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Impact of politics and economy on tractor sales

Impact of politics and economy on tractor sales

Tractor sales in South Africa recovered well in 2017 after a slump in 2016 due to the widespread drought, but the current political and economic climate could affect sales during...
New strategy needed to tackle SA stock theft

New strategy needed to tackle stock theft scourge

All stakeholders in South Africa’s livestock production value chain must urgently put their heads together to re-strategise the country’s approach to tackling rampant stock theft.

Agri SA requests urgent meeting on rural crime

Agri SA has requested an “urgent meeting” with the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, following the release of national crime statistics on Tuesday.
The impact of invasive pines trees on the 2017 Knysna fires

Invasive pines trees helped fuel 2017 Knysna fires – report

A study published in the journal Fire Ecology by a research team from Stellenbosch University, Nelson Mandela University, SANParks and the CSIR, shows that the invasion of surrounding land by...
Farmers, ANC discuss land expropriation

Farmers, ANC discuss land expropriation

A large group of farmers and members of Agri SA, met ANC delegates in Pretoria on Friday to voice their concerns about the expropriation of land without compensation.
Zokwana urges smallholder farmers to register on new database

Zokwana urges smallholder farmers to register on new database

With data on agricultural production being both dated and skewed towards higher-end commercial agriculture, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Statistics South Africa have launched a campaign...
Imported table eggs recalled over labelling problems

Imported table eggs recalled over labelling problems

Five containers of imported table eggs have been recalled by South Africa's Agency for Food Safety and Quality (AFSQ).
SA enters recession on back of agri output slump

SA enters recession on back of agri output slump

South Africa has entered a recession for the first time since the global economic meltdown of 2008/2009, with the agriculture sector the main contributor to the overall GDP decline measured...
AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmers

AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmers

The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries needed to collaborate to build on AFASA’s work to support black farmers in accessing...
Save the sheep project

Save the sheep project assists drought-stricken farmers

The women of Sutherland in the Karoo have come up with an innovative way to raise funds to alleviate the plight of the drought-stricken farmers in the district.
Severely affected communities receive drought aid

Severely affected communities receive drought aid

Gift of the Givers, Boere in Nood, and Save the Sheep Sutherland have joined forces to procure fodder for 34 drought-stricken districts in the Karoo and southern Cape, where some...
Maize harvest prospects unchanged but wheat better than expected

Maize harvest prospects unchanged but wheat better than expected

The Crop Estimate’s Committee (CEC) has left its forecast for maize unchanged but expects South Africa’s wheat production to increase by nearly 18% from last season’s harvest.

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