South Africa

Producers question the 12,35 million tons maize estimate by the CEC

South African maize producers are sceptical about the National Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) latest maize harvest approximation of 12,35 million tons.

Farmers failing to keep up with the new wage agreement

About 900 farmers have asked the labour department to be exempted from paying their workers the new minimum wage of R105/day, Minister Mildred Oliphant said according to the South African...

Promote farming among the youth – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma urged traditional leaders to help government to promote farming among young, rural people, the South African Press Association reported.

New archive for historical water records launched

The Water Research Commission (WRC), together with North West University’s (NWU’s) Vaal Campus, are in the process of establishing the South African Water History Archival Repository (SAWHAR).

2013 national tractor sales see slight drop

New tractor sales for the year-to-date February 2013 in South Africa were 5% down on the 1 590 units sold during the same period in 2012.

Adverse weather to increase malnutrition

Climate change will be responsible for a 21% decline in food intake by 2050 in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Impact of new minimum wage on apple and pear farmers

According to South Africa’s largest apple and pear supplier, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, the minimum wage increase for farm workers – from R69/day to R105/day – will see some farmers exiting...

Discussion on tax rebates for private security expenses welcomed

Farmers’ union, TAU SA, has welcomed the Treasury’s undertaking to discuss the possibility of implementing a tax rebate for taxpayers’ private security expenses with trade union Solidarity.

Cattle sold to settle department’s bill – DA

The Mpumalanga department of agriculture has allegedly sold 310 cattle worth an estimated R1,3 million in order to repay money owed to Dr Job Mthombeni, Mpumalanga president of the African...

Land reform department spends R1billion on consultants

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) spent R1 billion on consultants over three years from 2009 to 2011.

Landownership important for smallholders to afford minimum wage

Smallholder farmers could afford to pay the new minimum wage if they were competitive and successful.

Huge increase in fuel prices for March

An increase of 81c/l in the price of petrol from next Wednesday was announced by the Department of Energy.

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