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Conservation farming key to a sustainable future

The theme for this year’s World Soil Day, which is celebrated on 5 December, is ‘Soil and water: A source of life’, and aims to raise awareness about the importance and relationship between soil and water in achieving sustainable and resilient agrifood systems.

Rise in poultry prices on the horizon

As the festive season approaches, there may be a looming challenge on the horizon: potential increases in poultry prices. This was according to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of Southern Africa (AMIE).

Access to health care on farms reduces HIV infection

South Africa’s agriculture sector has reason to celebrate World Aids Day today, rather than just commemorate it. HIV-positive cases have declined over the last few years as a result of awareness campaigns and access to treatment on farms.

Watch out for snakes this summer!

Summer is in full swing in South Africa with rising temperatures and rain showers. This make for ideal conditions for snakes to become more active, according to Johan Marais, CEO of the African Snakebite Institute.

Joburg market’s R32 million generator leaves fresh produce rotting

Thousands of tons of fresh produce worth an estimated R10 million is rotting on the Johannesburg Fresh Market floor as the premises has been without electricity since Saturday.

Pilot project aims to prevent whale entanglement

Vodacom South Africa and the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF SA) recently teamed up to pilot the use of a technology to safeguard marine mammals against entanglement.

Unlocking Africa’s agricultural potential

For years, people have been talking about Africa’s potential to improve global food security. Various role-players at the Africa Agri Investment Indaba, recently held in Cape Town, talked about how this can be achieved.

No cause for alarm over fowl pox

A few isolated cases of fowl pox have been reported in South Africa over the past few weeks. However, authorities say there is no need for panic as the virus was not likely to spread and could be managed through vaccination and good hygiene.
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Agri department says no need to panic, buy eggs

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is urging consumers not to resort to panic buying eggs.

Record price for Kalahari Red buck in Botswana

The Kalahari Red sire ‘Sta Soft’ (777-20-051), bred and sold by Bushra Stud in Botswana, recently fetched a record price of R165 000 (BWP120 000) at the annual Trifecta Elite Sale held at the National Agriculture Showground in Sebele.

SA’s Soil Science Society turns 70

The Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA) celebrates its platinum jubilee this year, making it one of the oldest soil science societies in the world.

New Grain SA CEO described as ‘ideal choice’

Grain SA chairperson Derek Mathews has welcomed the appointment of Dr Tobias Doyer as chief executive officer of the organisation, describing him as the ideal choice.