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World News: South Africa
29 September 2014
KZN farmers still desperate for rain

Farmers around KwaZulu-Natal are hoping fervently that the rain that has fallen in parts of the province since Saturday night will spell the end of a period of drought that is threatening to ruin many...


24 July 2014
State eager to pass five land bills this year

Despite the funding of land reform remaining an unresolved issue, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti is determined to press on with the process by introducing five pieces of dra...


21 July 2014
End to VAT concession has farmers bleating

Proposals by the Treasury to scrap the value added tax (VAT) concession of a zero rating on goods and services bought by farmers for production purposes will raise input costs 14%. The sector spend...


27 June 2014
Zuma urges women to take up agriculture

South African President Jacob Zuma says women should be involved in mainstream agricultural activities so that they can make a more meaningful contribution towards economic growth. According to a stat...


1 April 2014
Government abandons communal farmers

In a move that is likely to anger villagers the government has with immediate effect scrapped the free agricultural inputs handouts that were being issued to poor communal farmers, a minister has said...


20 January 2014
Drought kills livestock in North West and Northern Cape

Hundreds of livestock continue to die in the drought-stricken provinces of North West and the Northern Cape. Government aid to affected farmers seems to be inadequate and farmers in the Western Ca...


13 January 2014
Food giants warn of higher prices

The spectre of food price increases looms ever larger, with Tiger Brands declaring it will soon be compelled to pass on higher costs to consumers. The food producer, which owns popular brands such ...


17 December 2013
200km quest for missing cattle all in vain

A young girl’s 200km quest to find her mother’s nine missing cattle came to nothing when the alleged stock thief, whom she eventually tracked down with little help from the police, had his name cleare...


10 December 2013
African land rush by firms ‘may put lives of millions at risk’

Agriculture is at a crossroads in Africa — including South Africa — with decisions taken by governments on a spate of investments in the sector having potentially serious repercussions on millions of ...


18 November 2013
E Cape farmers welcome the rain

Farmers in the Eastern Cape are overjoyed with the significant rain that has fallen over most of the province. More than 50 millimetres was measured at places. Agri Eastern Cape president, Ernest P...


9 October 2013
Wheat falls most in a week

Wheat futures traded in South Africa fell the most in a week after reaching the highest price since July 8 in yesterday’s session. Wheat for delivery in December, the most active contract, dropped ...


7 October 2013
Poultry producers feel the pinch

Higher import tariffs on chicken, including a tax of 82% on whole birds, will increase retail prices 12% on average. But even this won’t suffice to help local poultry producers, industry players sa...


2 October 2013
Climate change threat to maize farmers

Climate change poses a major threat to South Africa's maize production and food security, says the Agricultural Research Council. Farmers who relied on rain to grow the staple food crop could expec...


9 September 2013
South Africa's 'cruel' livestock export under fire

A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will on Tuesday leave South Africa for the island paradise of Mauritius -- and the slaughterhouse -- despite an outcry over "inhumane" livestock e...


7 August 2013
South African wheat declines

South African wheat futures fell for a second day after prices slid in the US on speculation farmers will sow a larger crop as rains and cool weather boost harvest prospects. Wheat for delivery in ...


26 July 2013
SA’s land reform programme in focus

A review of South Africa’s land reform programme in 2012 concluded that there was no viable small-farmer path to development that could enable the millions of households residing in communal areas and...


24 June 2013
Poultry market ripe for competition probe, says official

The Competition Commission says the poultry sector in South Africa may be a "good candidate" for a market inquiry — one similar to that the commission is about to embark on in the private healthcare s...


30 May 2013
54,000 agriculture jobs created

A total of 54,000 new jobs were created in the agriculture sector in the first three months of the year, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday. Opening debate in the Nationa...


27 May 2013
SA farmers involved in big cat smuggling

South African lion breeders are allegedly part of an illegal network that smuggles lion and cheetah cubs from Botswana to stock local farms, The Times reported on Monday. The newspaper reported tha...


10 May 2013
New $25 mln fund launched to grow African agriculture

A mango project in Burkina Faso exporting to Europe will receive the first grant from a new $25 million agriculture fund launched on Thursday that is designed to connect small farmers to international...


9 May 2013
USAID to Announce Agriculture Fast Track Fund At Grow Africa Investment Forum

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will join African Development Bank (AfDB) President Donald Kaberuka and Swedish Minister for International Development Cooper...


7 May 2013
South Africa: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Meets Her German Counterpart

South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson held a bilateral meeting with the German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ms Ilse Aigner,...


25 April 2013
South Africa: Agriculture Offers Real Growth Potential

Although structural impediments such as poor logistics render the search for new avenues of deeper intra-African trade challenging' there is an immediate and compelling growth potential in the trade o...


23 April 2013
SA Government: North West Agriculture and Rural Development rolls out vaccination of domestic animals

The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has in its bid to commemorate April as Animal Health month, intensified the provision of Primary Animal Health Care services among the Pr...


22 April 2013
South African farmers team up with predecessors

RECLAIMING land seized during white minority rule was a dream come true for black families in the South African farming town of Malelane. But the community had no farming experience, equipment, money ...


17 April 2013
Warning for agriculture minister

Durban - Members of parliament have finally run out of patience with Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and her poorly performing department. That was the warning fr...


11 April 2013
SA moves to protect agriculture from EU imports

In an effort to protect South Africa’s agricultural sector from European Union (EU) imports, the International Trade Administration (Itac) has published guidelines for safeguard applications. This ...


10 April 2013
New bird-flu outbreak on Western Cape ostrich farm

A type of bird flu has been detected on an ostrich farm near Oudtshoorn, Western Cape agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg said on Tuesday. "The tests indicated that the causative organism is a H7N1...


27 March 2013
Traces of human DNA in meat products ‘quite likely’

The possibility of finding human deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in meat products was quite likely as abattoir workers were continually cutting themselves during production, experts told Parliament’s port...


25 March 2013
Land reform ‘key to jobs, food security’, says Ramphele

If the land reform process was properly conducted, it would lead to job creation and enhanced food security, Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the political platform Agang SA, said last week. Speaking a...