Rekindling my love for the Constantia Valley
Rekindling my love for the Constantia Valley

The Constantia Valley is part of the reason I'd really, like really, struggle to move out of the southern suburbs. Consisting of nine wine farms, the valley is also, in fact, the oldest wine-producing region in the Southern Hemisphere - with an uninterrupted history of winemaking that spans over 300 years! Beat that.

By Ilse van den Berg 11 hours ago

Applications open for Agricolleges International short courses
Applications open for Agricolleges International short courses

Agricolleges International, an AgriSETA accredited, agricultural e-learning platform, has opened for short course applications. The first short course to launch will be an Introduction to Agribusiness - a six-week course on 12 March 2018.

1 day ago

Lands committee to downsize farms
Lands committee to downsize farms

Zimbabwe - Mashonaland Central's Mazowe District lands committee resolved to identify large and underutilised farms for redistribution. This follows an address by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Mvuma recently where he said big farms should be downsized to enable more people to benefit from land redistribution.

By Fungai Lupande 2 days ago

Day Zero moved to 9 July
Day Zero moved to 9 July

Good news for Cape Town, Day Zero has been shifted to 9 July, the city's deputy mayor Ian Neilson confirmed today, 20 February.

2 days ago

Interest grows in smart farms
Interest grows in smart farms

The internet of things (IoT) - the growing network of data-collecting sensors and devices - could breathe new life into SA's agriculture sector, says Business Connexion (BCX) CEO Ian Russell.

By Nick Hedley 2 days ago

Karamo via
Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered, from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'.

3 days ago

Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA
Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA

According to a recent media release, experts expect the Fall armyworm (FAW) to spread across South Africa, with the possible exception of the Western Cape. The report indicates that FAW infestations have been detected throughout Limpopo Province's five districts, parts of Mpumalanga as well as the Eastern Cape.

16 Feb 2018

WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA
WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA

Woolworths has launched South Africa's first locally-made, WBeauty soap range bearing the certification logo of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). This moves the retailer closer to its 2020 Good Business Journey target to only offer products made with certified sustainable palm oil.

16 Feb 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Sandton Chronicle
#BizFinFocus: Wishlist for #SONA2018

South Africans wait with bated breath to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa has to say in his maiden State of the Nation Address (Sona) tonight.

16 Feb 2018

Sergei Andreichuk via
Initiative to support 3.5 million farmers launched

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) has started an initiative to support 3.5 million small-scale farmers to sustainably transform their mode of farming to commercially viable and profitable.

By Rosemary Mirondo 15 Feb 2018

tookapic via
Bird flu wipes out R954m, SA turns to imports

There has been a decline in the production of eggs and chickens and this has resulted in SA relying on imported chickens to meet demand.

15 Feb 2018

Food trends could drive production decisions
Food trends could drive production decisions

The agricultural sector is about producing, processing and marketing food and fibre to consumers. Although the natural fibre side of agriculture should never be neglected, the largest portion of the sector remains the production of various food products.

By Frikkie Maré 15 Feb 2018

Maaseares via
More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools (FFS) - consisting of about 30 people who meet regularly throughout the season to identify common problems and find solutions for their agricultural production areas - are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges. While there are teachers, this community-driven approach to agricultural training and education is geared to generate relevant knowledge through participation, which allows for a multitude of innovative social and technical skills to be developed.

15 Feb 2018