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Red meat traceability: time to beef up the system

The traceability of food products is growing in importance across the world, and the sooner South Africa’s red meat value chain grasps its value, the better, according to Prof Frikkie Neser, animal scientist at the University of the Free State. He told Annelie Coleman that a traceability system is essential to counteract the dwindling profitability of red meat production in South Africa.
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Uplifting communal farmers in the Eastern Cape

Indwe Trust NPC, an NGO based in Cape Town, has initiated several social upliftment projects in the Eastern Cape. Co-founder and managing director Mpumelelo Ncwadi explained the motivation behind these ventures to Glenneis Kriel.
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The restructuring of Capespan SA

Capespan SA appointed Stuart Symington as new managing director earlier this year. He previously served as CEO of the Perishable Products Export Control Board and CEO of the Fresh Fruit Exporters’ Forum. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the future of Capespan SA.
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Government using land reform to drive socialism

Land reform is essentially about social and economic redress. But lately government has been using the process as part of a larger socialist agenda, says Johannes Möller, Agri SA president, in a frank interview with Annelie Coleman.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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