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Agriculture News

Agricultural subsidies remains big issue for SA

26th August 2002 The contentious issue of agricultural subsidies, which impact negatively on the economic growth of emerging markets remains a subject of engagement, department of agriculture director-general Bongiwe Njobe said in Pretoria last week. 

End “global apartheid” call heralds Joburg Summit

26th August 2002 The Earth Summit opens on Monday in Johannesburg, giving world governments driven by a mix of idealism and realpolitik just 10 days to agree on ways to haul millions out of poverty without poisoning the planet. 

Mining giant plans to grow roses for export

By: Martin Creamer     23rd August 2002 South Africa’s second-largest gold producer is in the process of establishing an agricultural hub in the West Wits area near Carletonville as part of a comprehensive sustainable development plan to ensure economic activity in the area once the mines close in 30 years. 

Seeing red over rooibos trademark

By: Seeraj Mohamed     23rd August 2002 I am a poor graduate student in the US, so I often think about how much money I could make importing things that are much cheaper in South Africa and selling them here. 

Government privatises agricultural parastatal

By: Marcel Chimwala     23rd August 2002 The Malawian government is planning to privatise the country's largest agricultural parastatal, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC). 

World summit call centre operational

23rd August 2002 With only a few days remaining before the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) starts, the South African Post Office has established a state-of-the-art call centre in Pretoria to disseminate information on the event. 

Locals given preference in tuna-fishing permit fight

By: Jill Stanford     23rd August 2002 SOUTH Africa's budding tuna industry is being given a chance to blossom with the suspension of Japanese and Taiwanese fishing in South African waters. 

Space, sustainable development debate starts in SA today

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2002 Today sees the start, in Stellebosch, of the “Space Technology Provides Solutions for Sustainable Development” symposium.This is an official parallel event to the WSSD (Rio+10) 

Sugar production declines due to the erratic climate

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 While much remains to be done to correct trade imbalances in the global sugar market, South Africa’s sugar sector is also facing a number of challenges on the local front. 

Irrigation system offers new hope to arid regions

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 In a joint-venture agreement with Driwater of the US, Professional Irrigation Agencies (PIA), a Western Cape-based company, hopes to introduce the American company’s time-release water system to the local market. 

SA consulting group in Swaziland development

16th August 2002 The Swaziland Komati Project Enterprise (SKPE) has been set up to facilitate the development of several large national water projects, including the R300-million Komati Downstream Development Project (KDDP). 

Flowers and grasses flourish in coal combustion by-products

16th August 2002 A recent field study from the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) indicates that fly ash and bottom ash from fossil power plants can be blended with biosolids to provide superior soil amendments for the horticulture industry. 

Programme enables more-accurate forecasting of Africa's weather

16th August 2002 In April this year, deputy minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi welcomed a multibillion rand programme which aims to put into action activities – related to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) – for African countries in the area of... 

Geographic info system planned for SA farmers

By: candice haase     16th August 2002 The development of a geographic information system (GIS) as the foundation for precision farming is a dream of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). 

Slope stabiliser proves successful

16th August 2002 To ensure the stability of slopes at Zimbali Lodge in Kwazulu Natal, Kaytech’s Soilsaver 292 was presribed by Moreland Development and VKE to its client, Sun International. 

Weather hedges introduced to emerging markets

16th August 2002 In an investment that will help reduce poverty in rural areas, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, has invested $10-million in a weather risk management project aimed at introducing weather hedges to emerging markets. 

A South African researcher granted world leader status

16th August 2002 A South African expert om recalcitrant plant seeds was awarded an A-rating through the National Research Foundation’s (NRF) Evaluation Centre. 

GM foods safer than water, says association

16th August 2002 The warning sounded by University of the Western Cape’s Prof Winston Hyde in media reports that genetically modified (GM) crops are dangerous and present a health hazard is repudiated as unfounded by AfricaBio executive director Dr Jocelyn Webster. 

