News from South Africa

24-07-2014 09:32 AM
State eager to pass five land bills this year
Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on ...
21-07-2014 09:25 AM
End to VAT concession has farmers bleating
Proposals by the Treasury to scrap the value added tax (VAT) concession of a zero rating on goods and services bought by farmers for production purpos...
27-06-2014 15:07 PM
Zuma urges women to take up agriculture
South African President Jacob Zuma says women should be involved in mainstream agricultural activities so that they can make a more meaningful contrib...
01-04-2014 04:44 AM
Government abandons communal farmers
In a move that is likely to anger villagers the government has with immediate effect scrapped the free agricultural inputs handouts that were being is...
20-01-2014 00:26 AM
Drought kills livestock in North West and Northern Cape
Hundreds of livestock continue to die in the drought-stricken provinces of North West and the Northern Cape. Government aid to affected farmers se...
13-01-2014 12:44 PM
Food giants warn of higher prices
The spectre of food price increases looms ever larger, with Tiger Brands declaring it will soon be compelled to pass on higher costs to consumers. ...
17-12-2013 11:01 AM
200km quest for missing cattle all in vain
A young girl’s 200km quest to find her mother’s nine missing cattle came to nothing when the alleged stock thief, whom she eventually tracked down wit...
10-12-2013 13:02 PM
African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’
Agriculture is at a crossroads in Africa — including South Africa — with decisions taken by governments on a spate of investments in the sector having...
18-11-2013 01:43 AM
E Cape farmers welcome the rain
Farmers in the Eastern Cape are overjoyed with the significant rain that has fallen over most of the province. More than 50 millimetres was measured a...
09-10-2013 02:49 AM
Wheat falls most in a week
Wheat futures traded in South Africa fell the most in a week after reaching the highest price since July 8 in yesterday’s session. Wheat for delive...
07-10-2013 01:51 AM
Poultry producers feel the pinch
Higher import tariffs on chicken, including a tax of 82% on whole birds, will increase retail prices 12% on average. But even this won’t suffice to...
02-10-2013 03:58 AM
Climate change threat to maize farmers
Climate change poses a major threat to South Africa's maize production and food security, says the Agricultural Research Council. Farmers who relie...
09-09-2013 02:07 AM
South Africa's 'cruel' livestock export under fire
A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will on Tuesday leave South Africa for the island paradise of Mauritius -- and the slaughterhous...
07-08-2013 01:57 AM
South African wheat declines
South African wheat futures fell for a second day after prices slid in the US on speculation farmers will sow a larger crop as rains and cool weather ...
26-07-2013 03:07 AM
SA’s land reform programme in focus
A review of South Africa’s land reform programme in 2012 concluded that there was no viable small-farmer path to development that could enable the mil...
24-06-2013 10:09 AM
Poultry market ripe for competition probe, says official
The Competition Commission says the poultry sector in South Africa may be a "good candidate" for a market inquiry — one similar to that the commission...
30-05-2013 09:58 AM
54,000 agriculture jobs created
A total of 54,000 new jobs were created in the agriculture sector in the first three months of the year, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson s...
27-05-2013 10:11 AM
SA farmers involved in big cat smuggling
South African lion breeders are allegedly part of an illegal network that smuggles lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock local farms, The Times...
10-05-2013 10:48 AM
New $25 mln fund launched to grow African agriculture
A mango project in Burkina Faso exporting to Europe will receive the first grant from a new $25 million agriculture fund launched on Thursday that is ...
09-05-2013 10:46 AM
USAID to Announce Agriculture Fast Track Fund At Grow Africa Investment Forum
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will join African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka and Swe...
07-05-2013 09:25 AM
South Africa: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Meets Her German Counterpart
South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson held a bilateral meeting with the German Minister of Food, Ag...
25-04-2013 10:48 AM
South Africa: Agriculture Offers Real Growth Potential
Although structural impediments such as poor logistics render the search for new avenues of deeper intra-African trade challenging' there is an immedi...
23-04-2013 09:53 AM
SA Government: North West Agriculture and Rural Development rolls out vaccination of domestic animals
The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has in its bid to commemorate April as Animal Health month, intensified the provision o...
22-04-2013 10:18 AM
South African farmers team up with predecessors
RECLAIMING land seized during white minority rule was a dream come true for black families in the South African farming town of Malelane. But the comm...
17-04-2013 15:10 PM
Warning for agriculture minister
Durban - Members of parliament have finally run out of patience with Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her poorly...
11-04-2013 08:15 AM
SA moves to protect agriculture from EU imports
In an effort to protect South Africa’s agricultural sector from European Union (EU) imports, the International Trade Administration (Itac) has publish...
