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OVK increases turnover despite ‘challenging conditions’

The agribusiness, OVK Group, has announced an increase of 8, 55% in turnover for the 2018/2019 financial year compared with the previous year.

No serious injuries reported after Astral chemical leak

A chemical leak at one of Astral’s processing plants in Olifantsfontein had resulted in the hospitalisation of 15 of the food manufacturer’s staff.
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Ceres growers help drought-stricken Karoo farmers

A group of growers from Ceres recently made the journey to Sutherland to support the hardest hit growers in the drought-stricken Karoo.
Kgalema Motlanthe

Parliament must right land expropriation detour – Motlanthe

According to former president Kgalema Motlanthe, South Africa would not be able to build a thriving economy if private property rights became eroded.
Prof Sidi Osho

Adapting climate smart adoption through trade

The implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which was launched in July 2019 in Niger could help African countries with climate-smart agriculture adaptation through generating export earnings...

‘Fresh produce markets must remain relevant’

Over the past 10 years, the fresh produce market value chain was estimated to have generated over R140 billion worth of turnover in the agriculture sector.

Portfolio committee condemns attack on farm manager

Disputes among land reform claimants and beneficiaries should be referred to existing formal land reform processes for arbitration, instead of parties resorting to violence.

SA winter fire season in full swing

The fire season is in full swing for the majority of South Africa, with dry conditions prevalent throughout the country.

Stolen maize costs Free State farmers millions

The plundering of maize lands in the Free State has become a massive problem for farmers in the region, leading to the loss of millions of rand.
Ostrich processors challenge CompCom merger prohibition

Ostrich processors challenge CompCom merger prohibition

Two of South Africa’s largest ostrich processing and marketing companies, Klein Karoo International and Mosstrich, are contesting the Competition Commission’s (CompCom) decision taken earlier this year to prohibit their proposed...
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Optimism about state-subsidised crop insurance scheme

There is cautious optimism that a government-subsidised crop insurance scheme will materialise in the near future, according to Jannie de Villiers, CEO of Grain SA.
Protracted Oak Valley Estate protest deadlocks over wages

Protracted Oak Valley Estate protest deadlocks over wages

A protest by farmworkers outside Oak Valley Estate near Grabouw is now in its seventh week. The strike action is being led by the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers...

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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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