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Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

More black farmers needed in a sustainable and orderly way – AgriSA  

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Farm group AgriSA says the solution to the country's heated land expropriation debate is to provide land for urban housing, industrialisation and farming, while more black farmers should be introduced in a sustainable and orderly way. AgriSA president Dan Kriek said the political solution was... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

26.8% of all cigarettes in South Africa sold under taxable minimum, study finds 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 According to a study by independent market researcher Ipsos, 26.8% of all cigarettes in South Africa are sold under the R17.85 minimum, which is payable at excise duty and value-added tax (VAT). It is the responsibility of cigarette manufacturers, the company that owns the trademarks, to pay the... 

Agri SA launches water desk to ensure farmers get fair share of precious resource

By: News24Wire      4th May 2018 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has launched a water desk that will be dedicated to helping farmers across the country get equitable access to water, it said on Friday. Several policy proposals could increase the cost of water and reduce the amounts available to agricultural users, Agri... 

Agri SA spent R331m on transformation in 2016/17

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Members of agricultural industry association Agri SA spent R331-million on transformation during the 2016/17 financial year and reached an estimated 108 307 beneficiaries, including 55 000 farmers. This is according to the 2018 Agri SA transformation report, which was released on Tuesday, and is... 

Cool heads and cooperation needed to address WCape drought crisis – Agri SA

By: African News Agency      19th January 2018 Cool heads and steady leadership are needed to mobile and support farmers and residents as south-western parts of  South Africa grapple with a drought-related water crisis, farm group Agri SA said on Friday. “As the threat of our water sources running dry begins to materialize, panic is beginning... 

We should avoid radical rhetoric and policies on land – AgriSA

By: News24Wire      1st November 2017 AgriSA believes progress is being made in the land reform debate in South Africa and that the country should steer away from radical rhetoric and policies. These were the views of Dan Kriek, the president of AgriSA during the launch of its national land audit on Tuesday. 

Debate on land rehab for future farming comes to the fore as mine closures increase

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 As the mining industry winds down from the supercycle, thereby coming under increasing budget constraints as markets tighten up and commodity prices fall, more mines are closing and the need for their rehabilitation is coming to the fore. There is growing debate regarding the use of rehabilitated... 

McDonald’s launches new instore design 

13th July 2017 Food and beverage giant McDonald’s South Africa has unveiled its first newly built, revamped restaurant at Stoneridge shopping centre, in Johannesburg.  

Agri SA says will not support fracking as set out under current legislation  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2017 Agricultural industry association Agri SA says it cannot support government’s continued pursuit of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Addressing media at a briefing in Centurion, on Wednesday, Agri SA president Johannes Möller said there were still uncertainties with respect to water supply and... 

South African to lead World Farmers' Organisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 Former Agri SA deputy president Dr Theo de Jager has become the first South African to be elected president of the World Farmers' Organisation (WFO), in Helsinki, Finland. The WFO is an organisation of agricultural producers that aims to strengthen farmers’ positions within value chains, with a... 

Grain SA starts aid initiative to assist farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th June 2017 Grain SA has launched a drought aid project aimed at collecting at least 15 000 t of white or yellow maize from its grain-producing members to be distributed to livestock farmers over three to four months. This follows an initiative launched by a group of farmers in the Hoopstad area to raise... 

South Africa’s credit rating downgrade will also hit SADC region, says AgriSA

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 AgriSA said on Tuesday that the impact of South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating downgrades was likely to be felt outside of the country’s borders and would have an impact in the Southern African region as a whole. South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating was downgraded to junk status... 

SKA SA, Agri SA partner to benefit Karoo communities

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2017 Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) and Agri SA have signed an agreement to ensure that local communities of the Karoo benefit from the SKA project. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world's largest radio telescope. 

Agri SA proposes more consultation on proposed national minimum wage

By: African News Agency      21st November 2016 Agri SA said on Monday that it would consult widely across the agricultural sector regarding the proposed National Minimum Wage. This comes after the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) Advisory Panel on Sunday proposed a new national minimum wage rate of R20 an hour, or... 

Ongoing drought prompts concerns about food security, govt’s land reform programme 

20th October 2016 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Megan van Wyngaardt about issues discussed at the 2016 Agri SA Congress. 

Farm safety under the spotlight at AgriSA Congress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 To further bolster agricultural industry association Agri SA’s efforts to protect farmers and prevent farm attacks, financial services group Santam has donated R250 000 to Agri SA’s Securitas Trust Fund. The fund supports farming communities financially to combat crime, while raising awareness in... 

Land reform ignites debate at Agri SA congress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 If government wants to successfully proceed with its land reform programme, while enjoying the support of the wider agricultural community, a number of steps need to be taken, Agri SA's agricultural development policy committee chairperson Ernest Pringle put forth at the 2016 Agri SA Congress on... 