SA agriculture ready to compete globally

16th August 2002 South African farmers have become more efficient, more responsive to consumer demands and more competitive in works markets as a result of reforms introduced by former Minister of Agriculture Derek Hanekom. 

Last logistics tender issued for WSSD

16th August 2002 Earlier this month, the Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) issued the last of its tenders for the logistics of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4. 

Science to pull its weight at the Joburg Summit

16th August 2002 The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development at the World Summit in Johannesburg has drawn participation from influential and committed organisations and experts worldwide, resulting in the programme offering a range of science and technology topics and perspectives... 

Sustainable development high on agenda of consulting engineers

16th August 2002 With all eyes on Johannesburg and the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE) is set to play a key role in directing the course of sustainable development and placing it high on the worldwide agenda of consulting engineers. 

Leaders probe role of technology in development

16th August 2002 THE African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States-European Union (EU) Forum on Research for Sustainable Development, which took place in Cape Town in July, was the first gathering of the representatives of the 78 member states of the ACP Group and the 15 members of the EU, to specifically... 

Green energy investors conference planned

By: Zonika Botha     16th August 2002 The Cape Town-based green energy service company, Agama Energy, is planning to host an international investors’ conference in South Africa next year to help facilitate the introduction of green energy into the energy supply industry (ESI). 

Virtual exhibit of sustainable projects

16th August 2002 With the United Nations’ World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) only days away and the hype surrounding it, one could be forgiven for questioning the real role of the giant talk shop in the lives of ordinary people. 

SA maize tariffs should fall, say millers

15th August 2002 International maize prices have risen to a level earmarked in South African legislation as a trigger point for import tariff reductions, the country's Chamber of Milling said yesterday. 

SA safety group to win from Joburg summit

15th August 2002 South African safety group, the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) is emerging as one of only a few organisations in the world able to translate the expected decisions and outcomes of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) into practical application by... 

Nigeria invites China to boost food production

13th August 2002 Nigeria plans to raise its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 10% through increased agricultural output in the next three years with the aid of Chinese experts invited to develop its water resources. 

Waste-cotton initiative reduces costs for weavers

By: Joanne Delaurentis     9th August 2002 More than 30 local weaving companies, mostly in the Eastern Cape, have, over the last few years, had to close down or downsize due to increases in the price of raw materials – specifically wool. 

Gold firm emerging as industry, resources financier

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 Those that associate JCI with gold alone will be interested to hear that many of the businesses that will contribute to its future cash income are totally unconnected with the gold sector. 

GM maize helps avert stalk-borer crisis – ARC

By: Deborah Spicer     9th August 2002 It is speculated that, without genetically-modified (GM) maize, this year might have seen a repeat of the stalk borer epidemic that occurred in South Africa in the 1970s. 

Africans urge World Bank to boost agriculture spending

9th August 2002 African finance ministers have decided that they will put pressure on the World Bank to increase its lending on agricultural development, which they say has been stagnant for the past 10 years, reports New Vision of Uganda. 

Poor rains set to hit Mali's cereals output

9th August 2002 Poor rains are likely to hit Mali's cereals production for 2002/03 as fewer plantations have been sown in the main growing regions, officials at the ministry for Rural Development have revealed. 

Moosa delivers 'state of the summit' briefing

9th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, yesterday briefed Parliament on South Africa's state of readiness to host the biggest ever global gathering, the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Minister announces big increase in fish quotas

9th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has determined the final pelagic total allowable catch (TAC) for the 2002 pelagic season. 

Ecojargon in preparation for Joburg summit

8th August 2002 The 50 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries set to throng the Johannesburg summit, which starts later this month will have no problem finding a common language to thrash out a strategy for sustainable development. 

Biotech must be part of sustainability package

8th August 2002 It will be important for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to underline the importance of appropriate technologies – which will inevitably include biotechnology – to sustain the lives of billions of people, International Food Strategies president... 

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