R5 million donated to livestock farmers

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With South Africa in the grip of the worst drought the country has seen for the past six decades, AFGRI has stepped in and helped farmers across its service offering, the most recent of which was a donation of R5 million worth of animal feed to livestock farmers. The momentum of drought relief aid from AFGRI is increasing, with the Grain Management division having decided not to increase storage rates for 2016. “Again, this step is in light of knowing that our farmers value every bit of relief we are able to offer. As partners to agriculture...

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Farm worker wages raised

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After extensive consultations and consideration of submissions received from employers and employees both in the farming and forestry sectors, the Department of Labour has decided to adjust upwards the minimum wages for farming and forestry sectors. To calculate minimum wage increases, the Department applied consumer price index (CPI) excluding owner’s equivalent rent which is lower than what the Department used to apply which was CPI for quintile 1 as published by Stats SA for a specific period. As at 1 March 2016, the minimum wage increases...

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Agribusiness opportunities

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Traditional reluctance by investors to consider the wider agricultural sector as an alternative to more familiar sectors such as mining, telecoms, FMCG, and finance is beginning to change. The change is being fueled by the increasing corporatisation of agriculture and the domination of global agendas by greening and food security issues. As more investment professionals focus on the sector and gain a better understanding of the risk and return possibilities, confidence levels are rising and the investor public is becoming more bullish. An...

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DAFF clarity on Boerboels

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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries would like to clarify the statement published by the SABBS’ Interim Executive Steering Committee on the outcome of the meeting held with the Registrar of the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998) on 1, December 2015. The DAFF representatives met with the SABBS Interim Executive Steering Committee representative members, Koos van der Westhuizen and Kenny van der Merwe on Tuesday, 1 December 2015. The meeting agreed that: The Registrar will accept the SABBS Constitution, passed...

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Tips to overcome the impact of drought

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Drought conditions currently disrupting the agricultural sector in South Africa; have made it imperative for the industry to review its farming practices and approach to risk and management. Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing at FNB Business Agriculture, says in the past few years the farming industry has certainly dealt with a multitude of challenges, ranging from land reform, currency fluctuations, changing legislation, labour and wage issues, as well as livestock and fruit diseases, amongst others. However, the current drought,...

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Prevailing drought conditions

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Drought continues in many provinces. Veld and livestock conditions are poor in the majority of areas. Irrigated crops are under stress due to lack of sufficient water and high temperatures. Many dry-land farmers could not begin planting in most areas due to lack of soil moisture. Veld fires were reported in Free State, Limpopo, Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga and Western Cape. There were severe thunderstorms that caused damages in Gauteng, Limpopo and Free State. Livestock mortalities were reported in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West...

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Limpopo FMD update

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Following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the Matiani village in the Vhembe district, Minister Senzeni Zokwana (DAFF) visited Matiani dipping facility where he met with farmers in the affected village. A comprehensive outbreak response has been instituted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Public and community communication plans have been implemented in local languages to educate people about the disease and the importance of adhering to...

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Van Loveren wines since 1937

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Changing from bulk to bottle was the turning point which transformed Van Loveren wines from an agricultural business supporting trademarks to a trademark-driven business supported by agriculture. In 1984 they still produced 90 percent of their wine in bulk to sell to wholesalers, but when Van Loveren started competing on the local retail shelves, the wholesalers demanded that they stop selling their wine in bottled format. Phillip Retief is the CEO of Van Loveren Vineyards, relates the story of a very modest beginning in 1937 when his...

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Bank ready to support smallholders

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Following a meeting between the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) and the Land Bank CEO, Mr TP Nchocho together with his senior managers, AFASA believes that the bank is turning a new leaf, especially with regards to its responsibility towards the developing agricultural sector. AFASA delegation, led by its President Mr Mike Mlengana, was invited by the Land Bank CEO to a high level strategic discussion where the Bank presented its new strategy on how it planned to support the emerging sector and the industry as a whole....

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How to get it right the first time

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To win at horse racing, you need to choose the right jockey. In reality however the jockey chooses himself. Applying this analogy to farming, means that you can only really become a farmer if you have the love, passion and commitment for it. Government cannot create a farmer. It is only once we have the right person for the job that we should look at support throughout the value-chain, training, mentorship, appropriate financing, technical support and market access. Making it as a farmer requires much more skill these days than in the past....

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