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Bridging the gaps – Winde’s plans for the Western Cape

Alan Winde, the Western Cape’s new MEC for agriculture, economic development and tourism, intends unblocking bureaucracy and creating an agri-friendly environment.
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Helen Zille's take on SA agriculture

DA leader Helen Zille believes that agriculture has a critical role to play in addressing unemployment and poverty.
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New agri minister to farmers: ‘Let’s sit down and talk’

Newly appointed minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, says he wants to govern the sector on the basis of open dialogue between government and agriculture stakeholders.
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Where have all the young people gone?

Agri science student Lisa Coetzee was one of only two South Africans chosen to attend the Youth Ag Summit in Canada in 2013. Building on her experiences there, she has formed an organisation dedicated to youth in agriculture. Annelie Coleman spoke to her.
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Farmers can benefit from packaging innovations

Azapak supplies packaging to the agriculture sector. Managing director Yagen Padayachee told Denene Erasmus about his company’s latest products.
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Weak rand, superb clip boost SA wool industry

A wool farmers are benefiting from high international wool prices and a weak rand. But it’s not just the exchange rate that’s in their favour, it’s the top quality of their clip and the fact that local wool is produced in an environmentally friendly manner. Annelie Coleman asked National Wool Growers’ Association chairperson, Harry Prinsloo, why SA wool was so sought-after.
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The importance of performance recording

The International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) aims to promote the development and improvement of performance recording and evaluation of livestock. Annelie Coleman spoke to ICAR president Uffe Lauritsen.
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The Free Market Foundation’s land reform initiative

Stanley Karombo talks to Gail Day of the FMF about its project to convert 33 000 council-owned urban plots to full freehold title. If the government adopted a similar approach, Day says, it could inject about R3 billion into SA’s economy.
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Tunnel farming: SA goes Dutch

Greenport Holland International (GHI), comprising 50 Dutch horticultural businesses, has formed as partnership with SA companies and stakeholders in the industry. Called the RSA-NED platform, it seeks to develop a successful SA horticultural sector. GHI’s Harm Mater talks to Nan Smith.
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Dealing with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Hanlie Snyman from the Institute for Disability Innovation (IDI) in the Northern Cape explains the need for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) awareness, support, prevention, as well as skills training programmes for pregnant women.
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