South Africa

Unsafe food claims over 400 000 lives every year

Every year 420 000 people die, while 600 million fall ill around the world as a result of consuming unsafe food, according to the UN’s World Health Organization.
‘Cost of FMD outbreak could reach R10 billion’

‘Cost of South Africa’s FMD outbreak could reach R10 billion’

It has been estimated that the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in South Africa could cost the red meat value chain as much as R10 billion.
Agriculture expected to recover from poor showing in 1st quarter

Agriculture expected to recover from poor showing in 1st quarter

Output by the agriculture sector contracted 13,2% quarter-on-quarter in the first three months of 2019, thus contributing to overall negative economic growth of 3,2% for South Africa over this period.
Carbon tax ‘bad news for farmers’

Carbon tax ‘bad news for farmers’

It is expected that the new carbon tax to be levied on fuel, coupled with the expected local diesel price increase, would result in diesel consumers paying 20c/l more from...
SA’s foot-an-mouth disease outbreak officially over

SA’s foot-and-mouth disease outbreak officially over

South Africa is currently engaging with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about declaring a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) containment zone.
Deomocratic Republic of Congo

SA farmers urged to be vigilant against anthrax

An outbreak of anthrax has been reported in Qeme in Lesotho following the hospitalisation of more than 50 people in the area.
Thoko Didiza

Agri sector welcomes new minister Thoko Didiza

Stakeholders in the agriculture sector welcomed the amalgamation of the Ministry of Agriculture with the Ministry of Rural Development, as well as the newly appointed minister.
Failing municipal infrastructure could cost Astral R85 million

Failing municipal infrastructure could cost Astral R85 million

The deterioration of infrastructure in the Lekwa Local Municipality has led to water supply interruptions at Astral Foods Limited’s poultry processing plant near Standerton in Mpumalanga.
Free State farmers urged to prepare for wildfire season

Free State farmers urged to prepare for wildfire season

The Free State Umbrella Fire Protection Association (FSUPA) has developed a fuel danger rating to ensure the most effective assessment and fire suppression and prevention operations possible in the province.
International accolade for Farmer’s Weekly editor

International accolade for Farmer’s Weekly editor

Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus has been awarded the inaugural Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism from the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ).

Craft beer niche market could see barley production rise

The craft beer industry in South Africa has doubled in size over the past five years and there are now more than 220 brands on retail shelves.
Johan van der Schyff

Egg farmer scoops Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year award

Johan van der Schyff, an egg farmer from Plettenberg Bay, has been named as the Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year at a recent function held at Eensgezind, just...

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Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

The double life sentences recently handed down to six convicted farm attackers by the High Court in Vryheid have been welcomed by some role players in South African agriculture.

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