South Africa

Legal action looming against Pampoenboere

AfriForum Youth is considering legal action against the Potchefstroom Agricultural College (known as the Pampoenboere) after the failure of ongoing efforts to get the college to address its dilapidated infrastructure.

Farmers must prepare for veld fire season

Farmers and landowners in central South Africa have been asked to be vigilant with the advent of the annual veld fire season.

Rhino owners plead for urgent lifting of horn sales ban

The Private Rhino Owners’ Association (PROA) is pleading with government to fast-track an application to have the moratorium on the legal trade in rhino horns from South Africa lifted.

Kiwi disease traced to China

An international research team has used DNA sequencing technology to trace the devastating kiwi fruit pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (PSA) back to its likely place of origin – China.

An increase in the budget for agricultural disasters

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has set aside over R2,8 billion for disaster management in the next year.

Poultry in distress despite import duties

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) is making progress in the war on dumping of chicken leg quarters with the import duty for the US increasing to R9,40/kg.

Parliament grills OBP on vaccines

Members of parliament have found Onderstepoort Biological Products’ response to claims that some of its vaccines have failed somewhat unconvincing. Denene Erasmus reports.

Mining in Nyl River flood plain threatens agricultural survival

Proposed mining by Sylvania Resources in the Nyl River flood plain has landowners up in arms over the possible destruction of the sensitive ecosystem.

Eskom’s efforts to minimise wildlife electrocutions welcomed

Ongoing efforts by national electricity provider, Eskom, to minimise the risk of wildlife electrocutions around the country have been welcomed by conservationists.

Johne’s disease outbreak in the Eastern Cape

An outbreak of Johne’s disease has been confirmed on a farm in the Barkly East district in the Eastern Cape, and the farm was placed under quarantine in April.

Pump price adds to administered cost pressure

May’s pump price increase of 28c/l for petrol and 8,4c/l for diesel will escalate the agriculture industry’s fuel bill by R84 million a year.

Crocodile farmer in hot water

Single-pen crocodile farming has come under fire after Coen Labuschagne, owner of Metcroc Boerdery in northern KwaZulu-Natal, was charged with animal cruelty by the National Council of Societies for the...



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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