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Lack of transparency clouds touted land claim progress

The South African government has to date spent R25 billion to settle land claims. Hectares bought and transferred to land claimants equate to 3,9 million.

Pig farm quarantined after outbreak of African swine fever

Pig farmers have been advised to strengthen biosecurity measures to protect their pigs against African swine fever.

Macadamias are on the mend

The macadamia nut industry is entering a recovery phase as low prices stimulate demand and value-adding. Over the last two years, the crop fetched significantly lower prices as world economies took a downturn after the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Poultry market inquiry unnecessary, says SAPA

The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the poultry industry value chain to determine whether there are any market features that impede, restrict or distort competition.

Poor machinery sales for South Africa

With another potentially massive fuel price increase on the cards for the country in March, South Africa’s poor agricultural machinery sales may be set to continue into the year.
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Massive crop losses for Canadian fruit farmers after ‘deep freeze’

Fruit farmers in British Columbia in Canada are calling for government assistance to survive after entire crops of fruit such as peaches, plums, cherries and nectarines were wiped out.

ARC conference highlights innovative SA agricultural research

Opening the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s (DALLRD) joint conference that was held recently at the ARC Roodeplaat, agriculture minister Thoko Didiza said that this event was celebrating and showcasing the innovative work of researchers at the ARC and government.

Wheat developments to boost farmers’ profitability

A shift from wheat quality to wheat yields in the approval of new varieties promises to increase yields by up to 5%, according to Corné Louw, senior economist at Grain SA.

World Pulses Day highlights this miracle food

World Pulses Day on 10 February is of particular importance this year as the food sector the world over seeks solutions to improve soil health and increase food security.

Prolonged power outage in Western Cape

Eskom said on Sunday (4 February) that it had experienced a major network fault as gale-force winds and downpours caused extensive damaged to the Laingsburg/Touwsrivier 132kV power lines, affecting several Western Cape towns in the Central Karoo, Garden Route and Overberg regions.

Mixed reactions to SONA 2024

Opposition parties and agricultural role players feel that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) was out of touch with reality and used as a tool to raise votes.

Brazil may lose top maize exporter spot due to drought

The Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor in the US has indicated that agricultural economists agree Brazil will remain the world’s top exporter of soya bean in the 2023/24 season.