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Smallholder farmers gain access markets

Government is planning to focus its efforts to help smallholder farmers to increase their access to markets in the year ahead. Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said this when she briefed media on the International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster’s plan of action for 2017.

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Mitigating fire and other risks in the South African wine industry

The recent spate of fires in the winelands of the Western Cape has again brought the issue of the wine producer’s risk to the fore, with a number of wine farms being adversely affected. Shehnaz Somers, head of commercial underwriting at Santam said the company is still assessing the damage and loss as a result of fires spreading to well-known vineyards and guest farms in the winelands and surrounding areas over the past month.

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Focus on agricultural policy, water and economy

Farmers, agri business and agricultural stakeholders will experience the latest national mindset on agriculture and obtain new insight into the impact of the national and local socio-economic and political key points at Agri Mega Week 2016 in Bredasdorp next week. Deputy-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheke Cele will visit the event next Friday and Saturday.

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