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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SA Weather Service has issued another warning of high temperatures that may lead to runaway fires in the Free State as farmers are still counting their losses following devastating blazes in the province last week.
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