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Dept of Labour to invest R800m in agriculture

By | October 12th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The Department of Labour has announced its intention to invest R800 million in agriculture and related business over the next year. The announcement of the investment comes on the heels of commitments made by social partners at the Jobs Summit. The investment will be handled through the department's entities in partnership with the Public Investment [...]

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China to train African scientists as part of $60-billion funding

By | October 8th, 2018|SA Industry News|

China wants to train Africa’s next generation of scientists. Its goal is to improve African science in fields from agriculture and climate change to quantum physics and artificial intelligence. The training is one element of a much larger plan adopted by Chinese and African leaders at the third Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation [...]

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Full list of Prestige Agri Awards regional winners

By | October 8th, 2018|SA Industry News|

After months of criss-crossing the province, looking for the Western Cape’s best agri-workers, all 16 regional winners have now been chosen. The competition, sponsored by Shoprite since 2012, aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of the province’s agricultural workforce. The full list of winners: Swartland: Isak Bartman, foreman at Kloovenburg Overberg: Alfred Dyantyi [...]

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SA mandarin wrap

By | October 8th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The citrus season is over in South Africa. The largest volumes go to the UK, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, and the Middle East. In a difficult season, the small citrus performed better than other categories. That was certainly the case in Asia and the Far East. The UK is, once again, [...]

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Targeting food waste in SA

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

Dearman’s liquid nitrogen refrigeration technology is to be used in a project to reduce the waste from fruit and vegetable harvests in South Africa. Food waste in South Africa is estimated to be worth £4.7bn annually, half of which occurs in the fruit and vegetable sector. Low farmer income makes access to cooling technology difficult. [...]

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Hortgro calls for meaningful and economically sustainable land reform

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

The deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro, said in a statement today that it recognises and supports meaningful, sustainable and economically viable land reform in the agricultural sector as a means to include previously disadvantaged agriculturists. “It is vital that previously disadvantaged individuals get the opportunity to fully participate in the economic growth of our sector [...]

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Citrus export ship to Asia is positive news for SA

By | August 9th, 2018|SA Industry News|

If the Western Cape were a country, it would be the world's fifth largest exporter of citrus fruits. South Africa is currently the second biggest exporter of citrus in the world after Spain, accounting for 10% of the global market. The Western Cape currently exports the majority share of this, at 62%, making it the [...]

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South African farmers in a good position

By | August 7th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Farmers and others in the agricultural value chain do not always know who is really in charge. This is according to Lindie Stroebel, Southern Africa’s CEO of the product marketing association, PMA. She said at the Farmers Weekly AgriBusiness Africa congress that South African farmers are in a better position to control the market than [...]

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Land reform announcement disquiets but delivers nothing new

By | August 7th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Last Tuesday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC president, devoted a short television announcement to the vexatious matter of land reform and, specifically, land expropriation without compensation. Despite a nervous reception in some quarters, there was nothing new to his message: in March the party released its formal position on land reform [...]

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SA welcomes removal of citrus from high risk-list

By | August 7th, 2018|SA Industry News|

South Africa has welcomed the outcome of a meeting of the European Commission’s Committee on Plant Health in the week of 9 and 10 July 2018. During this meeting the proposal of eight EU member states (among them France and Spain) to introduce a category of high risk plants and products (which included citrus) under [...]

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