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Wes-Kaap se Jongboer vir 2021 aangewys | Western Cape’s Young Farmer for 2021 announced

AGRI WES-KAAP SANTAM LANDBOU SE JONGBOER VAN DIE JAAR VIR 2021 AANGEWYS Die 32-jarige Alexander Gibson van Ceres in die Witzenberg Vallei is Woensdagaand 19 Mei tydens ‘n glansgeleentheid in die Paarl as die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Hy sal die Wes-Kaap later vanjaar by die nasionale Agri SA Toyota SA Jongboer van die Jaar…

Meet the 2021 Agri Western Cape Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year participants

These five #YongFarmers will be competing for the title of Agri Western Cape Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 19 May. Jo-andra Cloete Greegory. Our Poultry Place, Joostenbergvlakte Jo-andra started the business in 2016 with 100 chickens in an informal settlement without any loans or grants. Today, she rents five hectares of…

Please consider contributing to our #Drought relief fund

What you need to know about the drought in the Western Cape

The Central Karoo and the Matzikama District of the West Coast region first ran into trouble after the winter of 2015 saw very little and far below average rainfall. These two areas are still battling with a severe drought. Many livestock producers in these areas have subsequently lost their entire herds. Agri Western Cape started rendering drought assistance in these…

Boland Landbouskool stig Landbouvereniging, baie geluk!

 

SONA 2021: Will agriculture get the thanks they deserve?

AGRI WES-KAAP SE VERWAGTINGE VAN DIE STAATSREDE 10 Feb 2021 Agri Wes-Kaap sal graag in dié week se staatsrede wil hoor dat president Cyril Ramaphosa elke produsent en plaaswerker in die land bedank vir wat hulle tydens die Covid-19 nasionale inperking gedoen het. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê dit is ‘n wanpersepsie dat landbou nie tydens…

Drought assistance continues in large parts of Western Cape

Droogtehulp gaan steeds voort in groot dele van Wes-Kaap Agri Wes-Kaap bedank graag alle donateurs wat dit moontlik gemaak het dat R4 miljoen se droogtehulp in 2020 aan produsente in die provinsie gelewer kon word. Danksy bydraes tot die Agri Wes-Kaap Droogtehulpfonds kon Agri Wes-Kaap voer wat uit die fonds aangekoop is en wat geskenk is na produsente in die…

WYNBEDRYF KAN ALKOHOLVERBOD NIE BEKOSTIG NIE | WINE INDUSTRY CAN’T AFFORD ALCOHOL BAN

Die wynbedryf kan nie die verlenging van die verbod op alkoholverkope bekostig wat op Maandag 11 Januarie deur president Cyril Ramaphosa aangekondig is nie. Agri Wes-Kaap is teleurgesteld dat die regering nie ‘n gedifferensieerde benadering ten opsigte van alkoholverkope gevolg het nie. Voorstelle wat die wynbedryfliggaam Vinpro aan die einde van Desember 2020 aan die regering gemaak het, is ook…

SAPS members thanked for their contribution with Western Cape Rural Safety Awards

WESTERN CAPE ANNUAL RURAL SAFETY AWARDS 2020 The Western Cape Stock Theft Committee, resorting under the RPO Western Cape, annually makes awards to the Best Member of a Stock Theft Unit and the Best Stock Theft Unit in the province. Agri Western Cape’s Rural Safety Policy Committee also makes an annual award to the Best Rural Safety Coordinator. The awards…

Agri Wes-Kaap se siening oor die wysiging van Artikel 25

WYSIGING VAN ARTIKEL 25 Agri Wes-Kaap het op Vrydag 30 Oktober voorleggings gemaak tydens die openbare verhore op Saldanhabaai oor die wysiging van Artikel 25 van die Grondwet.  

Agri Western Cape’s view on amendment of Section 25

AMENDMENT OF SECTION 25 Agri Western Cape has made submissions at the public hearings with regards to the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution on Friday  30 October 2020.

Western Cape farmers caught in drought request maize donations from their colleagues in the north

AGRI WES-KAAP VERSOEK DRINGEND HULP VAN GRAANBOERE IN DIE NOORDE 12 Aug 2020 Agri Wes-Kaap doen ‘n dringende beroep op graanprodusente in die noorde van die land om mielies aan die organisasie se droogtehulpfonds te skenk. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê die realiteit is dat die droogte sedert 2015 in die Klein-Karoo, Sentraal-Karoo en Matzikama-distrik van…

Role players meet to discuss alcohol ban’s impact on wine industry

28 Jul 2020 The industry body Vinpro, Agri Western Cape, the agricultural interest group Saai and Western Cape wine producers met last week to discuss the impact of the second ban on alcohol sales on the wine industry. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says constructive discussions to save the wine industry and protect people’s livelihoods are critical.…

 Rolspelers vergader oor alkoholverbod se impak op wynbedryf

 28 Jul 2020 Die bedryfsliggaam Vinpro, Agri Wes-Kaap, die landbou-belangegroep Saai en Wes-Kaapse wynprodusente het verlede week vergader om die uitwerking van die tweede verbod op alkoholverkope op die wynbedyf te bespreek. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê konstruktiewe gesprekke om die wynbedryf te red en mense se lewensbestaan te beskerm, is krities. Hy sê die verbod…

GOVERNMENT’S REVOCATION OF DROUGHT AS A NATIONAL DISASTER COMES AS A SHOCK

17 July 2020 The drought in large parts of the Western Cape is far from broken and government’s revocation of the classification of drought as a national disaster on 16 July 2020 comes as a shock. Although widespread and good rains have fallen in large parts of the province in recent weeks, the worst drought-stricken areas have had little to…

Does government realize the impact of the ban on alcohol sales?

13 July 2020 AGRI WES-KAAP BEKOMMERD OOR IMPAK VAN REGERING SE BESLUIT OOR ALKOHOLVERKOPE Agri Wes-Kaap betwyfel of die regering besef watter enorme skade die besluit van Sondagaand 12 Julie om drankverkope met onmiddellike effek op te hef, op die totale wynwaardeketting gaan hê. Vlakke vyf en vier van die nasionale inperking het reeds ‘n groot nadelige uitwerking op die…

Karoo farmers take to the sky in efforts to curb invasive alien plants and increase water supply

10 July 2020 “During the past four decades, the southern and northern slopes, as well as the mountain tops of the Outeniqua Mountains have fallen prey to the aggressive spread of invasive alien plants, in particular wattle and pine trees,” says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). Mountain catchments, feeder streams, wetlands, fountains and underground water resources…

FARMERS DONATE GRAIN SEED TO COLLEAGUES IN DROUGHT STRICKEN MATZIKAMA

7 July 2020 Grain producers in Eendekuil and Darling donated 45 tons of wheat, barley and oats seed that were left over after the planting season to producers in Bitterfontein and Nuwerus in the Matzikama district of the Western Cape. Agri Western Cape also purchased barley seed for producers in Landplaas and Bitterfontein from the Agri Western Cape drought relief…

Did Nersa follow correct procedures wrt Eskom tariffs?

30 June 2020 AGRI WES-KAAP NEEM KENNIS DAT NERSA GLO VERKEERDE PROSEDURE VOLG Agri Wes-Kaap het kennis geneem dat Nersa glo nie die korrekte prosedure met betrekking tot die besluit oor Eskom se kragtariewe gevolg het nie. As prosedures nie gevolg kan word nie, het Agri Wes-Kaap met reg vrae oor die korrektheid van fisiese berekenings en watter versekering alle…

What agriculture in the Western Cape expects from Minister Mboweni’s special adjustment budget

24 June 2020 Agri Western Cape is looking forward to hear what co-ordinated support government will be giving to the agriculture sector post Covid-19 to alleviate pressure on farmers when Minister Tito Mboweni delivers his special adjustment budget speech on 24 June. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says agriculture is the sector with the greatest multiplier factor.…

AGRI WESTERN CAPE DISAPPOINTED WITH NERSA DECISION

21 May 2020 Agri Western Cape took note of Nersa’s decision to approve R13.3 billion in Eskom’s favor with respect to Eskom’s regulatory clearing account of R27.3 billion. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the organization is disappointed with the decision. He said that during a public hearing in February in Cape Town in Cape Town, Agri…

WESTERN CAPE PRODUCERS DONATE FRESH PRODUCE TO COMMUNITIES IN NEED THROUGH FOODFORWARD SA

3 April 2020 Western Cape producers have donated tons of fresh produce over the past week to FoodForward SA who is assisting people in the most vulnerable communities that are experiencing food shortages during the Covid-19 containment period. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the country will have to deal with many communities within the next few…

DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WESTERN CAPE WELCOMED

DROOGTE-ONDERSTEUNING AAN WES-KAAP VERWELKOM Agri Wes-Kaap het kennis geneem van die R25 miljoen wat die nasionale regering vir droogte-ondersteuning in die Sentraal-Karoo en Tuinroete-distrik bewillig het. Die Sentraal-Karoo is vanjaar in ‘n sesde jaar van droogte. Agri Wes-Kaap lewer steeds droogtehulp aan veeprodusente in die gebied. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê enige bydrae tot droogtehulp word…

National Budget Speech: This is what agriculture in the Western Cape wants to hear

25 February 2020 Agri Western Cape understands that the demands placed on Minister Tito Mboweni and his Department from all sides are big, but for the sake of a sustainable agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape would like to hear Minister Tito Mboweni address the following issues in his budget speech this week: In his recent State of the Nation address,…

Nasionale Begrotingsrede: Dit is wat landbou in die Wes-Kaap wil hoor

25 Februarie 2020 Agri Wes-Kaap besef die eise wat uit alle oorde aan Minister Tito Mboweni en sy Departement gestel word is groot, maar ter wille van ‘n volhoubare landbousektor sal Agri Wes-Kaap graag wil hoor dat Minister Tito Mboweni in sy begrotingsrede dié week aandag aan die volgende kwessies gee: President Ramaphosa het in sy onlangse staatsrede na die…

Agri SA welcomes Western Cape Court decision on Philippi Horticultural Area development

20 February 2020 Agri SA welcomes the Western Cape High Court’s ruling earlier the week in a matter concerning the Philippi Horticultural Area and the impact of a proposed residential development on one of Cape Town’s crucial underground aquifers. On 17 February 2020 Judge Kate Savage ruled in favour of the Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Agricultural Campaign and its…

LEVEL OF CLANWILLIAM DAM HAS AGRI PRODUCERS WORRIED

19 Feb 2020 Agriculture producers in the region of the Clanwilliam Dam who still need water for the next few months, are concerned about the level of the dam. The dam currently stands at 36% compared to last week’s 40%. Mr Cornie Swart, President of Agri Western Cape, says although it is almost the end of the season, temperatures are…

Agri Western Cape’s presentation to Nersa: Eskom in debt spiral

Monday 3 Feb 2020 Agri Western Cape made a presentation to the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) during a public hearing in Cape Town this week on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account application for 2018/19. Agri Western Cape participated in the process based on the seriousness of the matter for agricultural producers in the Western Cape. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri…

RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO WESTERN CAPE

RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO WESTERN CAPE Widespread rain on Sunday 19 January in large parts of the Western Cape brought relief to many drought-stricken areas, especially in the Southern Cape. The Buffeljags Dam in Swellendam overflowed and the Langtou River at Herbertsdale is running for the first time in four years. The Gouritz river is also partly running after good…

Reën in Karoo bring hoop, maar nog nie uitkoms

13 Januarie 2020 Landbouers in die Sentraal- en Klein-Karoo van die Wes-Kaap is hoopvol dat die volgende paar weke nóg goeie reën gaan bring nadat hierdie droogtegeteisterde gebiede verlede week welkome reën gehad het. “Ons is dankbaar dat die nuwe jaar op so ‘n geseënde manier vir ons produsente in die Karoo begin het wat al vyf jaar onder die…

LOAD SHEDDING: LOOMING CRISIS IN AGRICULTURE

Load shedding: Looming crisis in agriculture Agri SA 12 Dec 2019 “Eskom has implemented stage 6 load shedding from 18:00 to 22:00 on Monday evening, catching the South African economy off guard,” says Nicol Jansen, Agri SA’s chair of the Centre of Excellence: Economics and Trade. “The latest round of load shedding comes at a very important and busy time…

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This is what #Karoo farm dams look like

10 Dec 2019 Yes. This picture was taken in a dam on a Beaufort West farm in the #CentralKaroo. Agri Western Cape CEO, Jannie Strydom and Agri Central Karoo manager Dean Gous, showed Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, how the ongoing drought is impacting on #agriculture in the area.    

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What you need to know about the drought in the Western Cape

  THE ONSET OF THE DROUGHT • The Central Karoo and the Matzikama District of the West Coast region first ran into trouble after the winter of 2015 saw very little and far below average rainfall. These two areas are still battling with a severe drought. Many livestock producers in these areas have subsequently lost their entire herds. Agri Western…

Contributing to this project is an honour!

25 November 2019 Agri Western Cape has been walking the drought path with Western Cape producers for five years now. We are fully aware of the impact of the drought on the women on our farms who try to remain strong and positive for everyone around them. That is why it is an honour to contribute to the Boks vir…

Drought: Agri Western Cape convenes meeting with financial institutions, agri businesses

AGRI WES-KAAP BELÊ GESPREK MET FINANSIËLE INSTELLINGS, LANDBOUBESIGHEDE, OM DROOGTE TE BESTUUR Landbou in die Wes-Kaap het ‘n langtermynplan nodig om die sektor in die provinsie volhoubaar te hou. Só het dr Ivan Meyer, Wes-Kaap se minister van landbou, gesê tydens ‘n gesprek wat Agri Wes-Kaap dié week met finansiële instellings en landbou-besighede belê het om die risiko’s rondom die…

Drought relief: our producers need your help

Om te bly hoop in ‘n asvaal-wêreld

En dan is daar Brayn Stephen. Dié merkwaardige voorman op ‘n #Karoo-skaapplaas is tydens die Wes-Kaap Agriwerker van die Jaar kompetisie aangewys as die wenner in die kategorie: Beste Potensiaal. “Op skool het ek ‘n vriend gehad wat op Laingsburg gebly het. As ek naweke by hom gaan kuier het, het ek altyd gedink ek wil eendag in die Karoo…

Dankbaar vir #droogtehulp van die Wes-Kaap regering

Twee gesogte #agri-toekennings vir Wes-Kaap! | Two prestigious #agri awards for Western Cape!

Twee gesogte #agri-toekennings kom Wes-Kaap toe! Agri Wes-Kaap is trots om twee Wes-Kaapse produsente baie geluk te wens wat verlede week twee gesogte toekennings Wes-Kaap toe gebring het. Johan van der Schyff van Plettenbergbaai, Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar, is Donderdagaand 7 November in Johannesburg as die Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Sewis van…

Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund

When our rural safety is threatened, so is our food security

WESTERN CAPE NOT OUT OF TROUBLE AFTER 2019 RAIN SEASON

1 October 2019 The Western Cape is far from being out of trouble after the 2019 rainy season, says CEO of Agri Western Cape, Mr Jannie Strydom. This year’s winter rainfall was below average again and not enough to get agriculture out of its drought crisis. The rainy season is over, with little prospects for any more significant rain. The…

WES-KAAP NA 2019-REËNSEISOEN NIE UIT DIE MOEILIKHEID NIE

1 Oktober 2019 Niemand moet dink die Wes-Kaap is na die 2019-reënseisoen uit die moeilikheid uit nie, sê mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap. Mnr Strydom sê vanjaar se winterreën was weer ondergemiddeld en nie genoeg om die landbou uit sy droogtetoestand te kry nie. Hy sê die reënseisoen is verby, met min vooruitsigte vir nog noemenswaardige reën.…

#Droogtehulp: wil jy graag bydra?

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Agri Western Cape Annual Rural Safety Awards 2019

 

Agri Wes-Kaap Jaarkongres 2019: Landbou Hierna | Agriculture Hereafter

AGRI WES-KAAP JAARKONGRES 2019: LANDBOU HIERNA Agri Wes-Kaap se Algemene Jaarkongres is verlede week 25 Julie buite Worcester gehou en twee paneelbesprekings het vanjaar deel uitgemaak van die kongres met die tema “Landbou Hierna”. Mnr Ivor Price, bekroonde joernalis en mediapersoonlikheid, het die gesprekke gelei. Die eerste paneelbespreking het gefokus op Landbou Hierna. Mnr Dave Mohr, ekonoom, het gesê landbou…

Jaarkongres 2019 / Annual Congress 2019: Landbou Hierna | Agriculture Hereafter

25 July 2019 Goudini Spa PROGRAM | PROGRAMME 08:30 Skriflesing en gebed | Scripture reading and prayer Ds Peter Kotze 08:45 Verwelkoming, verskonings, mosies | Word of welcome, apologies, motions 08:55 Konstituering en afkondigings | Constitution of meeting and announcements AWK Jaarverslag en goedkeuring | AWC Annual Report and approval 09:00 Paneelbespreking / Panel discussion: Landbou hierna | Agriculture hereafter…

#Agriculture scores a hit against #fracking

4 July 2019 Agri SA is ecstatic about the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Agri Eastern Cape and other stakeholders, that no fracking shall be allowed for the time being. The SCA found that the current regulations regarding shale gas development and exploration should be set aside, because the Minister of Mineral Resources had…

Western Cape agri producers urged to join business chambers

Issued by the AHI Western Cape – 26 June 2019 Agricultural leaders and famers are urged to put their weight behind their local business chambers functioning under the auspices of AHi Western Cape, says the President of Agri Western Cape Mr Cornie Swart. Swart says agriculture is without a doubt the backbone of the economy. “We are the leading employer.…

This is what #drought looks like

This is the West Coast, Central Karoo and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape province. This is what an ongoing drought looks like. This is why Agri Western Cape still assists livestock producers in these areas with feed – thanks to generous feed, financial and transport donations by South Africans who share our drive to keep our food producers…

Agri Western Cape welcomes government plans for rural safety

6 June 2019 Agri Western Cape supports a rural safety plan presented to our rural safety policy committee by the Western Cape Government in a meeting on Thursday 6 June. New plans will be embarked upon in a consultative manner, with various players across the agricultural sector. “Agri Western Cape appreciates that the Western Cape Government had agreed to meet…

Western Cape sees two farm murders in less than a month

Agri sector shocked by yet another Western Cape farm murder Monday 3 Junie 2019 Agri Western Cape is shocked and saddend by the news that yet another farmer has been brutally murdered less than a month in the Western Cape province. Mr Stefan Smit (62), wine producer from Stellenbosch, was shot and killed in his house on Sunday evening 2…

WES-KAAP VLEISPRODUSENTE TREK IN KAROO SAAM VIR JAARVERGADERING

Die Wes-Kaap se Rooivleisprodusente het hul Algemene Jaarvergadering op 30 Mei op Laingsburg gehou. Mnr Louis Wessels, voorsitter van die RPO in die Wes-Kaap, het gesê 2018 en 2019 sal onthou word as die jaar waar die perfekte storm in terme van prys-impak plaasgevind het. “As gevolg van die land se lae groeikoers en stygende pryse van brandstof, belasting en…

Agri Western Cape Young Farmers Committee Congress: How do I farm tomorrow

#Youngfarmers grow the #future The Agri Western Cape Young Farmers Committee held its annual congress on Wednesday 22 May in Durbanville and the two interactive panel discussions, exploring future opportunities for #youngfarmers, offered valuable insight and advice for outstanding future growth. The discussions covered topics such as the fourth industrial revolution and technology in agriculture, opportunities within the land reform…

Plett se eierboer is Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar!

‘n 36-jarige eierprodusent van Plettenbergbaai is die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019. Johan van der Schyff is op Woensdagaand 22 Mei tydens ‘n geselligheid in Durbanville as die wenner aangewys en sal later vanjaar om die titel van Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar meeding. Johan boer al 18 jaar op die…

Karoo-stap vir droogtehulp agter die rug, nou wag Camino vir dié brawe vrou!

