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Police bust KZN hydroponic dagga grower

A search by police of a house in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, recently yielded a R1,2 million haul of hydroponically grown dagga.
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Destructive banana fungus spreads from Asia to Africa

The UN warned of possible “massive destruction” of the annual global $5 billion (R52 billion) banana crop as the TR4 strain of Panama disease spreads from Asia to Africa and the Middle East.
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Fuel price increases much higher than inflation

Over the past 15 years the price of fuel in South Africa increased by more than 560%, according to Eqstra Fleet Management.
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Massive EC water infrastructure investment unveiled

Water supply in the Eastern Cape is set to improve with the launch of the R12,45 billion Mzimvubu Water Project in Tsolo Junction, reported SAnews.gov.za.
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Government’s 50% plan unconstitutional – Grain SA

Grain SA (GSA) called upon its members to remain calm and await the outcome of the elections – and undertook to protect grain farmers' rights as entrenched in the Constitution, should the ‘50% notion’ be seriously entertained by government.
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ASUF mourns the passing of Ntombi Msimang

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF) chairperson Ntombi Msimang passed away on Sunday night, said ASUF in a statement.
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The 2014 North West Young Farmer of the Year

Sakkie van Zyl from Wolmaranstad is the 2014 North West Young Farmer of the Year.
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How agribusinesses are improving lives

Agbiz, which represents agriculture businesses, has launched a publication emphasising the role many of these businesses play in improving the lives of people in rural communities.
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New reference price for imported sugar offers only temporary relief

While the South African sugar industry is grateful for the new Dollar Based Reference Price (DBRP) that may help to curb rampant imports of cheap sugar, feelings remain that this measure will be unsustainable in the medium to long term.
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Land reform proposals undermine NDP – SAIRR

During the past six months government has been pushing forward with a number of new laws that comprehensively contradict the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), said Anthea Jeffery, head of policy research at the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).
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Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
Yes, smallscale farmers contribute to global food production.
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There is a place for both smallscale and commercial farming in SA.
Last week's poll
Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84%)
Will threaten food security. (39.21%)
Mathematically impossible. (5.26%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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