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The human cost of Chinese cotton: how does it impact SA?

A recent report detailed how ethnic minority labourers in the Xinjiang region in China - which produces 20% of the world's cotton - are forced to pick cotton by hand through state-mandated schemes...

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Cabinet approves four bills
Cabinet approves four bills

Cabinet has approved the Land Court Bill and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Bill of 2021, among others...

3 days ago

Food safety in the retail butchery: SA has strong systems in place
Food safety in the retail butchery: SA has strong systems in place

Retail stores generally are high-traffic areas and with the outbreak of Covid-19 for retailers and food producers, food safety remains a concern...

26 Feb 2021

Illegal traders to profit from excise tax increase - tobacco alliance
Illegal traders to profit from excise tax increase - tobacco alliance

"Ridiculous" is how the South Africa Tobacco Transformation Alliance has described the 8% increase in the excise charged on tobacco products...

25 Feb 2021

Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it
Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it

How geographical indications can provide economic and financial advantages to a product's place of origin...

By Samuel Samiai Andrews 24 Feb 2021

Mixed responses from agri industry following Sona
Mixed responses from agri industry following Sona

For the agricultural industry, there were mixed responses to the State of the Nation Address (Sona). Organised agriculture responded with both positive and negative remarks following the speech on 11 February. Many organisations lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for highlighting the importance of agriculture in driving economic growth and job creation.

By Ursula Human 19 Feb 2021

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South Africa's food security conditions

Increased unemployment, increased crime and land reform discussions among other critical factors, must be closely monitored to maintain South Africa's food security...

By Wandile Sihlobo 19 Feb 2021

How an optimised vaccination programme can help improve farmer outputs
How an optimised vaccination programme can help improve farmer outputs

Having an optimised vaccination programme with benchmarks that are frequently measured will go a long way to improving a cattle farmer's profitability...

18 Feb 2021

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Technology and supermarket chains can help strengthen southern Africa's food systems

Covid-19 restrictions on restaurants and catering have led to supermarkets being the key route to market...

By Thando Vilakazi and Namhla Landani 16 Feb 2021

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SATI, WCDoA partnership to increase table grape exports to China

The aim of the partnership is to increase exports of Western Cape agricultural produce by 5% over the next five years...

15 Feb 2021

Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry
Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry

South Africa's quest to retool its poultry industry depends on increased soybean availability, a crucial ingredient in poultry feed manufacture...

By Wandile Sihlobo 12 Feb 2021

NPOs invited to support local food garden projects
NPOs invited to support local food garden projects

The City of Cape Town's Urban Management Directorate is inviting applications from suitable not-for-profit organisations to apply for grant funding to implement a food garden project in partnership with the City.

11 Feb 2021

#StartupStory: Small-batch plant milk made in the Cape
#StartupStory: Small-batch plant milk made in the Cape

From the bright minds behind Mielie Mailer comes Oh Oat, a locally-produced oat milk brand with a sustainable approach to packaging...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Feb 2021

Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry
Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry

The competition has provided a platform for South African owners of small and medium enterprises to become part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs...

8 Feb 2021

Alcohol industry recovery - glass half full
Alcohol industry recovery - glass half full

The alcohol industry, which supports over one million livelihoods, is relieved at the easing of ban, but the debate as to how we deal with our attitudes around alcohol in SA is long overdue...

By Michael Smollan 4 Feb 2021

Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique
Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique

Commercial farming is one of the highest-growth sectors in Mozambique, yet only 16% of land suitable for agriculture is being cultivated...

By Grace Goodrich 3 Feb 2021

SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export season
SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export season

The Citrus Growers Association of South Africa has announced a record-breaking 2020 export season that delivered 146 million cartons of South African citrus to the rest of the world...

2 Feb 2021

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Record levels for nearly all 2020 winter cereal harvests

The Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) recently released the area estimate and sixth production forecast of winter crops for the 2020 production season...

1 Feb 2021

Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlook
Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlook

Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Management suggests there has been notable damage in some fields...

By Wandile Sihlobo 29 Jan 2021

Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workers
Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workers

"Farm workers are an integral part of a successful agricultural sector, and their safety and better working conditions should be prioritised."

29 Jan 2021



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