Wanneer Estelle van Dyk, veeboer van Napier, in September die Namaqua Camino afhandel, sal sy 365 km vir droogtehulp gestap het. Een kilometer vir elke dag van die jaar. Dit is vir haar betekenisvol omdat soveel veeprodusente in die Wes-Kaap al vir jare gebuk gaan onder ‘n vernietigende droogte en dag vir dag hoopvol bly wag op goeie reën terwyl…

Droogtehulp: dié vrou pak die droogte tree vir tree

Van 1 tot 4 Mei pak hierdie brawe landbou-produsent van Napier die Heuninglandstaproete van 103 km digby Beaufort-Wes aan om geld in te samel vir groot dele van die Wes-Kaap wat steeds gebuk gaan onder ‘n voortslepende droogte. Later vanjaar gaan sy dieselfde doen met die Namaqua Camino van 262 km. Hier is Estelle van Dyk se storie: “Ek het…

Ontmoet 2019 se #Jongboer-deelnemers!

“Die uiteenlopende bedryfsvertakkings, fokus, energie en ingesteldheid van vanjaar se deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2019 kompetisie, wys net weer dat die toekoms van die Wes-Kaap se landbousektor in die beste hande moontlik is. Hulle is sakemanne in eie reg wat kies om hulle tyd en kundigheid in die landbousektor te belê, en dit…

Hier is die deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019!

  “Die uiteenlopende bedryfsvertakkings, fokus, energie en ingesteldheid van vanjaar se deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2019 kompetisie, wys net weer dat die toekoms van die Wes-Kaap se landbousektor in die beste hande moontlik is. Hulle is sakemanne in eie reg wat kies om hulle tyd en kundigheid in die landbousektor te belê, en…

Emotional consumers plead to halt Eskom price hike at hearing

Cape Argus 16 January 2019, Jason Felix THE National Energy Regulator of SA’s panel of Muzi Mkhize, Jacob Modise, Nomfundo Maseti, Nersa chief executive Christopher Forlee, and Fungai Sibanda heard submissions from Eskom as well as concerned citizens and action groups about the power utility’s proposed 15% annual increase for the next three years. Picture: NERSA Facebook Page Cape Town…

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape

15 JANUARY 2019 BY: KIM CLOETE ENGINEERING NEWS, CREAMER MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs would be a threat…

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

Fin24 Nov 27 2018 12:29 Melanie Gosling The government has lost out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers who were forced to cut production after their irrigation water from the Cape supply dams was radically reduced a year ago. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Monday this was one of the facts he presented to…

The extent of farm attacks must be internationally recognized

Agri SA 27 Sept 2018 Agri SA is displeased with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement that there is “no killings of farmers” in South Africa. He said this in an interview at the United Nations in New York in response to US President, Donald Trump’s controversial tweet in August. “Farm attacks and murders on all farmers, farm workers and their families…

Droogte: Rampfonds vir Klein Karoo-boere gestig

Tisha Steyn Augustus 2019 Oudtshoorn – Die droogte wat die afgelope vyf jaar voortduur het Agri Klein Karoo-streekslandbouorganisasie van Agri Wes-Kaap genoop om ‘n droogterampfonds vir boere in die Klein Karoo te skep. Die Klein Karoo Disaster Relief is ‘n onderneming sonder winsbejag en is geskep met die doel om boere wat nie meer geld het vir hul diere voer…

Droogte: Rampfonds vir Klein-Karoo begin

Rampfonds geskep vir Klein Karoo-boere Tisha Steyn September 2018 Oudtshoorn – Die droogte wat die afgelope drie jaar voortduur het Agri Klein Karoo-streekslandbouorganisasie van Agri Wes-Kaap genoop om ‘n droogterampfonds vir boere in die Klein Karoo te skep. “Die Klein Karoo Disaster Relief is ‘n onderneming sonder winsbejag en is geskep met die doel om boere wat nie meer geld…

AFASA, NAFU SA, AGRI SA, TAU-SA presidents declare intent to work together

27 August 2018 MEDIA RELEASE BY ASUF (Agri Sector Unity Forum) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement of intent relating to agrarian transformation by the four presidents of organised agriculture We, the four presidents of AFASA, NAFU SA, Agri SA and TAU-SA, as the members of ASUF, hereby declare our intent to work together to develop a national strategy for the agriculture…

Agri SA welcomes ANC’s commitments on agriculture

Agri SA Media Release 21 Aug 2018 Agri SA is encouraged by today’s productive discussion with senior ANC officials regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property. It is highly appreciated that specific policy commitments where made, among others: • No land grabs will be allowed. • The protection of productive agricultural land will remain a priority. • Optimising the use of…

Agri SA verwelkom ANC se verbintenisse oor landbou

Agri SA Mediaverklaring 21 Augustus 2018 Agri SA is bemoedig deur vandag se produktiewe vergadering met senior ANC beamptes rakende landbougrondhervorming en landbou-eiendom. Agri SA waardeer spesifieke beleidsverbintenisse wat deur die ANC gemaak is. Dit sluit in onder meer: • Geen grondgrype gaan geduld word nie. • Die beskerming van produktiewe landbougrond sal prioriteit geniet. • Die optimalisering in die…

Grond is die Joker in die pakkie

AGRI WES-KAAP JAARKONGRES: GROND IS DIE JOKER IN DIE PAKKIE 30 Julie 2018 “Grondhervormingsprogramme in Zimbabwe en Suid-Afrika is vermink deur nepotisme en korrupte amptenare. In albei lande het die boere deurentyd vir mekaar gesê “dit sal nie met ons gebeur nie, die landbou is té belangrik vir die ekonomie”. Dít maak egter nie saak wanneer politici aan bewind wil…

Agri Western Cape Annual Congress 2018: Speakers

Judith February SUSTAINABILITY AMIDST ADVERSITY: Agriculture amidst socio-political uncertainty Judith February is a lawyer, governance specialist and columnist. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Wits School of Governance. She was the executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and head of the Idasa’s South African Governance…

WHY IS SAPS PLAN FAILING?

25 June 2018 – While the Minister of Police is currently in the Western Cape to pay attention to murders related to taxi violence, Agri Western Cape urgently requests a meeting with him to hear why the SAPS rural safety plan is still failing to protect farmers and residents of rural areas. A Stellenbosch producer was one of three farmers…

Western Cape young farmers want to grow purposefully

Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer Committee hosted their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 in Durbanville. The Agri Western Cape / Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year was announced the same evening. During the AGM, two panel discussions were held to provide elucidation on the theme Purposeful Growth. The theme of the first discussion focused on the…

Great confidence in the red meat industry

RPO WESTERN CAPE ANNUAL MEETING 2018: The RPO Western Cape held its Annual General Meeting on 31 May in Moorreesburg. During the meeting Messrs Louis Wessels (Albertinia) and Nico Uys (Heidelberg) were re-elected as chair and vice chair respectively. With regard to producer prices, Mr Louis Wessels, chair of the RPO in the Western Cape, said the price of cattle, sheep…

Wynboer uit Breederivier is Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar

‘n Wynboer van Robertson is Woensdagaand 23 Mei aangewys as vanjaar se Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2018. Johann de Wet (35), Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van die Dewetshof Landgoed, dring nou deur na die nasionale ronde wat later vanjaar gehou word. Johann, ook die voorsitter van die Chardonnay Vereniging Suid-Afrika, is tans in die buiteland en…

Wes-Kaap se Jongboere hou Jaarvergadering

JONGBOERKOMITEE JAARVERGADERING 2018 Agri Wes-Kaap se Jongboerkomitee hou op Woensdag 23 Mei hulle algemene jaarvergadering en namens die voorsitter, Liam Viljoen, nooi ons graag al ons lede uit om dit by te woon. Tydens die vergadering gaan die Wes-Kaap se jongboere die tema van doeltreffende groei aan die hand van twee paneelbesprekings toelig. Die eerste bespreking belig die suksesvolle oorgee…

Dié vier jongboere gaan sake uitspook!

Die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar word op Woensdag 23 Mei aangewys. Vanjaar ding hiérdie vier sterk kandidate om die titel mee: JOHANN DE WET Johann (35) is die hoof uitvoerende beampte van De Wetshof Landgoed by Robertson waar hy al vir 13 jaar met wingerd en lusern boer. Hy het met lusern begin boer op grond…

Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms

Ground Up By Aidan Jones 8 March 2018 Farmer says his harvest is down 40% As a result of higher temperatures and less water, Nico Greeff’s grape farm, Begin Boerdery, is producing 60% of its usual crop. Photos provided by Nico Greeff Nico Greeff, a grape farmer in Vredendal, says he will make no profit this season. He has employed…

Boere se dag zero het aangebreek

Deur Johan van der Merwe Landbouweekblad 23 Januarie 2018 Einde Februarie gaan die water vir hierdie boere opdroog. Talle produsente in die Kaapse skiereiland wat afhanklik is van besproeiingskemas se water is amptelik afgesny, wat hulle nou laat met min uitkoms om hul boerderye aan die gang te hou. Boere rondom Kaapstad, wat afhanklik is van die Bergrivier- en Theewaterskloof-besproeiingskemas,…

Vrugteprodusente maak harte en sluise oop

Persverklaring deur Hortgro: 5 Februarie 2018 Vrugteprodusente van Grabouw en Elgin gaan tussen 7.5 en 10 miljoen kubieke meter water aan die Kaapstadse metro skenk. Die produsente het hulle harte en sluise oopgemaak om “hulle deel te doen” en Kaapstad met die huidige waterkrisis te help. Boere wat aan die Groenland Watergebruikersvereniging (GWUA), ‘n privaat waternetwerk behoort, het na samesprekings…

What the ongoing drought is costing Western Cape agriculture

The damage caused by the ongoing drought on the Western Cape’s agricultural sector is already estimated at R14 billion. 29 Jan 2018  DECIDUOUS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Both the fruit and vegetable industries have been hard hit by the drought and water restrictions. In the Ceres area, the limited water supply resulted in 50% less onions and 80% less potatoes being…

Agriculture continues to support growth

6 December 2017 Agriculture saved the day once again by being the largest contributor to the growth in South Africa’s economy in the third quarter of 2017. In addition, the sector achieved the largest rise in agricultural production in more than 20 years. The economy grew by 2.0% in the third quarter, slowing from the revised second quarter growth of…

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

News 24 Jenni Evans 25 Oct 2017 Cape Town – Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province’s vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. “The impact on the economy is worse for the agricultural [sector] than…

Western Cape agri sector in for huge losses

Cape Town Etc Justin Williams October 26 2017 The Western Cape drought is taking its toll on the province’s agricultural sector, with an increasingly bleak picture painted for seasons to come. A predicted loss of more than 50 000 jobs in the sector has been suggested as farmers cut back on planting and harvesting. Already, the impact is being felt…

Agri prospects remain dim for Western Cape in 2018

  Issued by Agbiz, 5 Dec 2017  POLITICAL ECONOMY “Over the past couple of years, Agbiz has indicated that South Africa had reached a decisive T-junction on its road into the future and that critical decisions were necessary to place the country on a sustainable growth and development path. Clearly, the wrong decisions have been made by certain government leaders,…

Top honours for Western Cape producers

The Agricultural Writers SA has named Western Cape producers Mr Charles Back and Mr Warren Bam as the national Farmer of the Year and national Best New Entrant Into Commercial Farming 2017 respectively. Charles Back has built Fairview in Paarl from a family farm to a brand internationally known for its wine, cheese and tourism. His series of wines, as…

Agri sector loses more jobs

Agri SA The agricultural sector lost another 25 000 jobs in the last quarter. About 84% of the current quarter’s losses was in the Western Cape, an indication of the scope of the intense drought. The working age population increased by approximately 156 000 persons in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2017. This resulted…

Droogte en rooivleis in die Wes-Kaap

2015 was op ‘n nasionale basis die droogste jaar sedert 1904. Die Rooivleisprodusente Organisasie (RPO) het ‘n studie deur die Universiteit van die Vrystaat laat doen om die uitwerking van die droogte op die nasionale kuddes te evalueer. 15% koeie is in die kommersiële sektor uitgeslag en 16% van die ooikudde is uitgeslag. Die verliese in die ontwikkelende sektor was…

Plaasmoorde en -aanvalle neem skerp toe

2017-10-25 Vryheidsfront Plus Dr Pieter Groenewald Volgens die polisie se misdaadstatistiek het plaasmoorde en –aanvalle in die 2016/2017 boekjaar skerp toegeneem. Plaasmoorde het met 27,5% en plaasaanvalle met 22,9% toegeneem. In die verslagjaar was daar 74 plaasmoorde (58 in 2015/16) en 638 plaasaanvalle (519 in 2015/16). Nadat die polisie aanvanklik geweier het om misdaadstatistiek oor plaasmoorde en –aanvalle beskikbaar te…

FACTSHEET: Statistics on farm attacks & murders in SA

Africa Check Researched by Kate Wilkinson 28th October 2017 Violent attacks on people living and working on farms in South Africa frequently make local and international headlines. This factsheet breaks down the available statistics and explores its limitations. A private security guard walks with a dog on a wine farm in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Photo: AFP/Rodger Bosch Attacks…

Concerns raised as farm attacks spiral out of control

EWN News Lauren Isaacs 26 October 2017 CAPE TOWN – Agri Western Cape says it’s worrying that attacks on farms are spiralling out of control. At least four attacks were reported on Western Cape farms in the past month. In the latest incident earlier this week, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed on a Klapmuts farm near Stellenbosch. Police…

Another farm murder, yet no stats released by Minister

Three separate farm attacks in October in the Western Cape claimed two lives and left a third farmer seriously injured, says Mr Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape. The Minister of Police must take note that a Western Cape farmer has become the latest victim of yet another senseless farm murder on the same day the Minister announced the…

Government sits on 4 000 farms, yet hints at expropriation

Netwerk 24 22/05/2017 Leanne George and Johan Eybers Cape Town – While the ANC increasingly hints at land expropriation without compensation, the state is struggling to transfer more than 4 000 farms which have already been bought to their new owners, Fin24’s sister publication Netwerk24 reported. The Land Claims Commissioner blames the delay on disputes among land claimants. Roelf Meyer,…

“National government has failed farmers in Western Cape”

Farmers Weekly Glenneis Kriel September 21, 2017 The impact of drought in the Western Cape could have been mitigated through better infrastructural planning and development, according to Marinus van der Merwe, a member of Agri Wes Cape’s Natural Resource Policy Committee. Speaking at the recent Hortgro Science Irrigation seminar, Van der Merwe said the national Department of Water and Sanitation…

SA state trying to cover up land reform failures

The Citizen 10 September 2017 Despite R2bn spent annually, redistribution efforts may in fact be making people in rural areas even poorer. According to a report in Afrikaans weekly Rapport, the new approach to the controversial project of land reform in South Africa has been failing, and government is so concerned about new research findings that it allegedly tried to…

Why SA’s land audit is taking so long

Business Day 15 August 2017 Bekezela Phakathi Gugile Nkwinti says the biggest challenge for the reform programme is the answer to the question ‘who owns SA?’ The government has spent R33bn since 1994 buying land for land reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says. In 1994, the government set a target of handing 30% of agricultural land…

Phosa: Regering én boere kan meer doen vir welsyn

Die Burger 11 Augustus 2017 Deur Suzaan Potgieter Daar is baie ¬werkers wat van die landbousektor afhanklik is om ’n bestaan te maak, maar daar is soveel meer wat gedoen kan word om dié werkers se maatskaplike welsyn te verbeter. Dít was die opinie van dr. Mathews Phosa, sakeman en voormalige tesourier van die ANC, op Agri Wes-Kaap se jaarlikse…

Agri Wes-Kaap: Landbou moet sy waterdeel kry om ramp te voorkom

Maroela Media 31 Julie 2017 Herman Toerien Die droogte in die Wes-Kaap neem kritieke afmetings aan, nie net vir die stad Kaapstad nie, maar die landbou is ook diep in die knyp. In hierdie eerste aflewering van artikels oor die droogte en sy uitwerking asook toekomsbeplanning het Maroela Media met Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, gesels. “Selfs al…

Kaapse waterkrisis: ‘Boere mors water’

Die Burger Marelize Barnard 31 Julie 2017 Die waterkrisis in die Wes-Kaap is vererger deur “spesifiek boere wat nie by die waterbeperkings gehou het nie”, is die jongste aantyging deur die departement van water en sanitasie. Sputnik Ratau, nasionale woordvoerder van die departement, het dié aantyging gemaak toe hy gevra is om kommentaar te lewer op die Wes-Kaapse premier, Helen…

Departement voer nie mandaat uit, moet herbesin oor plaasdamme

Agri Wes-Kaap is verstom oor die Departement van Water en Sanitasie se opmerking dat produsente die Wes-Kaap se waterkrisis vererger. Mnr Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê die Departement soek nog altyd na redes omdat hulle nie hulle mandaat uitvoer nie. “Die Departement weet reeds van 2006/07 dat daar ná 2014 moeilikheid met watertekorte sou wees, en steeds…

Zuma gives SIU go-ahead to investigate land department

News24 4 July 2017 Iavan Pijoos Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe certain matters relating to the affairs of the department of rural development and land reforms. The Presidency said in a statement that Zuma signed it in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996,…

More regions run into trouble as drought continues

Since November 2015, Agri Western Cape has distributed 5 500 tonnes of feed at a cost of R4 million to Western Cape producers in need of drought assistance thanks to generous contributions by producers, business and the public to the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund (excluding the financial contribution by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture). Initially, Agri Western…

Agri Western Cape calls on government for workable water plan

SABC 6 July 2017 Mlamli Maneli Agri Western Cape has called on government to come up with a workable plan to ensure the sustainability of water resources. This comes as farmers continue to battle a crippling drought in the province. Livestock farmers on the West Coast have been hard hit, their businesses are taking strain as the drought continues. Some…

Regering se struggle-mode laat landbou met leë beloftes

Geagte gaste Die damme in die Wes-Kaap is so leeg dat ons al deur hulle kan lóóp. So paar eeue gelede het ‘n man – sy naam was Petus – OP die water geloop. Hy was saam met vriende in ‘n boot op die see toe die weer opsteek en hoë deinings hulle deur die nag baie benoud gehad het.…

AGRI WES-KAAP VEREER LANDBOU-SWAARGEWIGTE

Agri Wes-Kaap het tydens die jaarlikse kongresdinee op Woensdag 26 Julie spesiale oorkondes oorhandig aan persone wat die landbousektor in die Wes-Kaap oor jare gedien het en diep spore in die landbou getrap het. Mnre André Roux en Callie van den Heever tree vanjaar af by die Wes-Kaap se Departement van Landbou. Mnre Nic Opperman en Johan Pienaar het ook…

Western Cape is important to the agri-economy

Agri Orbit, 29 June 2017 The Western Cape (WC) houses an important part of the agri-economy in South Africa. It has seen the worst of the drought on record – dam levels remain low and the province has implemented restrictions on water usage throughout the region. Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing at FNB Agri Business takes us through…

Severe fodder shortage in Western Cape

Farmers Weekly By Jeandré du Preez June 15, 2017 The Western Cape is experiencing a severe shortage of fodder after recent fires in the greater Knysna and Plettenberg Bay areas damaged almost all grazing. According to a statement by Western Cape Agri, preliminary surveys indicated that about 1 500 cattle, sheep, pigs and horses in the Knysna area were in…

Wes-Kaapse Jongboer is boer uit een stuk

Landbou Burger Deur Samantha van den Berg en Edrea Cloete 16 Junie 2017 As ’n klein seuntjie het hy met trekkers gespeel en gedroom van ’n loopbaan in die landbou. Vandag staan Johann Nel, van die plaas Hoëkraal Landgoed buite Suurbraak, aan die hoof van ’n suksesvolle melk-, skaap-, graan- en bokboerdery in die Overberg. Samantha van den Berg het…

Agri Wes-Kaap Jaarkongres 2017 Agri Western Cape Annual Congress

27 Jul, Goudini Spa, Worcester SPREAKERS: Dr Mathews Phosa: Contributing to a workable social impact: igniting positive change. Mr Chris du Toit: The land debate: Agriculture’s contribution to a positive outcome. Prof Stephanie Midgley: Unlock value in the climate change debate. Ms Elsabe Aldrich: Van sukkelend tot sukkulent (Die geheime van volgehoue sappigheid te midde van droogtes) Dr Mathews Phosa…

Nothing seems sacred anymore as R1bn drought relief fund joins captured list – Herbst

BizNews 6 June 2017 By Ed Herbst* JOHANNESBURG — In yet another timely contribution, Ed Herbst once again highlights the depths of theft everyday taxpaying South Africans are having to fund. No stone is left unturned, and as Herbst puts it, if that stone isn’t bolted down…it’s stolen. Making mention of how once sacred institutions have been turned into troughs…

OVERBERGER IS WES-KAAP SE JONGBOER VAN DIE JAAR!

