South Africa

Farmers told to prepare for delays in fertiliser deliveries

The cyber-attack on Transnet’s IT systems, along with the destruction caused by the recent civil unrest, could severely affect the availability of fertiliser for the current cropping season, according to Dr Pieter Haumann, CEO of the Fertilizer Association of South Africa (Fertasa).

Farming bodies join hands to supply food aid after unrest

Following the recent civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng that left many communities without access to basic staple food items, several agricultural organisations have joined forces to donate tons of food items to those in need.

Prohibitive cannabis legislation costing SA opportunities

A lot has been happening behind the scenes to facilitate the legalisation of hemp production, with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) set to start issuing manufacturing and production permits by October.

Cold weather heightens threat of fires and livestock losses

Apart from possible livestock losses, the widespread cold weather experienced across South Africa has also increased the risk of wildfires.

Two million chickens stolen from farms during looting

During the recent riots in KwaZulu-Natal, looters stormed 10 farms and stole about two million birds. This was according to Izaak Breytenbach, general manager of the Broiler Organisation of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA).

Transnet cyber-attack blocks SA’s agricultural exports

Disruptions in Transnet’s IT applications following a cyber-attack has brought agricultural imports and exports to a standstill, according to role players in the industry.

Expiration of anti-dumping tariffs a risk for SA potatoes

Anti-dumping tariffs on frozen French fries imported from the Netherlands and Germany have expired, leaving the South African potato industry vulnerable to ‘dumping’.

Support streams in for KZN towns ‘destroyed’ during riots

The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) farming community has lauded the way in which South Africans have come together to support people affected by the recent rioting and looting in this province and in Gauteng.

Painful fuel price increases will ‘dent’ farm profit margins

Fuel prices are set for another increase in August, with the diesel price expected to increase 58c/l. This was according to the Automobile Association (AA).

EU Green Deal could slash SA food exports to Europe

The EU’s Green Deal could see a drastic reduction in food imports to the region, which would heavily affect South Africa’s fresh produce industry.

Agri department’s extension officer recruitment drive stalls

An ambitious plan to bolster agricultural extension services announced earlier in the year during the tabling of the National Budget seems to be going nowhere slowly.

Farmers cautioned against panic buying of agrochemicals

The impact of the recent widespread unrest and rioting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng on the distribution of imported agricultural chemicals and fertiliser was extremely worrying, said Corné Louw, economist at Grain SA.

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