South Africa

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...

Farmers called upon to prepare for the 2012 veld fire season.

Farmers and land owners are warned to prepare for the 2012 veld fire season.

Hunters welcome government’s engagement initiative

South Africa’s wildlife ranching and hunting sectors are pleased that government has acknowledged their contributions to job creation and economic development.

Budget for agricultural disasters increases

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

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