• Namibia is getting ready for a land conference from the 1st to the 5th of October, set to address land policies and how the process of restitution and reclamation can be expedited. Now, a report from the Namibia Land Statistics claims that 70% of land is owned by whites.

  • In a video clip recorded during Pres Ramaphosa’s visit to the United Nations in New York, he categorically states that no white farmers are being murdered on their farms and that no illegal land grabs have taken place.

  • Mercedes-Benz last week unveiled the electric Actros heavy-duty truck.  The first eActros was delivered to German logistics company Hermes in September for use under real-life conditions. By the end of this year, Mercedes-Benz will have ten such vehicles on the road with customers. Series production is planned for 2021.

  • The new Case IH Advanced Trailer Brake System represents a major advance in tractor safety and can now be specified as an option on Puma 185, 200, 220 and 240 CVX models.

  • South Africa’s agricultural sector accounts for approximately 12% of its export earnings with the fruit and vegetable industry showing rapid growth during the past 20 years. 

  • The tough economic conditions in recent months have impacted on the daily lives of all South Africans and have been of great concern to government. The rise in the oil price, change in sentiment towards emerging markets and deteriorating international trade relations have been among the contributing factors. 

  • The answer to the question about where salaries and wages come from will in many cases be from government or companies or other business ventures.

  • A ‘good rotation’ is often thought of as a cropping plan that involves diverse species, cultivars, and chemical actives. But that definition may be expanding, thanks to an ever-evolving understanding of soil health.

  • The greatly excessive use of antibiotics in food production in recent decades has made many bacteria more resistant to antibiotics.

  • In the hotly contested race for big pickup profits, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has pulled an upset the last two months as its freshly redesigned Ram truck outsold General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Silverado, according to sales data obtained by Bloomberg News.

  • In area that has seemingly fallen below the radar, despite transformation of the South African agricultural sector being top of the agenda for policy discussion, is how to include women and the youth in this journey.

  • This summer’s drought has led to a significant drop of total E.U. cereal production, estimated at 8% below the last five-year average. This is just one of the findings of the latest short-term outlook report, published on Oct. 3  by the European Commission.

  • In Augustus 2018 het die Suid-Afrikaanse suiwelindustrie in terme van massa 14 639 ton uitgevoer, terwyl invoere 4 872 ton beloop het. Dit beteken dat die netto uitvoere vir Augustus 9 767 ton beloop het, teenoor 8 346 ton in Julie. Dit verteenwoordig ʼn styging van 17% in Augustusmaand en teen die agtergrond van die swak rand in September word verwag dat netto uitvoere verder sal styg.

  • Global agricultural food commodity prices fell in September due to growing inventories of key staples. The FAO Food Price Index declined 1,4% from August and is now 7,4%below its level during September 2017.

  • South Africa is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type and farming practices.

  • Water has caused crop residue to accumulate in some areas creating a thick mat. In our no-till fields. 

  • The Namibian agricultural industry is calling for security provision from the policies governing the sector.

  • Mulching is the process of covering the soil surface around the plants in order to create favorable conditions for the crop growth.

  • The sharp increase could also see a net gain in “new roles” for humans, who will have to revamp skills to keep pace with the “seismic shift” in how we work with machines and computer programmes, the forum estimated.

  • Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. 




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