Invasive plants reduce resilience to wildfire

Invasive plants reduce resilience to wildfire

The Overberg is preparing for the next fire season as we head into the summer months following a dry winter. Because of the increased fire risks, landowners and property owners are now encouraged to address the threats of invasive alien plants – which increase the severity and frequency of wildfires. In the Overberg, now is…

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Wiele aan die rol vir projekte by Bredasdorp Park

Toyota SA sit die wiele aan die rol vir projekte by Bredasdorp Park

Toyota SA het op 17 Maart 2021 twee Toyota Hilux bakkies aan die direksie van Bredasdorp Park NPC oorhandig vir gebruik vir bedryf van die park en vir doeleindes van die bemarking van Bredasdorp Park en Nampo Kaap. Toyota SA het in 2019 die besluit geneem om by Nampo Kaap betrokke te raak op en…

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Project Fruit Fly Free Fruit Production in southern Africa

Fruit fly

Tuesday, 1 September 2020, marks the beginning of Project: F3 Fruit Fly Free – Establishment and maintenance of fruit production areas free and under low prevalence of fruit fly pests in Southern Africa coordinated by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC). This primary objective of the project is to develop a regionally harmonised framework for development…

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Population, waste bigger environmental factors than livestock

Pollution

As the world’s population increases and the planet’s temperature rises, many are pointing to animal agriculture as a leading cause of climate change, said Dr Robin White from the Virginia State University. White said animal agriculture can and must become a significantly more sustainable industry. Much of her research focuses on sustainable beef production that…

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Water-stressed South Africa needs action

Drought

WWF welcomes the formal launch of the National Water and Sanitation Master Plan by Human Settlements, Sanitation and Water Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Pretoria as an important step towards more urgent action in the water sector. Christine Colvin, Senior Manager: Freshwater Programmes with WWF-SA, commented: “This plan has been waiting in the wings for the…

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South Africa’s real water crisis: not understanding what’s needed

Drought

A serious multi-year drought in parts of South Africa’s Northern and Eastern Cape provinces has seen a number of small towns threatened by total water supply failures and livestock farmers facing financial ruin. In other parts of the country, heatwave conditions and the late onset of rains have caused local supply failures. Although the dams that supply most of…

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Soil Preparation book for grapevine industries just launched!

Soil preparation book

A brand new book was just released for the wine and table grape industries. SOIL PREPARATION for sustainable wine and table grape production, by Johan van Zyl and Eduard Hoffman, covers knowledge gleaned from research and practical experience that accumulated in South Africa over the past 100 years. The project was a joint venture between…

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ARC’s Cheeky® pear turns 10

Cheeky pear

The Agricultural Research Council celebrated 10 years of the Cheeky® pear this May. Cheeky®, a mid-season beautiful red blushed pear variety, is the brightest star to come out of the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij pear breeding programme in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Cheeky® acts as bridge between the season-opening blushed pears like ‘Rosemarie’, ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Celina’ and the…

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Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys

Wes-Kaap Jongboer van die Jaar

‘n 36-jarige eierprodusent van Plettenbergbaai is die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019. Johan van der Schyff is op Woensdagaand 22 Mei tydens ‘n geselligheid in Durbanville as die wenner aangewys en sal later vanjaar om die titel van Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar meeding. Johan boer…

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Agri Wes-Kaap stel nuwe HUB aan

Jannie Strydom

Agri Wes-Kaap het sy nuwe Hoof Uitvoerende Beampte, mnr Jannie Strydom, op 1 Maart 2019 verwelkom. Mnr Strydom, wat ‘n Meestersgraad in Landbou-ekonomie aan die Universiteit van Pretoria behaal het, neem die leisels oor by mnr Carl Opperman, wat na 20 jaar as HUB van Agri Wes-Kaap afgetree het. Mnr Strydom het omvattende ervaring as…

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