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Free State declared a drought disaster area

Free State declared a drought disaster area

Free State Agriculture (FSA) has welcomed the news that the province has been declared a drought disaster area.
Prof Marcos Fava Neves

‘Farmers must work together to remain profitable’

Farmers can no longer rely on the expected increase in demand for food globally to ensure future profitability. Producer prices would remain flat for some time, and to stay in...
Rural human settlements could threaten farmland – report

Rural human settlements could threaten farmland – report

Expansion of human settlement in rural areas could threaten agricultural potential, according to a recent report released by Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz.
Fall armyworm

‘Fall armyworm has Australia and Asia in its sights’

Researchers have warned that crops such as maize, rice, sugar cane, sorghum, beet, tomato, potato, cotton and pasture grasses worldwide are at serious risk from fall armyworm (FAW) infestation if...
Land reform tops agri industry’s expectations for SONA 2019

Land reform tops agri industry’s expectations for SONA 2019

Organised agricultural bodies are expecting President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the various aspects of land reform in his 2019 State of the Nation Address...
International consortium makes R4,8 billion bid for Clover

New international consortium makes R4,8 billion bid for Clover

A newly formed company, Milco SA, has announced that it would make an offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Clover Industries...
Farm resident better trained to defend themselves – Afriforum

Farm residents better trained to defend themselves – Afriforum

The decline in farm murders during 2018 could largely be attributed to residents on farms being better trained to defend themselves.
Crop estimate for maize ‘better than expected’

Crop estimate for maize ‘better than expected’

South Africa’s summer grain farmers have planted 180 000ha less maize than originally intended for the current production season, according to the Crop Estimates Committee’s (CEC) preliminary area estimate for...
Officials investigated for land fraud

Officials investigated for land fraud

A number of officials in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) are still being investigated for fraud and corruption relating to farm allocations for a project that...
Namibian red meat producers face ‘perfect storm’

Namibian red meat producers face ‘perfect storm’

Red meat producers in Namibia are finding themselves in the midst of a perfect storm, due to relentless drought in that country and the outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease in...
‘Drought keeps taking a toll on SA farmers’

‘Drought keeps taking a toll on SA farmers’

It is expected that communal farmers will be hardest hit by ongoing drought conditions across the country and subsequent lack of grazing, according to Gerhard Schutte, CEO of the Red...
New association for smallholder tobacco farmers

New association for smallholder tobacco farmers

The Black Tobacco Farmers’ Association (BTFA), launched in Pretoria on Thursday, aims to protect and prioritise the interests of black tobacco farmers to ensure their continued development and sustainability in...

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Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

The South African wine and brandy industry has welcomed the inflationary increase in excise duties announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in the 2019/2020 National Budget Speech on Wednesday.

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