‘n Vee- en graanprodusent uit die Overberg is die Wes-Kaap se nuwe Jongboer van die Jaar! Johann Nel (30) van Hoëkraal Landgoed naby Swellendam is Woensdagaand 24 Mei tydens ‘n glansgeleentheid in Durbanville as die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2017 aangewys. Johann boer al vir agt jaar op Hoëkraal Landgoed met Jerseykoeie, Dohne Merino’s, kuilvoermielies, hawer,…

Cape Flats vegetable farmer cashes in on informal market

Farmers Weekly By Glenneis Kriel May 4, 2017 Extensive diversification, including vegetable production, livestock sales and a farm stall, has helped Philippi farmer, Leon Rix, to significantly reduce his business risk. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the expansion of his enterprise. Five years ago, many people thought that it was only a matter of time before urban encroachment would…

JZ se somme vir droogtehulp ‘klop nie’

Landbouweekblad Deur Joylene van Wyk 24 April 2017 Die syfer van R2,5 miljard wat die Regering sê vir droogtehulp gebruik is, klop glad nie, sê Agri SA. Onduidelik heers hoe die bedrag van R2,5 miljard vir droogtehulp saamgestel is wat pres. Jacob Zuma in sy staatsrede aangekondig het. Zuma het aangedui dat die Regering R2,5 miljard bewillig het vir veevoer,…

Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2017

Die finaliste vir die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2017 is op Dinsdag 18 April bekend gemaak.  Die wenner word op Woensdag 24 Mei aangekondig. Die finaliste is: Cornel Landman, Plaas Karoolusern, Oudtshoorn [one_third][/one_third] [two_third_last] Cornel boer al vir agt jaar op die plaas Karoolusern in die Volmoed-omgewing by Oudtshoorn. Hy is ‘n lusern- en graanboer en…

Hidrobrekers kry al vanjaar lisensies

Netwerk 24 Aldi Schoeman 09 April 2017 Lisensies om in die Karoo na skaliegas te prospekteer, gaan na verwagting in die derde kwartaal van vanjaar uitgereik word. Die Petroleumagentskap van Suid-Afrika (Pasa) evalueer nou die aansoeke om vas te stel of daar aan wetgewing voldoen word en sal daarna ’n aanbeveling maak aan Mosebenzi Zwane, die minister van minerale bronne,…

Urban demand curbs farmers’ water quotas

Business Day 24 March 2017 Bekezela Phakathi Farmers fear a third of their harvest could be badly affected if there’s no rain by end-March The falling dam levels in the Western Cape have caused panic among farmers in the Theewaterskloof Dam region. They fear that a third of their harvest could be badly affected if it does not rain by…

DG van landbou erken foute

Netwerk 24 Fred Meintjes 22 Maart 2017   Risiko is nodig as ’n mens suksesvol wil wees. Maar die regering se onvermoë om sy strategie duidelik aan die landbousektor te kommunikeer, dra tot ’n gebrek aan vertroue en begrip by, het Mike Mlengana, direkteur-generaal van landbou, op Stargrow Development se landboutransformasiedag by Wolseley in die Boland gesê. “Dit is waarom…

WATERPOSISIE RAAK KRISIS VIR LANDBOUSTREEK

Agri Wes-Kaap 17 Maart 2017 “‘n Eens veilige waterposisie is besig om in ‘n krisis te ontaard met langtermyngevolge vir landbou in die streek.” Só sê mnr Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, oor produsente in die Theewaterskloofdam se bedieningsgebied wat bekommerd is dat tot soveel as ‘n derde van die oesvolumes, veral die later vrugvariëteite, skade kan ly…

AGRI WESTERN CAPE STILL ASSISTING PRODUCERS AMIDST THE DROUGHT

While the northern part of South Africa is experiencing heavy rains and welcome relief from the devastating drought, the Western Cape province is still firmly in the grip of one of the worst droughts in over 70 years. With two districts already declared drought disaster areas, rain staying away in the summer rainfall regions of the province and raging veld…

Rapport sê: Wie praat waarheid oor grond?

Rapport 5 Maart 2017 Pres. Jacob Zuma se uitsprake oor grondhervorming, waaroor Rapport hiernaas berig, is rede tot kommer. Zuma het Vrydag aan die Raad van Tradisionele Leiers gesê “een wet” is nodig om grondrestitusie sonder vergoeding te hanteer. Zuma het onder meer gesê dat “swart partye” moet verenig om die Grondwet te verander sodat dit ont¬eiening sonder vergoeding moontlik…

Farmers can now fix roads and bill state

Dispatch Live By Adrienne Carlisle March 2, 2017 Farmers who fix their own damaged dirt roads can, in terms of a specific court order, now send the bill to the government. Yesterday the Grahamstown High Court ordered the Eastern Cape roads and public works department to immediately begin implementing plans to repair and maintain its extensive and largely dysfunctional rural…

Boere roskam staat

Die Burger Deur Jason Felix 02 Maart 2017 Trek julle sokkies op, hou die land se damme beter in stand en maak ook eers die kanale wat vol sand is, is skoon. Dít is die boodskap wat Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, aan die regering gerig het. Boere landwyd, van wie sommige steeds in die greep van ’n verlammende…

Nothing new on land restitution

City Press Andisiwe Makinana 12 February 2017 Despite the ANC and President Jacob Zuma hyping up the return of land late last year and during a statement on January 8, his state of the nation address (Sona) this week contained hardly any new initiatives. Expanding on Zuma’s speech, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti told City Press on…

‘Grondplan nie prakties’

Netwerk24 Philda Essop 15 Februarie 2017 Die praktiese vooruitsigte om die Grondwet te verander en grond sonder vergoeding te onteien, is “hoogs onwaarskynlik”. Só bestempel prof. Ben Cousins, direkteur van die Instituut vir Armoede, Grond en Landelike Studies (Plaas), Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, se aankondiging dat wetgewing ontwikkel behoort te word met die nodige wysigings aan…

SONA: Zuma’s R2.5bn for drought aid questioned

Fin24 10 Feb 2017 Carin Smith Cape Town – Agri SA questions the amount of R2.5bn mentioned by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) as having been allocated towards drought aid. In the view of the agriculture body very little support has actually been received in this regard. It said it will engage with the…

Agri Western Cape responds to SONA 2017

SONA 2017 made no mention of the crisis that agriculture has been struggling with for the past two years. Radical socio-economic transformation was given a little more air, but there are still many questions. The comments about land created substantial uncertainties. It is clear from the president’s assumptions that the figures which he used to project a future that makes…

Agri Wes-Kaap reageer op SONA 2017

Agri Wes-Kaap reageer op SONA 2017 Sona 2017 het geen melding gemaak van die krisis waarmee die landbou die afgelope twee jaar worstel nie. Radikale sosio-ekonomiese transformasie het bietjie meer lug gekry, maar daar is steeds vele vrae. Die uitsprake oor grond het wesenlike onsekerhede geskep. Dit is duidelik uit die president se aannames dat die syfers waarop hy ‘n…

Agri Western Cape takes rural safety, water crisis, up with Western Cape Premier

Agri Western Cape met with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Wednesday 25 January to discuss the pressing issues of rural safety and the current water crisis in the province. Mr Carl Opperman, CEO, requested that Ms Zille urgently speak to the provincial Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation about the Department’s intention to curb agriculture’s water use severely. Mr…

Droogte slaan sy tande in grondmark

Landbouweekblad Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 24 Januarie 2017 ʼn Wesenlike aantal boere het hul grond die afgelope jaar probeer verkoop, maar kon nie. Dit dra by tot die afwaartse neiging in die mark, sê mnr. Johann Bornman. Die uitwerking van die droogte is opmerklik in die mark vir plase, veral teen die agtergrond van die baie swak ekonomiese klimaat, sê mnr.…

Grondkwessie kan ANC sy mag kos – Zuma

Netwerk 24 Claudi Mailovich 22 Januarie 2017 As die ANC sy leierskapposisie in die samelewing wil behou, moet hy ernstig kyk na die grondkwessie, sê pres. Jacob Zuma. Zuma het Saterdagaand op ’n galadinee in Burgersfort in Limpopo gepraat. Hy sal Sondag ook ANC-ondersteuners in Burgersfort toespreek as deel van Limpopo se vieringe van die ANC se 105de verjaardag. Volgens…

Time for a farmers’ convention on climate change

16 January 2017 Dr Theo da Jager, SACAU President Farmers are, in every sense, the main characters in the story of climate change. No one is more vulnerable than farmers to the effects of climate change. And no sector can do as much as agriculture, in as short a time, to address the causes, to mitigate the effects and to…

‘Regering het nie geld om plase te vat’

Landbouweekblad Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 10 Januarie 2017 Die kommersiële landbou kan nie die Regering se program vir kleinboere verder ondersteun nie, net om uiteindelik hul plase aan dié boere af te staan nie, meen mnr. Fanie Brink, ʼn landbou-ekonoom. “Die ANC se hernude aanslag op die politieke stabiliteit en ekonomiese vooruitgang van die land met sy ‘radikale ekonomiese transformasie’ en…

Goeie oeste kan lei tot laer pryse

Rapport 15 Januarie 2017 Deur Riana de Lange en Aldi Schoeman Gunstige landboutoestande met die belofte van goeie oeste ná die onlangse reën, kan teen die tweede helfte van die jaar verligting vir verbruikers bring in die vorm van laer kospryse. ’n Beter mielieoes sal ’n laer mielieprys beteken, maar dit neem lank om na die verbruiker deur te syfer,…

Brandstigting, nalatigheid ‘ewe erg’

Netwerk 24 Abrie Burger 15 Januarie 2017 Alle brande, behalwe vir die seldsame voorvalle waarby weerlig betrokke is, word deur mense gestig, sê JP Smith van die Kaapstadse stadsraad. “Die vraag is net of dit kwaadwillig is en of dit deur nalatigheid begin is. Albei antwoorde is onaanvaarbaar,” sê Smith, burgemeesterskomiteelid vir veiligheid. Smith sê ondersoekers kyk nou of die…

Agri Western Cape: WC fires devastating for farming

EWN News, 13 January 2017 Xolani Koyana CAPE TOWN – Advocacy group Agri-Wes Cape says the recent fires in parts of the Western Cape have had a devastating impact on agricultural land. Firefighters have had to deal with more than 700 vegetation fires in the province since the beginning of the year. While some property has been damaged in those…

The impact of fires on rural communities

Agri Western Cape 13 January 2017 The Western Cape’s agricultural sector is still suffering from the drought and critical water shortages and Agri Western Cape still offers drought assistance to producers in the drought disaster areas. The devastating fires raging in the Western and Southern Cape since the end of 2016 are putting the sector under further pressure and damages…

Organised agriculture concerned over transformation processes

The executive committee of the Western Cape Agriculture Forum met late in December to discuss future participation in the transformation programmes of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The Forum was supposed to meet with the Department’s Chief Director in the province on Tuesday morning to get clarification on policy issues, but they indicated on Monday afternoon that…

Our farmers: champions at the dinner table

Agri Orbit Hamlet Hlomendlini, Senior Economist at Agri SA recently shared the following opinion piece. He says that the piece was inspired by the song “Here’s to the Farmer” by Luke Bryan. The chorus of the song says: “Here’s to the farmer that plants the fields in the spring that turn from green to that harvest honey Hold one up…

Trump’s presidency could be bad for SA agriculture

Farmers Weekly Wilma den Hartigh 9 November 9 2016 Some bad surprises might be in store for exporters of agricultural products from South Africa to the US if the president-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, makes good on campaign promises to implement more protectionist trade policies. Paul Makube, agricultural economist at First National Bank, said the results of the…

SA-landbou bied sleutel vir Afrika

Netwerk 24 Deur Omri van Zyl 12 Desember 2016 In ’n onlangse aanbieding op die African Investment Indaba in Kaapstad het Omri van Zyl, AgriSA se uitvoerende direkteur, dié sake-perspektief vir kommersiële boerdery in Afrika voorgehou. Die gehalte van primêre inligting bepaal die gehalte van sekondêre strategiese ontwikkeling. Dit geld ook landboustrategieë in Afrika. Ek grond my stelling op die…

SA agriculture sector remains in recession

Farmers Weekly By Staff Reporter 6 December 2016 Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data points to a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted and annualised rate of -0,3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2016. The results come as no surprise as the sector continues to suffer the effects of the drought, said Agbiz. “Overall, the significant shock came from…

The Cape is emerging as Africa’s leading agricultural hub

thenewspaper.co.za 30 November 2016 Wesgro welcomes the African Agri Investment Indaba to Cape Town. We believe this conference will go from strength to strength over the coming years as investors, farmers, food companies and suppliers gather in Cape Town annually to plan how to achieve the potential of agriculture across Africa. It is appropriate for this indaba to take place…

Tru-Cape grower is new harvest winner of the year

Fin 24 28 Nov 2016 Cape Town – Tru-Cape grower André Cloete, a farmer from the Overberg area in the Western Cape, won the Toyota 2016 New Harvest of the Year award. The New Harvest competition recognises the most promising young farmer from a previously disadvantaged background. All entrants are nominated by various businesses or associations in the agricultural sector.…

Optimistic agricultural outlook for 2017

Farmers Weekly By Gerhard Uys November 25, 2016 Next year could be a good year for agriculture, despite some serious challenges, according to speakers at the Agbiz Agribusiness outlook for 2017. Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz said South African agriculture had been in a recession since 2015. “But we think that time is over. There…

In the future, will farming be fully automated?

Agri Portal Monday, 28 November 2016 In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air. And they’ll be working both day and night. Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields…

Ondanks reën bly gevolge van droogte nog lank

Netwerk24 Susan Cilliers 14 November 2016 Reën het die afgelope week oor groot dele van die noordelike provinsies uitgesak, maar die uitwerking van die droogte gaan nog minstens vyf jaar gevoel word, sê Boeta du Toit, uitvoerende hoofbestuurder van Agri Noordwes. “Boere kry goeie moed wanneer dit reën, maar baie reën oor ’n lang tydperk is nodig om die ondergrondse…

‘Transformasie werk beter as ’n boer dit uit sy eie doen’

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Cape Chamber of Commerce welcomes ‘minimum wage’

Tuesday 22 November 2016 SABC The Chamber’s President says the minimum wage for farm workers could make a small contribution to reducing wage income inequality.(SABC) The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the country’s proposed minimum wage of R3500 a month or R20 an hour announced on Sunday. Chamber President Janine Myburgh says they are pleased that it…

Timeous rains boost outlook for grain yield

Business Day 3 November 2016 Bekezela Phakathi Farmers in the Western Cape are looking forward to better than expected grain harvests despite SA suffering its worst drought in decades. The Western Cape government said on Wednesday dam levels in the province were showing a slight decrease as the region entered summer. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Tuesday…

Boere wen eerste ronde teen hidrobreking

Netwerk24 Alet Van Der Walt 4 November 2016 ‘n Groep boere het die week die eerste ronde in hul stryd teen moontlike hidrobreking gewen. Foto: Bloomberg Boere in die Oos-Vrystaat en aangrensende gebiede in KwaZulu-Natal het die week die eerste ronde in hul stryd teen moontlike hidrobreking gewen. Sungu Sungu Gas het Dinsdag, 1 November, amptelik sy aansoek om eksplorasie…

Dié topboer het altyd nóg ’n plan

Die Burger Deur Samantha van den Berg 28 Oktober 2016 Josias le Roux (43), ’n skaap-en-graan-boer van die Overberg, is verlede Vrydag deur Landbouskrywers SA in die Wes-Kaap as dié provinsie se Boer van die Jaar aangewys. Samantha van den Berg het op sy plaas Langhoogte gaan kuier en agtergekom dié suksesvolle boer het altyd ’n plan B. Jaco Marais…

Titels kom Wes-Kaap toe!

Die Burger Samantha van den Berg 29 Oktober 2016 ’n Tafeldruifboer van die Hexriviervallei in die Wes-Kaap het vanjaar agt ander jong boere van oor die hele land in Agri SA/Toyota SA se Jongboer van die Jaar-kompetisie uitgestof. Die 35-jarige Jacques Beukes, van die plaas Modderdrift in De Doorns, is Donderdagaand by ’n galafunksie in Johannesburg as 2016 se wenner…

Row over US pork sold in SA gets sticky

Fin24 Oct 16 2016 Adiel Ismail Cape Town – The SA Pork Producers’ Organisation (Sappo) and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) are at odds over the processes involved to allow US pork shoulder cuts into the country. Sappo, which serves about 110 400 sows owned by approximately 230 pig farmers, six stud breeders, and 153 registered pig…

Rampfonds vir droogte kom

Netwerk 24 Philda Essop 18 Oktober 2016 So ons verwag dat die tesourie moontlik in die nuwe boekjaar dalk R500 miljoen in die fonds sal stort om boere te help wat weens die droogte nie kon produseer nie. Kommersiële boere is hard geslaan deur die droogte en daarom wil die departement van landbou, bosbou en visserye ’n rampfonds vir droogtehulp…

Black frost hits Cape vineyards

IOL BUSINESS NEWS, 20 October 2016 Siobhan Cassidy Cape Town – Farmers in the Breedekloof Wine Valley in South Africa were still assessing the damage on Thursday following a night of widespread black frost, described as “the most devastating frost the valley has seen in 21 years”, a week before. Black frost occurs when the temperature falls below zero but…

Agri leaders share insights on global food security

Farmers Weekly 14 October 2016 Siyanda Sishuba In recognition of World Food Day on 16 October, industry leaders spoke to Farmer’s Weekly about the challenge of global food security. Mike Mlengana, Deputy-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Climate change is a great threat to agricultural production, particularly with regards to the effects it has on the…

Landbouers sal rommelstatus se pyn erg voel

Netwerk 24 Riana de Lange 16 Oktober 2016 Een van die eerste en seerste maniere waarop die landbousektor die pyn sal voel as Suid-Afrika se soewereine kredietgradering in Desember tot rommelstatus verlaag word, is deur die brandstofprys. Die bedryf se brandstofrekening beloop jaarliks miljarde rande en ’n afgradering tot rommelstatus sal die rand aansienlik laat verswak, wat onmiddellik ’n impak…

‘Ons kan dinge verander’ – Mlengana

Landbouweekblad Deur Nico van Burick 14 Oktober 2016 Die Landboudepartement benodig kommersiële boere se hulp, sê die departement se DG, mnr. Mike Mlengana. Die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye se amptenare se swak dienslewering aan die kommersiële landbou in die verlede was nie omdat hulle onwillig was om te help nie, maar weens onvermoë, sê mnr. Mike Mlengana, nuwe…

Agriculture powering economic transformation across Africa

Business Day Thomas Jayne, 26 September 2016 THE evidence is now in and the verdict is that Africa’s agriculture is powering economic transformation in the region. African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement in the past 15 years. However, progress is uneven across the region. Governments that have invested in their agricultural sectors, such as in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burkina Faso,…

