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Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

The devastating effect of the drought in Namibia is clearly illustrated in the Namibia Agricultural Union’s (NAU) first quarter review for 2019.
32 cows for world’s first floating farm

32 cows for world’s first floating farm

Thirty-two cows recently boarded the world’s first floating farm in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Concern about South Africa’s rising unemployment rate

South Africa’s unemployment rate increased to the highest level since the third quarter of 2017, according to Statistics South Africa.
‘Traditional land ownership must be sorted out’

‘Traditional land ownership must be sorted out’

Confusion about the powers and functions of South Africa’s traditional leaders and government ownership of communal land came to the fore at a recent panel discussion between agricultural role players.
EU olive industry under threat from killer pathogen

EU olive industry under threat from killer pathogen

The deadly Xylella pathogen poses a "very serious threat" to the EU's olive industry, with countries in southern Europe most at risk.
US$2 billion in damages awarded in Roundup cancer trial

US$2 billion in damages awarded in Roundup cancer trial

A jury in the San Francisco Superior Court in the US has awarded more than $2 billion (about R28 billion) to a couple who claimed that the Bayer AG glyphosate-based...
‘Many factors impact vegetable price fluctuations’

‘Many factors impact vegetable price fluctuations’

The Fresh Produce Market Trends report released in the first week of May by Absa senior agricultural economist, Wessel Lemmer, indicated that potato volumes increased 102% from the previous week,...
‘Voter apathy does not bode well for SA’s democracy’

‘Voter apathy does not bode well for SA’s democracy’

The most worrying trend in this general election was the poor voter turnout, which was just over 65%, said political risk analyst and associate professor at the Wits Business School,...
51% decline in operating profit for Astral Foods

51% decline in operating profit for Astral Foods

The higher costs of raw ingredients for chicken feed combined with depressed consumer spending during the period 1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019, were key factors in the 51%...
China to increase soya bean output amid trade tensions

China to increase soya bean output amid trade tensions

It is expected that soya bean output in China will increase 7,9% to 17,27 million tons for the 2019/2020 production year, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Suspects in ‘significant’ stock theft case seek bail

Five suspects were expected to appear in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court for a second time on Friday after being charged with stock theft involving 334 head of cattle estimated at...
Empowering farmers in India through digital education

Empowering farmers in India through digital education

Nearly 50 000 smallholder farmers in rural India have benefitted from a technology-led educational programme to boost their productivity and income since it was launched in 2018.

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Additional vehicles to combat crime in the Free State welcomed

Additional vehicles to combat crime in the Free State welcomed

Free State Agriculture (FSA) has welcomed the deployment of 48 additional vehicles made available by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to ensure rural safety in the province.

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