Labour conducts blitz inspection in Agricultural Sector, Free State

Blitz inspections condcuted by the Departmentof Labour in the agricultural sector yield surprising but encouraging results Blitz inspections in the Agricultural Sector painting a positive picture as cases of non-compliance are not as bad as anticipated.  As part of this year’s Workers Month campaign, the Department of Labour in the Free State conducted inspections at Green Park Farm, Yukon Farms and Stols Farm in Bothaville. These inspections are conducted by inspectors representing all competencies within the Inspection and Enforcement Services Directorate of the Department.  Out of three farms inspected, only…

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Bird Flu outbreak in parts of North West Province – Farmers urged to exercise caution

The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) would like to confirm that parts of the Bokone Bophirima province has been hit by an outbreak of High Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) commonly known as Bird Flu. Two of the outbreaks are in Madibeng (in Bojanala Platinum District) and one in Maquassie Hills. One of the outbreaks involving commercial flock involves quails that are hatched, grown and slaughtered on the farm. The second outbreak in Madibeng involved wild ducks that were kept domestically as pets for recreational reasons. The two…

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New tools for reporting on world’s forest resources launched

Help countries to compile better data and increase transparency – Google partnership Aerial view of forests, Tatarstan Republic, Russia. 5 March 2018, Rome/Toluca – FAO has launched today a new online platform for reporting on the status and trends of the world’s forest resources. The platform enables countries to increase the efficiency of their reporting process and improve the consistency, reliability and transparency of forest data. Efficient monitoring of and reporting on forest cover and land-use change is essential for monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is crucial as countries…

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City’s food basket faces uncertain future

Mary-Anne Gontsana Philippi Horticultural Area may be developed for housing. (Maryatta Wegerif, GroundUp   Cape Town – The Philippi Horticulture Area (PHA), Cape Town’s 3000 hectare farmland, which provides a significant quantity of vegetables for the City, still faces an uncertain future, 20 months after GroundUp first reported on the planned developments. Property developers are waiting in the wings and the matter is in court, GroundUp reported. Convener of the Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Farming Campaign, Nazeer Ahmed Sonday, approached the Western Cape High Court on 15 September for a review application…

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Research to take centre stage at agro-processing symposium

Government funded research will come to the forefront at the Technology and Human Research for Industry Programme (THRIP) Agro-processing Symposium that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry this week. The main purpose of the two-day conference, which gets underway on Tuesday, is to create a platform where government-funded research is showcased to the relevant industry for possible exploitation and industrialisation. The conference also aims to engage important stakeholders on critical issues in the agriculture and agro-processing value chain. Minister Rob Davies said the symposium will also…

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How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

Johannesburg – A structural approach and strategic business model could see South Africa’s honey industry turnover reach R20bn, according to experts. Rishad Ahmed, project funding expert and specialist from Incentives SA said the inclusion of various industry stakeholders in a combined effort could aid in the growth of the industry. The local honey industry currently sees an average annual turnover of R3.2bn, producing 2 000 tonnes per annum, according to the South African Biodiversity Institute. Ahmed, however, believes these numbers could drastically increase, given a proper business model and investments made. READ: Ethiopian…

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SOLAR POWERED VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES FOR REMOTE BOREHOLE APPLICATIONS -ZEST WEG GROUP

SOLAR POWERED VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES FOR REMOTE BOREHOLE APPLICATIONS

Farmers are making increasing use of photovoltaic solar panels and variable speed drives (VSDs) to get clean and continuous power to their boreholes in remote locations, cutting out the need for costly infrastructure and cables to link with the main grid. Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motors and controls manufacturer WEG, supplies these stand-alone electrical solutions so that users in the agricultural sector can immediately benefit from ‘free’ solar power for pumping water. As a key element of this arrangement, the VSD protects the motor from the…

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South Africa Promotes Investments in Agro-Processing

By Akani Chauke Johannesburg — SOUTH African companies have been encouraged to invest in the agro-processing sector. The Eastern Cape Province, where more than 20 companies from the agriculture/agro processing sector, has vast investment opportunities. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a workshop at the Coega Business Centre in the Nelson Mandela Bay. It was held ahead of the second application window of the Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APPS) that will remain open until January 2018. The Coega Special Economic Zone is home…

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Russia takes interest in SA’s black winemakers

A group of Russian businesspeople are in South Africa as part of government efforts to boost black winemakers. Fourteen black winemakers based in the Western Cape and another based in Eastern Cape are attending a session organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in Cape Town. The Russian Wine Inward Buying Mission is a government initiatives aimed at changing the patterns of ownership in the local wine industry, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe. “This inward buying mission is one of the initiatives aimed at changing…

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TECHNIQUES FOR INTENSIVE FREE RANGE FORAGING

TECHNIQUES FOR INTENSIVE FREE RANGE FORAGING Free range foraging needs to be done with precision to ensure the paddock becomes ready for pasture again. To make this possible a strategy needs to be devised that ensures fibrous and unpalatable regrowth is avoided. Overgrazing is another concern as it leaves a paddock barren. THE BENEFITS OF FREE RANGE FORAGING Pasture-raised ruminants produce particularly nutritional dairy and just so their meat is of high nutritional value. Dairy cows graze for up to eight hours a day and beef cattle for up to…

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