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SA’s sugar industry is in a meltdown

It would not be fair to say that the dramatic unravelling of Tongaat Hulett these past weeks was caused solely by the larger crisis facing South Africa’s sugar industry.

Our sorry, calloused souls

Any person who has endured tragedy will know that bewildering feeling that settles in soon after the traumatic event when you realise that for other people, and the world around...
Agribusiness Africa Conference 2019

A better agri trade deal for Africa

The Agribusiness Africa Conference will be hosted by Farmer’s Weekly for the third time this year in Johannesburg on 10 July.
Who should you vote in the general election on 8 May?

Who should you vote for in the general election on 8...

From halting agricultural imports to bringing agriculture back to schools and the gathering of a great many minds for a land CODESA, these proposals are all contained in the many...
Losing the food security fight

Losing the food security fight

Despite significant improvements in agricultural production over the last two decades, food insecurity has been on the rise for the past three years.
Agri training falling further behind

Agri training falling further behind

A widely held sentiment among farmers and agribusiness leaders is that South African agricultural colleges can no longer be trusted to produce appropriately trained, technically skilled professionals.
Who will pay to save the planet?

Who will pay to save the planet?

According to the Estimates of National Expenditure, which was tabled along with the budget in Parliament when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his budget speech recently, the money allocated to...
The sugar crisis is your problem

The sugar crisis is your problem

The South African sugar industry is facing a crisis, and the South African Cane Growers’ Association warns that this R14 billion/ year industry is in danger of “imminent collapse, putting 350 000...
Co-ops are making a comeback

Co-ops are making a comeback

The farming sector has a long tradition of depending on co-operative models that, in essence, offer groups of smaller or medium-sized farmers the same scale of benefits that would otherwise...
SA farmers need SAA-sized bailout

SA farmers need SAA-sized bailout

When agriculture sneezes, the whole economy catches a cold, the saying goes. We saw clear proof of this in 2018, when South Africa experienced a technical recession after the country’s...
Saving our medium-sized farms

Saving our medium-sized farms

Last year, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Decade of Family Farming for the period from 2019 to 2028. The purpose of this initiative is to provide a framework for...
Years of heightened uncertainty

Years of heightened uncertainty

South Africa ended the year with some good news when fuel prices, which had soared to record highs in November, came down sharply in December, and Statistics South Africa announced...

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Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

The double life sentences recently handed down to six convicted farm attackers by the High Court in Vryheid have been welcomed by some role players in South African agriculture.

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