• Open markets vital for farming sector

    Open markets vital for farming sector

    PARADOXICAL as it may sound, the cure for higher food prices is more often than not higher food prices. This is, of course, on the assumption that higher food prices incentivise farmers to increase food production, which will eventually lead to lower agricommodity prices due to increased supply, and therefore affordable food prices.

  • Drought conditions affecting SA’s bee population

    Drought conditions affecting SA’s bee population

    Fears have been expressed that the ongoing drought in parts of South Africa is set to hit the country’s honey bee populations, and that in turn will affect agricultural output.

  • Drought-hit SA importing maize to cover shortfall

    Drought-hit SA importing maize to cover shortfall

    In the next marketing year, starting next month, SA will import 2.7-million tonnes of yellow and 1.1-million tonnes of white maize. Yellow maize, used mainly for animal feed in SA, makes up 95% of global production, while white maize, preferred for human consumption in the country, comprises 5% of global production

  • Potential 1.1bn cubic metre water deficit by 2035

    Potential 1.1bn cubic metre water deficit by 2035

    South Africa may be heading for a large water deficit of as much as 1.1-billion cubic metres by 2035, warns Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo.

  • Drought : the focus shifts to research

    Drought : the focus shifts to research

    Drought: the focus shifts to research Mireille de Villlers MBOMBELA - The renovation and revitalisation of agricultural research institutes are to be prioritised this year. The premier Mr David Mabuza said in his State of the Province Address (Sopa) that the current drought and forecasts of future...

  • Maritzburg taps dry by day as resevoirs empty

    Maritzburg taps dry by day as resevoirs empty

    The real impact of the drought hit Pietermaritzburg hard when The real impact of the drought hit Pietermaritzburg hard when without warning many areas had not a drop of water during the day because some core resevoirs had dried up. without warning many areas had not a drop of water during the day because some core resevoirs had dried up.

  • Grain farmers enjoy higher prices

    Grain farmers enjoy higher prices

    Grain farmers who managed to harvest are enjoying the current higher prices in SA

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