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Tractor sales hard hit by dry conditions in November

Tractor sales hard hit by dry conditions in November

Dry conditions in early summer across the central and western regions of South Africa contributed to the 27,3% year-on-year decline in national tractor sales during November 2018.
Subdued interim results for Senwes

Subdued interim results for Senwes

The land debate and political uncertainty have negatively affected business confidence in the agricultural industry and this was reflected in the decline in producers’ investment and spending in the industry,...
Blueberry pest

North American pest threatens SA’s blueberry industry

A devastating pest, the blueberry bud mite (Acalitus vaccinii) has been detected in Mpumalanga.
Investigation into ‘illegal’ garlic imports

Investigation into ‘illegal’ garlic imports

An oversupply of garlic on local markets is currently dragging down the producer price.
‘Public-private teamwork must boost KZN small-scale farmers’

‘Public-private partnerships could boost small-scale farmers’

The private sector in KwaZulu-Natal should work with the provincial department of agriculture and rural development to help black farmers transform their farming enterprises from small- to large-scale commercial production,...
Concern about pressure on feedlot margins

Concern about pressure on feedlot margins

Concerns have been expressed that feedlot margins could come under pressure going forward, especially if feed prices increased on the back of delayed summer plantings.
Agribusiness can help speed up economic turnaround - Agbiz

Agribusiness can help speed up economic turnaround – Agbiz

The private sector and agribusiness in particular, can play a major role in a turnaround strategy for South Africa.

Parliament to set up land expropriation committee

The National Assembly recently passed a motion to establish an ad hoc committee to draft a Constitutional Amendment Bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for the...
Less positive outlook for 2019 grain production season

Less positive outlook for 2019 grain production season

The agriculture sector will end 2018 on a mixed note as dry and hot weather conditions in many parts of South Africa create uncertainty for grain production, according to Wandile...
Western Cape farmers’ water allocations restored

Western Cape farmers’ water allocations restored

Gugile Nkwinti, the Minister of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), recently announced that farmers in the Western Cape would soon be allocated 90% of the water volume they...
Agri growth helps SA out of recession

Agri growth helps SA out of recession

Positive performance in the agriculture sector in the third quarter (Q3) of 2018 has helped lift South Africa’s economy out of a technical recession.
Land expropriation: DA threatens court action

Land expropriation: DA threatens court action

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has vowed to go to court if the Joint Constitutional Review Committee's (JCRC) report on expropriation is adopted by both houses of Parliament.

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Praise for teamwork in containing foot-and-mouth outbreak

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The rapid response by both government and the private sector to the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the Vhembe district in Limpopo has...

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