Vyf Wes-Kaap olyfolies onder wêreld se bestes

Die Burger Samantha van den Berg 30 September 2016 Suid-Afrikaanse olyfolie het puik gevaar op die Sol d’Oro-kompetisie. Vergeet die Mediterreense lande – Suid-Afrika se olyfolie is van topgehalte. Vyf Wes-Kaapse plase en olyflandgoedere se olies is pas op ’n internasionale toekenningsgeleentheid as van die bestes ter wêreld aangewys. Die plase het deelgeneem aan die internasionale Sol d’Oro-kompetisie, wat vanjaar…

Wes-Kaapse vrugte- en groentebedryf afhanklik van bye

Eikestadnuus, Oktober 2015 In die Wes-Kaap is heuningbye onontbeerlik vir die voortbestaan van die R20 miljard vrugte- en groentebedryf. Maar hierdie bedryf is toenemend onder druk omdat bye se voortbestaan bedreig word. So het Brendan Ashley Cooper, ’n kommersiële byeboer en komiteelid van die Wes-Kaapse Vereniging vir Byeboere, gesê op ’n besoek aan die kantoor van Conrad Sidego, uitvoerende burgemeester…

Regering onder skoot oor min droogtehulp

Netwerk 24 Jacques Claassen 23 September 2016 Die regering het steeds geen betekenisvolle droogtehulp vir die landbousektor, met ’n omset van sowat R227 miljard per jaar, bewillig nie. Afgesien van besproeiing uit nasionale rivier- en dam-stelsels steun boere swaar op die gebruik van hul eie plaasdamme en ondergrondse water uit boorgate vir voedselproduksie. Daar heers kommer dat die uitgerekte droogte,…

Damvlakke: Reëntekort bekommer die boere

Paarl Post Frans Le Roux 16 September 2016 Met die lente reeds in volle swang, het inwoners van Drakenstein gehoop dat die afgelope paar dae se reën grootskaalse droogteverligting kan bring. Selfs met die vooruitskatting van reën vandag, is die damme se vlakke steeds kommerwekkend laag. Die provinsie se grootste dam, Theewaterskloof net buite Villiersdorp, het in die afgelope week…

Vertroue in landbou verbeter

Die Burger Vida Booysen 19 September 2016 Vertroue in die landbousakesektor het in die derde kwartaal van vanjaar aansienlik verbeter. Maar dit beteken nie dat dit in ál die subsektore ewe goed gaan nie. Die landbou-sakekamer Agbiz en die Nywerheidsontwikkelingskorporasie (NOK) se vertrouensindeks het met 13 indekspunte tot 60 gestyg. Dit is die eerste keer in vyf opeenvolgende kwartale dat…

Theft ravages fruit and vegetable farms in Western Cape

Business Day Bekezela Phakathi, 13 September 2016 SOME farmers in the Western Cape have stopped planting oranges because of spiking crime levels in the region. In Wellington, farmers had done away with citrus orchards because produce theft made it impossible to continue farming sustainably, said Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman. In Philippi on the Cape Flats — an area…

Coming harvest season recovery in doubt

Business Day by Wandile Sihlobo September 05 2016 THE debate about SA’s 2016/17 summer crop production has returned to the top of the agenda as we enter the new production season. Normally, different organisations make different projections, based on assumptions about the future. Output bottomed out in 2015/16 due to drought, so the outlook for the next production season is…

Landbou is anker van handelsbalans

Die Burger 7 September 2016 Vida Booysen Dr. Roelof Botha Suid-Afrika se handelsbalans sou sedert 2013 beroerd daar uitgesien het as dit nie was vir die landbousektor en voedselvervaardigers nie. “Hierdie sektore het die anker met hul skitterende uitvoervertoning verskaf,” het dr. Roelof Botha, ekonomiese raadgewer van PwC, op die jaarvergadering van TLU SA gesê. Hy waarsku Afrika as geheel…

Agri Wes-Kaap bring plan vir misdaad

Landbouweekblad Deur Liezl Vercueil 9 September 2016 Agri Wes-Kaap stel tans ’n strategiese plan aan rolspelers voor vir die bekamping van misdaad. Agri Wes-Kaap lê tans sy strategiese plan vir misdaadbekamping aan verskeie rolspelers voor om hul steun te werf. Die plan is deur die organisasie se beleidskomitee vir landelike veiligheid opgestel en sal hopelik binnekort aan die provinsiale wetgewer…

Veediefstal neem toe in Wes-Kaap

Die Burger Deur Malherbe Nienaber 04 September 2016 ’n Toename in veediefstal in die Wes-Kaap maak boere net “verder seer” in die lig van die voortdurende droogte en tekorte aan weiding. Dit is volgens Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, wat gereageer het op die jongste misdaadsyfers wat veediefstal betref. Hoewel sake van veediefstal landwyd met 1% afgeneem het…

Producers thankful for rain, hoping for more

5 September 2016 Prospects for grain producers in the Western Cape are looking up slightly after the winter grain regions received some welcome rain over the weekend. The season started off very dry and follow up rain remains critical for winter grain crops. In the region of the Cape Metropole wheat producers have had an average rainfall of 3 mm…

Opvolgreën en koel weer nou nodig

Die Burger 29 Aug 2016 Deur Marelize Barnard Graanboere in die Wes-Kaap vestig hul hoop op goeie opvolgreën in September en koel weer om ’n goeie oes te kry. Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, het Maandag gesê die landbousektor in die provinsie is steeds nie in ’n gemaksone wat die beskikbaarheid van water vir die res van die…

Atlete en boere het baie gemeen

Graan jou Wel, Landbou Burger 26 Aug 2016 Deur Richard Krige Terwyl die Olimpiese Spele by die skryf van dié rubriek nog lank nie klaar was nie en die Paralimpiese Spele nog voorlê – wat vir baie van ons op verskeie vlakke soveel inspirasie en bewondering beteken – is dit die Suid-Afrikaanse atlete en graan¬produsente wat ek wil huldig. Atlete…

Opportunities in the Canned Fruit industry

Farmers Weekly 29 July 2016 By Glenneis Kriel While canning fruit producers were struggling to stay afloat a few years ago, prospects are again looking promising. Wiehahn Victor, CEO of the Canning Fruit Producers’ Association, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the opportunities facing the industry. What was the 2015/2016 canning fruit season like? High temperatures and the drought has made…

Kan die Karoo dít alles oorleef?

SKA BESLIS NIE TOE BOERE SE VOORDEEL Brief: Landbouweekblad 8 Julie 2016 Die SKA-projek (Square Kilometer Array) het ongelooflike belangstelling in die media gewek, maar ongelukkig om die verkeerde redes. Die grondeienaars is wysgemaak dat die 13 406 hektaar wat oorspronklik aangekoop is, genoeg sal wees vir die oprigting van die skottels. Intussen is daar ’n gebied van 268 000…

Droogte kos SA R2 miljard aan landbou-uitvoere

Netwerk 24 JJ van Wyk 21 Augustus 2016 Die ergste droogte in dekades het Suid-Afrika in 2015 miljarde aan landbou-inkomste gekos. Uitvoere in dié sektor het volgens inligting van die landbousakekamer Agbiz in 2015 die eerste keer in tien jaar afgeneem – van R106 miljard in 2014 tot R104 miljard in 2015. Die droogte het tot plaaslike tekorte gelei, wat…

‘South Africans are taking out credit just to be able to afford to eat’

‘South Africans are taking out credit just to be able to afford to eat’ SABC News Friday 12 August 2016 ANA The weak rand and the continuing drought are causing food prices to rise, and as a result, poor South Africans are bearing the brunt, says Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities on Friday. Alan Winde was speaking at the…

Kosmandjie goedkoper, maar landbou nog onder druk

Kosmandjie goedkoper, maar landbou nog onder druk Die Burger Deur Marelize Barnard 12 Augustus 2016 Landbou in Suid-Afrika moet volgens die Nasionale Ontwikkelingsplan teen 2030 ’n miljoen werkgeleenthede skep. Onsekerheid oor grondregte en vrot administrasie van waterregte maak dit egter moeilik om dié teiken te bereik. Alan Winde, Wes-Kaapse minister van landbou en ekonomiese geleenthede, het Vrydag met die bekendstelling…

Agri Western Cape 2016 Annual Congress: Inspiring growth for a farm fresh future

“The coming production season will definitely not be business as usual, even though we are gradually starting to recover from the damages El Niño has caused us. Agriculture needs a new business plan, one that constitutes a new vision for the agricultural sector and create the climate to open doors and attract investors to the industry. Nobody wants to invest…

Agri Wes-Kaap 2016-Jaarkongres: Inspirerende groei vir ʼn plaasvars toekoms

Agri Wes-Kaap 2016-Jaarkongres: Inspirerende groei vir ʼn plaasvars toekoms “Die komende produksieseisoen gaan beslis nié business as usual wees nie, al is ons besig om stelselmatig te herstel van die skade wat El-Niño ons berokken het. Die landbou het ‘n nuwe sakeplan nodig, een wat ʼn nuwe visie vir die landbousektor daar stel, maar ook ʼn plan wat die klimaat…

Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act declared invalid

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‘Landbou moet spelbreker vir SA wees’

Landbouweekblad Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 28 Julie 2016 Die landbou moet die “game changer” in die SA ekonomie wees want dit het die kennis, die vaardighede en beslis die landbouleiers om dit te kan bereik. ʼn Jong boer en landboustudent van Riversdal het vir een van die hoogtepunte op Agri Wes-Kaap se kongres gesorg met sy toespraak: “Wie besit die toekoms?”.…

Desperate boere oorval Agri SA om hulp

Landbouweekblad Jan Bezuidenhout 18 Julie 2016 Talle boere is in ‘n oorlewingstryd weens die droogte, sê Agri SA in ʼn nuusverklaring. Agri SA se kantoor word tans oorweldig deur versoeke vanaf uiters desperate kommersiële en opkomende landbouprodusente om droogtehulp, sê Agri SA. “Ons doen dus ‘n beroep op die korporatiewe sektor en algemene publiek om finansieel by te dra tot…

Is jou tjoppie van Namibië en/of Argentinië?

Netwerk 24 Nellie Brand-Jonker 1 Julie 2016 Verbruikers gaan al hoe meer kopkrap oor waar die vleis wat hulle in winkels koop, vandaan kom, met wetgewing wat toelaat dat etikette nie spesifiek hoef aan te dui waar dit vandaan kom nie. Die Nasionale Verbruikersunie van Suid-Afrika het ’n beroep op die departement van landbou gedoen om die reëls oor die…

Western Cape farmers will take years to recover from drought

Farmers Weekly, 1 July 2016 By Jeandré du Preez It would take up to five years before farmers in the Western Cape recovered completely from the current drought. This was according to André Roux, director of sustainable resource management at the provincial department of agriculture. Speaking at a recent drought dialogue held at the Cape Institute for Agricultural Training: Elsenburg,…

Droogte gaan veral rooivleisboere knou

Elsje Waldeck 24 Junie 2016 Die Burger Al het plekke in Suid-Afrika goeie reën in die herfs gekry, is die impak van die droogte nog nie verby nie. Omri van Zyl, uitvoerende hoof van AgriSA, sê die eerste uitdaging is voer vir die veeboere in die winter. “Die ouens se reserwes is op,” sê hy. “Die winter gaan ’n groot…

Western Cape Government identifies priority areas for drought mitigation

30 June 2016 Western Cape Department of Agriculture Following a successful two-day drought dialogue, the Western Cape government has compiled a list of priority areas that will drive the province’s drought mitigation strategies into the future. The drought dialogue was hosted by Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities and Agriculture, and Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and…

Agri Wes-Kaap Jaarkongres 2016 Annual Congress

INSPIRASIE VIR DIE GROEI VAN ‘N #PLAASVARSTOEKOMS INSPIRED TO GROW A #FARMFRESHFUTURE 28 JUL 2016, 08:00, GOUDINI, RAWSONVILLE SPREKERS | SPEAKERS AJ van Wyk: Eerstejaar B.Agric-student, Elsenburg / First year B.Agric student, Elsenburg • As toekomstige toetreder tot die landboubedryf is dít my verwagtinge van die sektor. | This is my expectations of the agriculture sector as future entrant to…

State of drought disaster declared in 8 provinces

News24 9 June 2016 Cape Town – A state of disaster has been declared in eight provinces as a drought continues across the country. This is up from the previous five provinces that were declared to be in a disaster state. In a statement, Minister for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des van Rooyen, said the drought conditions experienced in…

Despite weakening El Nino, agriculture suffers in Western Cape

Kaveel Singh, News24 8 June 2016 Cape Town – Despite signs that El Nino is weakening, the effect of late rains and warm temperatures are still being felt in the Western Cape, a leading agricultural organisation said on Wednesday. Senior officials at Agri Western Cape said the current primary production period of winter grains and pastures could be compromised. Carl…

Former Agri SA CEO honoured for exceptional service to agriculture

Agbiz honours Hans van der Merwe’s role in SA agriculture Issued by Secretariat – Agricultural Writers SA The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) has honoured Mr Hans van der Merwe, former CEO of Agri SA, for his exceptional service to organised agriculture in South Africa. He received the Agbiz Honorary Award at the business chamber’s biannual congress recently. “Van der Merwe…

Public empathy strong for dairy farmers in crisis

Public empathy strong for dairy farmers in crisis Colin Bettles, Farm Weekly (Australia) 6 June, 2016 NEW market research has uncovered strong support for embattled dairy farmers and awareness of the current milk pricing crisis. A survey conducted late last month by market research company IMI International asked about 260 randomly chosen Australians aged 18 or over for their opinions…

Só lyk huidige Wes-Kaap landboutoestande

7 Junie 2016 Agri Wes-Kaap Daar is tekens dat die El Niño-weerverskynsel begin verswak, maar ons sien steeds die gevolge van laat reën en warm temperature in die huidige primêre produksietydperk van ons wintergraan- en weidingsgewasse. Mnr Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê dit bring sekere uitdagings mee wat bestuur moet word: • Genoeg water vir mens en…

Agriculture presents most employment opportunities

Business Day 1 June 2016 Christo van der Rheede, Deputy Executive Director at AgriSA TWO of SA’s top policy priorities — food security and job creation — seldom cross paths. Indeed, it is a strange irony that job creation is almost exclusively associated with trade and heavy industry, while agriculture is seen only through the prism of land claims and…

Grondplafon: “SA kan nie eksperimenteer”

Jan Bezuidenhout, Landbouweekblad 24 Mei 2016 Suid-Afrika kan glad nie bekostig om te eksperimenteer met grondplafonne, wat internasionaal so klaaglik misluk het nie, sê mnr. Johannes Möller. Agri SA het in ʼn nuusverklaring gereageer op die jongste uitlatings van Grondsakeminister Gugile Nkwinti oor grondplafonne. “Minister Nkwinti het op 26 April tydens sy begrotingsrede gesê dat die Wetsontwerp op die Regulering…

Tafeldruiweprodusent is Wes-Kaap se nuwe Jongboer van die Jaar!

Jacques Beukes (35), ʼn tafeldruiwe-produsent van De Doorns in die Hexriviervallei is Woensdagaand (25 Mei) aangewys as Agri Wes-Kaap en Santam Landbou se Jongboer vir 2016. Jacques dring nou deur na die nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar kompetisie wat in Oktober deur Agri SA en Toyota SA aangebied word. Kosie Loubser, voorsitter van Agri Wes-Kaap se jongboerkomitee, sê die kompetisie…

Droogtehulp kom uit ander oorde

Die artikel “Sekere boere kry geen hulp” verwys (Rapport, Sondag 8 Mei 2016). Die Wes-Kaap beleef tans een van die ergste droogtes in 74 jaar en twee gebiede, naamlik die Weskus-distrik en die Sentraal-Karoo, is reeds tot droogterampgebiede verklaar. Ekstreme hoë temperature die afgelope somer het ook groot skade aan die sektor berokken. Ten spyte hiervan is daar tot op…

Sekere boere kry geen hulp

Rapport 8 Mei 2016 Deur Aldi Schoeman Terwyl Suid-Afrika nou die gevolge voel van die ergste droogte sedert 1982 en miljoene huishoudings oor die hele land watertekorte ervaar, sê Agri SA ’n oudit behoort gedoen te word om te bepaal hoe die regering se hulpfondse bestee is. Die departement van landbou het sowat R380 miljoen bewillig, het Steve Galane, ’n…

Boere moet anders begin boer – Zokwana

Landbouweekblad Deur Joylene van Wyk 22 April 2016 Sy departement sal die leiding neem om te verseker dat die landbou vorentoe die uitwerking van klimaatsverandering kan hanteer, sê mnr. Senzeni Zokwana. Met klimaatsverandering wat reeds rampspoedige gevolge vir die landbou gebring het, beloof mnr. Senzeni Zokwana, Minister van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye, dat sy departement die leiding sal neem om…

DAFF budget cut is bad news for farmers

Farmers Weekly Friday, April 29, 2016 By Staff Reporter Cuts made to the budget allocation for the agriculture department will have an impact on the ability of state-owned entities to provide critical services to farmers. This was according to Dan Kriek, deputy president of Agri SA, in his response to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF) budget vote…

Boere, verbruikers kan nog tot 4 jaar ná droogte ly

Moenie net bid vir reën nie – bid maar ook dat ’n matige winter voorlê. Omri van Zyl, uitvoerende hoof van die landbou-organisasie Agri SA, sê die volgende ses maande gaan -bepalend wees vir boere wat onder finan¬siële druk is weens die droogte. Ryp in die winter kan ’n groot ¬impak op graanoeste hê omdat boere weens die droogte laat…

State dragging feet over drought aid in Western Cape

Business Day Live by Bekezela Phakathi, 12 April 2016 THE national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Democratic Alliance-run Western Cape government are locked in a wrangle over drought aid while farmers are reeling from one of the worst dry spells on record. The DA says farms in the province are in dire straits and blames this on…

Ses jongmanne ding mee om Wes-Kaap jongboer-titel

Agri Wes-Kaap en Santam Landbou wys binnekort weer die provinsie se Jongboer van die Jaar aan. Die wenner, wat op 25 Mei aangewys word, sal deurdring na die nasionale Toyota SA Agri SA Jongboer van die Jaar 2016 kompetisie wat in Oktober vanjaar aangewys word. Agri Wes-Kaap wens graag die finaliste vir die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die…

Agri Western Cape thanks department for extra R23 mill

By Kaveel Singh, News24 Agri Western Cape welcomed an additional R23m in drought relief announced by Agriculture MEC Alan Winde on Thursday. In a statement, Agri Western Cape Chief Executive Officer Carl Opperman commended the department, saying it was doing “an excellent job at utilising available funds optimally”. “The Western Cape receives no drought assistance from the national government, despite…

Droogte se uitwerking: Groente dubbel so duur

Droogte se uitwerking Groente dubbel so duur Beeld Anlerie de Wet 14 Maart 2016 Die prys van uie, tamaties, komkommer en ander vars produkte het in die afgelope twee maande verdubbel. Beeld het Vrydag sy eie opname van die prys van verskillende soorte vars produkte op die Johannesburgse Varsproduktemark gedoen. Dit verskil in ’n groot mate van die mark se…

El Niño may be weakening, but it is still clobbering crops

El Niño May Be Weakening, but it is still clobbering crops By Jorge De Pauw – Tue 15 Mar 2016 Source: The Wall Street Journal A hotter-than-usual February devastated rice and other crops in the Asia-Pacific region. The El Niño weather pattern, while weakening, continues to hurt crop farmers as well as cattle ranchers across the Asia-Pacific region with its…

Boere verantwoordelik vir Afrika se toekoms

Oudtshoorn Courant, Tisha Steyn, Maart 2016 OUDTSHOORN LANDBOU NUUS – “‘n Boer is ‘n boer, of jy nou ‘n groot boer of ‘n klein boer is, ons is almal saam in hierdie ding.” So praat Omri van Zyl, uitvoerende direkteur van Agri SA, wat die gasspreker was by Agri Wes-Kaap se 22ste Klein-Karoo Streekkongres wat vir die 16de keer deur…

