RV Price Avg. price per ton: R4 797.47  D'Factor: 0.426804 September 2020-2021

General Agriculture News

VICE-chairperson of SA Canegrowers, Dipuo Ntuli, has called on the government to act on the barbaric killing of farmers who “are slaughtered daily with no justice”. She made the impassioned plea during Kwanalu’s Women in Agriculture webinar which was attended by more than 350 farmers yesterday.

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In the Daily Maverick, SA agriculture is highlighted as one of the bright spots of the economy in 2020, but authors Ferdi Meyer and Tracy Davids argue, the prospects for the coming year hinge on alignment and unity in the vision of stakeholders.

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While so many South Africans are naturally worried about avoiding Covid-19, it is clear that to even more people the greatest fear is hunger. The evidence is that so far, food production has remained the same, but farmers have too much food on their hands. Yet, the price of food has gone up.

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The National Treasury has adopted a hard stance on the R22bn cash injection, saying it cannot expedite financial assistance to the Land Bank because public finances are under pressure due to Covid-19 health and economic interventions.

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Land reform in South Africa has been hobbled on a range of fronts, not least of which is a failure among stakeholders to agree on who owns what beyond the fact that most private property remains in white hands. In a webinar hosted by Daily Maverick's Richard Poplack, Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, said this meant South Africa was essentially shooting in the dark on land reform.

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What has happened to the “land question” in this time of unprecedented crisis? What does food security mean when we’re experiencing a season of bumper crops, but a third of the country is going to bed hungry? What is the role of agriculture in post-Covid South Africa?

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