Medupi ‘won’t solve farmers’ load shedding woes’

Fourteen years after Eskom started building its Medupi power station, it finally reached commercial operation status. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean much for farmers who are at wits’ end with load shedding.

‘Radical steps needed to transform food systems’

Bold measures are needed to transform food systems, said Dr Brave Ndisale, the FAO country representative in South Africa, during an independent dialogue ahead of the UN Food Systems Dialogue. The media's role in transforming food systems was discussed by Ndisale and many other top speakers.

Potato industry in a jam over cheap European chips

You know those dirt-cheap frozen potato chips? They’re being dumped in Mzansi from Europe and it’s slowly killing the potato industry. To add insult to injury, our antidumping duty protection recently lapsed.

Wildfires: Farmers plead for disaster declaration

Grazing land, livestock and game farms were devastated during the recent runaway wildfires in the Free State. More than 104 000ha burned down. Free State Agriculture says this warrants an urgent disaster declaration.

Potatoes SA throws lifeline for small-scale farmers

Smallholder potato farmers in Limpopo have been given a big boost following a joint venture between Potatoes SA and the provincial department of agriculture and rural development. The project gives them greater access to “the big agriculture value chain.”

Distell celebrates triple profit growth despite booze bans

Despite many alcohol sales bans, Distell expects its latest headline earnings to jump by more than 230%. Operations in Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia also performed admirably well.

Covid-19 vaccination: 500 farmworkers jabbed on farm

Cheered on by the Western Cape agriculture minister, more than 500 farmworkers were vaccinated against Covid-19 at a satellite health facility set up on a Wellington farm. “We need to achieve herd immunity and today is another critical step towards that goal,” said Dr Ivan Meyer.

Ters benefit: ‘Death of dinner time trade’ mourned

The UIF has availed R5.3 billion for the new Ters benefit to help those battered by the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng in mid-July. Restaurateurs aren’t keeping their hopes up, though.

This week’s agriculture events: 2 – 8 August

Online is where it’s at for South Africa’s agriculture events this week. Events include a discussion on food safety on the African continent within the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), as...

Vaccine roll-out in Gauteng after rabies outbreak

A rabies vaccine roll-out is currently underway on the West Rand of Gauteng after a confirmed outbreak of the life-threatening disease. Afrivet urges people who are bitten, scratched or even licked by suspicious domestic, farm or wild animals to seek immediate medical care.

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