General Agri News

Pesticides and Pollinators

Pesticides and pollinators. Is it possible to ever use these two words together without a mass debate ensuing? On a rudimentary level it appears that only two groups are involved in this debate, and it seems as if they are on polar ends of the “saving the pollinator” spectrum. The scenario is often illustrated as […]

Alert: Brown locust (Locustana pardalina) outbreak in South Africa

Following interaction with the South African Resource Conservation Directorate of the Department of Agriculture, South African farmers, authorities in Namibia and other resources, CropLife SA can confirm that there is an outbreak of brown locusts (Locustana pardalina) in Namibia and the Karoo region of South Africa, specifically in the De Aar area. CropLife SA would […]

DALRRD: A call for compliant wood-packaging material in international trade

Media statement: DALRRD 04 January 2020 A call for compliant wood-packaging material in international trade In the context of ensuring fair and safe trade as well as observing the International Year of Plant Health 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is making a clarion call to the exporters, importers and […]

Alert: Fall Armyworm Confirmed in South Africa

Centurion, 24 January 2020 CropLife SA has learned about the outbreak of the dreaded Fall Armyworm (FAW) in maize in the area between Badplaas and Carolina in Mpumalanga. It is likely to be found in other provinces such as North West, Limpopo, Gauteng, the Free State, northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and some parts of the […]

Media Release: Army Worms outbreak in Zambezi Oshana and Oshikoto

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry of the Republic of Namibia has issued a media release on 22 January 2020 regarding the Army worms outbreak in Zambezi, Oshana and Oshikoto. Click here to download the document.

CropLife SA Lepidoptera Alert

Current weather patterns in southern Africa may be conducive to the outbreak of certain insect pests. Moist air from the tropics may bring another infestation of the fall armyworm into the Limpopo, North West, Free State and Northern Cape provinces while the current conditions in these provinces and KwaZulu-Natal are conducive to the outbreak of […]

The Crop Circular – Fourth Edition

CropLife South Africa has released the fourth issue of the Crop Circular.  In this issue, we cover topics such as MRLs, farm worker safety, how agrochemical labels are determined and innovations in agriculture. Click here to download the document or here to view it online. We would love to hear from you, so please forward any comments, suggestions or […]

This is how herbicide resistance affects your pocket

The issue of herbicide resistance should be on top of every crop grower’s priority list because it not only affects the environment and sustainable agriculture, but the producer’s bottom-line in the long run.  It can be likened to antibiotic resistance in humans, it doesn’t seem like a problem while you are taking the medication continuously.  […]

2019 Winners of the Agricultural Writers SA Awards

South Africa’s top contributors to agriculture have been recognised at the Agricultural Writers SA Awards on 15 November in Pretoria. The event gives recognition to the work of those that seek to elevate food security and rural economies. In addition, members of the Agricultural Writers SA were honoured for their role in communicating issues of […]

Don’t let your valuable fresh produce be rejected because of MRL woes

Maximum residue limits (MRLs) are a globally accepted tool in the food safety basket that offers consumers a guarantee that fresh produce is safe for human consumption. The traces of pesticide found on treated products are called residues, and MRLs, which may differ per country, set the highest legally tolerated level of these residues that […]