Dark times persist for SA’s mushroom industry

Industry experts paint a gloomy outlook for South Africa’s mushroom industry, largely as a direct result of load shedding, high input costs and the closure of two mushroom farms. These challenges, however, are not new. Tropical Mushrooms farmer Peter Nyathi told Food...

Cop27: ‘Africa needs voices of change’

A South African climate change activist, Thapelo Phiri Jr, says he has declined an invitation to attend the Cop27 climate change summit because decisions made are not being implemented anyway. Phiri, who is an organic fertiliser specialist based in Gauteng, attended...

Calling on more young women to take farming

Growing up, Zanele Twala of Pink is Green Enterprise cherished a dream of becoming a lawyer. But her dream was short-lived as she prematurely dropped out after just one year at university. Instead she opted to study anything that had to do with agriculture and...

Pioneers in school aquaponics still thriving

An aquaponics system at a school in the Gauteng township of Orange farm was not only the first in the country, but it has managed to support the learners and their community for ten years now. With one fish tank and two grow beds to provide healthy fresh vegetables...

GP farmers invited to showcase urban farming initiatives

With a new focus on urban farming, the organisers of the popular Agri Gauteng Expo have confirmed that the event will now be held in a virtual format in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The annual agricultural trade show has become a lifeline for young farmers and...