South Africa

Guava industry worried about wilting disease outbreak

Guava producers in the Western Cape are looking forward to a better year after difficult weather conditions during 2011 caused massive crop losses.

No money to implement suggestions in Land Reform Green Paper

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) does not have the money to implement the suggestions in the Green Paper on Land Reform.

Strikes at co-ops end after two weeks

A two weeks strike action at six agricultural companies and co-ops has ended with compromise being reached between strikers and their employers.

Farmer’s Weekly writer wins an award

Lindi van Rooyen, Johannesburg-based reporter for Farmer’s Weekly, has been named one of 10 Young Leaders in agricultural writing.

A waiting game for Pannar and Pioneer

The deliberations are over, and South African seed breeder Pannar Seed and its US counterpart Pioneer Hi-Bred wait to hear whether their attempt to convince the Competition Appeal Court (CAC) to allow a merger between the two companies has been successful.

Copper theft still climbing

Copper theft continues to escalate, with the value of copper stolen in February estimated at R22,8 million according to a statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci).

Guilty coal mine pays up

A Mpumalanga farmer has triumphed over a coal mine in a precedent setting case. The court victory was seen as a warning to mines who don’t comply with the National Environmental Management Act (Nema).

Game meat market untapped

Growth within the game industry is being hampered by a weaker US dollar and an undeveloped meat market.

Mohair picks up steam

Mohair prices improved at the third sale of the summer season, despite fears that the larger than normal offering of 188 150kg would dampen competition.

TAU SA to build agri training centre in Cullinan

The leadership of TAU SA recently approached the minister of the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, (DAFF) Tina Joemat-Petterson to discuss the development of an agricultural training centre outside of Cullinan.

Working conditions on Boland farms wrongfully portrayed

Agri Wes Cape is concerned that a statement released by the Department of Labour (DoL) about recent inspections conducted on farms in the Paarl area might be a deliberate attempt to create a false impression about the state of working and living conditions on farms in the province.

Land policy tussle

Current agricultural and land reform policies are not workable and fair, and sometimes don’t make any sense.

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