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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.

Bid for removal of Namibia’s veterinary fence a risk for SA

A recent application submitted to the High Court to have the veterinary cordon fence (VCF) in Namibia declared unconstitutional is misguided, according to Thinus Pretorius, chairperson of the Namibian Livestock Producers’ Organisation.

Brown locust outbreaks threaten Southern Africa

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, operations and stewardship manager at CropLife South Africa, has warned that the recent huge outbreaks of brown locusts (Locustana pardalina) in Southern Africa could cause a humanitarian crisis.

Farmers urged to report crime along the SA-Lesotho border

The time has come for the citizens of Lesotho and South Africa to take hands and act against criminals surreptitiously crossing the border between the two countries.

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