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Land reform – let’s stay out of the boxing ring

SA’s land reform debacle could destroy everything achieved since 1994, warns communications expert Prof David Venter. He was speaking at the recent Hortgro Science Symposium held near Franschhoek.
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‘We need experienced positive people’ - Gwede Mantashe

Speaking on strategy to Eastern Cape farmers, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe stressed that white commercial farmers were the key to successful transformation. Moreover, rational and positive debate was needed to ensure that everyone benefited.
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Uniting for growth - government and farmers

KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Cyril Xaba recently addressed farmers at the KZN Poultry Institute in Pietermaritzburg, sharing his strategy of forming partnerships in the sector.
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Agri schools: time to reassess

Government wants to see more small-scale farmers undergoing formal education in agriculture. For this to work, a new kind of agri school is needed, says educational consultant Dr Willem Burger.
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Land reform: time to take the initiative

How will producers and agribusiness be affected if the agriculture sector cannot come up with a plan for land reform? In no way must food security be put at risk, says Agbiz CEO John Purchase.
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Transforming agriculture: where is the magic?

Concern has often been expressed over the government’s perceived reluctance to give the National Development Plan its full commitment. Professor Mohammed Karaan, Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at the University of Stellenbosch, offers his views on how to make the NDP come alive.
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How ‘predator-friendly’ are Anatolian guard dogs?

A number of stock farmers have been using Anatolian guard dogs to deter predators rather than kill them. The results are mixed. The decision of Woolworths to sell predator-friendly lamb has raised the issue yet again. Human wildlife conflict manager Thys de Wet takes a closer look at guard dogs.
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Smallholder ‘cluster farmers’

Smaller farmers struggle to sustainably produce large quantities of quality crops and get them to market. The ‘cluster farming’ concept is changing that, says Diale Mokgojwa of Standard Bank.
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The ongoing battle for sustainable land reform in SA

Government’s many land reform policies and legislation may be intimidating for South Africa’s commercial farmers, but organised agriculture is striving to ensure that these are developed and implemented fairly. Sandy la Marque, CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union, explains.
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Energy-saving efficiency

Grain farm operating expenses have increased steadily over the past decade, with the high costs of inputs, especially electricity, becoming one of the most serious challenges facing farmers. But the sector has great potential for efficiency improvements, says Andrew Etzinger, senior general manager at Eskom’s Integrated Demand Management department.
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