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AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador
AAT appoints Brenda Tlhabane as ambassador

Tlhabane is the founder of Temo Ya Tlhabane Holdings and is known in the red meat industry as a cattle breeder, but also as a producer of other agricultural commodities...

23 hours ago

AFMA Forum 2020 programme released
AFMA Forum 2020 programme released

The tenth AFMA Forum themed Explore today for a better tomorrow, which will be held at the Sun City Convention Centre from 3 to 5 March 2020, will bring together animal nutritionists, veterinarians, feed manufacturers, feed formulators and technical sales consultants from South Africa and further afield...

23 Jan 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

By Ian Scoones 3 days ago

Land Bank implosion, Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture
Land Bank implosion, Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture

Agri SA questions the state of corporate governance at the Land Bank...

22 Jan 2020

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Vaccinate animals against Rift Valley Fever

The department warned that the recent good rainfall in certain areas of the country will result in an increase in the numbers of mosquitoes that transmit this disease...

22 Jan 2020

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East Africa agri-industry director honoured for role in agricultural transformation

Elgon Kenya's director, Bimal Kantaria has received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa...

20 Jan 2020

FMD: Update on the outbreak in Limpopo
FMD: Update on the outbreak in Limpopo

Four further cases of foot-and-mouth disease were reported since mid-December 2019, with three cases reported in December and one case reported in the first week of January 2020...

15 Jan 2020

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AGDA to launch at 2020 Africa Agri Tech Conference

The Agriculture Development Agency will be launching at this year's Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo. The launch will serve as the opening event of the conference and will cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy...

14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: How to succeed in agriculture in 2020

The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well...

By Nico Groenewald 13 Jan 2020

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Labour department engages agriculture sector

The Department of Labour is set to engage farmworkers, farmers and labour tenants to assess the working conditions and level of compliance with various pieces of labour legislations...

10 Jan 2020

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Vhembe district of Limpopo not cleared of FMD

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development takes note of the fake message that has been circulated widely on social media stating that the Vhembe district of Limpopo has been cleared of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). This is fake news and the message should not be shared or circulated any further.

8 Jan 2020

Tiger Brands boosts smallholder farmers
Tiger Brands boosts smallholder farmers

Tiger Brands has launched its enterprise supplier development fund to support smallholder farmers, processors and distributors in the food-processing value chain.

By Ursula Human 3 Jan 2020

Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads
Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads

"Climate change is a reality and its effects will be harsh. For that reason, we need to ensure we have all the weapons in our arsenal to combat it. And healthy veld is a very important weapon in this fight."

By Izak Hofmeyr 2 Jan 2020

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape
Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed the successful eradication of the invasive fruit fly species Oriental fruit fly in the Pixley ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu District Municipalities in the Northern Cape...

23 Dec 2019

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CEC releases 5th forecast of 2019 winter cereal crops

The Crop Estimates Committee or CEC has just released its estimate and fifth production forecast for winter cereal crop production in 2019...

20 Dec 2019

Farmers urged to take precautions against Fall Armyworm
Farmers urged to take precautions against Fall Armyworm

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has urged maize crops, sorghum and sweetcorn growers and the public to take precautionary measures to control the Fall Armyworm...

19 Dec 2019

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Call for for participation in land expropriation draft bill

Vumelana Advisory Fund is making a strong call for all key stakeholders and South Africans, in general, to participate by making inputs on the draft Bill and engaging with the process in order to ensure a fair representation of different voices, as the country forges ahead in amending Section 25 of the Constitution.

19 Dec 2019

60 recommendations on land reform recommended
60 recommendations on land reform recommended

Cabinet has since endorsed 60 of the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture...

18 Dec 2019

Livestock owners urged to remain vigilant for FMD clinical signs
Livestock owners urged to remain vigilant for FMD clinical signs

Although no further cases offoot and mouth disease have been reported in the past week, livestock owners and the general public have been advised to remain vigilant for clinical signs of FMD in their animals.

17 Dec 2019

EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its toll
EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its toll

As the Eastern Cape is gripped by one of the "worst droughts in living memory", about 1,500 commercial farmers have applied to the government for drought relief in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat...

13 Dec 2019

SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislation
SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislation

According to the African Cannabis Report, Nigeria and South Africa stand to become the continent's highest value markets by 2023 if cannabis usage is permitted for medicinal and recreational use...

By Claudi Nortjé 12 Dec 2019

Global and historical lessons on how land reforms have unfolded
Global and historical lessons on how land reforms have unfolded

Land reform has always been closely tied to shifts in the wider political economy of countries...

By Ben Cousins 9 Dec 2019

FMD-outbreak spotlights need to safeguard SA's beef industry
FMD-outbreak spotlights need to safeguard SA's beef industry

"We need to take responsibility and accountability as an industry collective to prioritise the health of the herd. While it is easy to point fingers at government to do more, the crisis can be overcome, if all role-players - farmers, auctioneers, feedlots and everyone in the beef supply chain - work together."

9 Dec 2019

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Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in Q4 of 2019

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index fell slightly from 46 points in the third quarter to 44 in the last quarter of 2019. A level below the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2019

FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spread
FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spread

On 4 December 2019 the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published an update on the new prescribed regulatory control measures relating to foot-and-mouth disease in the Government Gazette. This was done in a bid to curb further spread of the disease throughout the country...

By Claudi Nortjé 5 Dec 2019

Africa Agri Tech puts the spotlight on science and technology in 2020
Africa Agri Tech puts the spotlight on science and technology in 2020

New technologies are disrupting every industry, and agriculture is no exception...

3 Dec 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agriculture
#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agriculture

Launched as a digital platform in November 2018, Food for Mzansi is on a mission to change the narrative of South Africa's agriculture industry...

By Robin Fredericks 3 Dec 2019

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Agri SA encouraged by launch of Water Master Plan

Following minister Lindiwe Sisulu's launch of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan (NW&SMP) in Pretoria this week, Agri SA has said that it is ready to engage on the plan...

29 Nov 2019

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