21-06-2012 11:50 AM
Crocodile farmers want a bite at Europe
South Africa’s small crocodile farming industry has high hopes of breaking into the lucrative European market by revising its husbandry practices and ...
17-05-2012 08:44 AM
Limits on owners ‘no deterrent’
Moves to impose restrictions on foreign land ownership would not necessarily deter investment in SA, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile...
23-04-2012 08:00 AM
SA government accelerates land reforms
The South African government is speeding up its plan to redistribute land to rightful owners, the official Bua news agency reported Sunday.
19-04-2012 08:11 AM
German group invests in SA agriculture
One of Europe’s largest development finance institutions, the German Investment Corporation (DEG), has acquired a 10% shareholding in South Afri...
15-03-2012 07:41 AM
Bill Gates gives $56m to support smallholders
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has recently received USD56m from Bill Melinda Gates Foundation to support millions of poor...
12-03-2012 08:15 AM
Bank must repay farmers R3.6m interest
The Land Bank had been ordered to repay five farmers R3.6 million for interest it overcharged them on loans, the Business Times reported yesterday.
02-03-2012 07:35 AM
State must do more for farmers
The government is doing very little to demonstrate that it has the vision and ability to resolve the overriding concerns about ownership of two key se...
20-02-2012 07:48 AM
Challenge renews South African land issue
Deputy Agriculture minister Pieter Mulder’s recent assertion that black South Africans had no historical claim to 40 per cent of the country bro...
01-02-2012 09:08 AM
Chicken farmers want higher tariffs
South African poultry producers want the import duty on Brazilian chicken to be increased by 3 rand ($0.38) a kilogram (2.2 pounds),...
13-01-2012 07:23 AM
Bird flu empties South Africa's ostrich farms
South Africa’s ostrich farmers are struggling to cope after thousands of their birds were culled during one of the country’s worst outbrea...
14-11-2011 09:28 AM
South African farmer killed by pet hippopotamus
Marius Els, 41, was attacked by Humphrey on Saturday night. The farmer’s mutilated body was discovered submerged in a river running through his ...
03-11-2011 09:01 AM
3 escaped lions killed in South Africa
South African wildlife workers drove through the night across sand and dunes, desperate to save two lions who had strayed from a vast park and killed ...
31-10-2011 09:13 AM
Farmers to be probed for labour cheating
The department of Labour is investigating employers of farmworkers and domestic workers in Musina, Limpopo...
31-10-2011 09:11 AM
South Africa's ever shrinking farmers
The number of commercial farmers in South Africa is set to drop from 40 000 to 15 000 over the next 15 years.
27-10-2011 09:57 AM
Farmers could quit land - Absa
Unfriendly agriculture policies and curbs of land ownership are set to be a brake on expansion unless the government rethinks the strategic importance...
21-10-2011 09:24 AM
SA trails in Nepad agriculture plan
SA HAS the most advanced agricultural sector and value chain but it is behind its Southern African Development Community (Sadc) peers...
03-09-2011 09:24 AM
Land reform proposals under attack
As the long-awaited draft green paper on land reform was released by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on Wednesday morning...
22-07-2011 09:00 AM
White SA farmers seek new life in Georgia
A long way from his South African birthplace, amid the sweeping wheat fields of eastern Georgia, farmer Piet Kemp says that he has found a new home in...
04-07-2011 08:51 AM
Prize ostriches wiped out by flu
A flock of famous ostriches has been slaughtered after contracting avian flu, an epidemic that is ravaging farms in the Little Karoo.
19-06-2011 16:57 PM
Eskom softens blow on farmers
Over the past year Eskom has disconnected power from 10 000 illegal electricity consumers and recovered R6m from people guilty of illegal electricity ...
07-06-2011 09:23 AM
Kraft to buy cocoa direct from African farmers
Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT)’s South African unit will pay extra for cocoa beans sourced directly from West African farmers to make its Cadbury Dairy ...
25-05-2011 08:25 AM
S.Africa culls 10,000 ostriches to halt avian flu
South Africa has culled 10,000 ostriches but an outbreak of avian flu which resulted in the halt of ostrich-meat exports to the European Union is &quo...
23-05-2011 09:10 AM
Farmer donates 10% of land to workers
In what might well be a blueprint for black economic empowerment in farming, Colin Forbes, an Amsterdam, Mpumalanga-based farmer, has given away 550 h...
02-05-2011 09:25 AM
South Africa's white farmers moving north
They are calling it the next great trek. Almost two centuries after Boers hitched their wagons to oxen and headed inland to establish the South Africa...
