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Strong tractor sales figures for June

Analysts of South Africa’s agricultural machinery sales expressed surprise about the 18,8% year-on-year increase in tractor sales for June.
2018 Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge

Entries open for 2018 Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge

Thousands of entries are expected for the 2018 Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge to be held on 25 August.
Brucellosis control faces multiple challenges

Brucellosis control faces multiple challenges

State and private vets as well as animal health technicians (AHTS) face many challenges in their efforts to control brucellosis in South Africa.
Urgent access to more avocado export markets needed – Subtrop

Urgent access to more avocado export markets needed – Subtrop

A large avocado harvest means the industry needs to access more export markets to remain sustainable, according to the South African Subtropical Growers Association (Subtrop).
Fuel price fallout for agri value chain

Fuel price fallout for agri value chain

Economists have warned that the latest fuel price increase could filter down the value chain and have an impact on food prices, and that the global oil price highs might...
Govt to hold ‘landmark’ census of SA commercial agriculture

Govt to hold ‘landmark’ census of SA commercial agriculture

Plans for the first stage of the most comprehensive census ever conducted of South African agriculture were announced in Gauteng on Monday.
Protect livestock against pneumonia in winter

Protect livestock against pneumonia in winter

Livestock producers need to carefully manage their cattle herds and sheep flocks during the current cold spell because Pasteurella pneumonia is a real danger without sufficient cover and nutrition, according...
More rain needed to break Western Cape drought

More rain needed to break Western Cape drought

In spite of good rains over the past week and Day Zero being averted in the Cape metropole, Western Cape farmers still need a lot of rain for the drought...
‘SA needs ethical land reform’

‘SA needs ethical land reform’

To date, discussions about land reform have concentrated on political, economic and legal aspects. While these are essential, they will not be enough.
2018 soya bean crop expected to be biggest in SA history

2018 soya bean crop expected to be largest in SA history

The Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) fifth production forecast estimated that the 2018 summer soya bean crop could be the largest in South Africa’s history.
Farmers urged to act timeously to prevent Rift Valley fever

Farmers urged to vaccinate livestock against Rift Valley fever

Animal health practitioners are urging livestock farmers to vaccinate their livestock against Rift Valley fever now, as all signs were pointing to the possibility of a large outbreak in the...
Wildlife welfare laws need updating

Wildlife welfare laws need updating

South Africa’s laws governing the welfare of wild animals under the ‘physical control of humans’ need to be updated. This is the view of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER)...

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