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South Africa | 4 January 2018
Rethinking agriculture in South Africa - constraints and opportunities

PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape organised a very valuable and successful conference on Rethinking Agriculture 11-13th October 2016. This response is my personal perspective on papers given...


South Africa | 26 December 2017
South Africa blighted by racially charged farm murders

"They beat him with a pole... and you could hear the bones breaking," said Debbie Turner, recounting her husband's murder in a slow, defiant voice. She refuses to talk about him in the past tense a...


South Africa | 8 December 2017
The state and economic contribution of agriculture in SA

NASTASSIA ARENDSE: I had a conversation with John Hudson, the divisional manager for agriculture at Nedbank on the agricultural scene in South Africa. JOHN HUDSON: I think the short answer is it ...


South Africa | 6 December 2017
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year. Mining and manufacturing also buoyed GDP in the thi...


South Africa | 27 November 2017
Farmer is freed after being trapped under a rock for five days

A farmer who went missing for five days has been found alive under a rock. Louis Strydom was discovered under a large boulder on land near his Omdraai farm near the town of Bethlehem, which is in t...


South Africa | 6 November 2017
SA agriculture sector records 100000 job losses

The South African agriculture sector has reported more than 100,000 job losses countrywide so far this year. The bulk of the cuts have been in the Western Cape. The persistent drought in the pro...


South Africa | 3 November 2017
Are protesters right on South Africa farm murders?

"Genoeg is genoeg." Enough is enough. That was the message on Monday, as (mostly white) activists carried crosses and blocked roads to demand better protection for South Africa's farms, after they ...


South Africa | 31 October 2017
SA agriculture minister urges farmers not to politicise killings

Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana says the #BlackMonday farmers protests were "not an attack on government". Speaking in Durban on Monday at the 3rd Africa-Wide Agricu...


South Africa | 30 October 2017
South Africa: Vehicles blockade to support farm murders protest

A large number of vehicles have completely blocked the R59 near Vereeniging, Gauteng, to protest against the high number of farm murders recently. It has been estimated that 70 farmers have been ki...


South Africa | 26 October 2017
SA agriculture expects job-loss bloodbath, with 50,000 out of work

The Western Cape is facing a jobs bloodbath as 50‚000 workers in the agriculture sector might lose their jobs due to the drought. A rise in prices for some vegetables and fruit may also be on the c...


South Africa | 18 October 2017
South Africa drought could cost agriculture sector R4.9 billion

The Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says around R4.9 billion will be lost in the agriculture sector if the drought continues to linger. Winde says various issues are affecting th...


South Africa | 29 September 2017
South African agriculture industry in 'dire need' of qualified educators

The Agriculture industry is in dire need of qualified educators as the quality and number of teachers who are trained to teach agriculture at school level leaves much to be desired. This is among t...


South Africa | 27 September 2017
Africa's city farmers can feed millions as they earn an income

All across Africa, populations are growing rapidly. Many people are vulnerable to malnutrition, limited healthcare and high rates of unemployment. As a result, people are streaming towards cities hopi...


South Africa | 11 September 2017
'South Africa's agricultural sector slowly bouncing back to full strength'

With the recent fuel price hike, the country falling into the junk status category and many other negative news stories in the media there is finally some good news. Paul Makube, Senior Agricultura...


South Africa | 7 September 2017
South African agriculture makes a comeback, helps lift GDP

The South African agriculture sector was the single largest contributor to GDP growth in the second quarter of 2017, data from Statitstics South Africa (StatsSA) has revealed. The sector reported p...


South Africa | 6 September 2017
Africa's most notorious insects – the bugs that hit agriculture the hardest

The dreaded crop-eating fall armyworm continues to spread across Africa like wildfire. This invasive insect pest, first reported in Africa in early 2016, is in more than 20 African countries including...


South Africa | 5 September 2017
Injured farmer tied up for four hours while attackers ransack his home

A vegetable farmer, whose leg had been broken by attackers, lay tied up for more than four hours on Saturday in the living quarters of one of his workers before he was rescued and taken by helicopter ...


South Africa | 4 September 2017
South Africa's poultry industry is hurting as avian flu worsens

The outbreak of avian influenza in the Western Cape has led to the culling of more than 300 000 chickens in the past two months. According to industry experts, the number of culled chickens will no...


South Africa | 15 August 2017
84,000 job losses in the SA agriculture sector

There have been 84 000 job cuts this past year in the agriculture sector according to a report by Agbiz. The Agribiz report shows that 44 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter and a further 40 00...


South Africa | 4 August 2017
South African poultry producer Astral confirms second outbreak of avian flu

South African poultry producer Astral Foods confirmed a second outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its farms, the company said on Wednesday. The outbreak of avian flu on South Afr...


South Africa | 13 July 2017
South Africa confirms two more cases of H5N8 bird flu on poultry farms

South Africa's agricultural department confirmed on Wednesday two more outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu have been detected on commercial layer farms in the provinces of Gauteng and Mpumala...


South Africa | 30 June 2017
Poultry sales in SA 'not affected by outbreak'

There has been no negative reaction in the local market to the recent outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu, the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) said on Thursday. Speaking aft...


South Africa | 28 June 2017
South Africa's neighbors ban poultry imports after bird flu outbreak

Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana on Tuesday suspended poultry imports from South Africa with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu. South Africa has confirmed outbre...


South Africa | 12 June 2017
South African agriculture best perfomer in a struggling economy

With the announcement last Tuesday that South Africa has slipped into a technical recession following two consecutive declines in gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.7percent during the first quarter of...


South Africa | 11 June 2017
South African locals feel threatened by coffins erected along farmer's fence

Residents of a Limpopo village have accused a farmer of intimidation after he placed coffins along his fence. The information surfaced during a research mission by government officials in the Allda...


South Africa | 3 June 2017
South Africa agriculture saw 44,000 notable job losses

The agricultural sector in South Africa has recently seen 44 000 job cuts in the first quarter of this year from the last quarter of 2016. This puts the sectors total labour force at 875 000. Keepi...


South Africa | 15 May 2017
Apartheid still casts shadow over South Africa agriculture

Talk to any farmer around the world and their connection to the land will quickly become the focus of the conversation. But in South Africa, that connection to the land is often complicated by owne...


South Africa | 10 May 2017
Why calculating a farm murder rate in South Africa is near impossible

In a recent debate in South Africa’s parliament, two different farm murder rates were shared. “The farm murder rate is 133 per 100,000,” Freedom Front Plus member of parliament, Petrus Groenewald, ...


South Africa | 7 May 2017
Boosting agriculture could mitigate African famine threat in a warming world

Civil society and NGO leaders met during the World Economic Forum on Africa for a famine briefing to discuss how to improve the lives of the millions impacted by the food crisis devastating the Lake C...


South Africa | 16 February 2017
Armyworm invasion threatening South Africa's crops

An invasion of armyworms is stripping southern Africa of key food crops and could spread to other parts of the continent, experts warned Tuesday at an emergency meeting of 16 African nations. South...