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Northern Cape groundwater under mining pressure

Farmers in Northern Cape are highly concerned about the effect of the mining industry on the province’s water supply.
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Weather, biofuel policies to determine commodity prices - Barclays

Biofuel policies and weather will be the two biggest influences on the availability and prices of agricultural commodities.
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ECRPO executive meeting recently held in Cradock

Eastern Cape Red Meat Producers Organisation chairperson, Dr Pieter Prinsloo, told an executive meeting of the organisation at Cradock that all regions will be visited during the first road show in March.
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Poultry companies walk the tightrope

While the poultry industry has been fighting against cheap imports of Brazilian chickens, it’s coming under scrutiny for anti-competitive behaviour at the same time.
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Minister rejects nationalisation

The minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, insists that she will not support the nationalisation of agricultural land.
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Trevor asks for tips from organised agriculture

“The voice of organised agriculture must be heard in South Africa and we must do all in our power to unlock the trapped potential of agriculture in this country.”
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African swine fever breaks out in informal piggeries

The Delmas and Sundra districts in Mpumalanga have been placed under quarantine after pigs with African swine fever were found in nine different informal piggeries in the region.
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Parliament hears pleas to legalise horn trade

The fight against rhino poaching shifted to parliament recently when members of the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs heard oral submissions on various strategies to curb the scourge...
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SA can grow 2 million tons of soya beans by 2020

South Africa’s Protein Research Foundation (PRF), which researches and promotes the local production and processing of plant-based proteins, believes the country could, and should, be producing 2 million tons of...
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Agri schools hampered by money, skills

Sean Christie looks at the reasons for the decline in the number of agri students in our agricultural schools.
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