Fruit-industry veteran scores an apple hat trick
Fruit-industry veteran scores an apple hat trick

Fruit-industry veteran Buks Nel is the man behind the discovery of three new apple strains (all in one year), each awarded Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR). A new variety specialist for Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, such a find makes the company more competitive as it has rights to fruit few others can claim.

12 hours ago

Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River
Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River

Farmers residing near or next to Caledon River have been requested not to abstract water from the river for seven days. This follows the release of water from Hlotse Adit to augment Maseru, Peka, Maputsoe and Hlotse towns, by the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission.

1 day ago

Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits. This undermines efforts to boost farming production and meet economic growth goals.

By Barbara van Koppen 1 day ago

Farm workers demand dividends from black empowerment scheme
Farm workers demand dividends from black empowerment scheme

On Saturday, 10 November, about 100 farm workers and their supporters marched to Endulini Fruit Farm in Patensie, Eastern Cape, to hand over a list of demands to managers. The farm is a leading fruit exporter.

By Joseph Chirume 1 day ago

China set to produce 63% of global macadamia crop by 2025
China set to produce 63% of global macadamia crop by 2025

Following their attendance of the eighth International Macadamia Symposium in October, hosted in China this year, South African processing company Green Farms Nut Company, together with its strategic marketing business, Green & Gold Macadamias, garnered valuable insights into the macadamia industry.

2 days ago

Fisheries department rots from the top
Fisheries department rots from the top

South Africa's fisheries authority is in a state of crisis, paralysed by a factional war between its two most senior officials and hollowed out by a culture of corruption.

By Kimon de Greef 2 days ago

Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger
Strengthening indigenous food systems vital to achieving zero-hunger

Indigenous food systems and indigenous traditional knowledge, according to FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva, may have some of the answers we are looking for in achieving a zero-hunger world.

3 days ago

Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness
Banks urged to plough into Africa's agribusiness

African banks, insurance institutions and investors have been challenged to relax their stringent requirements for the funding of emerging agribusiness ventures on the continent.

3 days ago

Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlay
Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlay

According to Francois Baird, founder of FairPlay - a not-for-profit trade movement that seeks to "end the scourge of dumping as an immoral trade practice" - the recently gazetted agricultural safeguard levy of 35.3% imposed on bone-in chicken cuts will impact importers, not consumers.

9 Nov 2018

L-R: Farmers, commercial and smaller scale, working together for the improvement of lives: Andrew Pooler, Dave van Rensburg, Cyril Hlengwa, Rob Stayplton-Smith and Siya Hlengwa
KZN NPO facilitates transformation in agriculture through skills development, knowledge sharing

In the Harry Gwala District Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, commercial farmers in the area founded the now 18-month-old non-profit organisation Harry Gwala Agri. The initiative is an attempt to formalise and drive the sharing of skills, the imparting of valuable experience and, at times, the providing of financial support for their neighbouring smaller-scale farmers, says the organisation.

9 Nov 2018

AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech
AfDB looks to turn African savannah into global food basket using agritech

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is leading efforts to wake the 'sleeping giant' that is the African savannah and turn it into the cradle of the continent's green revolution.

8 Nov 2018

Tru-Cape's Pieter Graaff named Western Cape Farmer of the Year
Tru-Cape's Pieter Graaff named Western Cape Farmer of the Year

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing's chairman Pieter Graaff has been named by the Agricultural Writers Association as the 2018 Western Cape Farmer of the Year. He is now in line for the national title of South African Farmer of the Year, expected later in November.

8 Nov 2018