Provincial Highlights Archive


Limpopo: 14 February 2019

Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) MEC Basikopo Makamu honoured the best extension and advisory practitioners during the Extension and Advisory Services Awards at Hans Merensky, Phalaborwa, Mopani District on the 14 February more

Rustenburg: 15 January 2019

Moving with speed in addressing farmers challenges, empowering people involved in agriculture, prioritising the needs of emerging farmers were some of the commitments made by MEC Desbo Mohono during her first meeting with farmers in Bojanala more

North West: 09 January 2019

North West MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development, Desbo Mohono will embark on a stakeholder engagement in a drive to improve the performance of the department, public participation, and stakeholder relationship more

Giyani: 21 November 2018

Speakers condemned women and children abuse during the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) Mopani District’s Activism of No Violence against Women and Children at UNIGAZ Hall in Giyani on 21 November more

Polokwane: 16 November 2018

MEC of Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDARD) Basikopo Makamu launched Farmer Empowerment Crusade at Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane on 16 November 2018 to develop common understanding between various financial entities and farming enterprises to the former’ services and products offerings and more

Taung: 06 February 2018

The doors of learning for youth wanting to pursue a careers in nature conservation and those wanting to become partners in saving natural heritage were opened when MEC for Rural Environment and Agricultural Development in the North West Province Ms Manketsi Tlhape was launching and officially opening the first of its more

Mahikeng: 06 February 2018

The Premier of Bokone Bophirima province, SOR Mahumapelo and North West MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Ms Manketsi Tlhape will on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 officially launch the North West Agrifund, (NWAF) more

Mahikeng: 22 November 2017

The Bokone Bophirima 3rd Annual Agricultural Growth and Investment Show (BBAGIS) continues to draw local small, medium and micro enterprises interest to showcase their offerings in an effort to enthuse local economic more

Mahikeng: 13 November 2017

The North West Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), will host the 2017 Bokone Bophirima Agricultural Growth and Investment Show from 21 to 24 November more

Mabeskraal: 09 October 2017

The MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), Manketsi Tlhape is set to officially launch the Mabeskraal Livestock Auction Pens to mark yet another milestone in the efforts of the department to bring livestock markets closer to rural more

Kwazulu Natal: 02 October 2017

The Office of the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Honourable Themba Mthembu, has noted with regret the lopsided documentary by ANN7 television station which was contrived to produce a particular erroneous narrative about the more

Mahikeng: 22 August 2017
Female Farmers in the Bokone Bophirima Province have yet again claimed another victory in their efforts to bring economical spinoffs to the province. Farmers were honoured during the 2017 Provincial DAFF Female Entrepreneurs Awards (FEA).The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural development as part of celebrating August as women's month more

Mahikeng: 09 August 2017
The MEC for the North West Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development Manketsi Tlhape, as part of August Women’s Month, would like to extend her acknowledgement to all women who are doing outstanding job in the agricultural, rural development and environment sectors in Bokone Bophirima more

Sekhukhune : 15 June 2017
The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), will host the 2017 World Environment Day (WED) celebration of the Bokone Bophirima province. This year’s WED is celebrated under the more

Mahikeng: 15 June 2017
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in partnership with Limpopo Departments of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism and Agriculture and Rural Development commemorated the annual World Environmental Day and World Day to combat Desertification at Schoornord, Makhuduthamaga Municipality in Sekhukhune District on 15 June more

Jagersfontein : 22 May 2017
The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) has established five agricultural Projects for the Zeerust based Veteran Group, Luthuli Detachments Primary Agricultural Cooperative. The 27 members are a group of veterans who were part of the armed struggle group that left the country since more

Mahikeng: 19 May 2017
The North West Parks Board (NWPB) an entity of the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) has appointed and placed 39 Field Rangers at various Parks within the Bokone Bophirima Province as part of the Skills Development more

Limpopo : Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Temo Towers: Ms Jacqueline Maisela, Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) Head of Department has encouraged the LDARD officials to read at the opening of the Library Week at the LDARD Headquarters, Temo Towers on 22 March more

North West : Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Rustenburg : The First Mebala Ya Rona Biodiversity Transformation Wildlife Auction was held on Friday, 10th March 2017 at Molokwane Lodge & Conference Centre in Rustenburg, Kgetleng Local Municipality within the jurisdiction of the Bojanala more

North West : Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Taung: In its efforts to strengthen the agricultural sector and ensure that the farming industry in the province is progressive and prosperous, the Extension and Advisory Services of the North West Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development will come under the spotlight as they attempt to improve their image and more

