Boeredag 2018 met Agri Kuruman Deon Hoon

Agri Kuruman in gesprek met Nicol Jansen, Johannes Moller, Omri van Zyl en Pierre Vercueil. Die gesprek het gegaan oor onteiening sonder vergoeding. Die vier here het hulle uitstekend van hulle taak gekwyt om aan bekommerde landbouers te verduidelik waarmee Agri SA...

Boeredag by Hopetown lok talle besoekers AgriOrbit - Koos du Pisanie

Frans Wiid, nasionale skaapboer van die jaar vir 2017, het as deel van sy prys ’n baie geslaagde boeredag op sy plaas naby Hopetown aangebied. Sowat 200 mense het die verrigtinge bygewoon en verskeie sprekers het opgetree. Dawie Maree, hoof van landbou-inligting en...

AGRI Northern Cape Drought Disaster Fund

The Agri Northern Cape Drought Fund was created to provide assistance to specifically the farmers in the Northern Cape during the extreme drought they are currently experiencing; this is the worst drought since 1927. This is an urgent request to the public to make a...

Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water Times Live

Researchers on Tuesday unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield. By altering a single gene, scientists coaxed tobacco plants - a model crop often used in experiments - to grow to near normal size...

Agriculture grows 17.7% after droughts IOL - Luyolo Mkentane

The South African agricultural economy grew by 17.7percent in 2017, following an extended contraction caused by the El Niño-induced drought in 2015 and 2016, which resulted in failed crops and livestock deaths.    The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said the...

Vergadering met Mmaphaka Tau (PhD)

Vergadering met Mmaphaka Tau (PhD) Deputy Director-General (Head): National Disaster Management Centre Department of Cooperative Governance (DCOG) te Calvinia oor die impak van Prosopis in die Noordkaap sowel as die effek van die rampdroogte in dele van die Noordkaap....

No Fracking Way Forbes Africa - Jay Caboz

In the latest bout of the nine-year fight by farmers to stop fracking in a semi-arid area of South Africa, a small-town lawyer has delivered a right hook. It was a career defining moment that will live with lawyer Derek Light for the rest of his life: listening as...

Why insurance is a must-have for farmers MoneyWeb - Alex J Coyne

Sasria is a trusted specialised short-term insurance company that offers cover for special risks and losses arising from occurrences such as civil commotion, public disorder, labour unrest, strikes, riots and terrorism. We sat down with Sasria’s acting head of...

Scania gee om ProAgri - Annemarie Bremner

“Dit voel of ons by die huis gekom het,” vertel Morné Botha, hoofbestuurder van Scania in die Vrystaat. Hy en sy gesin het teen die einde van verlede jaar van Johannesburg af Bloemfontein toe getrek waar hy die leisels oorgeneem het as hoofbestuurder van Sentraal en...

How farmers are adapting to the water shortage ENCA - Rianté Naidoo

For most mainstream farmers, five hectares of land is a small area they would easily set aside as an experimental plot, but for Jason Cullen, it’s all he has. Cullen is an urban fruit farmer on the periphery of Johannesburg. He has been farming organic pomegranates...

Nkomazi Fuel & Oil expands to Kathu in the Northern Cape Lowvelder

Nkomazi Fuel & Oil has opened a branch in Kathu in the Northern Cape. The company is now operational in six provinces. “Our vision is to become South Africa’s most respected independent energy business,” general manager Deon Valks explained. Nkomazi Group of Companies...

Agriculture jobs decline 8% from 2016 Farmer's Weekly - Sabrina Dean

Despite a slight uptick in the number of agriculture jobs created in the fourth quarter of 2017, the sector recorded the second-highest number of jobs lost on a year-to-year basis. Stats SA said in its fourth-quarter labour force survey on 13 February that South...

‘A farmer who loses hope is dead’ Times Live - Petru Saal

Emaciated cattle‚ barren land and a livelihood slowly crumbling to dust. This is the reality faced every morning by Wilhelm Stemmet. He has joined the ranks of farmers whose cries for help ring out from far and wide as they try to survive in the midst of a...

