South Africa

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The South African Crocodile Farmers’ Association (SACFA) has temporarily withdrawn its support for single-pen crocodile farming following public outcry that has dubbed the practice as cruel.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

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.

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