South Africa

Higher SA maize yield puts prices under pressure

With over 1,1 million tons more maize expected from South Africa’s 2011/2012 crop than for the preceding season, local prices have been put under pressure.

Over R3,6 billion paid to farmers in 2011/2012

The recent increase in Joburg Market’s turnover in the 2011/2012 financial year means farmers who utilise the market to sell their produce received at total of R3,6 billion.

Algal blooms pose threat to agriculture

With summer ahead, the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) has warned of the high risk of excessive algal blooms and water hyacinth in a number of eutrophic and hyper-eutrophic dams.

GM health safety questioned

Claims by French researchers that genetically modified (GM) maize causes cancer have been refuted by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa).

SA far from reaching biofuels target

Government recently announced the mandatory blending of biofuels with fossil fuels, saying that at least 5% of biodiesel had to be added to all regular diesel.

Fresh action taken to fill the gap in stock theft units

There are at least 92 vacancies in police stock theft units in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

WHO proposals threaten 10 000 SA tobacco jobs

The South African tobacco farming sector stands to lose about 10 000 jobs if the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) proposals are passed.

Fuel prices rise again

The price of petrol will increase by between 21c/l and 23c/l next Wednesday.

Joemat-Pettersson still on a ‘suspending’ spree

Agricultural minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has caused ructions within her department by suspending two more staff members.

Farmers need more tariff support

Members of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries expressed dismay at the perceived advantage farmers in trading countries have over South African farmers due to the subsidies and...

Hot branding of equines continues in SA

Despite hot branding of equines having largely been discontinued in Europe, the practice is still used by some horse owners in South Africa.

Farmers throw away ‘good’ food – Food Bank

Instead of farmers throwing away or destroying unmarketable produce, the food should be donated to the poor, said Mohamed Kajee, Food Bank South Africa managing director, at a meeting held...



Reviving generations of Brangus genetics

Harrismith breeder Dr Elsie Campher’s Helpmekaar Brangus herd embodies generations of top-quality genetics. She says the stud, founded by her father, is a ‘priceless genetic treasure’.

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