North West : 17 January 2017
Ramatlabama: North West‟s award winning female farmer will be off to Kenya for a cutting edge exposure of the sector. Ms Nthabiseng Kgobokoe who won the 2016 Provincial and National Subsistence Producer Female Entrepreneur Awards will undertake a trip which forms part of the prize for her national more

North West : Wednesday, 02 November 2016
Mahikeng: The Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development reports that one animal was neutralized and it seemed all animals were counted for in the facilities, after the search was called off at midday last more

North-West : Wednesday, 09 November 2016
Ventersdorp - Premier of the North West Province, Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo and MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), Ms Manketsi Tlhape will launch Letsema Le Bolotse for the Bakwena Ba- Mogopa community in Ventersdorp, Ga- Mogopa more

North-West : 07/07/2016
Madibeng - An outbreak of rabies occurred in Hartbeesthoek farm of Madibeng on 04 July more

North-West : 27/06/2016
Tosca : The provincial 2016 World Environment Day (WED) celebration held on 27 June became a local esteemed affair drawing together the district of Kagisano Molopo community in more

North-West : 23/06/2016
Lichtenburg: The MEC , Ms Manketsi Tlhape, will host the youth awards in recognition of the role played by young entrepreneurs in the areas of Agriculture and Rural more

North-West : 25/05/2016
Taung: The Taung College of Agriculture in joint efforts with the Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development will on Friday 27 May 2016 confer the class of 2016 graduates. more

Gauteng : 25/05/2016
Pretoia : Through innovation, producers were better-able to survive the current drought than previous more

Gauteng: 22/04/2016
Tshwane: This year, Gauteng Province will be celebrating World Veterinary week in Tshwane. This week’s events will be organized under the theme: “Continuing Education with a One Health focus” more

Limpopo: 08/04/2016
Nwanedi : Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Buti Manamela has admired young members of various cooperatives who manage small scale vegetable enterprises in Vhembe District. He engaged them at Rams Farming Cooperative at Nwanedi more

North West: 15/03/2016
Sannieshof: The Department for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development has honoured agricultural advisors for the hard and commitment. The department hosted the awards ceremony as part of its Annual Extension and Advisory service conference on 09-11 March more

North West: 02/03/2016
Welgeval : Farmers in Welgeval and Obakeng Villages, Rustenburg municipality have welcomed drought aid government delivered recently to their more

North West: 05/02/2016
Mahikeng: MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development, Manketsi Tlhape has expressed her satisfaction at the progress made on the department's crop Massification more

Limpopo: 02/02/2016
Polokwane : Samuel Munyuku and Walter Pale from Kroomkloof village were the beneficiaries of fodder distribution programme. This, with other local farmers, follows their engagement with MEC of Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) more

Gauteng: 08/01/2016
Johannesburg: Most weather forecasting models indicate the continuation of a strong El Niño episode, causing lower-than-normal chances of rain towards the late-summer season in 2016, according to Cobus Olivier of the South African Weather more

Limpopo: 10/12/2015
Polokwane : Given the hard times that drought has burdened the farming fraternity with, Representatives from government, Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism specifically, farmer organisation and the private sector more

Gauteng: 24/11/2015
Johannesburg: Careful livestock management is called for in times of drought, according to Dr. Danie Odendaal, Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVASA) more

Kwazulu Natal: 21/11/2015
Mayville : I am well aware that the voices of the agricultural sector within government has not been sufficiently heard on the drought. This does not mean that in KwaZulu- Natal we have been silent or more

Kwazulu Natal: 24/10/2015
Nongoma: KZN Premier Honourable Senzo Mchunu together with the MEC for KZN Agriculture and Rural Development Cyril Xaba, officially launched the first Communal Milling plant in Maphopoma, more

Gauteng: 22/10/2015
Thembisa: People are selling vegetables, clothes, goods of different types ranging from building materials and car parts. Traffic lights are malfunctioning. Traffic is moving at a very slow-pace due to more

Kwazulu Natal: 17/09/2015
Vryheid: The MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube together with the MEC for KZN Agriculture and Rural Development Cyril Xaba, officially opened the R7 Million Mondlo Thusong Centre on 17 September 2015, just outside more

Gauteng: 04/08/2015
Johannesburg : More than 80% of the 2014/2015 white maize harvest had been delivered so far this year. This represented 3 669 million ton of the estimated 4 484 million ton white maize crop and excluded maize that has been retained by producers, said Petru Fourie, Grain SA’s research co-ordinator and production cost more

