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Banks’ multi-billion rand agri rescue plan

The Banking Association of South Africa has committed itself to an ambitious 15-year financing plan for SA agriculture. Luyolo Mkentane spoke to the association’s GM, Pierre Venter, about the options and practicalities.
Senekal calls for land reform consistency

Leading sugarcane farmer, Charl Senekal, says land reform and a strong black agri sector are crucial. But he laments the mixed messages from government and stresses that commercial farmers must not lose out in the land reform process. Luyolo Mkentane spoke to him on this issue and the KZN drought.
‘Farmers should accept unions as partners’ - Nosey Pieterse

Nosey Pieterse is the secretary general of the Building and Allied Workers’ Union of SA. He is also an emerging pig farmer. He entered the limelight during the violent farm worker strikes in late 2012 and early 2013 in the Western Cape.
Helping black farmers go commercial

Vusi Mlambo, enterprise development manager at fresh produce agent, RSA Group, has for the past six years helped thousands of local emerging farmers gain access to markets. Luyolo Mkentane spoke to him.
Safeguarding your investment in game

Gerhard Diedericks, head of Santam Agriculture, says that with the growing market for game in South Africa, especially for rare and exotic animals, and the high risk associated with this type of investment, insurance is becoming increasingly important.
Plan for aggressive revival of rural farming

Developing farmers’ lack of access to markets and facilities was highlighted by Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, in an interview with Luyolo Mkentane. The minister is also keen to ignite a passion for agriculture amongst young people.
WRSA's Dr Peter Oberem talks wildlife ranching

Wildlife ranching continues to be a fast-growing industry with a bright future, notwithstanding recent negative press that its practices harm conservation, says Dr Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching SA.
Clover upbeat about dairy’s prospects

Clover recently posted improved interim results showing a 7,9% revenue increase, a margin partly attributed to higher retail prices. Other positive news from the company was the completion of a repositioning project, Cielo Blu, followed by the acquisition of Dairybelle’s UHT plant in the Western Cape and Dairybelle’s yoghurt plant in Bloemfontein. An upbeat Johann Vorster, Clover’s CEO, spoke to Nan Smith.
Keep it the way nature intended!

It’s time to get back on the natural track and keep South Africa’s game herds wild and healthy, says Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, president of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association.
Finding realistic ways to boost Southern Africa’s agri output

More than 30 million people in Southern Africa do not have access to enough food. The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (Stias) is examining ways in which agricultural production can be increased in a sustainable way. Stias fellow Dr Janos Bogardi talks to Glenneis Kriel.
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