South Africa

Stockman’s School embraces new farmers

In a first for South Africa, the Aldam Stockman’s School is offering a course for beginner farmers.

Rabies continues to claim human victims in KZN

Three people have now become victims of KwaZulu-Natal’s rabies epidemic.

Farmers invited to apply for Nerpo infrastructure improvement loans

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organization (Nerpo) has invited smallholder farmers to start applying for the new Nerpo Farm Machinery & Infrastructural Improvement Fund, which Land Bank and the...

Unfriendly labour laws put SA at the bottom of the list

Gauteng MEC for agriculture Nandi Mayethula-Khoza said farmers must identify which labour laws prevent them from creating more jobs on farms.

R155 million earmarked for agricultural projects in NW

North West’s agriculture and rural development MEC Desbo Mohono has earmarked R155 million for the implementation of a number of agricultural projects in her 2012/2013 policy and budget speech.

Land reform could take another 50 years

If the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) doesn’t speed up the land reform process it could take another 50 years or more to reach the target of...

SA trade with Russia set to increase

In December 2011, Russia was finally invited to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). It has until 15 June to ratify its membership and, 30 days later, it will become...

Agriculture is losing the battle against mines – BFAP

About 30% of all land cultivated to soya beans in South Africa could be lost to mining in Mpumalanga. This was the finding of a report on mining compiled by...

Going for gold with kiwi fruit

A six-week gap in the European and UK markets for kiwi fruit presents a window of opportunity for South African growers.

Rumours abound about feedlot price fixing

Rumours of price fixing within the feedlot industry have intensified, but a Competition Commission enquiry doesn’t appear to be on the cards.

Government goes all out to stop KZN rabies problem

Government animal health officials have stepped up efforts to bring the deadly rabies disease under control in KwaZulu-Natal.

Export surge for dairy

Dairy exports during March and April 2012 resulted in SA’s dairy industry becoming a net exporter of dairy products for the first time in two-and-a-half years, according to the Milk...


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.

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