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South Africa | 1 July 2016
SA unveils revised livestock export rules

The South African government has finally unveiled the new stringent livestock import requirements which include quarantine periods and pre-export health certification for all cattle, goats and sheep c...


South Africa | 9 June 2016
Despite weakening El Nino, agriculture suffers in Western Cape

Cape Town – Despite signs that El Nino is weakening, the effect of late rains and warm temperatures are still being felt in the Western Cape, a leading agricultural organisation said on Wednesday. ...


South Africa | 1 June 2016
Agriculture presents most employment opportunities in South Africa

Two of SA’s top policy priorities — food security and job creation — seldom cross paths. Indeed, it is a strange irony that job creation is almost exclusively associated with trade and heavy indust...


South Africa | 5 May 2016
South African Poultry Association wants regulation of brined poultry products

The relaxation of regulation of brined poultry products was anti-poor and would adversely affect the poor, says the SA Poultry Association. CEO Kevin Lovell said was speaking at a press conference ...


South Africa | 25 March 2016
Prime farmland being eaten up by mining

Benny van Zyl, General Manager of the Transvaal Agricultural Union, discusses the problem of prime arable farmland being eaten up by mines especially in Mpumalanga, where thousands of mining licences ...


South Africa | 3 March 2016
South Africa allows sales of U.S. poultry, pork, beef

South Africa is allowing sales of American chicken, pork and beef products throughout the country, meeting benchmarks for resolving a 15-year trade dispute with the United States, Washington's top tra...


South Africa | 2 March 2016
South Africa drought destroys 5% of cattle

South Africa’s driest weather in more than a century has destroyed more than 5 percent of the nation’s cattle and pork-breeding herds, fueling food prices and hitting jobs, lawmakers heard on Tuesday....


South Africa | 26 February 2016
Record drought scorches jobs on farms

South Africa’s agriculture sector is bleeding jobs as the country continues to feel the effects of the worst drought in 25 years. Although unemployment fell to 24.5% in the fourth quarter of last y...


South Africa | 24 February 2016
SA, US resolve poultry imports issues

South Africa and the United States (US) had resolved all outstanding issues relating to agricultural imports from the US. In a statement issued by government on Tuesday, Minister Siyabonga Cwele sa...


South Africa | 18 February 2016
SA 'ready' for US poultry

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of South Africa says that it is ready to handle the more than 60 000 tonnes of poultry currently on its way to South Africa from the United States. T...


South Africa | 11 February 2016
Breeding wildness back into our fruit and veg

To biologists' surprise, an eagle population living in a South African landscape dominated by agriculture appears to be thriving, according to a new paper in The Condor: Ornithological Applications—ev...


South Africa | 21 January 2016
Drought devastates agriculture and could cost SA R2bn in trade losses

The extreme and persistent drought has led to national agricultural production declining by more than 42%, an analysis by the Western Cape provincial government has revealed. Western Cape economic ...


South Africa | 15 January 2016
Farmers battling drought owe South Africa banks $7.5bn

Farmers have their highest-ever debt with South African banks of more than 125 billion rand ($7.5 billion) at a time when a drought, caused by the lowest rainfall on record, is withering cornfields an...


South Africa | 11 January 2016
Drought leads to failed crops, water shortages

The main street of this dusty South African town is lined with empty buckets, marking each residents' place in line as they wait for their daily water ration to be brought in by unreliable trucks. ...


South Africa | 8 January 2016
Drought kills thousands of livestock

Farmers in Limpopo continue to live in fear they may lose more livestock as the persistent drought continues, with at least 5,000 animals having been killed, according to preliminary figures by the pr...


South Africa | 22 December 2015
Angry residents attack suspected cattle thief

Angry villagers on the outskirts of Limpopo allegedly set alight a car belonging to a suspected cattle thief on Sunday evening. This comes after an alleged livestock syndicate kingpin was caught wh...


South Africa | 3 December 2015
South Africa’s farmers grapple with drought

Scientists say that South Africa’s most severe dry spell in more than 30 years is linked to climate change. The drought is causing water shortages across the country, hitting farmers especially hard.


South Africa | 30 November 2015
Farmers fear drought relief funding won't be enough

An Umsinga farmer is at his wits end as the drought ravages KwaZulu-Natal. Umsinga is one of the worst-affected areas in the province’s Midlands. Harrison Zondi has been farming in the Umsinga d...


South Africa | 18 November 2015
Farmers bear brunt of South Africa’s severe drought

Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is ...


South Africa | 17 November 2015
Cattle dying in South Africa as drought deepens

In the middle of a desiccated lake bed in South Africa's North West province, a seven-month-old calf is too weak to get up. It is doomed to die from thirst and hunger. A devastating drought is clai...


South Africa | 11 November 2015
If you don't feel positive, you should stop - wheat farmer

You have to feel positive as a farmer, otherwise you should stop. So said 53-year-old Hugo de Waal, owner of a wheat farm in Eendekuil on the West Coast. He and other farmers in the area are wor...


South Africa | 9 November 2015
Drought hits SA wheat farmers hard

Some Western Cape farmers despair a mounting water crisis is drying up their profits. Several Swartland residents have labelled this dry season as their worst since 1952. Agri-Wes Cape expects t...


South Africa | 4 November 2015
South African livestock farmers urged to sell herds facing drought

South African cattle, sheep and goat farmers were urged by the government on Tuesday to cut the size of their herds as drought conditions scorch grazing land. The forced sale of cattle will hit far...


South Africa | 16 October 2015
South Africa close to agreeing final terms for U.S. poultry imports

South Africa is close to signing an agreement to allow 65,000 tonnes of poultry imports from the United States, a special envoy for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) said on Wednesday, sea...


South Africa | 7 October 2015
South Africa poultry industry says brining rules to hurt profits

South African poultry producers said new restrictions on brine-injected chicken portions will hurt the industry and be hard to enforce. Individual cuts of chicken can be composed of just 15 percent...


South Africa | 5 October 2015
Major changes for producers of poultry meat

The long anticipated amendments to the poultry meat regulations regarding control over sales were published in the Government Gazette on Friday after it had been approved by Minister of Agriculture, F...


South Africa | 6 April 2015
Land cap is grim reaper stalking SA's farm sector

Agriculture is the goose that laid South Africa's golden egg. But it seems few people care about its slow demise, other than the farmers. Agriculture still contributes about R84-billion (about 3%) ...


South Africa | 23 February 2015
Man gets 80 years for cattle theft

The Mokopane Regional Court sentenced a man to 80 years imprisonment for cattle theft, Netwerk24 reported on Monday. Tinus Groenewald, 37, from the East Rand stole about R2 million worth of cattle ...


South Africa | 18 February 2015
South Africa foreigner limit applies to farmland, Minister says

South Africa’s proposed laws to restrict foreigners from owning land will apply to farms and exclude residential property, Rural Development and Land Affairs Minister Gugile Nkwinti said. “We’re ta...


South Africa | 16 February 2015
South Africa land bill shock for foreign investors

South Africa ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma tossed another surprise aimed at foreign investors with the new proposed land bill law. Zuma is set to introduce a land b...