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Organised agriculture’s wish list for 2019/2020 budget speech

Organised agriculture’s wish list for 2019/2020 budget speech

Timeous and effective government assistance for South Africa’s farmers to survive ongoing drought conditions is one of the key aspects that major agricultural organisations are hoping will be highlighted in...
Agri sector highlights negative consequences of load-shedding

Agri sector highlights negative consequences of load-shedding

Organised agricultural organisations have expressed serious concern that any further load-shedding carried out by Eskom during important production periods could negatively impact the profitably of farmers and the affordability of...
Foot-and-mouth disease hampers hide and skin exports

Foot-and-mouth disease hampers hide and skin exports

The recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo, and the subsequent loss of South Africa's FMD-free status, has had a major impact on South Africa’s hide and skin industry.
‘Global pig industry to remain unpredictable in 2019’

‘Global pig industry to remain unpredictable in 2019’

Pig producers globally experienced a difficult year in 2018, and 2019 is expected to be just as unpredictable, according to Gianluca Avino, commercial director of Genus International in Italy.
Farming machinery sales stall in January

Farming machinery sales stall in January

Widespread drought conditions across South Africa’s summer grain production regions have been cited as the primary cause of the significant drop in tractor and combine harvester sales in January.
Better biosecurity needed to fight African horse sickness

Better biosecurity needed to fight African horse sickness

Horse owners have been cautioned to implement strict biosecurity measures in an effort to contain the current outbreak of African horse sickness (AHS) in South Africa.
State of the Nation address elicits optimism from agri leaders

State of the Nation address elicits optimism from agri leaders

“Strategically located land will be released to address human settlement needs in urban and peri-urban areas,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his State of the Nation Address (SONA)...
Free State declared a drought disaster area

Free State declared a drought disaster area

Free State Agriculture (FSA) has welcomed the news that the province has been declared a drought disaster area.
Prof Marcos Fava Neves

‘Farmers must work together to remain profitable’

Farmers can no longer rely on the expected increase in demand for food globally to ensure future profitability. Producer prices would remain flat for some time, and to stay in...
Rural human settlements could threaten farmland – report

Rural human settlements could threaten farmland – report

Expansion of human settlement in rural areas could threaten agricultural potential, according to a recent report released by Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz.
Land reform tops agri industry’s expectations for SONA 2019

Land reform tops agri industry’s expectations for SONA 2019

Organised agricultural bodies are expecting President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the various aspects of land reform in his 2019 State of the Nation Address...
International consortium makes R4,8 billion bid for Clover

New international consortium makes R4,8 billion bid for Clover

A newly formed company, Milco SA, has announced that it would make an offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Clover Industries...

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