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Call for loans to distressed mohair growers

The Mohair Trust will consider making its stabilisation fund available to assist South Africa’s mohair farmers, who are currently reeling from the effects of adverse weather conditions, according to Davey...
Prison service investigates large-scale livestock thefts

Prison service investigates large-scale livestock thefts

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) was currently investigating several cases of theft of agricultural livestock at its St Albans and Middledrift correctional centres in the Eastern Cape.

Indigenous crop seed bank for North West

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DARD) recently expanded its seed bank project to the North West. This was the third seed bank project in the country,...
Second SONA of 2019 lacks detail on implementation – analysts

Second SONA of 2019 lacks detail on implementation – analysts

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the year in Parliament on Thursday has been met with some scepticism, with many analysts saying the address was...
Cost pressures weigh on food prices in first quarter of 2019

Cost pressures weigh on food prices in first quarter of 2019

The exchange rate of the rand against major currencies along with higher commodity prices had played a significant role in the 0,3% month-on-month (m/m) increase in the consumer price index.
Challenging economic climate drives used machinery sales

Challenging economic climate drives used machinery sales

While nationwide sales of new tractors and combine harvesters have taken a knock this year, demand for used agricultural machinery is strong.
Livestock farmers urged to prepare for upcoming cold snaps

Livestock farmers urged to prepare for upcoming cold snaps

With South Africa now officially in the grip of winter, the country’s livestock farmers need to keep a constant close eye on short-term weather forecasts.
Agri role players’ wish list for SONA

Agricultural role players’ wish list for SONA

In his second State of the Nation Address this year, to be delivered in Parliament on Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa it is expected to present a plan to address...

Focus on market access at agribusiness conference

The 2019 Agribusiness Africa Conference, hosted by South Africa’s largest English language agricultural publication, Farmer’s Weekly, will bring together top speakers and a range of stakeholders from across the agriculture,...

Mice ‘run amok’ in Swartland croplands

Mice and worm infestations in crops in the Swartland have been causing serious damage, with the cost of preventative measures and replanting already running into millions of rand.
‘Not a good year for SA’s agricultural machinery market’

‘Not a good year for SA’s agricultural machinery market’

A combination of “unsurprising” factors was creating negative sentiment among buyers, which resulted in the market for tractors and combine harvesters in South Africa not having a good year so...

‘New tax can help SA agriculture reduce carbon emissions’

The Carbon Tax Act that was recently signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa, and came into effect on 1 June, could create opportunities for the local agriculture sector to...

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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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