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Wind and unseasonal rain cause consternation in Western Cape

A Stellenbosch wine estate is faced with thousands of rands’ worth of damages after a strong southeaster wind nearly ruined an entire vineyard block over the weekend.
NWK invests in the future of South Africa's young people

NWK invests in the future of South Africa’s young people

Agriculture business NWK recently handed over laptops worth about R244 000 to the top-performing Grade 12 learners for 2019 at 20 schools in the Ditsobotla district in North West.
‘SA consumers becoming better educated about rooibos health benefits’

‘SA consumers becoming better educated about rooibos health benefits’

South Africa’s consumers, as well as the rooibos value chain, are now far more knowledgeable about the health benefits of this uniquely South African plant and the variety of products...

New agriculture development agency to be launched in February

The much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA) will be officially launched on 18 February at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT) to be held in Pretoria.
Farmers must be vigilant for presence of fall armyworm moths

Farmers must be vigilant for presence of fall armyworm moths

Farmers have been urged to remain alert to the presence of fall armyworm (FAW) during the 2019/2020 crop production season, and to regularly scout their crops for larvae and eggs...
gerbil crop damage

Farmers urged to scout for gerbils to prevent crop damage

Widespread outbreaks of gerbil infestations have been reported in the summer grain production regions, with damage being reported in the Free State, North West and KwaZulu- Natal. This was according...

Court case to lift ban on auctions to be heard on...

A court application filed by two auction companies, a co-operative, a commercial farmer and a group of 50 emerging farmers to lift the national ban on auctions will be heard...

Macadamia and avocado theft costs industry millions

The popularity and profitability of avocados and macadamias have resulted in a double-edged sword, with theft of the produce becoming increasingly rampant.

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in Northern Cape municipalities

Joint monitoring and control efforts by both public and private sector role players have resulted in the successful eradication of the highly invasive and destructive oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)...

The importance of veld management after drought

Veld damaged by drought needs to be assiduously managed after the arrival of rain in order to conserve grazing potential and to avoid serious damage to plant species.

Industry leaders wishes for farming in 2020

Wrapping up 2019 and getting ready for 2020, industry leaders in the agriculture sector share some of their wishes for the new year with Farmer’s Weekly.

‘Livestock producers must adapt to climate change’

The bulk of animal production in South Africa takes place on natural veld and mainly in the savanna, grassland and Karoo biomes.

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SA potato industry to have greater access to Mondial variety

SA potato industry to have greater access to Mondial variety

South Africa’s potato production industry is set to gain from a settlement agreement approved recently by the Competition Tribunal (CompTrib).

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