Preliminary area estimates for 2018 summer crops Biz Community

The preliminary area estimates of today (30 January) are mainly based on the results of a non-probability survey conducted by the Directorate: Statistics and Economic Analysis of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Less favourable rainfall and warm...

SA farm workers’ minimum wage raised The Herald

The South African Department of Labour yesterday released the minimum wage for farm and forestry workers for the period starting March 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019. The new minimum wages will see a significant increase. Employees in the farm and forestry sectors are...

Despite listeriosis outbreak, our food is safe IOL - James Mahokwae

THE Consumer Goods Council of South Africa has assured South Africans that nearly all food consumed was safe, despite a listeriosis outbreak that has killed 61 people since last year. The food safety executive at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, Setati...

Agriculture is changing and so must agri economists Farmer's Weekly

It’s not only farmers who have to adapt to the fundamental changes occurring in world agriculture, or go out of business. Agricultural economists also have to adapt. This is the warning from Bongiswa Matoti, president of the Agricultural Economists’ Association of...

Absa vooruitskouing vir Lente 2017/2018

Die Lente 2017/2018 Landbouvooruitskouing is geskryf en saamgestel deur Absa se interne span landbouekonome, sowel as eksterne spesialiste in verskeie velde. Hierdie vooruitskouing is geskryf vir Absa se kliënte wat betrokke is in die daaglikse werking van die land se...

Bo-Karoo Boere Ding Mee vir Jongooiklub AgriSA

“Hierdie jaar se interskou tussen jongooiklubs gaan meer suksesvol wees as laasjaar”, sê Diederik Vermeulen, koordineerder en reelingskomitee. Groot was die verbasing toe daar laasjaar meer as 400 boere, ramtelers, skoliere en besigheidsmense van omliggende dorpe en...

Tractor of the year announced AgriOrbit

The announcement of the winners in the Tractor of the Year competition is one of the highlights at Agritechnica, the world’s leading international exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment. At Agritechnica 2017, an international jury composed of 24...

Agri NC Festive Season Hours

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. May 2018 bring you abundant joy and happiness. The Agri NC office will close on 15 December 2017 and re-open on 8 January 2018. Happy New...

CEO Forum: Looking back on agri in 2017 AgriOribit

On 1 December the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) hosted the CEO Forum Meeting, a platform that allows for engagement between CEOs in the agricultural sector and government. Leaders of agricultural companies and organisation such as WRSA,...

SA agri economy shows robust growth in Q3, 2017 AgriOrbit

After registering a 38.7% quarter over quarter (q/q) (revised) growth rate in the second quarter of 2017, the agricultural GDP grew by 44.2% q/q in the third quarter. According to Agbiz, it is against their expectations of a moderate growth of around the mid 20% q/q,...

Support rural safety in the festive season and beyond AgriOrbit

All stakeholders in the agricultural sector must work together to combat the level of crime rural communities are facing, especially during the festive season. A group of stakeholders gathered in Pretoria to share ideas on how to tackle rural safety. During this...

Wheat estimate revised down AgriOrbit

The crop estimates Committee has just released the fourth area estimate and fourth production forecast for the 2017 production season of winter cereal crops.  The commercial production has been revised down. The fifth production forecast for winter cereals for 2017...

Reën tot in Desember in Kaap moontlik Landbou - Alani Janeke

Daar is 'n moontlikheid dat nog reën in dele van die Wes-, Oos- en Noord-Kaap kan voorkom, terwyl 'n gunstige reëntyd in die somerreëngebied steed verwag word, sê mnr. Johan van den Berg, klimatoloog van Santam Landbou. Reën het die afgelope weke oor dele van die...

SA fuel prices set to increase further in December AgriOrbit

South African fuel prices could increase further on 6 December 2017. While it is relatively early to be certain about the scale of the increase, the current estimates suggest that prices of petrol and diesel might increase by 5% and 3%.  This is mainly driven by...

