Second chance for SA poultry industry to fight Namibian import restrictions

South African poultry producers have been afforded a second opportunity to fight Namibia’s import restrictions on SA chicken. The case was heard in Namibia’s High Court. The restrictions in question have been valid since April 2013 and were intended to protect Namibia’s young poultry industry. In April 2014 the South…

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Botswana lifts movement ban on cloven-hoofed animals

The government of Botswana has lifted the ban on the movement of all cloven-hoofed animals and their fresh products into Ngamiland following a mass vaccination exercise that has stabilised the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak that hit the district late in September. The ban took effect on 21 September after…

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Zambia may become more dependent on agri imports

The World Bank says Zambia may become more dependent on agricultural imports due to the adverse effects of climate change. The bank says Zambia’s imports of almost all crops are likely to increase. “The results suggest Zambia may become more dependent on imports of major agricultural products, except for cotton…

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Zambian spend on food imports to grow – World Bank

Zambia’s spending on food imports is expected to grow astronomically, with the World Bank saying the country’s food demand will grow to US$25 billion over the next decade. The bank said local farmers’ lack of capacity and understanding of market opportunities is exacerbating the cost of imports. “We estimate that…

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This variety of Swiss chard shows an upright growth habit. To harvest the crop, farmers cut leaves from the outside leaf whorl. This stimulates regrowth of leaves and extends the harvesting period.

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