Planned amendments to SA seed laws “to make criminals of small farmers”

The lobby group African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) warns that amendments to the Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976 and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 15 of 1976 could, among other issues, restrict the exchange of seed. According to Linzi Lewis, researcher at ACB, small farmers will be held to…

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ZNFU fumes over agro dumping as local producers moan

The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) is fuming over what it says is a continued trend of Zambia being increasingly a dumping ground for foreign agricultural products. This is as local producers complained of being marginalised by imports, mainly from South Africa. ZNFU President Jervis Zimba said the ‘free flow’…

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Practical solutions aplenty makes life easier for farmer

There is almost no equipment on the farm Rosslyn near Barkly East in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa that hasn’t been modified in one way or another to make life easier. Each solution has been well thought out and is cheap and practical. Sherine Dormehl smiles when asked…

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Tough battery charger for all conditions

The simple combination of a tractor’s alternator and an electric motor was the solution to persistent battery problems for a handy farmer from North West province in South Africa. You get what you pay for, as the saying goes, and this is what prompted Rassie van Wyk, a crop and…

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