Mono culture farming not good for bees

As agriculture has expanded over the last few decades, global dependence on pollinator insects has increased. But crop diversity hasn’t increased nearly as much – and this disparity spells trouble for many regions, especially parts of South America, Asia and Africa as farmers plant only one type of crop, according to a new study. Bees and other insects work hard to gather nectar and pollen. Along the way, pollen gets stuck to their bristly bodies, and the insects pollinate flowers. Many crops are at least partially dependent on insect pollination,…

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How Hydroponic School Gardens Can Cultivate Food, Year-Round

“Give a man a fish and he will be fed for a day – teach him to fish and he will be fed for a lifetime” Whoever said that must have been living in Africa where food and water scarcity are now two of the main drivers among young people to secure their future food sustainability. In the USA, learners are even starting food gardens at their schools and even sell to their communities. Some schools in Nkomazi have also latched onto the idea with great success.The most popular foods…

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Farm attacks rise with 60% this past decade – not just a white issue any longer

Prof Llewellyn Curlewis, Law Expert: University of Pretoria Over the past decade, farm attacks and its subsequent rise in brutality have risen a whopping 60%. As many as 1 125 farm attacks were reported between 1990 and 1999. Between the years 2000 and 2009 an increase of 22% – 1 407 attacks – were reported and in the past nine years from 2010 to 2019 a rise of 60% – 2 616 attacks. During the corresponding time farm murders increased from 637 (1990 to 1999) with 22% (799 murders) between…

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Welcome back Lesetja

The reappointment of Lesetja Kganyago as Governor of the South African Reserve Bank is seen as a major improvement and with the Bank as ANC battlefield, Solidarity called her re-appointment a Ramaphosa breakthrough in “the savages at the gate”at bay. “Over the past few weeks, the Reserve Bank has become one of the ANC’s ideological battlefields. This move by President Ramaphosa strengthens  Kganyago’s hands so that he, in the interests of all citizens, can keep the ‘the savages at the gate’ away from the Reserve Bank,” said Connie Mulder, head…

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Steel industry on its knees

Major retrenchments at ArcelorMittal may be the first of many in steel industry – Solidarity Solidarity said today that it regrets the retrenchment crisis ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is currently finding itself in. The union also warned that, if key players in the steel industry do not intervene urgently, these retrenchments may be the first of many to follow. This follows Solidarity receiving a 189A retrenchment notice. Marius Croucamp, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity attribute this to, among other things, Eskom raising electricity tariffs and the National Energy Regulator of…

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