Opinion - By Invitation
Wind farm poses a threat to the birds and beauty of the Karoo

A proposed wind farm on the Sneeuberg will imperil the iconic endangered blue crane, many bird species and the entire local ecosystem, warns the Nama Karoo Foundation’s Marina Beal.
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Let's get real about land use - Dr Pieter Mulder

Agricultural land must be preserved, developed and used sustainably to ensure long-term food security. Addressing the Western Cape Symposium on Conservation Agriculture, former deputy minister of agriculture Dr Pieter Mulder pointed out worrying trends, and proposed several solutions.
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Veld fires – why we need to know more

Much more research is required to understand the effect of fire on Africa’s savannas, according to Prof Winston Trollope, a fire ecologist and Working on Fire International associate. Trollope’s recommendations, contained in the Grassland Society of Southern Africa’s 2014 congress publication, centre on the use of fire as a management tool for livestock production and wildlife management.
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Game ranching: new laws needed

Speaking at the 2014 Grassland Society of Southern Africa congress, Dr Gert Dry, game farmer and past president of WRSA, stressed that SA legislation had to be amended to cater for the wildlife ranching industry.
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Citrus ban still a risk unless all stakeholders take action

The EU’s threat to ban South African citrus should serve as a wake-up call for all parties involved, says Zhann Meyer, Africa Head, Global Commodity Finance at Nedbank Capital.
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Without compromise, SA agriculture has no future

Many commercial farmers fear government’s land reform policies. Speaking at the KZN Red Meat Producers’ Organisation’s congress recently, Dr Piet Croucamp, an expert in social cohesion at the University of Johannesburg, outlined what needs to be done to allay these concerns.
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How to promote effective land reform in South Africa

Michael Lyne, associate professor at New Zealand’s Lincoln University and honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, recently presented the 2014 FR Tomlinson Memorial Lecture to the Agricultural Economics Association of SA. Here are excerpts pertaining to land reform.
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Land reform proposal: a disaster in the making

Minister Nkwinti’s radical 50:50 land reform proposal will put food security at risk and lead to increases in prices, interest rates and inflation, according to Grain SA chairperson Louw Steytler.
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Small farmer, big problem

Theoretical ideas about growing the smallholding agricultural sector sound uncomfortably like trying to re-invent the wheel, writes Roelof Bezuidenhout.
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Small-scale farmers can contribute to food security

Some commentators might believe otherwise, but SA’s policymakers need to focus on small-scale farming. It’s pivotal to the sustainability of the country’s economy, says Nico Groenewald, Standard Bank’s head of agribusiness.
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