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SA orange farmers turn east after EU fungus dispute

57 minutes ago

Citrus farmers are turning to new markets in Asia after the European Union temporarily halted imports over concern that a fungal disease would spread to farms in Spain.


Monsanto drops pursuit of Swiss rival Syngenta

Aug 27 2015 19:00

US agribusiness leader Monsanto has abandoned efforts to acquire Swiss rival Syngenta AG, which has rejected a recently sweetened offer.


Hunger hits 1.5 million in Zim as maize production halves

Aug 26 2015 08:26

Around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production, says the World Food Programme.


Truffle find on Rupert farm fuels industry hopes

Aug 24 2015 10:18

The discovery of the Western Cape's first black winter truffle on a farm owned by Johann Rupert has sparked hopes that a local industry could hit annual sales of R250m.


Wheat at 17-month high, rand boosts import costs

Aug 20 2015 19:46

Wheat has climbed to a 17-month high as a weaker rand made inbound shipments more expensive.


Mugabe offers ice cream, chocolates amid hardships

Aug 18 2015 18:19

The Mugabe dairy business has launched a new range of ice creams and chocolates as Zimbabwe battles with food shortages, economic hardship and job losses.


100 job losses if Oceana Hout Bay shuts down

Aug 14 2015 21:30

Nearly 100 employees will lose their jobs if fishing group Oceana is forced to shut down its Hout Bay operation, a spokesperson says.


Dairy farmers milk politics of Pacific trade pact

Aug 10 2015 14:30

New Zealand dairy farmers have a message for their Canadian counterparts, who worry that a Pacific trade deal will devastate their industry: It's not so bad.


Scotland to ban GM crops

Aug 10 2015 14:00

Scotland is set to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops, officials have announced.


EU lifts 4-year ban on fresh SA ostrich meat

Aug 07 2015 21:00

The European Union has lifted a four-year ban on fresh ostrich meat as SA is declared free of bird flu.


Tiger Brands to buy more from small farmers

Aug 07 2015 15:12

SA’s biggest consumer foods maker Tiger brands has signed an agreement in which it agrees to buy certain crops from smallholders.



Kenyan tea factory saves forests

Aug 04 2015 11:07

Makomboki tea factory is the only one in Kenya to use a greener, cheaper fuel to process its tea: briquettes made of biomass byproducts usually seen as waste.


Lifeline for ailing Free State milk industry

Aug 04 2015 07:50

The struggling Free State dairy industry has received a breather from a milk broker who has agreed to buy farmers' produce after the Clocolan milk depot closed down.

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