool market seems to be unstoppable and, with prices climbing to the highest levels ever, the industry is heading for a much needed upswing.
When it comes to the National Wool Growers Association’s (NWGA) role in reconciliation, economic empowerment and nation building, problems must be resolved through co-operation and changed into opportunities, said Dr Manie Schoeman, Eastern Cape NWGA member and former ANC MP.
Farming is a business and should be managed as such.
Shell South Africa recently released stage one of a Karoo groundwater atlas in what is arguably a step by the company to bolster support for its plans to explore for shale gas in the Karoo by means of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
Most parts of the summer grain production region of South Africa received between 20% and 30% less rain in the 2011/12 season than the 2010/11 season.
A February/March dry spell over much of South Africa’s summer grains production area has forced the Crop Estimates Committee to drop the total maize estimate by 399 800 tons to 11 305 550 tons.
South African farmers in the Congo have been dubbed miracle workers by the Congolese government for the transformation of 1000ha of jungle into maize fields in just three months.
Some 20% of South African households are food insecure with inadequate access to food.
Weeks of wage negotiations between eight agricultural companies and co-operatives and their employees have failed for six of them.
Stricter labour laws will result in further job losses, according to industry experts.