South Africa

Dekalb celebrates 100 years

Monsanto’s Dekalb maize has reached the 100 year mark, making it one of the oldest agricultural products in South Africa.

Royal Show 2012 bigger and better!

Organisers of the Royal Show 2012 announced that this year’s event will boast an impressive line-up in the ever-popular agricultural section.

Rhino hunting norms welcomed

Recently gazetted norms and standards for white rhino hunting in South Africa have, in the main, been welcomed by the country’s hunting industry.

Are these game prices sustainable?

Many say prices in the booming game industry are out of control – and then there’s the ‘colouration issue’.

Businesses frustrated with KZN agri-department’s tender process

Agricultural input and services companies in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed frustration at the way in which tender processes are implemented by the KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs.

Umzimkulu mill reopens

Illovo’s Umzimkulu sugar mill, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, is due to reopen after a year-long closure.

Wage compromise ends co-op strike

The two-week long strike at six agricultural companies and co-operatives has recently ended with wage increase compromises reached between employers and employees’ labour unions.

Unchecked sand winning a threat to the environment

Illegal and improperly supervised sand winning in KwaZulu-Natal’s rivers is continuing unchecked and is having an adverse effect on river health and water quality.

Frost adds to Free State farmer woes

The relief of Free State farmers over long-awaited rain was short-lived after the showers were followed by frost recently.

Starving chickens – state let farmers down

Over 3 000 chickens had to be slaughtered at a broiler government project in Mpumalanga as the chickens resorted to cannibalism after being without food for five days.

Massive water tariff hikes predicted

Farmers should brace themselves for a hefty hike in water tariffs next year. The increase will help foot the bill of a massive budget shortfall for the upkeep and development of water resource infrastructure.

Buffalo cow fetches R20 million

A new record for the sale of a game species was set at the Piet du Toit Game Breeders Auction on 13 April, where Jaco Troskie bid R20 million for the buffalo cow, Tanzania, and its four-month-old heifer calf.

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