Agri SA urges government to declare drought a national disaster

Agri SA urges government to declare drought a national disaster SABC Friday 18 March 2016 Mariska Botha Agri Western Cape says aid has been donated but much more assistance is needed. Agri South Africa has made an urgent call on government to declare the countrywide drought, a national disaster. This as on-going drought relief efforts were taken to far flung…

Smaller oranges harder to sell, say concerned SA citrus-growers

Business Day Live by Agency Staff, March 11 2016 SA’s worst drought in a century will reduce the citrus harvest this year and result in smaller-sized oranges that are harder to sell, according to an industry body. Production of navel oranges and soft-citrus fruits from the Western Cape is forecast to record a “slight reduction,” Justin Chadwick, CEO of the…

Zokwana needs drought funding

Zokwana needs drought funding SA Breaking News Mar 8, 2016 • Written by: TEAMtalk Content Hub Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has admitted that he is considering approaching the National Treasury to make up the R16 billion loss due to drought. This has been described as the worst drought in South Africa in 23 years. Zokwana also added that while they…

Nóg ‘n brand: Boere ly miljoene rand se skade

Die Burger, Eugene Gunning 3 Maart Boere in die Prins Albert-omgewing het skade van miljoene rand gely in ’n brand wat reeds op 25 Februarie ontstaan het. Teen gistermiddag was brandbestryders nog onverpoos besig om die brand in bedwang te probeer bring, en in een stadium is selfs twee helikopters gebruik om water oor die brandgebied te gooi. Die brand…

Eskom tariff increase adds to stone fruit production costs

Farmers Weekly By Pieter Dempsey An Eskom tariff increase of 9,4% has been approved by Nersa, and could add millions to production costs for stone fruit farmers. Eskom submitted an application last year to Nersa to recover R22,8 billion from consumers, but was only granted a R11,2 billion variance. “Eskom has noted Nersa’s decision, which yet again doesn’t address the…

‘Eskom hou rewolwer teen ons kop’

Die Burger, Marelize Barnard, Elvira Wood 2 Maart 2016 Die 9,4%-verhoging wat Eskom pas gegun is, skrik beleggers af en gaan ondernemings én verbruikers hard tref. Die Nasionale Energiereguleerder (Nersa) het Dinsdag dié tariefverhoging aan Eskom toegestaan ná ’n spesiale tussentydse aansoek. Dit is amper die helfte wat Eskom gevra het, naamlik 16,6%. Ian Neilson, onderburgemeester van Kaapstad, het gister…

Boere se pyn sal verbruiker s’n word

Deur Vida Booysen 29 Februarie 2016 Die droogte veroorsaak dat ’n groot deel van Suid-Afrika se kommersiële landbousektor met sy rug teen die muur staan. Nou is daar groot kommer dat onvoldoende droogtehulp van regeringskant kan beteken dat die landbou se pyn ook die verbruiker s’n word. In teen-stelling met die R1 miljard wat vir droogtehulp belowe is, is R16…

‘Onluste kan kom oor duur kos’

Die Burger Deur Philda Essop 19 Februarie 2016 Die risiko van moontlike onluste oor hoë kospryse weens die droogte het in die parlement opgeklink. Jannie de Villiers, uitvoerende hoof van GraanSA, het in ’n voorlegging oor die impak van die droogte aan LP’s gesê Suid-Afrika moet in die toekoms meer mielies produseer omdat ’n surplus opbrengs belangrik is. “’n Surplus…

Vleispryse styg drasties

12 Februarie 2016, Veeplaas, Izak Hofmeyr Daar is tans nie genoeg gehalte vleis in die mark nie. Die gevolg daarvan is ʼn drastiese styging in rooivleispryse, volgens prof Johan Willemse van die Departement Landbou-ekonomie aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV). “Daar is tans nie gehalte slaglammers of beeste beskikbaar om aan die vraag in die mark te voldoen nie.…

Reën keer glo ramphulp aan boere

Deur Anlerie De Wet 08 Februarie 2016 Netwerk 24 Die Suid-Afrikaanse landboubedryf is gister onkant betrap deur die onverwagse aankondiging dat die regering nie ’n nasionale droogteramp gaan verklaar nie. Bheki Cele, adjunkminister van landbou, bosbou en visserye, het gister by ’n konferensie in Dubai aan die nuusagentskap Reuters gesê “God het die laat reën laat val en ons dink…

‘Droogte stuur af op humanitêre krisis’

Deur Jason Felix 03 Februarie 2016 Die Burger Landboukenners glo Suid-Afrika is op die drumpel van ’n humanitêre krisis as die voortslepende droogte nie daadwerklike aandag kry nie. In minder as ’n jaar het boere in die Wes-Kaap meer as R1,2 miljard verloor. Teen einde Junie 2015 het boere reg oor Suid-Afrika met skuld van meer R125 miljard gesit as…

Western Cape needs R88m to help drought-hit farmers

Jenni Evans, News24 | 03/02/2016 Cape Town – The Western Cape government needs R88m to avert total disaster for farmers whose livelihoods have been decimated by the drought in parts of the province. But first, Cabinet has to officially declare a disaster in the province and national treasury must decide how much it can afford. “We cannot have black farmers…

Western Cape farm workers SA’s best paid‚ Parliament hears

By Jan-Jan Joubert | Jan 28, 2016 | Sowetan Live Farmworkers are leaving farms in droves to settle in towns and cities‚ overwhelming rural municipalities‚ Parliament heard on Wednesday. And the drought means a further influx is on the way‚ with 66% of farmers in the Free State expecting to lay off workers if this year’s harvest is as poor…

Hoe strawwer hoe tawwer ’n boer

Deur Richard Krige, Graan Jou Wel 29 Januarie 2016 via Netwerk 24 Die droogte wat boere in 2015 beleef het, het onder baie moeilike toestande die koring van die kaf geskei. Planmatige boere het met stampe en stote tog anderkant uitgekom. Die meeste van ons kon seker oor die vakansietyd van die ondersteuningstelsels in ons lewens gebruik maak, skryf Richard…

Eskom tariff hike will jeopardise food security, says Agri Western Cape

19 January 2016 Dane McDonald, Fin24 Cape Town – The proposed Eskom tariff hike of about 17% will hit the agricultural industry hard, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) heard on Tuesday. “We cannot accept the amount that is on the table, we cannot absorb it!” Agri Wes-Cape CEO Carl Opperman told the Nersa board emphatically. Opperman said…

Eskom hikes threaten Cape agriculture

by Carol Paton, 20 January 2016 Business Day Live FARMERS in the Western Cape say Eskom’s proposed price hike will cripple the wheat sector, already in dire straits due to drought, and will add millions to production costs in the stone fruit and table grapes sectors. Wheat production has been devastated by the drought, with the West Coast region producing…

Eskom-versoek kan landbou knou, waarsku Agri Wes-Kaap

Deur Francois Williams 19 Januarie 2016 Netwerk 24 As Eskom sy sin kry kan dit voedselsekerheid in Suid-Afrika ernstig bedreig. Carl Opperman, hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, het Dinsdag op die Nasionale Energiereguleerder (Nersa) se openbare sitting oor Eskom se versoek vir ’n ekstra R22,8 miljard gewaarsku dat dit kan gebeur. Hy sê die koringbedryf is reeds getref deur die droogte,…

‘Die land sit op ’n kruitvat’

‘Ons kan nie nog boere verloor’ Ruan Bruwer en Llewellyn Prince 14 Januarie 2016 Netwerk 24 Suid-Afrika sit op ’n kruitvat weens die landwye droogte, die regering se verdelende uitsprake en geweldmisdaad teen boere en plaaswerkers. So het Johannes Möller, president van Agri SA, Woensdag ¬gewaarsku. “Die landwye droogte is die grootste natuurramp in 30 jaar en gaan gepaard met…

Omri van Zyl: “2016, Zuma en die (los)prys van pap”

Netwerk 24 Pres. Jacob Zuma se toespraak in Rustenburg het talle van ons landsburgers omgekrap. Jy vra jouself af of jy dalk in ’n parallelle heelal funksioneer wat duidelik nie strook met die hoofstroom-denkrigtings van ons leiers nie. Sonder om in ’n boksgeveg betrokke te raak oor wat reg en wat verkeerd is, gaan dit primêr vandag oor die fisieke…

If you don’t feel positive, you should stop – wheat farmer

2015-11-10 Jenna Etheridge, News24 You have to feel positive as a farmer, otherwise you should stop. So said 53-year-old Hugo de Waal, owner of a wheat farm in Eendekuil on the West Coast. He and other farmers in the area are worried about how water shortages will affect their production – and income. “Weather for any farmer will always be…

Water dalk die nuwe Eskom

Landbouweekblad Deur Joylene van Wyk 17 Desember 2015 Hoewel die waterkrisis in die land meer kompleks is as die Eskom-situasie, is daar tog duidelike ooreenkomste, sê mnr. Peter Montalto. Strukturele swakhede rakende waterverskaffing wat gedurende die huidige El Niño uitgelig word, is nes soos ervaar is met Eskom, ’n krisis wat reeds lank wag om te gebeur, meen mnr. Peter…

Implications of 2015 drought on economy, agri markets and consumers

11 December 2015 Prof Johan Willemse in cooperation with Dr Dirk Strydom and Manfred Venter Introduction The SA economy had a growth rate of 0,7% in the third quarter of 2015, following the decline of 1,3% in the second quarter. Growth in the Agricultural sector realized a decline of 12,6% and the worst is coming. Various economic confidence indexes shows…

Met grootvoëls lê die sukses in die fyn kyk

Deur Tisha Steyn 11 Desember Die Burger Landbou Jurie Klue van die Avondrus-boerdery is pas bekroon as Klein Karoo Internasionaal se top-volstruisboer vir 2015. Dit wil gedoen wees. Tisha Steyn het in Klaarstroom by hom gaan uitvind waarom hy so suksesvol is. Klue het vanjaar erkenning gekry vir die beste slagprestasie vir meer as 1 000 voëls gelewer, vir die…

SA seen cutting wheat-output estimate after drought

Written by AgriPortal 14 Dec 2015 South Africa will probably trim its wheat-production estimate for this season after the worst drought in more than two decades reduced plantings and worsened crop yields. The country’s farmers probably harvested 1.495 million metric tons of the grain this year, according to the median prediction of four analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. That’s 0.7% less…

Nuwe, beter wet op rampbestuur

Landbouweekblad Deur Joylene van Wyk 15 Desember 2015 Vanweë die droogte, wat die land in ’n wurggreep het, is heelwat gapings in ramphulpbestuur uitgelig, veral om ramphulp vinniger by die boer te kry. Die Parlement het die Wysigingswet op Rampbestuur (No.16, van 2015) goedgekeur wat maatreëls bied om die risiko van rampe te verminder deur aan te pas by klimaatsverandering…

Wes-Kaapse boere skenk tonne voer

Landbouweekblad Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 8 Desember 2015 Boere in die Wes-Kaap het sowat 120 ton voer geskenk vir veeboere wat deur die droogte geknou word. Boere in die Wes-Kaap het die afgelope maand sowat 120 ton voer tot Agri Wes-Kaap se droogtehulpprojek bygedra om aan veeboere in die provinsie te skenk wat erge weidingstekorte ná die afgelope winter se ondergemiddelde…

Farmers selling stock as cost of feed escalates

Business Day Live Bekezela Phakathi, 08 December 2015 LIVESTOCK producers across SA are paying up to R1,000/ton more for feed than last year because of the drought, says Agri Western Cape. The drought had resulted in fodder becoming scarce, so producers now had to pay more for animal feed, the farmers’ representative body said on Tuesday. The producers who could…

Landbou ly verlies in 2014

Die Burger, 2 Desember 2015 Elvira Wood Veevoer was in 2014 een van die grootste uitgawes vir Suid-Afrikaanse boere, wat R29,41 miljard daaraan bestee het. Dit het moontlik bygedra het tot die sektor se verlies van R8,27 miljard in die jaar. Statistieke Suid-Afrika (SSA) het Maandag in sy 2014- landbou-opname daarop gewys dat hoewel inkomste met 10,8% toegeneem het van…

ARC wants more money from government

Farmers Weekly By Luyolo Mkentane The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has called on government for more funding in order to continue delivering scientific solutions to farmers, said ARC president and chief executive Dr Shadrack Moephuli. “The funding is not enough for the work that we are doing. The private sector funds some of the work that we do. In fact,…

Rooibos price rises as drought persists

November 20 By Helen Bamford Cape Argus Business Report INDEPENDENT MEDIA Cape Town – It is not only food prices that are set to soar as a result of the crippling drought – the price of Rooibos is set to skyrocket by up to 90 percent. Ernest du Toit, spokesman for the SA Rooibos Council, says the 2016 harvest could…

Taakspan gaan droogte fyn dophou

Landbouweekblad Charl van Rooyen 17 November 2015 ‘n Taakspan gaan sy oë op die droogte hou en hulp-aksies konsolideer en koördineer. ’n Taakspan word in Suid-Afrika op die been gebring om die rampdroogte te bekyk en maatreëls in werking te stel oor hoe boere gehelp kan word. Mnr. Omri van Zyl, aangewese uitvoerende hoof van Agri SA, het op Stellenbosch…

South African livestock farmers urged to sell herds facing drought

Farmingportal.co.za South African cattle, sheep and goat farmers were urged by the government on Tuesday to cut the size of their herds as drought conditions scorch grazing land. The forced sale of cattle will hit farmers big and small but will have its most severe impact on subsistence herders who graze their livestock mostly on communal lands and cannot afford…

‘SA crop production under threat’

Business News | IOL Business October 28 2015, Sechaba ka’Nkosi The farmers said in the drought-ravaged regions of the North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, they had been exposed to severe financial losses, which had made it difficult for them to operate their businesses sustainably and to meet their obligations to financial institutions. File picture: Ahmad Masood Johannesburg – Farmers…

Duur brood nie boere se skuld

Stygings beland in ander se sak Die Burger, Vida Booysen, Dinsdag 27 Oktober 2015 Dis nie die boere se skuld dat die prys van brood so skerp styg nie. Skaars R2 van ’n brood van meer as R11 beland in die koringboer se sak, wys die jongste syfers van Graan SA. Verbruikers moet besef skerp broodprysstygings die afgelope paar jaar kom…

SAPS Rural Safety Strategy review underway

SAPS Rural Safety Strategy review underway By Annelie Coleman, Farmers Weekly 19 October The South African Police Service (SAPS) is reviewing its 2011 Rural Safety Strategy in a series of stakeholder workshops held around the country. Brigadier Judith le Roux, section head of proactive policing and crime reduction, explained why a review was necessary at the recent 2015 Agri North…

Droogte in die Wes-Kaap ‘sal kos duurder maak’

DELE VAN WES-KAAP LOOP DEUR Droogte in die Wes-Kaap ‘sal kos duurder maak’ ‘Vleispryse sal egter nie veel geraak word’ Deur Romantha Botha Vrydag 16 Oktober 2015 05:30 KAAPSTAD. – Die verbruiker se kosmandjie gaan hom effens meer uit die sak jaag weens die droogte in die Wes-Kaap, maar die prys van vleis gaan nie noodwendig styg nie. Dít blyk…

Nuwe bloed by AgriSA kry strategie reg

Nuwe bloed by AgriSA kry strategie reg Albertus van Wyk, Landbouweekblad 16 Oktober 2015 Die nuwe uitvoerende hoof van Agri SA het met ’n vars benadering sy visie met die organisasie se verteenwoordigers gedeel. Die aangewese uitvoerende hoof van Agri SA, mnr. Omri van Zyl, het sy strategie vir die organisasie by Agri SA se jaarkongres uiteengesit. Van Zyl sê…

Landbouers aan regering: ‘Moenie ons boelie nie’

Landbouers aan regering: ‘Moenie ons boelie nie’ Deur Jacob Rooi, Rapport, Sondag 18 Oktober Moenie ons boelie nie, dit gaan nie werk nie. Met dié woorde het ’n landbouleier van Agri SA Donderdag sy voorlegging oor dié organisasie se landelike ontwikkelingsplanne op sy jaarlikse kongres afgesluit. ’n Ent verder het Mcebisi Skwatsha, adjunkminister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, geluister. Hy…

Dis te droog om te stroop, sê Wes-Kaapse boere

Dis te droog om te stroop, sê Wes-Kaapse boere Deur Marelize Barnard Die Burger Maandag 12 Oktober 2015 KAAPSTAD. – Die droogte in dele van die Wes-Kaap is so rampspoedig vir graanboere dat dit nie eens die uitgawe werd is om met die komende oestyd stropers in die lande in te stuur nie. Daar is vrese dat Swartlandse dorpe soos…

Droogte kring uit na plaaslike ekonomieë

Landbouweekblad Deur Amelia Genis 7 Oktober 2015 Die Swartland beleef een van die drie droogste winters in 70 jaar, sê mnr. Sean Walsh, besturende direkteur van Kaap Agri. Die droë winter se uitwerking strek reeds verder as graanboere in die Swartland en kan plaaslike ekonomieë langdurig knou, sê boere, bedryfs- en sakeleiers. Mnr. Andries Theron, ondervoorsitter van Graan SA, sê…

Dwarsklap vir vakbond in hof ná De Doorns

Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 17 Augustus 2015 In ’n uitspraak deur die Grondwethof is ’n vakbond beveel om die koste te dra van ’n uitgerekte saak van 11 werkers ná die De Doorns-opstande. ’n Vakbond wat glo na die belange van plaaswerkers omsien, is in die Grondwethof beveel om die koste te betaal van ’n uitgerekte saak van 11 werkers teen…

AGRI WES-KAAP-KONGRES – ‘As landbou vou, vou hele ekonomie’ Landbou is soos ‘n rugbyskrum

Deur Sonja Carstens, Pieter Malan 14 Augustus 2015 Op Agri Wes-Kaap se onlangse kongres was die fokus op die lewensnoodsaaklike rol wat die landbou in die toekoms van Suid-Afrika en van Afrika asook in die res van die wêreld gaan speel. Hiermee ’n oorsig van die belangrikste gesprekspunte onder die tema “Die toekoms kom van die plaas af”. Die Agri…

Uitnemende kongres vir Agri Wes-Kaap

Deur Lynette 3 Augustus 2015 Insette van hoogstaande gehalte is gelewer tydens Agri Wes-Kaap se pas afgelope kongres. Daar is nie gehuiwer om sensitiewe onderwerpe, hetsy polities of toekomsgerig, aan te spreek nie. Die kongres, wat op 30 Julie by Goudini Spa naby Worcester gehou is, is met ’n baie positiewe gesindheid deur afgevaardigdes benader – met die welkome reën…

Staat wil sê hoe jy mag boer: Wetsontwerp maak staat ‘kurator’ van alle landbougrond.”

Deur Sonja Carstens, Pieter Malan Sondag 21 Junie 2015 05:10 As die regering sy sin kry, sal die minister van landbou aan boere kan voorsê waarmee hulle moet boer en wat die beste manier is om hul grond te gebruik. Dit is van die implikasies van ’n nuwe wetsontwerp vir die “bewaring en ontwikkeling van landbougrond”, waarop kommentaar op die…

Minister’s latitude in farming bill could produce bitter harvest.

by John Kane-Berman, 15 June 2015, 06:56 THE government plans to do to farming what it has done to mining. In terms of legislation being processed through Parliament, all agricultural land is to be taken into the custodianship of the state “for the benefit of all South Africans”. This wording, contained in the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Framework…

Jong boere wys toekoms is groen

Deur Kosie Loubser Vrydag 12 Junie 2015 00:30 Carl van der Merwe (27) van Boplaas in die Koue Bokkeveld is vanjaar die Wes-Kaapse Jongboer van die Jaar. Kosie Loubser, voorsitter van Agri Wes-Kaap se jongboerkomitee, gee ’n oorsig van hierdie kompetisie. Agri Wes-Kaap het die Jong­boerkomitee gestig om meer belangstelling by jong boere in die georganiseerde landbou te skep en…

Wat jy kry, leen jy net by jou nageslagte.

