Mpumalanga farmers lose millions due to crime

Police statistics for the first quarter of the financial year (April to June) show a year-on-year increase in almost all categories of crime in the province, even when compared to pre-lockdown years. Farmers and their properties are not spared.

SA citrus association appoints caretaker CEO

Industry affairs manager Paul Hardman will step in as caretaker while Justin Chadwick takes a ten-week sabbatical.

What honeybees in South Africa need from people

It is widely known that bees play a vital role in the world of agriculture. But local experts note with great concern that honeybee forage resources are under increasing pressure in Mzansi.

Biosecurity: Ready, set, go for new ministerial task team

A team of four experts will put particular focus on foot-and-mouth disease which has posed great challenges particularly in Limpopo, African swine fever which has spread across eight of Mzansi's provinces in recent years and highly pathogenic avian influenza which has been seen since 2017.

This week’s agriculture events: 20 – 26 September

There is loads happening in agriculture this week, with events exploring everything from water resilience to food system transformation. The 2021 Vertical farming Congress and Agriculture Summit Africa 2021 is also happening this week.

Govt. asks looted businesses to register their losses

All businesses affected by the July unrest are encouraged to register their losses with government. The portal will be open until 30 September.

Rural matrics and agri students urged to vax up

After almost two years of disruption in schools and universities, Western Cape MECs Ivan Meyer and Debbie Schäfer are hopeful that vaccines will help the education sector find its way back to some semblance of normality.

Poor roads should be fixed for economy’s sake

If we want to keep the agricultural sector competitive and see growth in rural economies, we need to protect our vital rural road infrastructure. This is according to the Western Cape government’s senior agricultural economist, Tshepo Morokong.

How plastic is converted into vanilla flavouring

WEIRD AND WONDERFUL: Scientists have found a way to create vanilla flavouring from plastic bottles. In short, a genetically engineered bacteria consumes the plastic and converts it into matter that is fit for human consumption.

Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize dies

Condolences are pouring in after news broke that the deputy minister in the presidency for women, youth and persons with disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, has died.

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