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Wanted: overseas street-smarts

We're streets behind New Zealand and Australia when it comes to marketing our agricultural produce, says Mohammad Karaan (right), chairperson of the National Agricultural Marketing Council, and government should take responsibility for this.

SA farming – make good on bad image

Should agriculture in South Africa be concerned about its image? And what can be done to rectify the “bad image” it has in certain quarters? Alita van der Walt speaks to Prof JD ­Froneman (right) of the School of ­Communication Studies at North-West ­University in Potchefstroom. Issue date 15 June 2007

Woolies on wool

Roelof Bezuidenhout talks to Hugo Lemon, textile technologist in Woolworths' menswear division, about the retailer's commitment to exchange new ideas with wool producers to enhance SA's industry

Getting Doha back on track

Following the suspension of the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organisation in July 2006, negotiations resumed this February. At a lecture at the University of Pretoria earlier this year, Xavier Carim, SA's chief negotiator at the WTO, emphasised the importance of agriculture in the talks. Wilma den Hartigh asked him about the issues under negotiation.
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

Premium success for Kango Wines

Despite the global wine glut, Kango Wines has substantially increased wine sales over the past few years by moving from bulk wine to premium wine production. In 2006 Kango's sales increased by over 18% on 2005.
Issue date:23 March 2007

ARE THE LAWS HELPING?

Farm evictions continue to divide opinion - agricultural unions argue evictions are either legal responses to changing business conditions or isolated unlawful acts, and land activists insist complaints of abuses keep flooding in. Stephan Hofstätter spoke to Peter Moatshe, chairperson of the parliament's select committee on land and environmental affairs, after he chaired a heated parliamentary debate on this issue.
Issue Date 16 March 2007

A positive spin on agriculture

Kerneels Pietersen, president of Agri Eastern Cape, talks to Roelof Bezuidenhout about the organisation's views on land reform and BEE, and his hopes for farming in the province.
Issue Date: 9 March 2007

Despite many challenges, 2007 holds hi0gh hopes

Crop and beef farmer Neels Ferreira from Leandra in Mpumalanga wears many hats. He is not only Grain SA's chairperson, but is also vice-president and chairperson of Agri SA's commodity chamber. He talks to Peter Hittersay about current issues facing agriculture and farmers in South Africa. Issue Date: 23 February 2007

Game tourism- Oudtshoorn’s ostriches charm tourists

Oudtshoorn is home to three ostrich show farms that attract tens of thousands of tourist every year. On a visit to the 50-year-old Safari Ostrich Show Farm Mike Burgess discovers why these prehistoric birds have been an important tourist attraction for more than half a century.

A fourth land commissioner resigns

The third of the countr y's se ven land claims commissioners is set to resign voluntarily.

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