Vrydag 29 Mei 2015 01:00 Carl van der Merwe, ’n tiendegenerasie-boer van die landgoed Boplaas in die Koue Bokkeveld, is Woensdag as die Wes-Kaapse Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Hy sal in Oktober om die nasionale kroon meeding. Hier is Carl en die vier ander finaliste se storie. http://www.netwerk24.com/sake/2015-05-29-jongboer-wat-jy-n-kry-leen-jy-net-by-jou-nageslagte

Boer op plaas tussen Laingsburg en Touwsrivier vermoor

Deur Eugene Gunning Sondag 22 Maart 2015 18:05 “DIE MINDERJARIGE SEUN HET MY PA GLO VAN AGTER GESKIET. DIT KLINK OF MY PA HOM NIE GESIEN HET NIE. ” ’n Boer wat op ’n plaas tussen Laingsburg en Touwsrivier vermoor is, se liggaam is eers meer as 36 uur ná die voorval gevind. Willie Clarence (59) van die plaas Slypsteenkop…

MINISTER KONDIG AAN: ‘ANC-grondplan gou op wetboek’

Deur Llewellyn Prince Saterdag 21 Maart 2015 02:50 “DIT IS TEEN DIE VRYEMARKBEGINSEL EN GAAN ENORME GEVOLGE INHOU, SOOS INTERNASIONALE NAVORSING BEWYS HET. ” – Annelize Crosby “Perke op plaasgrond, die 50/50-voorstel en ’n verbod op die besit van grond deur buitelanders kan al in September ’n wet wees. Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, het dié aankondiging…

MINISTER ANNOUNCES: ‘ANC land-plan soon to become law’

“We can not struggle with it forever” By Llewellyn Prince Saturday, March 21, 2015 02:50 “IT IS AGAINST THE FREE MARKET PRINCIPLE AND WILL HAVE ENORMOUS CONSEQUENCES, AS INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH HAS SHOWN. ” Annelize Crosby Limits on farm land, the 50/50 proposal and a ban on the ownership of land by foreigners in September can be a law. Gugile Nkwinti,…

Vyf van landbou sit tuis, verdien R4,5 miljoen

Deur Llewellyn Prince Donderdag 19 Maart 2015 03:20 Die departement van landbou, bosbou en visserye het erken dat hy bykans R4,5 miljoen aan salarisse aan vyf geskorste werknemers betaal het wat die afgelope 14 maande by die huis sit. Die inligting het aan die lig gekom nadat Annette Steyn, DA – woordvoerder oor landbou, bosbou en visserye, verlede week ’n…

DREIGENDE WATERTEKORT Droogte ‘lê oor die bult’ vir Suid-Kaap

Boere onrustig oor hul produksie Deur Eugene Gunning en Jackie Kruger Woensdag 18 Maart 2015 02:50 Landbouleiers is dit eens dat dele van die Suid-Kaap ’n watertekort beleef. Hoewel daar nog nie sprake van ’n droogte is nie, is daar wel kommer dat ’n droogte kan uitbreek. Dit is veral in die Ladismith-gebied waar ’n watertekort heers. Dit word toegeskryf…

“Government should thank farmers for export bonus’

GOVERNMENT’S CONTRADICTORY STATEMENTS GENERATE UNCERTAINTY Agriculture employs 700,000 people By Vida Booysen Friday, March 13, 2015 10:42 Contradictory statements by the government on important agricultural policy issues raise doubts and does not help this sector to attract investment. “This is not the kind of statements that should be sent out and it is necessary that the government confirmed his comments…

Staat moet boere ‘n slag bedank vir uitvoerbonus

REGERING SE TEENSTRYDIGE VERKLARING WEK ONSEKERHEID Landbou gee werk vir 700 000 mense Deur Vida Booysen Vrydag 13 Maart 2015 10:42 Teenstrydige verklarings deur die regering oor belangrike landboubeleidskwessies wek onsekerheid en help dié sektor nie om beleggings te lok nie. En intussen skep dié sektor werk vir 700 000 en verdien dit vir die staat ‘n stewige inkomste uit…

Landbouskool hervat praktiese opleiding

Vrydag 13 Maart 2015 00:50 Die legio geleenthede vir betrokkenheid by – en loopbaangeleenthede in landbou noodsaak ’n omvattende beskouing van onderrig in hierdie verband. Daarom is Oakdale se graad 10- en 11-leerders verlede week aan ses opleidingskursusse blootgestel. Sommige kursusse word deur almal bygewoon, terwyl daar ook landbou-opleidingskursusse is waaruit die leerders kan kies na gelang van hul belangstellings…

Brilliant analysis: Zimbabwean ruin looms large as SA land reform kicks into gear

By Andrew England of the Financial Times Posted on February 24, 2015 Modern Zimbabwe is a reminder of how critical for South Africa to get its ‘land reforms right. It is well documented how Mugabe’s botching of land reforms turned a bread basket of the continent into a place where famine stalks behind every rainy season. South Africa faces a…

So berig Europa oor landbou in SA

Zuid-Afrika verbiedt landbezit buitenlanders maandag 23 februari 2015, 12.41 uur Buitenlanders zullen in Zuid-Afrika niet langer land mogen bezitten. Leasen kan nog wel. Dat maakte de Zuid-Afrikaanse president Jacob Zuma onlangs bekend tijdens zijn jaarlijkse State of the Union Speech. Uit de plannen van Zuma blijkt ook dat Zuid-Afrikanen niet langer meer dan 12.000 hectare aan grond mogen bezitten. Verschillende…

Roses and thorns in the vineyard

by Carol Paton, 18 February 2015, 05:51 TWO years after the wave of violent strikes that swept through the farms of the Hex River Valley, the vineyards have returned to their quiet state of beauty. Leafy and green and laden with fruit, they stand in perfect rows beneath a bright blue sky and towering mountains. Midsummer is the height of…

Diplomats baffled by state land plan

Charl du Plessis and Jan Gerber @City_Press 15 February 2015 16:00 “President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of new laws barring foreigners from owning land in South Africa has sent shock waves through the international and diplomatic communities. City Press confirmed with three diplomatic sources that President Zuma’s announcement during his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday had stirred worry…

Sona wrap: Zuma drops bomb on land ownership

Feb 13 2015 07:44 Donwald Pressly PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has acknowledged that South Africa is facing economic challenges, but put the blame largely on “a difficult economic climate” globally. The president shocked the nation by announcing that foreigners in future would “not be able to own land” and would be forced to lease properties. He did not spell out what…

Zuma lost GPS signal on land ownership – business

Feb 13 2015 12:57 Carin Smith “Cape Town – South Africa’s cause is not helped in any way by the country having sent a delegation to Davos with a message that the country is open for investment and business, but then President Jacob Zuma follows it by saying in his State of the Nation address that foreigners cannot own land,…

Boere juig oor water, maar . . .

Deur Julian Jansen Woensdag 11 Februarie 2015 03:50 Waterverbruikers in die Olifantsriviervallei ontvang weer hul volle kwota water nadat die kanaal by Klawer herstel is. Foto: LERATO MADUNA Boere in die Olifantsriviervallei juig oor hulle weer hul kwota besproeiingswater uit die kanaal van die Clanwilliam-dam ontvang. Belanghebbendes sê egter dringende samesprekings is nodig om te voorkom dat boere weer sonder…

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane launches raising of Clanwilliam Dam water project, 13 Feb

10 Feb 2015 “Minister of Water and Sanitation Department, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane will launch the raising of Clanwilliam Dam Water Project in Clanwilliam, Western Cape, on Friday 13 February 2015. Clanwilliam Dam is situated on the Olifants River near the town of Clanwilliam which is within the Cederberg Municipality in the Western Cape Province. The dam was originally built in…

‘Boere is onder skoot’

VOOR’94: ‘MAKLIKER WINS OORSEE AS IN SA’ Deur Alicestine October Woensdag 04 Februarie 2015 05:00 Die mite dat apartheid goed was vir Afrikaner-besighede is Dinsdag deur dr. Johann Rupert, hoof van die Rembrandt-groep, as bog afgemaak. Hy het tydens die F.W. de Klerk-stigting se konferensie dié en ander kwessies van die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie die afgelope 25 jaar gepak. Rupert, De…

Waarom bly kos so duur

OLIEPRYS MAAK NIE VERSKIL OP WINKELRAK Moedelose verbruikers: Waarom bly kos so duur? Deur Vida Booysen, Nellie Brand-Jonker Dinsdag 03 Februarie 2015 04:00 Al hoe meer stemme begin opklink dat kleinhandelaars hul besparing aan brandstofkoste aan verbruikers moet deurgee. Pryse het in Desember met gemiddeld 5,3% gestyg, maar verbruikers het hul hande in die hare oor veral kospryse, wat met…

Robertson farmer charged with assault on employee

30 January 2015 – Daneel Knoetze “The owner of Eilandia farm will stand trial on charges of assaulting and strangling an employee in the Robertson Magistrates Court on Friday. Whatever the outcome of the case, a local farm workers’ union has heralded the police investigation and court appearance as a victory.” http://groundup.org.za/article/robertson-farmer-charged-assault-employee_2633  

Planne wys ‘hoe min ANC weet’

Deur Philda Essop Donderdag 29 Januarie 2015 05:30 Dit is skokkend hoe min die ANC van boerdery weet. Só het Agri SA Woensdag gereageer op planne deur die ANC om grondbesit te beperk. Die party het Woensdag ná sy driedaagse bosberaad in Pretoria aangekondig dat ’n besluit aanvaar is om “grondbesit tot 12 000 ha of twee plase te beperk…

Volstruisbedryf kom mooi op dreef

By Editor On January 22, 2015 “Die volstruisbedryf in die Klein Karoo het goed herstel die afgelope jaar en die vooruitsigte vir die bedryf lyk rooskleurig ondanks die feit dat daar sedert 2011 geen rou volstruisvleis uit die streek na Europa en elders uitgevoer is nie, het Piet Kleyn, uitvoerende bestuurder van die SA Volstruisbesigheidskamer, vandeesweek gesê. Die bedryf sal…

SA has highest level of food security in Africa

Agri Western Cape 12 January 2015 “To have certainty about sufficient and nutritious food is of great value to any country, more so for a diverse society such as that of South Africa. The DuPont report (see here) shows that South Africa is the African country with the highest level of food security. According to this company’s 2014 global food…

Good year expected for agriculture, but foxes lurk. . .

Vida Booysen JANUARY 9, 2015 5:00 The prospects for the 2015 agricultural year looks very good, but a few minor issues lie in wait. Thanks to the low fuel price, good rains over most summer rainfall areas and the prospect of new markets in China and the rest of Africa, agriculture experts fairly optimistic about this season. http://www.netwerk24.com/sake/2015-01-09-goeie-jaar-vir-landbou-verwag-maar-jakkalsies-loer

Goeie jaar vir landbou verwag, maar jakkalsies loer . . .

Deur Vida Booysen Vrydag 09 Januarie 2015 05:00 Die vooruitsigte vir die 2015-landboujaar lyk baie goed, maar ’n paar klein jakkalsies lê op loer. Danksy die lae brandstofprys, goeie reën oor die meeste somerreënvalstreke en die vooruitsig van nuwe markte in China en die res van Afrika, is landboukenners taamlik optimisties oor dié seisoen. Een van die grootste uitdagings vir…

Skade aan kanaal ‘is ’n krisis’

Deur Malani Venter Donderdag 08 Januarie 2015 04:00 Water stroom uit die gebreekte kanaal naby Klawer en honderde boere in die streek moet met min of geen water klaarkom. Sowat 180 m se grond is hier weggespoel. Foto: facebook ’n Gebreekte waterkanaal in die Weskus laat honderde boere met minder of geen water nie en beloop reeds miljoene rande se…

Long-term Perspectives: The outlook for agriculture

Deur Piet Croucamp Dinsdag 06 Januarie 2015 03:10 So far, world agriculture has been able to respond to the rising demand for crop and livestock products. Although the world’s population doubled between 1960 and 2000 and levels of nutrition improved markedly, the prices of rice, wheat and maize – the world’s major food staples – fell by around 60 percent.…

Mega-boere is buite politiek

Deur Piet Croucamp Dinsdag 06 Januarie 2015 03:10 Dit word dikwels in landboukringe genoem dat net 20% van Suid-Afrika se kommersiële boere verantwoordelikheid aanvaar vir tot 80% van die land se voedselsekerheid. Met ander woorde: ’n relatief klein groepie boere waarna verwys kan word as die mega-boere van die land, is verantwoordelik vir net minder as 2,5% van Suid-Afrika se…

Kospryse daal dalk in 2015

LAER BRANDSTOFPRYSE HELP Deur Francois Williams Woensdag 24 Desember 2014 05:20 Suid-Afrikaanse verbruikers kan in 2015 uitsien na ’n verlangsaming in die groei van of selfs ’n daling in voedselpryse, meen Johannes Möller, president van die landbou-organisasie Agri SA. In November was voedselprysinflasie nog 6,5%, maar die produsenteprysindeks vir landbou, bosbou en visserye was 2,3%. “Laasgenoemde sal waarskynlik binne enkele…

Food prices may drop in 2015

LOWER FUEL PRICES HELP By Francois Williams Wednesday, December 24, 2014 05:20 South African consumers can look forward to a slowdown in growth or even a decline in food prices in 2015, says Johannes Möller, president of the agricultural organization Agri SA. In November, food price inflation still 6.5%, but the producer price index for agricultural, forestry and fisheries was…

South Africa: R3.30 an Hour – De Doorns Child Labour Probed

By Daneel Knoetze “The Department of Labour is investigating allegations of child labour on a grape and mushroom farm in the Hex Valley, outside De Doorns. Yet, investigators have also apparently threatened to prosecute the parents – whistleblowers who reported their children’s apparent exploitation. Fear of this prosecution has gagged the families, and shows the complicated convergence between unlawful child…

Farm workers union Csaawu should be saved

17 NOV 2014 14:22 DANEEL KNOETZE The farm worker strike, which had turned violent by November 2012, started in the Hex River Valley, as workers led a revolt against low wages, arbitrary dismissal, illegal evictions and many other indignities, which still define rural labour relations in South Africa.” Farm workers union Csaawu should be saved

Boland farm workers call for better job security

FILE. Farmworkers say they still face a number of issues relating to the national minimum wage. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN Natalie Malgas   “CAPE TOWN – Boland farmworkers are calling for better job security in the volatile agriculture sector. Some farm labourers participated in public hearings in Paarl at the weekend on the national minimum wage being carried out by Parliament’s…

AFRIFORUM: MAJORITY OF WC FARMWORKERS TREATED WELL

Natalie Malgas | 7 months ago (2014) CAPE TOWN – Civil rights organisation AfriForum believes recent threats of protest by disgruntled farmworkers is not an accurate reflection of the farming industry in the Western Cape. In recent weeks farmworkers’ union Bawusa warned labourers would take to the streets to protest their living and working conditions. Bawusa claims among their grievances…

‘Moratorium’ oor afsettings verwar boere

Deur Albertus van Wyk 7 November 2014 “’n Oproep om ’n moratorium op die toepassing van die wet wat wettige uitsettings reguleer, blyk uit ’n landbou- én wetlike perspektief onwenslik, onprakties en onafdwingbaar te wees, het mnr. Japie Grobler, voorsitter van die eenheidsforum vir die landbou (Asuf), gesê. Hy het gereageer nadat adj.-pres. Cyril Ramaphosa ná ’n vergadering in die…

De Doorns-plaaswerkers wil nie aan optog deelneem

Deur Jana Breytenbach Maandag 03 November 2014 02:40 “Die gemeenskap is bang hulle word beseer of selfs vermoor. Behalwe dat hulle vir hul lewe vrees, is daar ook ’n moontlikheid dat hulle hul werk kan verloor. Dit is wat ’n deel van die De Doorns-gemeenskap Saterdag gesê het toe Nosey Pieterse, sekretaris-generaal van die plaaswerkersvakbond Bawusa, op die tweede herdenking…

Ramaphosa calls for farm social compact

November 2 2014 at 10:05am By Craig Dodds “Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a moratorium on the evictions of farmworkers and promised to lead a process of negotiations towards a social compact in the sector that will bring a lasting peace and benefits to all.” http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/ramaphosa-calls-for-farm-social-compact-1.1774104#.VFoZ-WdxmP8Rhamaposa

Ramaphosa orders ban on farm evictions

Maryna Lamprecht @City_Press 2 November 2014 6:00 “Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has infuriated organised agriculture by announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions. Ramaphosa announced the moratorium after he and a delegation of senior ministers met for hours yesterday with agricultural and farm labour representatives in Paarl in the Western Cape.” http://www.news24.com/Archives/City-Press/Ramaphosa-orders-ban-on-farm-evictions-20150429

Cosatu threatens to bring ‘farming to its knees’

Giovanna Gerbi Tony Ehrenreich says there has been a marked escalation in farm evictions across the country. CAPE TOWN – The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has threatened to bring farming to its knees if evictions aren’t immediately stopped. Cosatu, the African National Congress (ANC) and farmworker organisations are calling on government to end…

Rural development to help evicted farm workers

By Sapa | Oct 07, 2014 Farm workers facing eviction can now call lawyers for help, the rural development department said on Tuesday. “Farm workers who have become victims of these evictions can call us,” department spokesman Mtobeli Mxotwa said. “They will be put in contact with our lawyers who will protect them from such.” On Monday, the Congress of…

Cosatu moet afleggings bewys, daag Winde

Cosatu moet afleggings bewys, daag Winde Deur Jan Bezuidenhout 7 Oktober 2014 Ondanks die kanale om afleggings van plaaswerkers onder die owerheid se aandag te bring, het Cosatu dit nog nie gedoen nie. Cosatu en die ANC se wilde stellings oor die sogenaamde afsetting van plaaswerkers in die Wes-Kaap bly net veralgemenings sonder dat dié twee organisasies die feite op…

Politieke ontleder bemoedig boere

Deur Anmi Honiball Vrydag 03 Oktober 2014 02:30 Die las op boere se skouers word ál swaarder. Só meen Theo Venter, politieke ontleder aan die Noordwes-Universiteit in Potchefstroom. Hoe meer die wêreldbevolking toeneem en verstedeliking plaasvind, hoe meer moet boere doen om mense gevoed te kry. “Produseer meer met minder sodat julle aan die mark kan voorsien,” het Venter aan…

Police take action against striking Joubertina farm workers

16:52 (GMT+2), Wed, 01 October 2014 Police fired rubber bullets to disperse striking farm workers who barricaded the R- 62 near Joubertina. Around 300 farm workers employed by the Dut Toit Group embarked on a legal strike on Wednesday demanding a centralised bargaining process for farm workers in the Western and Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape Secretary of the Food…

W Cape Agriculture Department launches R3m research fund

BY: LEANDI KOLVER “The Western Cape Department of Agriculture on Tuesday launched a dedicated research fund, with an allocation of R3-million for the current financial year, aimed at boosting exports and bolstering land reform in relation to the province’s alternative crops. Print Send to Friend 2 0 Alternative, smaller crops targeted by the fund, including berries, fynbos, honeybush and pomegranates,…

Niel Joubert op RSG – Agri Wes-Kaap Kongres 2014

Deur RSG Woensdag 13 Augustus 2014 10:13 RSG Onderhoud met Niel Joubert van Agri Wes-Kaap, tydens die Agri Wes-Kaap Jaarkongres in 2014. http://www.rsglandbou.co.za/mp3/aug_14/296%20Niel%20Joubert%20Agri%20Weskaap%20Kongres%2013%20Augustus%202014.mp3

Plan vir plaasmoorde

Minister ‘uiters bekommerd’, ‘wil betekenisvol ingryp’ Deur Maryna Lamprecht Dinsdag 22 Julie 2014 03:43 “KAAPSTAD. – Die minister van polisie beplan “betekenisvolle ingryping” om plaasmoorde te bekamp.  Nkosinathi Nhleko, minister van polisie, het sedert sy aanstelling in Mei met beamptes by talle polisiekantore in landelike gebiede gekonsulteer omdat hy “uiters bekommerd” is oor plaasmoorde en – aanvalle. Hy werk tans…

Wes-Kaap se Jongboer vir 2021 aangewys | Western Cape’s Young Farmer for 2021 announced

AGRI WES-KAAP SANTAM LANDBOU SE JONGBOER VAN DIE JAAR VIR 2021 AANGEWYS Die 32-jarige Alexander Gibson van Ceres in die Witzenberg Vallei is Woensdagaand 19 Mei tydens ‘n glansgeleentheid in die Paarl as die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Hy sal die Wes-Kaap later vanjaar by die nasionale Agri SA Toyota SA Jongboer van die Jaar…

Meet the 2021 Agri Western Cape Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year participants

These five #YongFarmers will be competing for the title of Agri Western Cape Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 19 May. Jo-andra Cloete Greegory. Our Poultry Place, Joostenbergvlakte Jo-andra started the business in 2016 with 100 chickens in an informal settlement without any loans or grants. Today, she rents five hectares of…

Please consider contributing to our #Drought relief fund

What you need to know about the drought in the Western Cape

The Central Karoo and the Matzikama District of the West Coast region first ran into trouble after the winter of 2015 saw very little and far below average rainfall. These two areas are still battling with a severe drought. Many livestock producers in these areas have subsequently lost their entire herds. Agri Western Cape started rendering drought assistance in these…

Boland Landbouskool stig Landbouvereniging, baie geluk!

