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Good news for SA rhinos amidst global pandemic

Good news for SA rhinos amidst global pandemic

23rd Sep 2020   As part of a nation-wide effort to protect a key member of the iconic big five, seven integrated wildlife zones will be introduced across Mzansi. Announced by the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Barbra Creecy, the world’s largest black and white rhino populations will now be better protected through the […]Read More

Mystery Solved of Hundreds of Elephants Dying Suddenly in Botswana

Mystery Solved of Hundreds of Elephants Dying Suddenly in Botswana

Sep 21, 2020   The mystery of over 300 elephants that has been dying in Botswana has been solved, according to the Botswana authorities. The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism said in a live broadcast on Monday that toxins in the water is to blame for the horrific deaths of the animals. […]Read More

South Africa’s rand retreats as 2nd wave fears dent risk demand

South Africa’s rand retreats as 2nd wave fears dent risk demand

2020-09-23   South Africa’s rand fell early on Wednesday, giving back some of the gains from the previous session as demand for the U.S. dollar stepped up again, boosted by positive economic data and its renewed safe-haven appeal. At 0630 GMT the rand ZAR=D3 was 0.54% weaker at 16.8650 per dollar compared to an overnight […]Read More

Eastern Cape to launch stock theft prevention forum

Eastern Cape to launch stock theft prevention forum

September 22, 2020   Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, has called for the establishment of a provincial stock theft prevention forum by mid-October, following a meeting with the National Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO), during which the problem was highlighted. The aim of the forum would be to create a platform where all relevant parties […]Read More

Poultry industry pushes master plan progress post Covid

Poultry industry pushes master plan progress post Covid

22 SEP 2020 Despite the serious impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local poultry industry, the SA Poultry Association (SAPA) has welcomed the renewed focus on the Poultry Industry Master Plan, and has praised Trade Industry and Competition Minister, Ebrahim Patel and Agriculture Minister, Thoko Didiza for the progress to date. At President Cyril […]Read More

IITA And CIMMYT Collaborate To Enhance Adoption Of Conservation Agriculture In Southern Africa

IITA And CIMMYT Collaborate To Enhance Adoption Of Conservation Agriculture In Southern Africa

    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) recently launched a project that aims to investigate the drivers and barriers to adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA) in southern Africa and to develop strategies for achieving adoption and impact at scale.     The project, Understanding and Enhancing […]Read More

South Africa’s rand falls again on second wave infection fears

South Africa’s rand falls again on second wave infection fears

2020-09-22   South Africa’s rand weakened again early on Tuesday following a sharp plunge in the previous session when fears of a second wave of global cornavirus infections triggered a worldwide selloff of riskier assets.   At 0630 GMT the rand ZAR=D3 was 0.69% weaker at 16.8950 per dollar, close to Monday’s one-and-a-half week bottom […]Read More

Meet the Avozilla: SA’s monster avos are bigger than ever, and causing excitement in the UK

Meet the Avozilla: SA’s monster avos are bigger than ever, and causing excitement in the UK

Sep 22, 2020   South Africa’s giant Avozilla – a trademarked avocado grown in Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo – is even bigger this year, much to the excitement of UK shoppers. The fruit usually ranges from 1.2 to 1.7kg each, versus the average avocado at around 200g. This year, the fruit has averaged around 1.5kg, roughly half […]Read More

Rainfall outlook for the summer season

Rainfall outlook for the summer season

21 SEP 2020   During a webinar hosted by Agricultural Writers SA, Gariep branch, Johan van den Berg, an independent weather expert and climatologist, took a closer look at expected rainfall patterns for the coming summer months, meteorological droughts and contributing factors, global warming, and the effect of the sun on the planet. Saying that […]Read More

Covid-inspired Vitamin C boom lifts SA citrus exports

Covid-inspired Vitamin C boom lifts SA citrus exports

20 September 2020   South Africa’s agricultural sector has been one of the few bright spots in the economy, posting brisk growth of more than 15% in the second quarter (Q2) of 2020 when everything else imploded under the weight of the pandemic and associated lockdowns. Of course, farming was allowed to continue even under […]Read More

Police Minister Cele to Host Rural Safety Imbizo in KZN After Farm Murders

Police Minister Cele to Host Rural Safety Imbizo in KZN After Farm Murders

Sep 21, 2020 South Africa’s Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will today, Monday 21 September, host a rural safety imbizo in KwaZulu-Natal. The imbizo will take place at the Normandien Auction Saleyard Hall in Newcastle at 10am.   The Imbizo follows the Minister’s first visit to the area on 2 September 2020, after the murder of […]Read More

Optimal liming is key to preventing soil acidification

Optimal liming is key to preventing soil acidification

September 19, 2020   South African farmers are aware of the need to prevent soil acidification and therefore lime their soil. But data obtained over nearly two decades has revealed that too little lime is being applied to reduce soil acidity. According to Dr Pieter Haumann, CEO of the Fertilizer Association of Southern Africa, referring […]Read More

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