Govt needs to take agriculture seriously, urges Agri SA’s Moller

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th October 2016 Agriculture and food security need to become priorities on government’s agenda, as it has a significant impact on the economy, says Agri SA president Johannes Moller. “We view food security as one of the State’s primary responsibilities, and we would expect policy and economic application to be... 

Agri SA calls on government to provide drought assistance to farmers

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for emergency assistance from government, either as State guarantees or direct assistance through the structures of the Land Bank, agribusinesses or special purpose vehicles, to assist farmers affected by the ongoing drought. In a statement... 

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. On Friday, Van Rooyen declared all but Gauteng as drought disaster areas because of the threat to... 

Shell supports farmers through the Agri SA Drought Relief Fund

31st May 2016 Shell has donated R1 million to Agri SA’s Drought Relief Fund. This donation comes at a crucial time as livestock farmers in severely drought stricken areas struggle to keep their animals alive and grain farmers begin their planning for the coming season. The funds donated by Shell will go... 

Engen donates R1 million to Agri SA Drought Relief Fund

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, handed over a cheque for R1 million to Agri SA for drought relief at this year’s Nampo agricultural show, which runs from 17-20 May. The donation was made in response to a call for help from the... 

Industry committed to meeting March 15 Agoa deadline

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2016 Meeting the March 15 deadline for the import of US poultry into the South African market or risk losing some of the country’s duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), is a key priority for all agricultural industry stakeholders, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries... 

Agri SA warns of ‘perfect storm’ facing S Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th January 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called on South Africans to work together to build the economy, as the country was facing a “potential perfect storm”. “South Africa is a tinderbox at the moment, with various risks playing out. 

Agri SA calls for help with Project Hope Grass drought relief initiative 

By: Schalk Burger     11th January 2016 Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact number, as well as to donate... 

Dry-weather spell may continue throughout summer

By: Bloomberg     6th November 2015 South Africa, enduring its worst drought in 23 years, may face persistent dry and hot conditions through most parts of of the country this summer as an El Nino episode strengthens and may continue throughout autumn, the nation’s weather service said. Dry conditions “may promote a regional or... 

Agri SA calls for urgent action to address South Africa’s drought conditions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2015 The ability of South Africa’s farmers to continue to produce at the levels needed to maintain national food security is under threat by further drought and consequential financial woes, which could have significant knock-on effects for the economy. Agri SA president Johannes Möller warned on... 

Agri SA, AfriBusiness speak out on new ANC 50/50 land policy 

By: Tracy Hancock     13th October 2015 Agri SA is calling for urgent clarification of the correct wording and interpretation of the governing party’s decision, whereby the 50/50 proposal, which requires farmers to hand over half their land to their workers, has been accepted as African National Congress (ANC) policy.  The agricultural... 

Agriculture says no to Nkwinti’s 50:50 plans, land ceiling

By: Tracy Hancock     14th May 2015 Grain SA has reiterated its support for the guidelines for land reform in the National Development Plan (NDP)  – 20% of agricultural land by 2030 on a district basis – but opposes Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s latest proposals. “Grain producers say no to the... 

Agri SA highlights equal importance of transformation, profitability

By: Tracy Hancock     5th May 2015 Performance and delivery on labour and land reform matters were equally important to lowering the cost of doing business and improved profitability, and were central if the agriculture sector’s growth and contributions were to be sustained, stressed Agri SA president Johannes Möller. As such,... 

ASUF submits land reform proposal to Nkwinti, requests engagement 

By: Tracy Hancock     13th April 2015 The Agri Sector Unity Forum (ASUF) has requested an engagement with Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti following its submission of a consensus document on land reform. "It is in the best interest of all South Africans, both present and future generations, that land... 

Ageing SA farmer cohort could prompt food shortages, consolidation – Deloitte

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd March 2015 South Africa could see food shortages in the next ten years as the country’s commercial farmers, with an average age of 62, start to retire and the new crop of farmers entering the sector are unable to fill the void, placing considerable pressure on the nation’s status as a net food producer. The... 

Budget vague on agriculture support, Land Bank revitalisation welcomed

By: Tracy Hancock     26th February 2015 The Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz) has welcomed the identified prioritisation of agriculture, following the 2015 Budget Speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday, but notes that his speech was “vague on what is meant by its support of agriculture”. In a media release on... 

Agriculture speaks against land reform declaration in SoNA 

By: Tracy Hancock     13th February 2015 President Jacob Zuma’s announcement during the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday night has created “doubt and concern within agriculture” in terms of whether government is serious about consultation around land reform, said South African agricultural industry association Agri SA on... 

National minimum wage not a solution – Agri SA 

By: Sapa     9th December 2014 A national minimum wage will lead to job loss, Agri SA said on Tuesday. "It would be extremely short-sighted if not inhumane not to acknowledge the desperate situation many fellow South Africans find themselves in," Agri SA president Johannes Möller said. 

Action plan offers practical remedies for unblocking agriculture’s growth, jobs potential

By: Tracy Hancock     28th November 2014 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agricultural Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The aspiration is outlined in... 

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