 

SONA 2021: Will agriculture get the thanks they deserve?

AGRI WES-KAAP SE VERWAGTINGE VAN DIE STAATSREDE 10 Feb 2021 Agri Wes-Kaap sal graag in dié week se staatsrede wil hoor dat president Cyril Ramaphosa elke produsent en plaaswerker in die land bedank vir wat hulle tydens die Covid-19 nasionale inperking gedoen het. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê dit is ‘n wanpersepsie dat landbou nie tydens…

Drought assistance continues in large parts of Western Cape

Droogtehulp gaan steeds voort in groot dele van Wes-Kaap Agri Wes-Kaap bedank graag alle donateurs wat dit moontlik gemaak het dat R4 miljoen se droogtehulp in 2020 aan produsente in die provinsie gelewer kon word. Danksy bydraes tot die Agri Wes-Kaap Droogtehulpfonds kon Agri Wes-Kaap voer wat uit die fonds aangekoop is en wat geskenk is na produsente in die…

WYNBEDRYF KAN ALKOHOLVERBOD NIE BEKOSTIG NIE | WINE INDUSTRY CAN’T AFFORD ALCOHOL BAN

Die wynbedryf kan nie die verlenging van die verbod op alkoholverkope bekostig wat op Maandag 11 Januarie deur president Cyril Ramaphosa aangekondig is nie. Agri Wes-Kaap is teleurgesteld dat die regering nie ‘n gedifferensieerde benadering ten opsigte van alkoholverkope gevolg het nie. Voorstelle wat die wynbedryfliggaam Vinpro aan die einde van Desember 2020 aan die regering gemaak het, is ook…

SAPS members thanked for their contribution with Western Cape Rural Safety Awards

WESTERN CAPE ANNUAL RURAL SAFETY AWARDS 2020 The Western Cape Stock Theft Committee, resorting under the RPO Western Cape, annually makes awards to the Best Member of a Stock Theft Unit and the Best Stock Theft Unit in the province. Agri Western Cape’s Rural Safety Policy Committee also makes an annual award to the Best Rural Safety Coordinator. The awards…

Agri Wes-Kaap se siening oor die wysiging van Artikel 25

WYSIGING VAN ARTIKEL 25 Agri Wes-Kaap het op Vrydag 30 Oktober voorleggings gemaak tydens die openbare verhore op Saldanhabaai oor die wysiging van Artikel 25 van die Grondwet.  

Agri Western Cape’s view on amendment of Section 25

AMENDMENT OF SECTION 25 Agri Western Cape has made submissions at the public hearings with regards to the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution on Friday  30 October 2020.

Western Cape farmers caught in drought request maize donations from their colleagues in the north

AGRI WES-KAAP VERSOEK DRINGEND HULP VAN GRAANBOERE IN DIE NOORDE 12 Aug 2020 Agri Wes-Kaap doen ‘n dringende beroep op graanprodusente in die noorde van die land om mielies aan die organisasie se droogtehulpfonds te skenk. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê die realiteit is dat die droogte sedert 2015 in die Klein-Karoo, Sentraal-Karoo en Matzikama-distrik van…

Role players meet to discuss alcohol ban’s impact on wine industry

28 Jul 2020 The industry body Vinpro, Agri Western Cape, the agricultural interest group Saai and Western Cape wine producers met last week to discuss the impact of the second ban on alcohol sales on the wine industry. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says constructive discussions to save the wine industry and protect people’s livelihoods are critical.…

 Rolspelers vergader oor alkoholverbod se impak op wynbedryf

 28 Jul 2020 Die bedryfsliggaam Vinpro, Agri Wes-Kaap, die landbou-belangegroep Saai en Wes-Kaapse wynprodusente het verlede week vergader om die uitwerking van die tweede verbod op alkoholverkope op die wynbedyf te bespreek. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê konstruktiewe gesprekke om die wynbedryf te red en mense se lewensbestaan te beskerm, is krities. Hy sê die verbod…

GOVERNMENT’S REVOCATION OF DROUGHT AS A NATIONAL DISASTER COMES AS A SHOCK

17 July 2020 The drought in large parts of the Western Cape is far from broken and government’s revocation of the classification of drought as a national disaster on 16 July 2020 comes as a shock. Although widespread and good rains have fallen in large parts of the province in recent weeks, the worst drought-stricken areas have had little to…

Does government realize the impact of the ban on alcohol sales?

13 July 2020 AGRI WES-KAAP BEKOMMERD OOR IMPAK VAN REGERING SE BESLUIT OOR ALKOHOLVERKOPE Agri Wes-Kaap betwyfel of die regering besef watter enorme skade die besluit van Sondagaand 12 Julie om drankverkope met onmiddellike effek op te hef, op die totale wynwaardeketting gaan hê. Vlakke vyf en vier van die nasionale inperking het reeds ‘n groot nadelige uitwerking op die…

Karoo farmers take to the sky in efforts to curb invasive alien plants and increase water supply

10 July 2020 “During the past four decades, the southern and northern slopes, as well as the mountain tops of the Outeniqua Mountains have fallen prey to the aggressive spread of invasive alien plants, in particular wattle and pine trees,” says Cobus Meiring of the Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). Mountain catchments, feeder streams, wetlands, fountains and underground water resources…

FARMERS DONATE GRAIN SEED TO COLLEAGUES IN DROUGHT STRICKEN MATZIKAMA

7 July 2020 Grain producers in Eendekuil and Darling donated 45 tons of wheat, barley and oats seed that were left over after the planting season to producers in Bitterfontein and Nuwerus in the Matzikama district of the Western Cape. Agri Western Cape also purchased barley seed for producers in Landplaas and Bitterfontein from the Agri Western Cape drought relief…

Did Nersa follow correct procedures wrt Eskom tariffs?

30 June 2020 AGRI WES-KAAP NEEM KENNIS DAT NERSA GLO VERKEERDE PROSEDURE VOLG Agri Wes-Kaap het kennis geneem dat Nersa glo nie die korrekte prosedure met betrekking tot die besluit oor Eskom se kragtariewe gevolg het nie. As prosedures nie gevolg kan word nie, het Agri Wes-Kaap met reg vrae oor die korrektheid van fisiese berekenings en watter versekering alle…

What agriculture in the Western Cape expects from Minister Mboweni’s special adjustment budget

24 June 2020 Agri Western Cape is looking forward to hear what co-ordinated support government will be giving to the agriculture sector post Covid-19 to alleviate pressure on farmers when Minister Tito Mboweni delivers his special adjustment budget speech on 24 June. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says agriculture is the sector with the greatest multiplier factor.…

AGRI WESTERN CAPE DISAPPOINTED WITH NERSA DECISION

21 May 2020 Agri Western Cape took note of Nersa’s decision to approve R13.3 billion in Eskom’s favor with respect to Eskom’s regulatory clearing account of R27.3 billion. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the organization is disappointed with the decision. He said that during a public hearing in February in Cape Town in Cape Town, Agri…

WESTERN CAPE PRODUCERS DONATE FRESH PRODUCE TO COMMUNITIES IN NEED THROUGH FOODFORWARD SA

3 April 2020 Western Cape producers have donated tons of fresh produce over the past week to FoodForward SA who is assisting people in the most vulnerable communities that are experiencing food shortages during the Covid-19 containment period. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the country will have to deal with many communities within the next few…

DROUGHT SUPPORT FOR WESTERN CAPE WELCOMED

DROOGTE-ONDERSTEUNING AAN WES-KAAP VERWELKOM Agri Wes-Kaap het kennis geneem van die R25 miljoen wat die nasionale regering vir droogte-ondersteuning in die Sentraal-Karoo en Tuinroete-distrik bewillig het. Die Sentraal-Karoo is vanjaar in ‘n sesde jaar van droogte. Agri Wes-Kaap lewer steeds droogtehulp aan veeprodusente in die gebied. Mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê enige bydrae tot droogtehulp word…

National Budget Speech: This is what agriculture in the Western Cape wants to hear

25 February 2020 Agri Western Cape understands that the demands placed on Minister Tito Mboweni and his Department from all sides are big, but for the sake of a sustainable agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape would like to hear Minister Tito Mboweni address the following issues in his budget speech this week: In his recent State of the Nation address,…

Nasionale Begrotingsrede: Dit is wat landbou in die Wes-Kaap wil hoor

25 Februarie 2020 Agri Wes-Kaap besef die eise wat uit alle oorde aan Minister Tito Mboweni en sy Departement gestel word is groot, maar ter wille van ‘n volhoubare landbousektor sal Agri Wes-Kaap graag wil hoor dat Minister Tito Mboweni in sy begrotingsrede dié week aandag aan die volgende kwessies gee: President Ramaphosa het in sy onlangse staatsrede na die…

Agri SA welcomes Western Cape Court decision on Philippi Horticultural Area development

20 February 2020 Agri SA welcomes the Western Cape High Court’s ruling earlier the week in a matter concerning the Philippi Horticultural Area and the impact of a proposed residential development on one of Cape Town’s crucial underground aquifers. On 17 February 2020 Judge Kate Savage ruled in favour of the Philippi Horticultural Area Food and Agricultural Campaign and its…

LEVEL OF CLANWILLIAM DAM HAS AGRI PRODUCERS WORRIED

19 Feb 2020 Agriculture producers in the region of the Clanwilliam Dam who still need water for the next few months, are concerned about the level of the dam. The dam currently stands at 36% compared to last week’s 40%. Mr Cornie Swart, President of Agri Western Cape, says although it is almost the end of the season, temperatures are…

Agri Western Cape’s presentation to Nersa: Eskom in debt spiral

Monday 3 Feb 2020 Agri Western Cape made a presentation to the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) during a public hearing in Cape Town this week on Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account application for 2018/19. Agri Western Cape participated in the process based on the seriousness of the matter for agricultural producers in the Western Cape. Mr Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri…

RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO WESTERN CAPE

RAIN BRINGS RELIEF TO WESTERN CAPE Widespread rain on Sunday 19 January in large parts of the Western Cape brought relief to many drought-stricken areas, especially in the Southern Cape. The Buffeljags Dam in Swellendam overflowed and the Langtou River at Herbertsdale is running for the first time in four years. The Gouritz river is also partly running after good…

Reën in Karoo bring hoop, maar nog nie uitkoms

13 Januarie 2020 Landbouers in die Sentraal- en Klein-Karoo van die Wes-Kaap is hoopvol dat die volgende paar weke nóg goeie reën gaan bring nadat hierdie droogtegeteisterde gebiede verlede week welkome reën gehad het. “Ons is dankbaar dat die nuwe jaar op so ‘n geseënde manier vir ons produsente in die Karoo begin het wat al vyf jaar onder die…

LOAD SHEDDING: LOOMING CRISIS IN AGRICULTURE

Load shedding: Looming crisis in agriculture Agri SA 12 Dec 2019 “Eskom has implemented stage 6 load shedding from 18:00 to 22:00 on Monday evening, catching the South African economy off guard,” says Nicol Jansen, Agri SA’s chair of the Centre of Excellence: Economics and Trade. “The latest round of load shedding comes at a very important and busy time…

Help us grow #life – contribute to our #drought relief fund

This is what #Karoo farm dams look like

10 Dec 2019 Yes. This picture was taken in a dam on a Beaufort West farm in the #CentralKaroo. Agri Western Cape CEO, Jannie Strydom and Agri Central Karoo manager Dean Gous, showed Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, how the ongoing drought is impacting on #agriculture in the area.    

Switch on your summer with this sen-seasonal fruit mousse!

What you need to know about the drought in the Western Cape

  THE ONSET OF THE DROUGHT • The Central Karoo and the Matzikama District of the West Coast region first ran into trouble after the winter of 2015 saw very little and far below average rainfall. These two areas are still battling with a severe drought. Many livestock producers in these areas have subsequently lost their entire herds. Agri Western…

Contributing to this project is an honour!

25 November 2019 Agri Western Cape has been walking the drought path with Western Cape producers for five years now. We are fully aware of the impact of the drought on the women on our farms who try to remain strong and positive for everyone around them. That is why it is an honour to contribute to the Boks vir…

Drought: Agri Western Cape convenes meeting with financial institutions, agri businesses

AGRI WES-KAAP BELÊ GESPREK MET FINANSIËLE INSTELLINGS, LANDBOUBESIGHEDE, OM DROOGTE TE BESTUUR Landbou in die Wes-Kaap het ‘n langtermynplan nodig om die sektor in die provinsie volhoubaar te hou. Só het dr Ivan Meyer, Wes-Kaap se minister van landbou, gesê tydens ‘n gesprek wat Agri Wes-Kaap dié week met finansiële instellings en landbou-besighede belê het om die risiko’s rondom die…

Drought relief: our producers need your help

Om te bly hoop in ‘n asvaal-wêreld

En dan is daar Brayn Stephen. Dié merkwaardige voorman op ‘n #Karoo-skaapplaas is tydens die Wes-Kaap Agriwerker van die Jaar kompetisie aangewys as die wenner in die kategorie: Beste Potensiaal. “Op skool het ek ‘n vriend gehad wat op Laingsburg gebly het. As ek naweke by hom gaan kuier het, het ek altyd gedink ek wil eendag in die Karoo…

Dankbaar vir #droogtehulp van die Wes-Kaap regering

Twee gesogte #agri-toekennings vir Wes-Kaap! | Two prestigious #agri awards for Western Cape!

Twee gesogte #agri-toekennings kom Wes-Kaap toe! Agri Wes-Kaap is trots om twee Wes-Kaapse produsente baie geluk te wens wat verlede week twee gesogte toekennings Wes-Kaap toe gebring het. Johan van der Schyff van Plettenbergbaai, Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar, is Donderdagaand 7 November in Johannesburg as die Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys. Sewis van…

Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund

When our rural safety is threatened, so is our food security

WESTERN CAPE NOT OUT OF TROUBLE AFTER 2019 RAIN SEASON

1 October 2019 The Western Cape is far from being out of trouble after the 2019 rainy season, says CEO of Agri Western Cape, Mr Jannie Strydom. This year’s winter rainfall was below average again and not enough to get agriculture out of its drought crisis. The rainy season is over, with little prospects for any more significant rain. The…

WES-KAAP NA 2019-REËNSEISOEN NIE UIT DIE MOEILIKHEID NIE

1 Oktober 2019 Niemand moet dink die Wes-Kaap is na die 2019-reënseisoen uit die moeilikheid uit nie, sê mnr Jannie Strydom, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap. Mnr Strydom sê vanjaar se winterreën was weer ondergemiddeld en nie genoeg om die landbou uit sy droogtetoestand te kry nie. Hy sê die reënseisoen is verby, met min vooruitsigte vir nog noemenswaardige reën.…

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Agri Wes-Kaap Jaarkongres 2019: Landbou Hierna | Agriculture Hereafter

AGRI WES-KAAP JAARKONGRES 2019: LANDBOU HIERNA Agri Wes-Kaap se Algemene Jaarkongres is verlede week 25 Julie buite Worcester gehou en twee paneelbesprekings het vanjaar deel uitgemaak van die kongres met die tema “Landbou Hierna”. Mnr Ivor Price, bekroonde joernalis en mediapersoonlikheid, het die gesprekke gelei. Die eerste paneelbespreking het gefokus op Landbou Hierna. Mnr Dave Mohr, ekonoom, het gesê landbou…

Jaarkongres 2019 / Annual Congress 2019: Landbou Hierna | Agriculture Hereafter

25 July 2019 Goudini Spa PROGRAM | PROGRAMME 08:30 Skriflesing en gebed | Scripture reading and prayer Ds Peter Kotze 08:45 Verwelkoming, verskonings, mosies | Word of welcome, apologies, motions 08:55 Konstituering en afkondigings | Constitution of meeting and announcements AWK Jaarverslag en goedkeuring | AWC Annual Report and approval 09:00 Paneelbespreking / Panel discussion: Landbou hierna | Agriculture hereafter…

#Agriculture scores a hit against #fracking

4 July 2019 Agri SA is ecstatic about the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Agri Eastern Cape and other stakeholders, that no fracking shall be allowed for the time being. The SCA found that the current regulations regarding shale gas development and exploration should be set aside, because the Minister of Mineral Resources had…

Western Cape agri producers urged to join business chambers

Issued by the AHI Western Cape – 26 June 2019 Agricultural leaders and famers are urged to put their weight behind their local business chambers functioning under the auspices of AHi Western Cape, says the President of Agri Western Cape Mr Cornie Swart. Swart says agriculture is without a doubt the backbone of the economy. “We are the leading employer.…

This is what #drought looks like

This is the West Coast, Central Karoo and Klein Karoo regions of the Western Cape province. This is what an ongoing drought looks like. This is why Agri Western Cape still assists livestock producers in these areas with feed – thanks to generous feed, financial and transport donations by South Africans who share our drive to keep our food producers…

Agri Western Cape welcomes government plans for rural safety

6 June 2019 Agri Western Cape supports a rural safety plan presented to our rural safety policy committee by the Western Cape Government in a meeting on Thursday 6 June. New plans will be embarked upon in a consultative manner, with various players across the agricultural sector. “Agri Western Cape appreciates that the Western Cape Government had agreed to meet…

Western Cape sees two farm murders in less than a month

Agri sector shocked by yet another Western Cape farm murder Monday 3 Junie 2019 Agri Western Cape is shocked and saddend by the news that yet another farmer has been brutally murdered less than a month in the Western Cape province. Mr Stefan Smit (62), wine producer from Stellenbosch, was shot and killed in his house on Sunday evening 2…

WES-KAAP VLEISPRODUSENTE TREK IN KAROO SAAM VIR JAARVERGADERING

Die Wes-Kaap se Rooivleisprodusente het hul Algemene Jaarvergadering op 30 Mei op Laingsburg gehou. Mnr Louis Wessels, voorsitter van die RPO in die Wes-Kaap, het gesê 2018 en 2019 sal onthou word as die jaar waar die perfekte storm in terme van prys-impak plaasgevind het. “As gevolg van die land se lae groeikoers en stygende pryse van brandstof, belasting en…

Agri Western Cape Young Farmers Committee Congress: How do I farm tomorrow

#Youngfarmers grow the #future The Agri Western Cape Young Farmers Committee held its annual congress on Wednesday 22 May in Durbanville and the two interactive panel discussions, exploring future opportunities for #youngfarmers, offered valuable insight and advice for outstanding future growth. The discussions covered topics such as the fourth industrial revolution and technology in agriculture, opportunities within the land reform…

Plett se eierboer is Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar!

