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South Africa: Agri SA Launches Water Desk

This initiative is in response to a host of external challenges facing agricultural water users, including severe drought, climate change & under-maintained infrastructure

On 3 May 2018 Agri SA announced that that it had formally launched a dedicated Water Desk that will focus on the need to ensure equitable access to water for farmers across South Africa. This initiative is in response to a host of external challenges facing agricultural water users, including…

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South Africa: Agri SA on the 2018 Budget Speech of the Minister of Finance

Economic growth is forecasted to be 1.5 per cent in 2018, rising to 2.1 per cent in 2020

The 2018 national budget was tabled under very difficult economic circumstances. The Minister of Finance acknowledged that difficulty, but necessary trade-offs had to be made to formulate a budget that moderates spending, raises revenues whilst aiming to minimize the potential negative effect on growth. The 2017 GDP growth projection has…

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Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape Drought Declared a National Disaster

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has undertaken to bring together a group of stakeholders, including Agri SA, to deal with the devastating effects

The National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) on 13 February 2018 declared the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape Provinces a National Disaster.  This means that, in terms of the National Disaster Management Act of 2002 (DMA), the National Executive (i.e. Cabinet) must deal with the…

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Experts expect Fall Armyworm may spread throughout South Africa

Although this fall armyworm attacks mostly maize plants, it may occasionally attack cotton, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, potatoes and groundnuts

According to a recent media release, experts expect the fall armyworm (FAW) to spread across South Africa, with the possible exception of the Western Cape province. The report indicates that FAW infestations have been detected throughout Limpopo Province’s five districts, parts of Mpumalanga as well as the Eastern Cape. The…

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South Africa: Land – not simply for the taking

The ANC would hold a conference in March to discuss expropriation without compensation

Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha reportedly said yesterday during a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Rural Development and Land Reform that the ANC would hold a conference in March to discuss expropriation without compensation and that the decision would afterwards be implemented by all relevant state departments. He was cited…

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South Africa: Inaccurate Reporting Damages Farmers’ Image

Initial reports alleged that a farmer had shot and killed a tractor driver who had stolen a tractor

Inaccurate reporting to the media by the Gauteng and Tarlton police regarding the tragic shooting death of a farm worker in the Krugersdorp area has tarnished the image of farmers. Initial reports alleged that a farmer had shot and killed a tractor driver who had stolen a tractor. Later reports…

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Agri SA is concerned about the recently promulgated Codes of Good Practice on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE)

Given the challenges the agricultural sector faces, such as the extreme drought, Agri SA appeals to the DTI to manage the process in a realistic and pragmatic manner

Agri SA takes notice of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)’s recently promulgated Codes of Good Practice on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment. The AgriBEE Sector Codes are not compulsory, but mandatory for any farming enterprise that wants to do business with government.   The Codes bring certainty to the…

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Agri SA Highly Concerned about Outbreak of Listeriosis across South Africa

The recent outbreak of listeriosis emphasises the extreme vulnerability of all people when it comes to contamination of our natural resources, particularly soil and water

On 5 December 2017, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that more than 30 people died following the recent outbreak of the food-borne disease listeriosis. According to the National Centre for Communicable Diseases (NICD) approximately 557 cases have been reported, with the majority occurring in Gauteng province. Listeria is a…