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Far too little, far too late – Agri-EC on government’s drought assistance

Any desperate farmer on his or her knees will gratefully accept any assistance from the government, but the assistance being rolled out to the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is far too little, far too late, says Agri-Eastern Cape.

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249 animals die at experimental farming facilities in Eastern Cape

Revelations that nearly 250 animals had died at the Eastern Cape government’s six experimental farming facilities have raised serious concerns around care and possible neglect at these facilities.

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Drought-stricken Northern Cape declared a disaster area

Premier Zamani Saul announced that 80% of the Northern Cape was affected by drought, while 60% was declared severe drought areas.

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Drought battle goes on

South African stonefruit industry continues to combat prolonged drought, although optimism is high over future volumes

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Low investment in research hampers agri growth

Dr Sifiso Ntombela, a trade economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, writes that as technological advances are being achieved at an ever-faster rate, countries that fail to invest sufficient resources in research and development risk falling behind and becoming uncompetitive.

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Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) has welcomed the introduction of a new poultry sector masterplan which was devised by the DTI, brokered by Trade and Industry Minister, Ebrahim Patel and Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza. The masterplan process included AMIE, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), several government …

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New agriculture development agency to be launched in February

The much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA) will be officially launched on 18 February at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT) to be held in Pretoria.

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Dire prediction for SA beef exports after foot-and-mouth outbreak

First reported in 2019, the disease remains a big problem in SA with a ban of exports of animal products set to hit farmers as drought conditions worsen

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AGDA to launch at 2020 Africa Agri Tech Conference

The Agriculture Development Agency will be launching at this year's Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo. The launch will serve as the opening event of the conference and will cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy...

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Application to lift ban on livestock auctions goes to court

The ban was implemented by the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development last year after FMD was detected in Limpopo.

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Hull: "It is ineptitude, mismanagement, maladministration, greed and corruption that are at the heart of the slow pace and, in some cases, failure of land reform" https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-01-16-the-land-bill-is-a-curates-egg-and-right-now-its-a-bit-scrambled/

Far too little, far too late - Agri-EC on governments drought assistance https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/far-too-little-far-too-late-agri-ec-on-governments-drought-assistance-20200116 via @News24

OP-ED: The land bill is a curate’s egg and, right now, it’s a bit scrambled https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2020-01-16-the-land-bill-is-a-curates-egg-and-right-now-its-a-bit-scrambled/

Privately funded AGDA established as a non profit led by a board constituted of an equal number of representatives from government and the private sector. Opportunity for membership. https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/agri-news/south-africa/new-agriculture-development-agency-to-be-launched/

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