South Africa

KZN protesters loot R500 000 in meat from delivery trucks

Meat to the value of almost R500 000 was looted from three trucks belonging to Vryheid Meatmasters on Monday (6 July), after the company’s vehicles got caught-up in the middle...

Food price inflation volatility set to continue

Food inflation data for April and May has shown a substantial contraction in the price of chicken, while long-life milk and cake flour prices increased.

Court upholds ban on sale of water rights by farmers

A high court ruling on the sale of water rights could have far-reaching consequences for farmers, some agriculture role players have warned.

‘Lack of work ethic’ at agri department pushes DG to resign

The director general of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department), Mike Mlengana, has resigned suddenly from his post.

Organised crime syndicates target SA petroleum pipelines

South Africa is currently facing a serious shortage of diesel as a result of theft and vandalism along Transnet’s 3 800km fuel pipeline network.

Agricultural Research Council plans to cut 1 000 jobs

The Agricultural Research Council’s (ARC) liabilities exceeded its assets by R138 million during the past financial year.

Nampo Harvest Day to ‘go virtual’ in 2020

Grain SA has taken a very courageous decision to not continue with the Nampo Harvest Day event in 2020, according to Dr Kobus Laubscher, an independent agricultural economist in Bloemfontein.

‘Imminent price hike could exacerbate diesel shortages’

In addition to diesel shortages across parts of South Africa, producers will also have to brace themselves for a hefty diesel price increase on Wednesday.

Tomatoes, bananas worst affected by country-wide cold fronts

Tomato producers have been among those worst affected by a spate of cold fronts during May and June, which had a negative impact on certain fruit and vegetables traded on...

Farming jobs remain steady amid dismal employment figures

With South Africa’s unemployment rate now standing at more than 30%, a labour expert has warned the worst was yet to come.

Mboweni heeds industry calls to save the Land Bank

In a statement, which clearly outlined the perilous state of South Africa’s national finances, made worse by the economic strive that resulted from the national lockdown to contain the coronavirus...

Tshwane market COVID-19 shutdown blamed on poor management

The failure by the management of the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market to implement meaningful and effective protocols to manage the threat posed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been cited...

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