South Africa

Racism, politics must be kept out of farming – Salam Abram

Government appointments made according to political favour, rather than ability, is one of the biggest problems facing the agricultural industry.

Fracking fears are for real

Swayed by the evidence, geo-hydrologist Prof Gerrit van Tonder told Roelof Bezuidenhout why he no longer supports fracking.

New cases of bird flu a blow to ostrich farmers

The H5N2 avian influenza virus that has plagued the local ostrich industry since it was first detected on a farm near Oudtshoorn in April last year has reared its ugly...

George Nicholas moves to Eastern Cape

George Nicholas, who has been associated with Farmer’s Weekly since 1944, was recently treated to a farewell luncheon at AgriSA’s Centurion offices.

Sheep scab campaign to kick start in N Cape

Organised agriculture has welcomed the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s Veterinary Services’ plan to launch the sheep scab campaign.

Pontiff focuses on the Horn of Africa

Pope Benedict XVI recently held a private audience at the Vatican with José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Tough year for apples and pears

It has been a tough season for apple and pear farmers who have had to cope with heavy rains during the flowering season, which negatively affects fruit quality and the...

Organised agriculture has many questions for new police commissioner

South Africa’s farmers’ unions are keen to meet the new National Police Commissioner, Mangwashi Phiyegi, to find out her plans on dealing with rural safety and security concerns.

One agriculture, one vision

The theme for Agri Mega Week 2012, which takes place in Bredasdorp from Thursday, 13 September, to Saturday, 15 September, is “One agriculture, one vision”.

Late sunflower harvest

Nearly 19,5 % of the 2012 sunflower harvest has been delivered so far, according to the latest statistics from the SA Grain Information Service (SAGIS).

Former MP killed on farm

Former ANC MP David Dlali was murdered on his farm near Matatiele in the Eastern Cape recently.

Global food price softens

Global food prices dropped 4% in May, according to the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO’s) Food Price Index which fell to its the lowest level since September 2011.

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