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Potato and onion prices see major spike as load-shedding bites

The current cost of potatoes and onions have left South African consumers reeling, with a 7kg pocket of potatoes costing at least 100% more now than it did a year ago, while a 10kg bag of onions was 63% higher year-on-year (y/y).

Final year agri students present their research projects

North-West University’s School of Geo and Spatial Sciences recently hosted a seminar during which 16 groups of BSC Agriculture final-year students at the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management presented their research projects.

Plan adopted to phase out hazardous pesticides

The adoption of a framework calling for highly hazardous pesticides in the agriculture sector to be phased out has been lauded by South African Minister for Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Barbara Creecy.

ITL strengthens its position as a leading tractor manufacturer

India’s leading tractor exporter in the 16HP to 125HP segments, International Tractors Limited (ITL), recently unveiled improvements and expansions in its existing models, along with two whole new categories, at its Global Partners Summit 200 in Gurugram, India.

World Food Day highlights impending water crisis

World Food Day is celebrated under a cloud of water troubles as the increasing incidence of both droughts and floods impacts food security.
Jaco Minnaar, Agri SA president

Food security the main focus at Agri SA congress

In his opening address at the Agri SA congress, re-elected President Jaco Minnaar emphasised the importance of improving and enhancing all factors impacting food security.

World Egg Day celebrated despite shortages

Today, as the world marks World Egg Day, eggs are perhaps more front of mind in South Africans than ever before. Unfortunately, this is due to the shortage of eggs, rather than an abundance spreading across breakfast tables.

Vets and veterinary nurses back on SA’s critical skills list

Amid several calls to address the critical shortage of veterinarians in South Africa, veterinarians and veterinary nurses have finally been reinstated to the country's critical skills list.

Agricultural machinery sales slowing down

Tractor and combine harvester sales are expected to slow over the medium term, but remain above the long-term average, according to agricultural role-players.

Latest crop estimates remain positive

The latest forecast by the Crop Estimate Committee (CEC) continues to point in a positive direction for summer and winter crop outputs in South Africa, despite threats levelled by the El Niño weather phenomenon being experienced this year.

SAPA addresses Bird Flu outbreaks, eggs & chicken meat shortages

Izaak Breitenbach, general manager of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), provides insights into the current Avian Influenza crisis impacting the poultry industry. He also addresses concerns related to egg shortages and the potential shortages of chicken meat.

Forklift innovation for the future

Combilift, a leader in forklift innovation, celebrated its 25th anniversary recently in Monaghan, Ireland. The company flew in 200 journalists from across the world to visit its headquarters.