South Africa

Water users must be treated equally

The Department of Water Affairs’ announcement that it will take action against farmers illegally using water from the Vaal River should be broadened to include members of the mining industry.

Erecting fences in the memories of elephants

The capacity of an elephant to retain memories may be helpful in dealing with human-wildlife conflict, like that experienced between subsistence farmers and crop-raiding elephants.

Massmart to launch Direct Farm Programme

With the Competition Commission having approved the Walmart-Massmart merger, the company plans to launch its Direct Farm Programme (DFP), which will be used to develop suppliers, in particular small and medium-sized black farmers.

US drought sends maize price to new heights

Consumers and farmers alike will bear the brunt of the drought in the US which has sent maize prices soaring.

Poor service delivery bad for agribusinesses

Poor service delivery, infrastructure constraints, distrust in government officials and the cost of crime are having an adverse effect on competitiveness in the agribusiness sector. Denene Erasmus reports.

An early summer?

Was this leopard tortoise washed from its winter hideaway under the shrubs in the Karoo hills or from a disused animal burrow by a downpour,

Brine proposals could boost prices

A proposed amendment by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to the Agricultural Product Standards Act will reduce the content of brine in chicken to 4% of total mass.

Phase 2 of Lesotho Highlands Water Project well underway

Work on Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is advancing, with plans still on track to deliver the first water by 2020.

SA prepares for fire season

Landowners in the central provinces need to burn firebreaks before the end of July in preparation for the wildfire high season of August, September and October.

Disaster relief in the lower Orange region

Payment of disaster aid to farmers affected by the 2010/11 floods in the Lower Orange River region has commenced.

Farmers well prepared for winter weather

Farmers in the Western Cape suffered minimal damage and livestock losses due to heavy rainfall, snow and bitter cold conditions experienced in most parts of the province during July.

SA’s Foot-and-Mouth Disease Protection Zone likely to be reduced

South African government veterinary authorities are likely to reduce the area of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Protection Zone in Northern Zululand.

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