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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 9 July

Severe weather warning for farmers, global agriculture equipment market report and comments open on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill

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A large part of Mzansi is looking at a chilly weekend, with weather warnings directed at crop and livestock farmers. These are the three things you should take note of happening in Mzansi’s agricultural sector today.

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Severe weather warning for Northern, Eastern and Western Cape

Severe weather conditions are expected to make landfall over parts of the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape this morning and continue in the days ahead. The strong winds and flooding that accompany the severe weather can destroy vital infrastructure, damage crops and kill livestock. Communities and agriculturalist are encouraged to take the necessary precautions.

According to Storm Report flooding can be expected from this afternoon into tomorrow over the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands, Overberg and the escarpment of the West Coast district of the Western Cape.

In addition, gale force north-westerly winds (65 – 95 km/h) are also expected to move over the Western Cape interior including the Cape Metropole, Overstrand and Cape Agulhas municipalities from today into the weekend.

A warning issued by the South African Weather Service shows that damaging winds will make their way through southern and western parts of the Northern Cape, as well as the Dr Beyers Naudé, Blue Crane Route, Makana, Raymond Mhlaba, Inxuba Yethemba, Amahlathi, Enoch Mgijima and Senqu areas in the Eastern Cape.

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Worldwide agriculture equipment report released

A worldwide agriculture equipment market report for 2020 to 2027 is now available at researchandmarkets.com.

Amongst other benefits, the report titled, “Agriculture Equipment Market by Type, Automation and Business: Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2020-2027”, provides an extensive analysis of the current and emerging global agriculture equipment market trends and dynamics.

Key market players have also been profiled to help understand the competitive outlook of the industry.

Two key findings of the report show that by type, the tractors segment dominated the global agriculture equipment market in 2019, in terms of revenue. Also, in terms of automation, the manual segment is expected to generate significant revenue in the agriculture equipment market globally.

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Comments on land tenure rights bill now open

Written and verbal comments on the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Amendment Bill [B6 – 2020] is open, and the parliamentary committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development invites interested people and relevant stakeholders to submit comments before 30 July, 2020.

The bill, which was introduced to the national assembly on 6 May, aims to amend the Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act, 1991, in order to:

  • Provide for applications to be made for the conversion of land lease rights to ownership;
  • To provide for the institution of inquiries to assist in the determination of land tenure rights;
  • To provide for application to court by an aggrieved person for appropriate relief;
  • To provide for the recognition of conversions that took effect in good faith in the past;

Comments must be e-mailed to pnyamza@parliament.gov.za by no later than 30 July 2020. In addition to the written comments, you can indicate your interest in making a verbal presentation.

Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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