Dan Kriek se visie vir Agri SA AGRI SA

Dan Kriek, die nuutverkose voorsitter van AgriSA, neem die leisels oor van ‘n organisasie wat reeds geruime tyd besig is om sy mandaat te heroorweeg. Hy praat met Nico van Burick oor sy voornemens. Op die onlangse jaarlikse kongres het dit gelyk of daar ‘n groot mate...

Agri SA Media Release: Concern About Bill AGRI SA

Medium-Term Budget: Agri SA concerned about regulation of agricultural land holdings bill Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) used several agricultural related metaphors, such as sowing and reaping. This highlights an emphasis...

2017 Agri SA Young farmer of the year

Congratulations to Jaco Strauss who was named the 2017 Agri SA Young Farmer of the year! We are very proud of you and wish you great success and prosperity. Jaco's contributions are invaluable and we look forward to his future contributions and innovative developments...

Afslaers ding mee by #AELivestock AgriOrbit

Die Toyota SA Nasionale Jong Afslaerskompetisie sal in 2018 vir die vyfde agtereenvolgende jaar gehou word. Die kompetisie het ten doel om die lewendehawe-afslaersberoep te bevorder en is in 2014 vir die eerste keer deur die landboutydskrifte, Veeplaas en Stockfarm,...

Transforming the agricultural sector Money Web - Dr Klaus Eckstein

The potential of smallholder farmers needs to be unlocked. The South African government believes that the key to food security lies in investing in smallholder agriculture and has committed to pumping R5.5 billion of the national budget to support 435 000 subsistence...

No South African should ever have to go hungry IOL - Tebogo Mashabela

Estimates on the number of South Africans going hungry every day run into the millions according to various sources, including Statistics SA (Stats SA), researchers and organisations working to fight hunger. This is despite producing enough staple foods as well as...

Expert tips on producing better silage Farmer's Weekly - Lloyd Phillips

Maize silage is maize grain attached to a digestible grass, and is a nutritive energy source. Both components – maize and grass – are important to silage quality. “Maize grain provides about 65% of the energy found in maize silage. It’s therefore beneficial to achieve...

Hide Prices

Due to the hide markets need to have timeous prices before the publication of the Agri Trends, the team will send out the weekly hide prices individually. The average hide price over the past week was 1.7% lower at R12.50/kg green. The hide market is currently under...

The importance of data in agriculture Farmer's Weekly - Denene Erasmus

In May this year, The Economist ran a cover story that said that the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. Data is to this century what oil was to the last one: a driver of growth and change, the article said. Given the overwhelming importance of...

AgriSA teams up with police to fight crime SANews

The Ministry of Police and AgriSA will work together to develop a plan of action to create safety in farming communities. “We must attend to farm killings as well as attacks… but equally, we must prevent any form of disruption with regard to production that takes...

Hide Prices

Due to the hide markets need to have timeous prices before the publication of the Agri Trends, the team will send out the weekly hide prices individually. The average hide price over the past week was 2.5% lower at R12.64/kg green. The hide market is currently under...

Agri Noord-Kaap bekyk volhoubare landbou Agri Orbit

Agri Noord-Kaap (Agri NK) het op 23 Augustus hul jaarlikse kongres in Kimberley aangebied en boere van oor die hele Noord-Kaap het die geleentheid bygewoon. Omdat almal bekommerd is oor die politieke situasie in die land, het die bestuur van Agri NK besluit om hierdie...

A woman’s place in agriculture Biz Community

Agriculture is traditionally regarded as a male profession, but those in the industry know that women are playing an influential role in developing the growth of agriculture in Africa. Magda du Toit, the corporate engagement and communication manager for Monsanto SA...

Melanie Theron (ORLU Amptenaar) – 15 Jaar Diens

Oranjerivier Landbou-unie was bevoorreg om op 3 Julie 2017 saam met Melanie Theron, Kantoor Administrateur, 15 jaar van getroue en lojale diens te vier. Melanie het diens aanvaar op 01 Julie 2002 by ORLU en volgens haar was sy nog nooit spyt nie. As Bestuurder by ORLU...