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Agri SA warns of negative impact of load-shedding on agriculture

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th February 2019 Agri SA has noted its concerns about the potential negative impact of load-shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain. In a statement on Monday, the company highlighted that electricity is an important input cost for many farmers, especially farmers that depend on irrigation. 

Good rains lift SA crop production estimates – agricultural economist

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 After a slow start to the 2018/19 summer crop season with severe dryness during December particularly in parts of the North West and Free State provinces, conditions rebounded early in January 2019 as good rains provided the much-needed moisture for planting, a senior agricultural economist said... 

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape 

By: Kim Cloete     15th January 2019 Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs... 

Western Cape farmers call for easing of water restrictions to repair drought damage

By: News24Wire      18th September 2018 Western Cape farmers are calling on government to reveal how much water they are likely to be allocated this summer, so they can make plans to fix the damage caused by the 60% cut in their water supply. Some farmers say they have already experienced their Day Zero – now they want to know if they... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Omnia lifts FY18 profit by 12% y/y 

By: Anine Kilian     26th June 2018 JSE-listed Omnia Holdings posted positive results for the financial year ended March 31, with group revenue having increased by 7% year-on-year to R17.37-billion, as a result of a stronger performance by the mining and chemicals divisions. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Engen continues to walk-the-walk at Nampo 2018

15th May 2018 Billed as the biggest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere, Nampo has since its inception in 1966 provided many great moments in the recent history of South African agriculture. The annual Nampo Harvest Day is a forum for the majority of stakeholders in the agricultural sector to get... 

NWK to sell Opti Agri as focus shifts to core business

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 4AX-listed agricultural company NWK will sell its animal feed business Opti Agri to Country Bird Holdings for R290-million. This is in line with NWK’s revised business strategy with an emphasis on greater customer focus around the core business. 

South African pork industry could lose R1bn due to listeriosis outbreak – FNB economist

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South Africa's pork industry and its value chain could suffer losses of up to R1-billion as the price of the meat continues to decline in a fallout from the recent outbreak of listeriosis, an FNB economist said on Monday. A variety of ready-to-eat processed meats, mainly made from pork, have been... 

Former Land Bank CEO convicted of fraud

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 The specialised commercial crimes court in Pretoria has convicted former Land Bank CEO Philemon Radichaba Mohlahlane and three others of defrauding the bank of at least R6 million in a case dating back to 2012. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, commonly known as the Hawks, said... 

Lincoln Lubrication and SKF showcase agricultural solutions at Nampo 2017

19th April 2017 Lincoln Lubrication South Africa is showcasing its automated lubrication and Muster II fire suppression systems as well as parts and service solutions at Nampo 2017. “We have supported Nampo for the past seven years, exhibiting jointly with SKF for the past two years when we became part of the... 

Koedoeskop donates crop residue to North West producers

12th February 2016 Irrigation producers from the Koedoeskop area in Limpopo have made some 1 500 ha of maize crop residue available to the drought-ravaged North West through their farmers’ association. A project to gather the material from the fields and bale it is progressing well, but the transport and delivery... 

GMO crops can drive development, proponents argue

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th March 2015 In the field of biotechnology (biotech), South Africa is the leader in Africa, having realised an economic gain of $1.15-billion between 1998 and 2012 from the use of genetically modified (GM) crops or biotech crops. 

South Africa leads continent in terms of GMO crops  

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th February 2015 In the field of biotechnology (biotech), South Africa is the leader in Africa, having realised an economic gain of $1.15-billion between 1998 and 2012 from the use of genetically modified (GM) crops or biotech crops. 


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