Parly steps up efforts to buoy sugar industry

The struggling sugar industry has come under scrutiny in Parliament, with the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry now engaging the industry to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers. In a statement issued on Thursday by committee chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs, the committee said challenges range from a lack of transformation and drought, to concerns around pricing, imports and the implications of the recent tax on sugary beverages. “Many of these matters came to the fore when they were highlighted to the committee by the South African Development Farmers Association…

Read More

Farming implements to improve lives

The lives of 200 indigent families in the North West are set to improve with R5.5 million worth of food security projects due to be handed over to them. The multi-million rand projects are part of the provincial Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Department’s food security programme aimed at reducing poverty, enhancing agricultural productivity and job creation, among others. MEC Desbo Mohono is expected to hand over agricultural inputs, chickens, fruit trees and as well as feed to unemployed youth, women and the poor at a ceremony at the Robega…

Read More

Agriculture continues to create jobs despite tough three years

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says drought recovery has started with provincial agriculture and agri-processing sectors adding a combined 35 000 jobs between the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2018. Despite the three years of drought, the two sectors still managed to create 10 000 jobs since 2015. “Back in 2009 we passed the sector’s first climate change response plan, compiled with the industry. Since then some truly innovative responses to climate change have evolved. I have addressed this house before on some of the technological innovations such as the…

Read More

Cleaning up, literally and figuratively

  Buy or rent – a small company’s on-site system converts organic matter into useful by-product, saving costs and enhancing air quality. Sasha Planting  Mountains of waste piling up on landfill sites comes at a steep cost, hence the attractiveness of converting organic matter and reducing methane emissions on-site. Picture: Ty Wright/Bloomberg Yesterday’s food leftovers are generally not pretty. And dumped on a landfill they are even less appealing – rotting, smelling and covered in maggots. So it’s no surprise that people don’t like thinking about landfills; they are unsightly…

Read More

Engineers to improve agricultural services in NW

In a bid to improve and strengthen its agricultural engineering services, the North West Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Department has appointed four young agricultural engineers who will bring much needed skills to the department. Agricultural Engineering is the area of engineering concerned with the design, construction and improvement of farming equipment and machinery. The engineers integrate technology with farming. The appointment of agricultural engineers follows stakeholder engagement meetings hosted by MEC Desbo Mohono in January this year, where she promised farmers and North West people that she will do…

Read More

Land reform not driving farm sales

Farms that are being put on the market in South Africa have more to do with financial challenges and the impact of droughts, rather than fear around land expropriation without compensation. That’s the view of agricultural economist Johann Bornman, who says statistics show a decline in the number of farm properties sold in the country last year. New mortgages granted for farms have also declined. Other agricultural economists shared similar views when questioned by Moneyweb this week on farm sales trends. Bornman, founder of Agri Development Solutions, says the number…

Read More

ARC to Launch New Range of Cultivated Indigenous Citrus and Deciduous Fruits in Germany

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) will launch its new range of cultivated indigenous citrus and deciduous fruits at the 27th Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair that will take place in Berlin, Germany from 6-8 February 2019. The ARC will form part of the twenty-five businesses and research institutions that will be showcasing South Africa’s fruit and vegetable export capabilities at the South African Pavilion that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC, Dr Shadrack Moephuli says that…

Read More

Gauteng Company Seeks to Establish New Clients in Germany

The Managing Director of Afrex Trading, Mr Etiene Taitz says he is hopeful of boosting his company’s profile and establishing new clients when showcasing his range of perishable products at the 27th Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair that will take place in Berlin, Germany from 6-8 February 2019. Afrex Trading, which packages and exports high-value perishable agricultural products, will be part of the twenty-five businesses and research institutions that will be showcasing South Africa’s fruit and vegetable export capabilities at the South African Pavilion that will be hosted by the…

Read More

Maize planting area seen down 14% from last season

The poll estimates that 18% less maize will be planted compared with October estimate of 2.448m hectares. Picture: Balint Porneczi, Bloomberg South African maize farmers are expected to plant 14% less of the staple crop in the 2018/2019 season compared with the previous season after dry conditions delayed plantings outside the optimum window. South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the planted area at 1.998 million hectares, down from the 2.318 hectares planted last season, according to an average estimate of five traders and analysts polled by…

Read More

Working towards a sustainable future

South Africa and Namibia have signed a rectified agreement which will see the countries working towards restoring, maintaining and conserving the biological integrity within the fisheries space. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will ensure the two counties share a border and transboundary of fishing species, the co-management of shared fish stocks, environmental monitoring, biodiversity and ecosystem health, mitigation of pollution, minimising the impacts of marine diamond mining and oil and gas production. The agreement was signed by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana and his Namibian counterpart Minister Bernard…

Read More