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Court decision awaited in hemp, cannabis dispute

The Gaborone High Court will deliver judgment in a case in which Fresh Standard, a Botswana-based company, is fighting for the right to obtain a licence to grow hemp and cannabis plants for industrial use on Kangwe farms.

Action against uranium mining in Namibia welcomed

The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) has welcomed the decision by that country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform to withdraw two permits issued for the drilling of 37 boreholes for exploration and hydrogeological purposes in the Stampriet Basin.

Cost of farming escalates for producers in Namibia

The rising inflation rate in Namibia can partly be ascribed to the unprecedented spike in the price of agricultural inputs this year.

New data tool aims to fight Southern Africa’s wildlife crime

The African investigative environmental journalism group, Oxpeckers, has launched the #WildEye Southern Africa online tool to help map and track wildlife crime in Southern Africa.

Over two million hectares destroyed by wildfires in Namibia

An estimated 2,5 million hectares have been destroyed by forest and veld fires in Namibia so far this year.

Charcoal production ‘a valuable source’ of income on farms

Charcoal production in Namibia formed an important part of on-farm diversification and offered farmers a valuable source of additional income.

‘Livestock farming remains a cornerstone of Namibia’s economy’

The Namibian agriculture sector’s contribution to that country’s GDP grew from 4,5% in 2019 to almost 6,6% in 2020.

‘Import restrictions could save Namibia’s dairy sector’

In order to save Namibia’s ailing dairy industry the industry would have to restrict the volume of imported dairy products.

Sharp rise in elephant numbers a threat to farms in Namibia

Human-elephant conflict in Namibia has had a significant impact on the production potential of farms, and has become a serious threat to the country’s animal health status.

New foot-and-mouth disease strain detected in Namibia

A new strain of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which was first detected in Zambia in 2019, has now been identified in Namibia.

Negligence blamed for wildfires in Namibia

At least half of the recent wildfires that have been destroying thousands of hectares of grazing in Namibia have been caused by negligence, according to Piet Gous, Namibian Agricultural Union president.

Traceability to open beef export opportunities for Zimbabwe

A livestock traceability system in Zimbabwe is crucial to gain access to global markets and improve the national herd’s health status. This was according to the country’s deputy minister of agriculture Vangelis Haritotod.

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