By Invitation

By Invitation

Caution! GMO ahead

Director Leslie Liddel of Biowatch SA, a non-profit civil organisation, presents its case for the stricter regulation of GM crops and the labelling and separation of these from other products.

Looking into sugar’s future

The Agricultural Marketing Ministerial Review Committee's review of regulation in the sugar industry is in the final stages of completion. Rodger Stewart, chairperson of the SA Sugar Association, gives his...

Will SA cope with Zim’s spillover?

Dr Jan du Plessis of the strategic management research organisation, Intersearch, contends that free and fair elections won't solve Zimbabwe's problems, and that Robert Mugabe has paved the way for...

Taking South African farming to the stratosphere

Gesie van Deventer - Female Farmer of the Year in 2002, also named top female exporter and overall Farmer of the Year in 2003 - called on farmers to make...

Legislation driving workers away from farms?

The reduction in farm labour is due to globalisation, agricultural competition, the lack of skilled labour, rigid ­employment legislation and ill-timed land tenure laws, says Prof Doreen ­Atkinson, visiting professor...

The ugly face of climate change

Climate change will result in water shortages, which will affect agriculture and industry, as well as raise conflict potential between riparian states. Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van...

Will SA’s aquaculture industry float?

Yolan Friedmann, deputy CEO and conservation manager of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, warns that SA must radically change its attitude towards overexploitation of its fishing stocks if it wants to...

Wake up, South Africa, to farming the French way

The French display an overwhelming support for their farmers, which is in stark contrast to the overall treatment of SA's commercial farmers. State policies are crippling the sector responsible for...

Structural changes on the cards

On 21 February at Pannar's Crop Extravaganza near Delmas, Mpumalanga, Ernst Janovsky, head of agriculture at First National Bank, gave two sessions of about 100 farmers each, insight into agricultural...

Get a grip on Aids in agriculture

Reminding us that more than 500 000 South Africans could die of Aids this year, Victor Thindisa of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Limpopo looks at...

Creating a ‘virtuous circle’

Former state president FW de Klerk recently presented a lecture on the state of African governance at the University of Pretoria. De Klerk evaluated Africa's performance since the establishment of...

What’s happened to after-sales service?

Following a Farmer's Weekly article about trading in 'grey' tractor parts, Roelof Bezuidenhout writes that warnings about the risks associated with cheap imported engines could pale into insignificance against the...

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