Fall Armyworm detected in Western Cape

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has advised farmers and community members to take precautionary control measures to ensure early detection and effective control of Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreak. This follows the detection of larvae of the Fall Armyworm (FAW) in the Western Cape, near the Clanwilliam area. The pests were detected for the first time on sweetcorn in late March 2019. The FAW moths were detected in several areas in the Western Cape between June and August in 2018. “FAW is a quarantine pest in terms of the…

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African Swine Fever outbreak at North West farm

The North West Provincial Veterinary Services has placed a farm in the province under quarantine following an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). The World Organisation for Animal Health on Wednesday reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Zeerust area, just outside of the African Swine Fever controlled area of South Africa. The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries said the farm has been placed under quarantine by the provincial veterinary services, who are also doing follow-up investigations and applying disease control measures for this outbreak. “The virus…

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OPINION: Brazilian chicken producers are running scared

JOHANNESBURG – Brazil must be really worried that higher duties are about to halt the flood of chicken imports that are harming the South African chicken industry, its workers and surrounding communities.In the last few days, three Brazilian officials have similarly worded comments in different South African publications. They attack the application by the SA Poultry Association (Sapa) for higher tariffs on Brazilian chicken and deny that Brazil dumps its product in South Africa. Brazilian producers accuse the local industry of lies, slander and disinformation. They profess nothing but love…

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SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

South Africa is no longer a spectator country in the business of the ocean and fisheries economy, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana said on Tuesday. “I am proud about the strides we have made as government within the fisheries sector. The path we have started will put us on a higher plane in creating more opportunities for our people,” said the Minister when he briefed media on the strides South Africa has made in the ocean economy, especially in fisheries. Fisheries management remains a complex sector given…

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The story behind your fishy meal

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has encouraged South Africans to support the ABALOBI app that tells the story behind the fish on their plates. “We are already in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where technology has taken over to make life easier. A patron can order a seafood meal in a well-established restaurant and be able to track who caught the fish, how was it caught, when was it caught and be able to link directly with the fisher who caught the fish on your plate…

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Western Cape commodity groups commit to farmer development

The private sector has shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all 11 of the agricultural commodity groups that have been part of the Western Cape department of agriculture’s commodity approach to land reform, signing new MOUs last week. Under the commodity approach, the commodity groups have committed to helping black smallholder farmers and land reform beneficiaries become more successful through access to markets for their goods, mentorship and training. The commodity groups have also contributed funding and in-kind support towards the implementation of successful…

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SA maize stock sufficient to cover 2019

CAPE TOWN – South Africa has a sufficient maize stock of nearly 18 million tons this season says the Grain Handling Organisation of Southern Africa (Gosa).The organisation said on Friday that its members effectively handled 17.5 million tons of grain, produced locally and imported during the past season. Gosa’s retiring president, Annatjie Loio, announced this recently during the organisation’s 36th annual general meeting held at Langebaan on the west coast. Loio said an estimated total of 13 million tons of grain will be received, financed, stored, transported, fumigated and processed…

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SA poultry industry backs Namibia against dumping of chicken from Brazil

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said on Tuesday that it had noted with alarm that the insidious dumping of chicken from Brazil that plagues the local industry has also taken root in Namibia. Izaak Breitenbach, general manager of SAPA’s broiler division, said that it was increasingly clear that Southern Africa was now in the crosshairs of exporters looking for markets for the unwanted leg quarters that are the byproducts of their lucrative breast-meat exports to the US and Europe. Breitenbach said that given similar experiences with the effects of…

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Transformation and job creation in agriculture- OPINION

OPINION / 2 APRIL 2019, 09:00AM / EUSTACE MASHIMBYE JOHANNESBURG – Land reform is one of the political hot potatoes of our time and remains one of the more contentious policy issues. However, for the existing 250 000 or so emerging farmers, access to land has not been their most pressing problem, nor will providing more small-scale black farmers with land be the silver bullet that will increase much needed transformation in the agricultural sector. It is still fair to say that most of the large-scale commercial farmers in both crop and livestock farming are…

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Fear of maize imports allayed

DURBAN – Fears that South Africa could be forced to import maize at exorbitant international prices were allayed yesterday, with the agricultural industry saying the expected carry-over maize of 3.2million tons would meet the country’s dietary requirements.The industry has been battling dry and erratic weather patterns, which almost forced commercial farmers in major maize producing regions out of business and saw them approaching the government and banks in January to raise at least R3billion to help those hardest hit by the drought. However, in its report on the revised area…

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