Kwazulu Natal: 03/08/2015
Pietermaritzburg: The services of a mobile Land Restitution office that will be travelling around the province to allow people to lodge their land claims was officially more

Kwazulu Natal: 19/05/2015
Hluhluwe : MEC for KZN Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Cyril Xaba, dropped all engagements and rushed to Hluhluwe today, 19 May 2015, to diffuse tensions between communal and commercial farmers. This was after 27 cattle belonging to communal farmers, were found dead next to a drinking more

Gauteng : 06/05/2015
Johannesburg: For centuries, the majority of South African black cattle farmers have continuously opted not to breed the drought resistant and predominantly grass-fed Nguni cattle species. Instead, they opted for cattle breeds from more

North West: 10/04/2015
Ventersdorp : Rebranding the status of the community of Goedgevonden and Welgevonden, repositioning the areas to rightful place of origin and renewal of lives and regaining the integrity of older persons in these communities through transformation necessitated by the compensation received for the restituted land of their forefathers became imminent by the jovial celebration of victory at more

Limpopo : 08/04/2015
Sekhukhune: As part of enhancing democracy and public participation, leaders in Government regularly hold consultative sessions with ordinary community members concerning development in their respective areas more

Limpopo: 12/03/2015
Polokwane: Polokwane team of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) officials scooped Silver Award at 12 March 2015 Premier’s Service Excellence Awards hosted at the Ranch Hotel, outside Polokwane.This happened after the team had introduced the Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) of maize seed protection to subsistence farmers at Ga-Mailula village more

Limpopo : 11/03/2015
Blouberg: Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA), Blouberg Municipality) held a livestock Information Day at Amo-Amas Bahananoa Primary Co-operative at My Darling village on 11 March 2015. This platform aimed at addressing the challenges livestock farmers face with regard to the controlling and treatment of their livestock against diseases more

Western Cape 04/02/2015
Southern Cape:Southern Cape residents who are taking the lead in food security will be awarded at the Food Garden Competition, hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture more

Limpopo 16/01/2015

Masisi:With the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, his deputy, General Bheki Cele, Limpopo Agriculture MEC Joy Matshoge and Mutale Municipal Mayor, Ms Rambuda Sarah in the more

North West 01/12/2014
Geysdorp:MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development, Manketsi Tlhape has visited the Disebo family in Geysdorp which was left destitute when their shack burned beyond recognition more

Limpopo 25/11/2014
Tompi Seleka:Two Limpopo’s colleges of agriculture; Madzivhandila and Tompi Seleka will reopen for academic learning, next year February. The first institution will admit 60 students and the latter 80 more

Limpopo 07/08/2014
Best female farmers received awards at the Ranch Hotel; Polokwane during the Limpopo FEA on 7 August 2014. Waterberg’s Christina Rabothe, Tsakani Hlungwani from Mopani and Mohloa le Maite Florist [enterprise] of Capricorn went home R50 000.00 richer each as they were crowned champions in the; Best Female Worker, Best Subsistence Producer and Best Processor categories respectively more

Limpopo 07/07/2014
Last week, Temo News reported that the Department will be conducting a rabies control campaign in Vhembe from the 7th July to the 17th August, in collaboration with the Department of Health, SA Veterinary Association, Vets for Change, SPCA, and other volunteers more

Limpopo 01/07/2014
“I am your servant; I am here to serve the farmers of Limpopo; I am here to listen to you,” Limpopo MEC for Agriculture, Ms Joy Matshoge told farmers in her breakfast meeting with joint stakeholders in the farming fraternity on 1 July 2014 at Bolivia Lodge; Polokwane more

Limpopo 28/06/2014
Food security is a major worldwide cause of challenge and according to the United Nation‘s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), an estimated 842 million people between 2011 and 2013 were estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger. The South African government has introduced Fetsa Tlala programme to address the challenges of food security more

Limpopo 03/07/2014

Never in my life had it ever crossed my mind that one day I’ll be an aspiring farmer of the year, let alone making a living out of farming. However, all that changed when suddenly my passion and zeal for farming dominated my mind ... read more

Limpopo 06/05/2014
Polokwane:Ms Joy Matshoge has been appointed new Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Limpopo Agriculture and Rural Development. Matshoge will today, 23 May 2014 meet the Head Office staff of her department at Ronosterhoff Church at 12H00 more

