South Africa

January tractor sales up 28% year-on-year

Market sentiment in the agriculture machinery sector remains positive with a significant increase in tractor sales for the month of January.

Farming sector warns of job losses due to minimum wage hike

Minister of Employment and Labour Thembelani Nxesi recently announced that the minimum wage for farmworkers has increased by 16% to bring it in line with the national minimum wage.

Travel ban lifted for South Africans to work on US farms

South Africans looking to take advantage of work opportunities on US farms need to have a strong work ethic and, where applicable, the necessary skills to reliably undertake what farmers there expected of them.

Biofuel production could help revive SA sugar industry

Establishing partnerships between government, the private sector and foreign investors is an important step to launching biofuels projects through innovative financing models in South Africa.

Nampo 2021 postponed to August

Nampo Harvest Day 2021 has officially been postponed to August. The event was initially supposed to be held from 11 to 14 May, but was now scheduled to take place on 17 to 20 August at Nampo Park in Bothaville.

Seven retailers identified for ginger, garlic price gouging

Skyrocketing garlic and ginger prices prompted the National Consumer Commission (NCC) to launch an investigation into allegations of price gouging.

Deadline extended for comment on new Expropriation Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure has announced that the deadline for written submissions by interested parties on the Expropriation Bill [B23 – 2020] has been extended from 10 to 28 February.

Good weather aids SA’s 2020/2021 table grape crop

Intake volumes for South African table grapes are expected to increase to between 65,3 million and 69,8 million 4,5kg-equivalent cartons, according to the South African Table Grape Industry’s (SATI) third crop estimate for the 2020/2021 season, released on Wednesday, 3 February.

Sharp drop in rhino poaching due to lockdown travel bans

South Africa lost 394 rhinos to poachers in 2020, but according to the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, this was the lowest figure for the past six consecutive years.

Expropriation bill ‘will limit property rights’ in SA

Free State Agriculture (FSA) remains vehemently opposed to certain clauses in the Expropriation Bill and seriously questions government’s sincerity with regard to the issue of land expropriation and ownership, according to Francois Wilken, FSA president.

Latest crop estimates show gains in maize, soya beans

The recently released 2020/2021 summer crop planting estimates from the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) indicate that farmers have planted about a 6,2% larger area to grain and oilseed crops at 4,19 million hectares.

Cost of diesel expected to continue rising throughout 2021

After starting the year with fuel price increases of more than 40c/ℓ for petrol and 55c/ℓ for diesel, the Automobile Association (AA) indicated that it expected the petrol price for both grades to increase sharply by more than 80c/ℓ in February.

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