10-04-2013 08:41 AM
New bird-flu outbreak on Western Cape ostrich farm
A type of bird flu has been detected on an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, Western Cape agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg said on Tuesday. "The tes...
27-03-2013 08:47 AM
Traces of human DNA in meat products ‘quite likely’
The possibility of finding human deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in meat products was quite likely as abattoir workers were continually cutting themselves...
25-03-2013 08:48 AM
Land reform ‘key to jobs, food security’, says Ramphele
If the land reform process was properly conducted, it would lead to job creation and enhanced food security, Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the politica...
25-03-2013 08:30 AM
State ‘owns 14% of land in SA’
The government owns about 14% of all land holdings in South Africa, according to the provisional results of a land audit conducted by the office of th...
01-03-2013 08:40 AM
Loss of wild bees hits agriculture
Falling numbers of wild bees and other pollinating insects are hurting global agriculture, a study released on Thursday found. Managed populations ...
27-02-2013 09:25 AM
South Africa study finds donkey meat sold as beef
Donkey, water buffalo and goat meat have been sold as burgers and sausages in South Africa, a study says. A study published by the local Stellenbos...
26-02-2013 09:59 AM
SA officials to get bird flu training
More South African officials will be trained in the United States to deal with bird flu in poultry, an official said on Monday.
20-02-2013 09:02 AM
Lightning kills 29 cattle
Lightning struck and killed 29 head of cattle on the farm Booyzynkraal between Groblersdal and eMalahleni (Witbank) in Mpumalanga, according to a repo...
07-02-2013 10:02 AM
S.Africa farm layoffs start two days after wage hike
South African farmers have started laying off labourers just two days after the government raised the minimum wage for the sector by 50 percent in res...
05-02-2013 09:17 AM
South Africa farm workers get 52 percent pay raise
South African farm workers have received a 52 percent pay raise after a violent strike in the Western Cape region. Minister of Labor Mildred Olipha...
29-01-2013 08:45 AM
Farmers must face reality of higher wages
So far, only Western Cape farmers have been forced to face up to the reality of paying far higher wages in the near future. With the imminent annou...
11-01-2013 07:34 AM
South African police shoot at striking farm workers
South African police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to repel hundreds of rock-throwing farm workers on Thursday, during a second day of strike viol...
07-01-2013 07:26 AM
Drought cripples Limpopo farmers
The worst drought since 1983 has struck north-eastern Limpopo, killing more than 2 000 cattle and threatening to push the price of red meat to unprece...
17-12-2012 08:52 AM
Farm workers wage demand unsustainable - AgriSA
AgriSA says farm workers’ demands of a minimum wage of R150 per day are unsustainable. Table grape harvesters started protesting in De Doorns at th...
04-12-2012 08:44 AM
South African farm workers gear for a day of protest
Farm workers in South Africa’s Western Cape fruit-growing region will today embark on a one-day strike to push for higher wages, after talks with farm...
26-11-2012 07:50 AM
Poultry producer Astral Foods feels the heat
When it rains it pours for poultry producer Astral Foods, which the Competition Commission has slapped with a fine of almost R17m for anti-competitive...
22-11-2012 09:04 AM
Farm strikes may lead to job losses - Mulder
An "exorbitant" increase in the minimum wage for farmworkers will bring about job losses and mechanisation in the sector, Deputy Agriculture Minister ...
19-11-2012 08:05 AM
Two dead in S.Africa farm-worker protests
Violent protests by South African farm workers demanding wage hikes have left two people dead this week, police said Sunday, after the body of a seaso...
16-11-2012 08:09 AM
From prisoner to thriving pig farmer
When a 43-year-old North West man was arrested for armed robbery and served eight years in prison he thought his dream of becoming a successful busine...
14-11-2012 07:25 AM
Zuma asked to intervene in volatile farming area
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has asked President Jacob Zuma to intervene in the De Doorns farmworkers' wage dispute, her office said on Tuesday. ...
13-11-2012 07:39 AM
South Africa farmers strike for better pay
South Africa's powerful trade union federation has called a national farming strike for Tuesday, in solidarity with the thousands of southwestern farm...
13-11-2012 07:34 AM
Sugar group’s volumes up despite strike
Agriculture business Tongaat Hulett has attributed the 28% growth in diluted headline earnings per share for the six months ended September to higher ...
12-11-2012 09:16 AM
Agriculture minister to hold urgent meeting on De Doorns
On Tuesday she planned to meet farmworker representatives in Cape Town, the Star reported. Her spokesperson Palesa Mokomele said on Monday that sh...
25-09-2012 09:08 AM
Exotic crop offers way out of poverty
Nine villages in the Eastern Cape have formed the country’s first co-operative that is swapping the communities’ agricultural land for bamboo plantati...