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Agri union accuses Eskom of blackmailing the country
Agri union accuses Eskom of blackmailing the country Bloemfontein - Eskom’s suggestion that it will have to implement more load shedding because it did not receive the requested tariff increase amounts to nothing more than...
Food crops to be monitored from space
Food crops to be monitored from space Bloemfontein - A new satellite launched by Europe’s multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is expected to do its bit towards improving food security by monitoring...
Police hunt for seven suspects after North West farm robbery
Police hunt for seven suspects after North West farm robbery Bloemfontein - North West police have launched a manhunt for seven suspects involved in a farm attack at Buffelshoek/Barnardsvlei in Brits at the weekend.
North West farmers get 'show and tell' opportunity
North West farmers get "show and tell" opportunity Bloemfontein - In the run-up to its first ever provincial agriculture show in September, North West is on a mission to highlight the activities of its farmers by hosting...
Twenty Grain Academy students graduate
Twenty Grain Academy students graduate Bloemfontein - Twenty future agriculture leaders graduated last week after successfully completing the third annual Syngenta Grain Academy business and leadership...
Cattle, spinach top the criminal 'shopping list'
Cattle, spinach top the criminal "shopping list" Bloemfontein - Thieves in the Free State steal more cattle and spinach than any other stock or crop commodity.
Livestock farmers warned to prepare for cold weekend
Livestock farmers warned to prepare for cold weekend Bloemfontein - Livestock farmers should remain alert this weekend, of the strong winds, isolated showers and cold to very cold conditions expected over the central parts...
NWU student pioneers dry climate oyster mushroom cultivation technique
NWU student pioneers dry climate oyster mushroom cultivation technique Bloemfontein - A North West University Master’s student has come up with a ground-breaking new technique that will enable people to cultivate oyster mushrooms in dry...
Bio-fuel industry needs a balanced approach, says Cele
Bio-fuel industry needs a balanced approach, says Cele Bloemfontein - The initiation of the bio-fuels industry in South Africa must be approached very carefully to ensure it does not negatively impact food security.
Police welcome hefty sentence for farm murderers
Police welcome hefty sentence for farm murderers Bloemfontein - North West police have welcomed the 60 years collective sentence handed down two men guilty of murdering 63-year-old Brits farmer Mauritz Oberholzer in...
Huge interest at Avi Africa 2015
Huge interest at Avi Africa 2015 Bloemfontein - As Avi Africa 2015 draws to a close, organisers say the interest was so overwhelming that people actually had to stand for some of the presentations.
Cele says interaction with farmers has been 'wonderful'
Cele says interaction with farmers has been "wonderful" Bloemfontein - The negativity around transformation in the agriculture sector is not prevalent among farmers but is rather coming from politicians claiming to be speaking...
Food processing importance highlighted during Avi Africa 2015
Food processing importance highlighted during Avi Africa 2015 Bleomfontein - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has highlighted the importance of food processing sector, saying his department has contributed R1,2-billion to the...
Organised agriculture reacts to MEC's electricity comments
Organised agriculture reacts to MEC's electricity comments Bloemfontein - Organised agriculture says it is not fair to blame farmers for outstanding municipal electricity arrears as virtually all farmers get their electricity...
Wheat tariff raised
Wheat tariff raised Bloemfontein - The tariff for wheat being imported into South Africa has been nearly doubled in a bid to aid the flagging sector.
Poultry players gather in Jhb this week
Poultry players gather in Jhb this week Bloemfontein - Poultry roleplayers from across the world descend on Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg this week for Avi Africa 2015, the SA Poultry Association’s (SAPA)...
Work to start on first FS agri-park in July
Work to start on first FS agri-park in July Bloemfontein - Nearly a quarter of a million Rand has been set aside towards the development of five mega agri-parks across Free State, with plans to break ground at the...
Drought tolerant maize trait available commercially next year
Drought tolerant maize trait available commercially next year Bloemfontein - Commercial maize farmers will next year have access to a maize variant enhanced with a drought trait expected to make it up to 25% more drought tolerant.
Vryburg farmer stabbed with sheep shears during attack
Vryburg farmer stabbed with sheep shears during attack Vryburg - The 73-year-old farmer injured in an attack on his farm Friedslard in Ganyesa near Vryburg at the weekend has been described as a valuable contributor to...
Better roads lead to improved stock theft reaction, says MEC
Better roads lead to improved stock theft reaction, says MEC Bloemfontein - The improved condition of roads in the Free State is facilitating faster movement of the stock theft unit, benefitting the provincial economy and leading...
Hard talk at start of meeting between FSA and provincial government
Hard talk at start of meeting between FSA and provincial government Bloemfontein - Free State Agriculture says government needs to respect the rule of law and the constitution and not only adhere to those court judgments that suit it.
Northern Cape female farmers inspire adjudicators
Northern Cape female farmers inspire adjudicators Bloemfontein - The courage and determination of female farmers is in the spotlight as Northern Cape adjudicators finish off their visits to the 33 female run farming...
Lack of state funding for FPAs is 'alarming'
Lack of state funding for FPAs is "alarming" Bloemfontein - Fire Prevention Associations (FPAs) are saying that the lack of state funding for the volunteer associations, which play a pivotal role in combating veld...
False land claims highlighted in FS legislature
False land claims highlighted in FS legislature Bloemfontein - The Free State Legislature has heard that although the reopening of land claims is an entirely legal process, prospective claimants are not being properly...
New John Deere director to start in August
New John Deere director to start in August Bloemfontein - John Deere has announced the appointment of one of its US executives, Jason Brantley, as the incoming director of its sub-Saharan Africa division.
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