South Africa

Land clashes escalating

Organised agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal is concerned about the growing trend of land dispute-related clashes in the province.

R8 billion hunting industry wants to polish its reputation

The international hunting industry has suffered bad press due to the controversial hunting of big game species by celebrities.

Leaking borders to blame for fruit fly outbreak in Limpopo

Limpopo farmers are blaming uncontrolled border movements for the recent outbreak of the invader fruit fly, Bactrocera invadens (BI).

Woolies buys Nam beef

Namibia beef processor Meatco has closed a deal with Woolworths to sell free-range certified beef from its Oshakati abattoir in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA).

Taking the bull by the horns

There’s not much one can do about escalating administered prices. Or is there? Robyn Joubert reports.

Tensions mount over mining activities on sensitive wetland

Mining giant Exxaro Resources has responded to allegations that it has drained sensitive wetlands at its mining operations at Leeuwpan coal mine, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, saying their mining activities...

Land clashes in KZN appear to be on the rise

The KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union has blamed provincial land departments’ lack of decisive action and clear communication on land issues as a significant reason for increasing land dispute-related clashes in the...

R100 farm price not to be taken at face value

A transaction where a 36 hectare KwaZulu-Natal farm was sold for R100 was merely a legal formality to expedite development on a 5 ha section of the originally 41 ha...

SA achieves ‘exceptional’ wheat yields

South Africa’s wheat farmers produced an exceptional 3,32 tons/ha average yield for the 2011 season.

Harvesting results will lend direction to agricultural machinery sales

South Africa’s agricultural machinery marketers remain cautiously optimistic that currently buoyant sales will continue throughout the rest of 2012.

‘NSPCA acted recklessly’

The South African Crocodile Farmers’ Association (SACFA) has temporarily withdrawn its support for single-pen crocodile farming following public outcry that has dubbed the practice as cruel.

Red tape blamed for DAFF’s vacant posts

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has put the blame for the high vacancy rates in the department primarily on slow verification of documents and security checks.


FAO declares 2020 International Year of Plant Health

The cultivation of healthy plants depends on healthy soils, according to Dr Hendrik Smith, a conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator at Grain SA and the Maize Trust.

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