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Zimbabwean farmers claim R1,9 billion from SA government

Zimbabwean farmers claim R1,9 billion from SA government

A group of former commercial farmers in Zimbabwe recently lodged a R1,9 billion compensation claim against the South African government and presidency for presiding over the dissolution of the South...
Paving the way for GM crop production in Africa

Paving the way for GM crop production in Africa

If countries in Africa had biosafety risk assessment systems in place it would open up opportunities for trade in genetically modified (GM) crops on the continent.
Counting the cost of Cyclone Idai’s devastation

Counting the cost of Cyclone Idai’s devastation

Governments and international aid organisations are still trying to take stock of the full extent of the damage caused by Cyclone Idai, which recently tore through central Mozambique and parts...
Call to support Namibian drought disaster fund

Call to support Namibian drought disaster fund

The Namibian Dare to Care Disaster Fund is currently standing at R2,2 million. Ryno van der Merwe, president of the Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU), said the fund had made it...
Smallholder support to be expanded in Southern Africa

Smallholder support to be expanded in Southern Africa

Solidaridad Network Trust, an international organisation working towards achieving sustainable regional production of agricultural commodities, has announced that it would be expanding its programme for smallholder sugar cane producers to...
‘Research needed to mitigate food insecurity in Africa’

‘Research needed to mitigate food insecurity in Africa’

The rise in global food insecurity is a serious cause for concern, given the ever increasing global population, especially on the African continent.
Danene van der Westhuyzen

International post for Namibian hunters’ association president

Danene van der Westhuyzen, president of the Namibia Professional Hunters’ Association (NAPHA), was recently elected to serve on the international organisation Dallas Safari Club’s (DSC) newly formed Conservation Advisory Board...
Namibian red meat producers face ‘perfect storm’

Namibian red meat producers face ‘perfect storm’

Red meat producers in Namibia are finding themselves in the midst of a perfect storm, due to relentless drought in that country and the outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease in...
Mitigating the impact of Lesotho’s wool woes on SA industry

Mitigating the impact of Lesotho’s wool woes on SA industry

It is expected that the loss of the Lesotho wool and mohair clip, due to new legislation in that country, would have a negative impact on the bottom line of...
‘Zimbabwe’s land redistribution marred by corruption’

‘Zimbabwe’s land redistribution marred by corruption’

The ruling party in Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF, has admitted that its "fast track" land redistribution programme, launched in 2000, was riddled with corruption and conflict over farm ownership.
Zimbabwe to compensate ‘land grab’ farmers

Zimbabwe to compensate ‘land grab’ farmers

Next year, Zimbabwe will pay US$53 million (R742 million) in compensation to white farmers whose farms were confiscated over the past 18 years and reallocated to black Zimbabweans.
Beef cattle

Animal disease experts from Africa to get specialist training

Nearly 200 veterinary epidemiologists in Africa are scheduled to undergo training intended to help them better combat animal diseases at grassroots level.

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Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

The double life sentences recently handed down to six convicted farm attackers by the High Court in Vryheid have been welcomed by some role players in South African agriculture.

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