19-04-2011 09:22 AM
S Africa lifts red meat export ban
South Africa has lifted restrictions on red meat exports, but kept a ban on the movement of live animals following a suspected outbreak of foot and mo...
18-04-2011 08:57 AM
Avian flu in South Africa, 5,000 ostriches culled
Approximately 5,000 ostriches were culled on Friday after a strain of avian influenza, H5N2, was detected on five farms in the Oudtshoorn area of the ...
22-03-2011 08:35 AM
Farmers stress key role of groundwater
The importance of groundwater to all communities in the Karoo and the option for Shell to do something completely different...
21-03-2011 08:46 AM
Beef exports to EU to be reduced
Beef exports to the European Union (EU) market as well as Norway will be reduced following the ban of imports of the product from South Africa.
04-03-2011 06:41 AM
SA farmers to receive $108m relief package
The South African government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is giving out US$108 million (RND750M) to farmers affected by recent ext...
03-03-2011 09:28 AM
Foot-and-mouth 'no threat to people'
The association has reassured South Africans that the disease poses no threat to people...
23-02-2011 09:44 AM
Nine held for stock theft
Nine people were arrested on Tuesday for stock theft in Nongoma and Melmoth, police said on Wednesday.
22-02-2011 09:38 AM
Flooding costs SA farming $392m
Floods in South Africa have cost the farming sector about 2.8 billion rand in damages, and farmers are hoping for a government bailout, said an indust...
17-02-2011 07:35 AM
Climate change affects malaria, food prices
Climate change is threatening food security and pushing up food prices, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa warned on Wednesday.
04-02-2011 09:04 AM
Grim harvest for underinsured farmers
Insurers say that farmers who do not have insurance or who are underinsured are facing financial ruin from the recent floods.
03-02-2011 06:11 AM
Conserving wetlands can create jobs
By protecting its wetlands, South Africa will not only be able to conserve its natural resources, but will also create many more jobs...
26-01-2011 08:59 AM
Farm employment plummets 271%
The number of people employed on commercial farms has dropped by 271%...
18-01-2011 09:41 AM
SA jobs plan to boost rural development
500,000 jobs can be created in South Africa’s rural development sector in the next 10 yrs...
18-01-2011 09:35 AM
SA declares provinces flood disaster areas
The South African government has recommended that a national state of disaster be declared covering seven provinces and 28 municipalities following th...
14-01-2011 08:35 AM
Farmer to face murder charge
A farmer who allegedly shot a Lesotho citizen in January 2010 during an argument over cattle illegally grazing on his eastern Free State farm will fac...
11-01-2011 08:42 AM
Zuma remark on land ownership worries farmers
State’s plan to obtain land on behalf of farmworkers through expropriation powers described as dangerous and irresponsible.
03-01-2011 10:42 AM
SA corn advances as stockpiles fall
Corn in South Africa advanced as prices climbed in the U.S., which competes for African export markets, after stockpiles tumbled and adverse weather c...
30-12-2010 13:02 PM
SA farmers 'looking at Georgia'
A number of South African farmers have expressed an interest in agricultural opportunities in Georgia, agricultural union TAU SA said on Thursday.
28-12-2010 11:52 AM
South African Corn Advances
Corn in South Africa, the largest producer of the grain on the continent, climbed after prices rose in the U.S., which competes for African export mar...
21-12-2010 10:29 AM
Wheat slides as Rand strengthens
Wheat in South Africa fell as the rand strengthened against the dollar, cutting the cost of imports for local millers.
13-12-2010 08:21 AM
South African Corn Prices Decline in Johannesburg After Rains
Corn in South Africa fell as rainfall improved, raising prospects for the crop.
11-12-2010 09:56 AM
Foot-and-mouth disease simulation to be run in Lethem
Travellers utilising the airstrip and Takutu Bridge at Lethem next week will have their footwear and vehicles disinfected as part of a simulation exer...
07-12-2010 09:15 AM
South African Wheat Rises for Eighth Day, Tracking U.S. Prices
Wheat in South Africa advanced for an eighth consecutive day as prices climbed in the U.S.
07-12-2010 09:02 AM
Transkei cattle farmers take future by horns
Emerging cattle farmers in the Transkei are on course to become commercial livestock farmers, says the Eastern Cape’s rural development agency.
06-12-2010 06:46 AM
Farmers’ group pledges good labour practices
Agri SA on Friday committed itself to a code of conduct that sets good labour practice for its members as a basic requirement.
02-12-2010 18:48 PM
Farmer, wife and child killed
A Free State farmer, his wife and three-year-old daughter were found murdered on their farm in the Lindley district, police said on Thursday.