‘n 36-jarige eierprodusent van Plettenbergbaai is die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019. Johan van der Schyff is op Woensdagaand 22 Mei tydens ‘n geselligheid in Durbanville as die wenner aangewys en sal later vanjaar om die titel van Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar meeding. Johan boer al 18 jaar op die…

Karoo-stap vir droogtehulp agter die rug, nou wag Camino vir dié brawe vrou!

Wanneer Estelle van Dyk, veeboer van Napier, in September die Namaqua Camino afhandel, sal sy 365 km vir droogtehulp gestap het. Een kilometer vir elke dag van die jaar. Dit is vir haar betekenisvol omdat soveel veeprodusente in die Wes-Kaap al vir jare gebuk gaan onder ‘n vernietigende droogte en dag vir dag hoopvol bly wag op goeie reën terwyl…

Droogtehulp: dié vrou pak die droogte tree vir tree

Van 1 tot 4 Mei pak hierdie brawe landbou-produsent van Napier die Heuninglandstaproete van 103 km digby Beaufort-Wes aan om geld in te samel vir groot dele van die Wes-Kaap wat steeds gebuk gaan onder ‘n voortslepende droogte. Later vanjaar gaan sy dieselfde doen met die Namaqua Camino van 262 km. Hier is Estelle van Dyk se storie: “Ek het…

Ontmoet 2019 se #Jongboer-deelnemers!

“Die uiteenlopende bedryfsvertakkings, fokus, energie en ingesteldheid van vanjaar se deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2019 kompetisie, wys net weer dat die toekoms van die Wes-Kaap se landbousektor in die beste hande moontlik is. Hulle is sakemanne in eie reg wat kies om hulle tyd en kundigheid in die landbousektor te belê, en dit…

Hier is die deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019!

  “Die uiteenlopende bedryfsvertakkings, fokus, energie en ingesteldheid van vanjaar se deelnemers aan die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar 2019 kompetisie, wys net weer dat die toekoms van die Wes-Kaap se landbousektor in die beste hande moontlik is. Hulle is sakemanne in eie reg wat kies om hulle tyd en kundigheid in die landbousektor te belê, en…

Emotional consumers plead to halt Eskom price hike at hearing

Cape Argus 16 January 2019, Jason Felix THE National Energy Regulator of SA’s panel of Muzi Mkhize, Jacob Modise, Nomfundo Maseti, Nersa chief executive Christopher Forlee, and Fungai Sibanda heard submissions from Eskom as well as concerned citizens and action groups about the power utility’s proposed 15% annual increase for the next three years. Picture: NERSA Facebook Page Cape Town…

Don’t hurt farmers with higher electricity tariffs, says Agri Western Cape

15 JANUARY 2019 BY: KIM CLOETE ENGINEERING NEWS, CREAMER MEDIA CORRESPONDENT Sharp electricity tariff hikes would have a major detrimental effect on the agricultural sector, Agri Western Cape has said during public hearings into electricity tariffs. In its submission to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), Agri SA said high increases in electricity costs would be a threat…

Treasury loses out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers

Fin24 Nov 27 2018 12:29 Melanie Gosling The government has lost out on more than R1bn in VAT from drought-stricken farmers who were forced to cut production after their irrigation water from the Cape supply dams was radically reduced a year ago. Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman said on Monday this was one of the facts he presented to…

The extent of farm attacks must be internationally recognized

Agri SA 27 Sept 2018 Agri SA is displeased with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement that there is “no killings of farmers” in South Africa. He said this in an interview at the United Nations in New York in response to US President, Donald Trump’s controversial tweet in August. “Farm attacks and murders on all farmers, farm workers and their families…

Droogte: Rampfonds vir Klein Karoo-boere gestig

Tisha Steyn Augustus 2019 Oudtshoorn – Die droogte wat die afgelope vyf jaar voortduur het Agri Klein Karoo-streekslandbouorganisasie van Agri Wes-Kaap genoop om ‘n droogterampfonds vir boere in die Klein Karoo te skep. Die Klein Karoo Disaster Relief is ‘n onderneming sonder winsbejag en is geskep met die doel om boere wat nie meer geld het vir hul diere voer…

Droogte: Rampfonds vir Klein-Karoo begin

Rampfonds geskep vir Klein Karoo-boere Tisha Steyn September 2018 Oudtshoorn – Die droogte wat die afgelope drie jaar voortduur het Agri Klein Karoo-streekslandbouorganisasie van Agri Wes-Kaap genoop om ‘n droogterampfonds vir boere in die Klein Karoo te skep. “Die Klein Karoo Disaster Relief is ‘n onderneming sonder winsbejag en is geskep met die doel om boere wat nie meer geld…

AFASA, NAFU SA, AGRI SA, TAU-SA presidents declare intent to work together

27 August 2018 MEDIA RELEASE BY ASUF (Agri Sector Unity Forum) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement of intent relating to agrarian transformation by the four presidents of organised agriculture We, the four presidents of AFASA, NAFU SA, Agri SA and TAU-SA, as the members of ASUF, hereby declare our intent to work together to develop a national strategy for the agriculture…

Agri SA welcomes ANC’s commitments on agriculture

Agri SA Media Release 21 Aug 2018 Agri SA is encouraged by today’s productive discussion with senior ANC officials regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property. It is highly appreciated that specific policy commitments where made, among others: • No land grabs will be allowed. • The protection of productive agricultural land will remain a priority. • Optimising the use of…

Agri SA verwelkom ANC se verbintenisse oor landbou

Agri SA Mediaverklaring 21 Augustus 2018 Agri SA is bemoedig deur vandag se produktiewe vergadering met senior ANC beamptes rakende landbougrondhervorming en landbou-eiendom. Agri SA waardeer spesifieke beleidsverbintenisse wat deur die ANC gemaak is. Dit sluit in onder meer: • Geen grondgrype gaan geduld word nie. • Die beskerming van produktiewe landbougrond sal prioriteit geniet. • Die optimalisering in die…

Grond is die Joker in die pakkie

AGRI WES-KAAP JAARKONGRES: GROND IS DIE JOKER IN DIE PAKKIE 30 Julie 2018 “Grondhervormingsprogramme in Zimbabwe en Suid-Afrika is vermink deur nepotisme en korrupte amptenare. In albei lande het die boere deurentyd vir mekaar gesê “dit sal nie met ons gebeur nie, die landbou is té belangrik vir die ekonomie”. Dít maak egter nie saak wanneer politici aan bewind wil…

Agri Western Cape Annual Congress 2018: Speakers

Judith February SUSTAINABILITY AMIDST ADVERSITY: Agriculture amidst socio-political uncertainty Judith February is a lawyer, governance specialist and columnist. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Wits School of Governance. She was the executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and head of the Idasa’s South African Governance…

WHY IS SAPS PLAN FAILING?

25 June 2018 – While the Minister of Police is currently in the Western Cape to pay attention to murders related to taxi violence, Agri Western Cape urgently requests a meeting with him to hear why the SAPS rural safety plan is still failing to protect farmers and residents of rural areas. A Stellenbosch producer was one of three farmers…

Western Cape young farmers want to grow purposefully

Agri Western Cape’s Young Farmer Committee hosted their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 in Durbanville. The Agri Western Cape / Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year was announced the same evening. During the AGM, two panel discussions were held to provide elucidation on the theme Purposeful Growth. The theme of the first discussion focused on the…

Great confidence in the red meat industry

RPO WESTERN CAPE ANNUAL MEETING 2018: The RPO Western Cape held its Annual General Meeting on 31 May in Moorreesburg. During the meeting Messrs Louis Wessels (Albertinia) and Nico Uys (Heidelberg) were re-elected as chair and vice chair respectively. With regard to producer prices, Mr Louis Wessels, chair of the RPO in the Western Cape, said the price of cattle, sheep…

Wynboer uit Breederivier is Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar

‘n Wynboer van Robertson is Woensdagaand 23 Mei aangewys as vanjaar se Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2018. Johann de Wet (35), Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte van die Dewetshof Landgoed, dring nou deur na die nasionale ronde wat later vanjaar gehou word. Johann, ook die voorsitter van die Chardonnay Vereniging Suid-Afrika, is tans in die buiteland en…

Wes-Kaap se Jongboere hou Jaarvergadering

JONGBOERKOMITEE JAARVERGADERING 2018 Agri Wes-Kaap se Jongboerkomitee hou op Woensdag 23 Mei hulle algemene jaarvergadering en namens die voorsitter, Liam Viljoen, nooi ons graag al ons lede uit om dit by te woon. Tydens die vergadering gaan die Wes-Kaap se jongboere die tema van doeltreffende groei aan die hand van twee paneelbesprekings toelig. Die eerste bespreking belig die suksesvolle oorgee…

Dié vier jongboere gaan sake uitspook!

Die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar word op Woensdag 23 Mei aangewys. Vanjaar ding hiérdie vier sterk kandidate om die titel mee: JOHANN DE WET Johann (35) is die hoof uitvoerende beampte van De Wetshof Landgoed by Robertson waar hy al vir 13 jaar met wingerd en lusern boer. Hy het met lusern begin boer op grond…

Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms

Ground Up By Aidan Jones 8 March 2018 Farmer says his harvest is down 40% As a result of higher temperatures and less water, Nico Greeff’s grape farm, Begin Boerdery, is producing 60% of its usual crop. Photos provided by Nico Greeff Nico Greeff, a grape farmer in Vredendal, says he will make no profit this season. He has employed…

Boere se dag zero het aangebreek

Deur Johan van der Merwe Landbouweekblad 23 Januarie 2018 Einde Februarie gaan die water vir hierdie boere opdroog. Talle produsente in die Kaapse skiereiland wat afhanklik is van besproeiingskemas se water is amptelik afgesny, wat hulle nou laat met min uitkoms om hul boerderye aan die gang te hou. Boere rondom Kaapstad, wat afhanklik is van die Bergrivier- en Theewaterskloof-besproeiingskemas,…

Vrugteprodusente maak harte en sluise oop

Persverklaring deur Hortgro: 5 Februarie 2018 Vrugteprodusente van Grabouw en Elgin gaan tussen 7.5 en 10 miljoen kubieke meter water aan die Kaapstadse metro skenk. Die produsente het hulle harte en sluise oopgemaak om “hulle deel te doen” en Kaapstad met die huidige waterkrisis te help. Boere wat aan die Groenland Watergebruikersvereniging (GWUA), ‘n privaat waternetwerk behoort, het na samesprekings…

What the ongoing drought is costing Western Cape agriculture

The damage caused by the ongoing drought on the Western Cape’s agricultural sector is already estimated at R14 billion. 29 Jan 2018  DECIDUOUS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Both the fruit and vegetable industries have been hard hit by the drought and water restrictions. In the Ceres area, the limited water supply resulted in 50% less onions and 80% less potatoes being…

Agriculture continues to support growth

6 December 2017 Agriculture saved the day once again by being the largest contributor to the growth in South Africa’s economy in the third quarter of 2017. In addition, the sector achieved the largest rise in agricultural production in more than 20 years. The economy grew by 2.0% in the third quarter, slowing from the revised second quarter growth of…

Work drying up in Western Cape drought

News 24 Jenni Evans 25 Oct 2017 Cape Town – Red flags were raised over possible civil unrest in the Western Cape due to the predicted loss of around 50 000 jobs as the drought hammers the province’s vital agricultural sector, a joint parliamentary committee sitting heard on Wednesday. “The impact on the economy is worse for the agricultural [sector] than…

Western Cape agri sector in for huge losses

Cape Town Etc Justin Williams October 26 2017 The Western Cape drought is taking its toll on the province’s agricultural sector, with an increasingly bleak picture painted for seasons to come. A predicted loss of more than 50 000 jobs in the sector has been suggested as farmers cut back on planting and harvesting. Already, the impact is being felt…

Agri prospects remain dim for Western Cape in 2018

  Issued by Agbiz, 5 Dec 2017  POLITICAL ECONOMY “Over the past couple of years, Agbiz has indicated that South Africa had reached a decisive T-junction on its road into the future and that critical decisions were necessary to place the country on a sustainable growth and development path. Clearly, the wrong decisions have been made by certain government leaders,…

Top honours for Western Cape producers

The Agricultural Writers SA has named Western Cape producers Mr Charles Back and Mr Warren Bam as the national Farmer of the Year and national Best New Entrant Into Commercial Farming 2017 respectively. Charles Back has built Fairview in Paarl from a family farm to a brand internationally known for its wine, cheese and tourism. His series of wines, as…

Agri sector loses more jobs

Agri SA The agricultural sector lost another 25 000 jobs in the last quarter. About 84% of the current quarter’s losses was in the Western Cape, an indication of the scope of the intense drought. The working age population increased by approximately 156 000 persons in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2017. This resulted…

Droogte en rooivleis in die Wes-Kaap

2015 was op ‘n nasionale basis die droogste jaar sedert 1904. Die Rooivleisprodusente Organisasie (RPO) het ‘n studie deur die Universiteit van die Vrystaat laat doen om die uitwerking van die droogte op die nasionale kuddes te evalueer. 15% koeie is in die kommersiële sektor uitgeslag en 16% van die ooikudde is uitgeslag. Die verliese in die ontwikkelende sektor was…

Plaasmoorde en -aanvalle neem skerp toe

2017-10-25 Vryheidsfront Plus Dr Pieter Groenewald Volgens die polisie se misdaadstatistiek het plaasmoorde en –aanvalle in die 2016/2017 boekjaar skerp toegeneem. Plaasmoorde het met 27,5% en plaasaanvalle met 22,9% toegeneem. In die verslagjaar was daar 74 plaasmoorde (58 in 2015/16) en 638 plaasaanvalle (519 in 2015/16). Nadat die polisie aanvanklik geweier het om misdaadstatistiek oor plaasmoorde en –aanvalle beskikbaar te…

FACTSHEET: Statistics on farm attacks & murders in SA

Africa Check Researched by Kate Wilkinson 28th October 2017 Violent attacks on people living and working on farms in South Africa frequently make local and international headlines. This factsheet breaks down the available statistics and explores its limitations. A private security guard walks with a dog on a wine farm in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Photo: AFP/Rodger Bosch Attacks…

Concerns raised as farm attacks spiral out of control

EWN News Lauren Isaacs 26 October 2017 CAPE TOWN – Agri Western Cape says it’s worrying that attacks on farms are spiralling out of control. At least four attacks were reported on Western Cape farms in the past month. In the latest incident earlier this week, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed on a Klapmuts farm near Stellenbosch. Police…

Another farm murder, yet no stats released by Minister

Three separate farm attacks in October in the Western Cape claimed two lives and left a third farmer seriously injured, says Mr Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape. The Minister of Police must take note that a Western Cape farmer has become the latest victim of yet another senseless farm murder on the same day the Minister announced the…

Government sits on 4 000 farms, yet hints at expropriation

Netwerk 24 22/05/2017 Leanne George and Johan Eybers Cape Town – While the ANC increasingly hints at land expropriation without compensation, the state is struggling to transfer more than 4 000 farms which have already been bought to their new owners, Fin24’s sister publication Netwerk24 reported. The Land Claims Commissioner blames the delay on disputes among land claimants. Roelf Meyer,…

“National government has failed farmers in Western Cape”

Farmers Weekly Glenneis Kriel September 21, 2017 The impact of drought in the Western Cape could have been mitigated through better infrastructural planning and development, according to Marinus van der Merwe, a member of Agri Wes Cape’s Natural Resource Policy Committee. Speaking at the recent Hortgro Science Irrigation seminar, Van der Merwe said the national Department of Water and Sanitation…

SA state trying to cover up land reform failures

The Citizen 10 September 2017 Despite R2bn spent annually, redistribution efforts may in fact be making people in rural areas even poorer. According to a report in Afrikaans weekly Rapport, the new approach to the controversial project of land reform in South Africa has been failing, and government is so concerned about new research findings that it allegedly tried to…

Why SA’s land audit is taking so long

Business Day 15 August 2017 Bekezela Phakathi Gugile Nkwinti says the biggest challenge for the reform programme is the answer to the question ‘who owns SA?’ The government has spent R33bn since 1994 buying land for land reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says. In 1994, the government set a target of handing 30% of agricultural land…

Phosa: Regering én boere kan meer doen vir welsyn

Die Burger 11 Augustus 2017 Deur Suzaan Potgieter Daar is baie ¬werkers wat van die landbousektor afhanklik is om ’n bestaan te maak, maar daar is soveel meer wat gedoen kan word om dié werkers se maatskaplike welsyn te verbeter. Dít was die opinie van dr. Mathews Phosa, sakeman en voormalige tesourier van die ANC, op Agri Wes-Kaap se jaarlikse…

Agri Wes-Kaap: Landbou moet sy waterdeel kry om ramp te voorkom

Maroela Media 31 Julie 2017 Herman Toerien Die droogte in die Wes-Kaap neem kritieke afmetings aan, nie net vir die stad Kaapstad nie, maar die landbou is ook diep in die knyp. In hierdie eerste aflewering van artikels oor die droogte en sy uitwerking asook toekomsbeplanning het Maroela Media met Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, gesels. “Selfs al…

Kaapse waterkrisis: ‘Boere mors water’

Die Burger Marelize Barnard 31 Julie 2017 Die waterkrisis in die Wes-Kaap is vererger deur “spesifiek boere wat nie by die waterbeperkings gehou het nie”, is die jongste aantyging deur die departement van water en sanitasie. Sputnik Ratau, nasionale woordvoerder van die departement, het dié aantyging gemaak toe hy gevra is om kommentaar te lewer op die Wes-Kaapse premier, Helen…

Departement voer nie mandaat uit, moet herbesin oor plaasdamme

Agri Wes-Kaap is verstom oor die Departement van Water en Sanitasie se opmerking dat produsente die Wes-Kaap se waterkrisis vererger. Mnr Carl Opperman, uitvoerende hoof van Agri Wes-Kaap, sê die Departement soek nog altyd na redes omdat hulle nie hulle mandaat uitvoer nie. “Die Departement weet reeds van 2006/07 dat daar ná 2014 moeilikheid met watertekorte sou wees, en steeds…

Zuma gives SIU go-ahead to investigate land department

News24 4 July 2017 Iavan Pijoos Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe certain matters relating to the affairs of the department of rural development and land reforms. The Presidency said in a statement that Zuma signed it in terms of the Special Investigating Unit and Special Tribunals Act, 1996,…

More regions run into trouble as drought continues

Since November 2015, Agri Western Cape has distributed 5 500 tonnes of feed at a cost of R4 million to Western Cape producers in need of drought assistance thanks to generous contributions by producers, business and the public to the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund (excluding the financial contribution by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture). Initially, Agri Western…

Agri Western Cape calls on government for workable water plan

SABC 6 July 2017 Mlamli Maneli Agri Western Cape has called on government to come up with a workable plan to ensure the sustainability of water resources. This comes as farmers continue to battle a crippling drought in the province. Livestock farmers on the West Coast have been hard hit, their businesses are taking strain as the drought continues. Some…

Regering se struggle-mode laat landbou met leë beloftes

Geagte gaste Die damme in die Wes-Kaap is so leeg dat ons al deur hulle kan lóóp. So paar eeue gelede het ‘n man – sy naam was Petus – OP die water geloop. Hy was saam met vriende in ‘n boot op die see toe die weer opsteek en hoë deinings hulle deur die nag baie benoud gehad het.…

AGRI WES-KAAP VEREER LANDBOU-SWAARGEWIGTE

Agri Wes-Kaap het tydens die jaarlikse kongresdinee op Woensdag 26 Julie spesiale oorkondes oorhandig aan persone wat die landbousektor in die Wes-Kaap oor jare gedien het en diep spore in die landbou getrap het. Mnre André Roux en Callie van den Heever tree vanjaar af by die Wes-Kaap se Departement van Landbou. Mnre Nic Opperman en Johan Pienaar het ook…