Bt-maize provides protection against fall armyworm

Good news for South African maize producers who planted the YieldGard Bt-maize with the seed company Monsanto’s MON89034 technology, is that it provides protection against fall armyworm. Kobus Steenekamp, managing director of Monsanto SA, says the protection was confirmed by Prof. Johnnie van den Berg, entomologist at the North West…

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Livestock ministry vaccinates cattle in Central Province

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries has vaccinated more than 100 000 head of cattle in Itezhi-tezhi district, in Central Province, against foot and mouth disease. It forms part of a nationwide routine programme. Itezhi-tezhi is reputed to have an animal population that outnumbers people. A 2010 census put the…

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Market outlook for Namibia, Kenya and Zambia for February 2017

Absa's most recent monthly market outlook over the most important commodities in southern Africa looks at the fall of weaner exports from Namibia to South Africa, the low supply of grain in Kenya and the impact of the fall army worm in Zambia. Namibia Production expectation in Namibia looks positive…

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Eastern Cape farmers get a glimpse of improved maize varieties in the pipeline

Smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape were introduced to advanced seed varieties of the WEMA-Tela(Bt) project at a farmers’ day near Willowvale, organised by the Agricultural Research Council in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform. Theses varieties from the Water Efficient Maize for Africa…

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Cattle production: Vaccinate your cattle – it saves lives and stops the spread of disease

The health of your animals through vaccination, together with good feeding and breeding principles, are the cornerstones of a commercial cattle operation. If you want to farm cattle, you will need to vaccinate correctly. This is how you do it. The primary tool for an effective vaccination programme is the…

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