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Organic vs GM crops in Africa

GM crops are no instant solution for feeding Africa, but neither is pure organic farming. The solution lies somewhere in between. So says Dr Charlie Reinhardt, extraordinary professor in weed science at the University of Pretoria and dean of Villa Crop Protection’s Villa Academy.
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Raising SA’s ‘speed limit’

Prof Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University and Venezuela’s former minister of planning, looks at the economic challenges facing South Africa. He delivered this presentation at a recent symposium in Johannesburg.
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Why credit ratings matter, even to farmers

When South Africa’s credit rating was left intact just before the festive season, a cautious sigh of relief reverberated throughout South Africa’s financial markets and government corridors. Why are credit ratings so crucial and what would a downward revision mean to farmers? Jaco Visser looks at the importance of these measures.
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The keys to unlocking Africa’s food potential

To feed its own population of two billion by 2044, let alone become the world’s breadbasket, Africa will have to rely on commercial farmers. So says Brienne van der Walt, managing executive of Absa and Barclays Africa Agribusiness. In the same way, the success of land transformation in SA will depend on whether it is done through commercial or small-scale farming.
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Regulating antibiotic usage – Germany leads the way

The European Union is increasingly coming down hard on indiscriminate use of antibiotics in livestock production, posing many challenges for farmers. Speaking at EuroTier 2014 in Germany, Dr Hans-Joachim Götz, president of the German Federal Association of Practising Veterinary Surgeons, outlined a new systematic approach to the problem.
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Man vs wildlife: a balancing act

Roelof Bezuidenhout reacts to a recent Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) fact sheet dealing with human impact on wildlife and its ecological fallout.
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New Year messages for 2015

Leaders in South African agriculture look back on the achievements and challenges of 2014 while anticipating the demands and opportunities of the year ahead.
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Empowering the small farmer

SA smallholder farmers have access to the best research, the most comprehensive supply of inputs, and the most sophisticated financial sector in Africa. Now is the time for them to wean themselves off government support and take charge of their future. Jaco Visser looks at ways to achieve this.
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Farmers - time to wake up to the future

Dr Piet Croucamp, political analyst and Namibian sheep farmer, spoke to farmers at Agri Limpopo’s annual congress on agriculture in South Africa over the next 20 years.
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Let’s grow SA’s agri sector!

At the Afasa congress in Pretoria earlier this year, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana made a strong case for sensible, ongoing discussions between stakeholders, and the return to a good work ethic in the public sector. These, he said, are important for effective transformation in agriculture.
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