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Big jump in September agri machinery sales

Big jump in September agri machinery sales

South Africa’s agricultural machinery sales recovered strongly in September after a dismal performance the preceding month.
SSA outlines what to expect during agricultural census

What to expect from the upcoming agricultural census

The Census of Commercial Agriculture that will run from 15 October 2018 to June 2019, will cover all South African farming operations, according to statistician-general Risenga Maluleke.
Patrice Motsepe AgriSA Congress

Black and white farmers’ fortunes intrinsically linked – Motsepe

Speaking in fluent Afrikaans, billionaire mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, said in his address at the recent Agri SA annual congress in Pretoria, that he was confident that when South Africans...
Pigeon Pea

Research shows benefits of protein-rich pigeon pea

Unlike other legumes, the pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) has been largely neglected by science. This was according to Dr Alina Mofokeng, a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) -...
Local procurement and agri exports to boost employment

Local procurement and agri exports to boost employment

An agreement to boost local procurement will boost demand for local products, according to a statement issued by Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) during the recent Jobs Summit convened by...
Farming towns

Why more and more farmers struggle with depression

Farmers face constant uncertainty: weather, politics and market fluctuations are all factors out of their control. Clinical psychologist Adri Prinsloo spoke to Lindi Botha about how this, combined with relative...
Water saving urged as dam levels start declining

Water saving urged as dam levels start declining

South Africa’s dam levels are currently at “comfortable” levels but uncertainty over the impact of El Niño on summer rainfall patterns means that water has to be used wisely.

70% of commercial farmers experienced crime in 2017

Seven out of 10 South African commercial farmers experienced crime in one form or another last year. The total direct cost of these crimes for the year amounted to more...
Farm sales under pressure due to demand slowdown

Farm sales under pressure due to demand slowdown

Despite the debate about expropriation without compensation and the economic impact thereof on the agriculture sector, there is still demand for agricultural land in South Africa, according to Karl Markram,...

Smaller maize harvest anticipated – Crop Estimates Committee

Commercial maize production during the 2017/2018 season will total 12,93 million tons, 2,09% down from the previous estimate, according to the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC).
Zokwana speaks out about ‘waste of resources’

Zokwana speaks out about ‘waste of resources’

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has decried the squandering of resources by retaining officials in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) at inflated salaries.
Latest stats show slight decrease in rhino poaching

Latest stats show slight decrease in rhino poaching

There has been a decline in the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa, with 508 falling victim to poachers in the year ending 31 August 2018, compared with...

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