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Agriculture and the NMW increase quandary

Agriculture is one of the biggest employers of unschooled labour. Over the past ten years, the minimum wage has been amended substantially and rightly so, but as a sector, already under duress, with high input costs, global trade challenges, logistical…

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SA PORTS: DIRE SITUATION

By Jacques du Preez Despite all the meetings from the operational level to Minister Pravin Gordhan and the National Logistics Crisis Committee under the auspices of the President we are finding ourselves in a dire situation with all the ports…

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Packhouse-rugby is on point

There’s no doubt that SA is rugby-mad. The Springboks’ majestic World Cup win – for the fourth time – is still fresh in our memories. The deciduous fruit industry recently had its own Rugby Cup – a one-day tournament between…

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DECIDUOUS FRUIT INDUSTRY REELING UNDER FLOOD DISASTER

The South African deciduous fruit industry is reeling under the impact of the recent floods in key production areas, particularly in Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp (EGVV), parts of the Klein Karoo, and Franschhoek. During crisis talks with the Western…

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The leader of the band

Text and picture by Gerrit Rautenbach Jason Baartman is a man who lives passionately for agriculture. At first, he sometimes wondered why he didn’t opt for something like law or engineering or the like. Maybe he felt inferior about being…

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Geleenthede, maar ook groot uitdagings vir droëvrugtebedryf

Deur Elise-Marie Steenkamp Die volhoubaarheid van die Suid-Afrikaanse droëvrugtebedryf word geteister deur talle uitdagings, maar elke probleem is oorkombaar deur noukeurig huiswerk te doen en besigheidsrats te bly. Altesaam 60 bedryfsverteenwoordigers en produsente het vroeg in September buite Rawsonville byeengekom…

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DIE VROUE VAN ACHTERVLEI

Drie vroue van Achtervlei, Piket-Bo-Berg, trap diep landbouspore. Vroue wat Nietzsche lees, bekommerd is oor gemeenskapstrauma, die omgewing, wat somme in hul drome maak en nuwe produkte ontwikkel wat supermarkte laat toustaan. Elise-Marie Steenkamp het gaan inloer. Deidré Eigelaar: Die…

Farm Worker Housing

The guide to good housing

As a rule, most farmers are keen to provide adequately for their workers, especially when it comes to housing. Because a happy homer is a hard worker. Yet, to get to the honeypot, it’s best to follow the guidelines. By…

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‘Ownership is not transformation’

For South African agriculture to transform and be sustainable, uncomfortable conversations are needed, and issues robustly discussed without pointing fingers.  Hortgro Executive Director, Anton Rabe, and Hortgro Group Operations Manager, Mariette Kotze, addressed the meeting at the PALS annual general…

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HORTGRO STEPPING UP RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is real and will stay with us for decades to come no matter what mitigation strategies we undertake today. However, the wider promotion and uptake of climate-smart and resilient farming technologies that will improve productivity, profitability, enhance climate…

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