Limpopo 12/03/2014

Most of the land in South Africa is not productive either due to under or over utilisation. With about 13 million individuals being vulnerable to food insecurity, the government has come up with an intervention to ensure that households produce food rather than expecting food from somewhere ... read more

Limpopo 12/03/2014
Polokwane:Coinciding with the human rights day, Special Programmes unit in the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) arranged Women in Agriculture dialogue for officials and farmers from districts on the 12 March 2014 more

Limpopo 10/02/2014
Polokwane:Reproductive inefficiency is the major cause of economic losses in livestock production especially in rural areas such as Limpopo Province. This is due to shortage of good bulls that results in low reproductive and growth rates in the rural communities’ herds more

Limpopo 04/02/2014
The Crop Production section of Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Agricultural Engineering and South Africa Irrigation Institute (SABI) organised irrigation training for agricultural scientists and advisors from 4 to 6 February 2014 in Polokwane ... read more

Limpopo 02/10/2013
The 52 second annual conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) held in Limpopo at Bela-Bela Forever Resort from 30 September to 3 October 2013, says land reform in South Africa is a must more

Limpopo 10/10/2013
Female traditional leaders, male traditional leaders’ spouses and female farmers agreed in that meeting with Limpopo MEC for Agriculture, Ms Rosina Semenya at Nirvana Hall in Polokwane on 10 October 2013 that hunger should be eliminated more

North West 29/07/2013
Mahikeng: Piet Plessis in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District will on Wednesday, 31st July, be a hive of activities as the management, staff of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and more than hundred farm schools learners will be devoting their time to improving the lives of the people living in that more

North West 15/07/2013
Stilfontein: The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will on Thursday, 18 July, join the world in honouring Madiba’s 95th birthday by establishing vegetable gardens and handing over garden tools at Khuma, Stilfontein. more

Limpopo 30/05/2013
Yesterday, 30 May 2013, representatives and individual farmers across Limpopo Province discussed the draft Farmers Support Policy at the consultative workshop organised by the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) in Polokwane. The discussion centred on funding and did not shift from the existing technical support the LDA provides to more

North West 27/05/2013
Bloemhof: It is now all systems go for the “one family, one food garden” campaign as the MEC for Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Mohono, will be taking this initiative to Boitumelong location in Bloemhof, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District, on Monday, 27th May more

Limpopo 22/02/2013
Vhembe: Muyexe, President Zuma’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme’s pilot village is participating in the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Twenty (20) farmers (From Muyexe) will benefit from the multi-facetted project meant to upgrade emerging farmers’ cattle throughout the more

Limpopo 14/02/2013
Phiphidi: Phidibi Organic Farmer’s cooperative is one of the projects that have been hit by the heavy rain storms in the past few weeks. This project is found at Thulamlela Municipality at Lambani village. It is situated at the river bank of Phidibi River (known as Levubu). About two hectares of maize and a hectare of okra and cabbages were more 

North West 11/12/2012
Mahikeng: Communal farmers whose livestock has been affected by severe drought which hit the Districts of Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, have started to receive fodder as relief assistance from the Department of Agriculture and Rural more  

North West 10/12/2012
Mahikeng: The Taung Agricultural College will from the academic year 2013 onwards offer a Diploma in Agriculture, specialising in more

North West 11/12/2012
Mahikeng: Communal farmers whose livestock has been affected by severe drought which hit the Districts of Ngaka Modiri Molema and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, have started to receive fodder as relief assistance from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The distribution of fodder started on Friday 7th December 2012, at Tontonyane in Mahikeng Local Municipality and Radikhudu in Ramotshere Moiloa Local more

North West 10/12/2012
Taung : The Taung Agricultural College will from the academic year 2013 onwards offer a Diploma in Agriculture, specialising in more
North West 10/12/2012
Potchefstroom : The North West MEC for Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Ms Desbo Mohono says the growing number of females qualifying as professionals in the field of Agriculture should serve as a sign of more good things to come and a step in the right more

Limpopo 27/11/2012
Polokwane: About 2000 emerging famers in Limpopo attended mini Agricultural Expo at Polokwane Show-ground from 27 to 28 November 2012. According to the Head of Department (HoD) for the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA), Mr Mortimer Mannya, the Expo presented an opportunity for farmers to network and exhibit their more

Limpopo 22/11/2012
Polokwane: The Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) and a giant seed company; DuPont Pioneer have yesterday, 22 November at the LDA Head Quarters in Polokwane signed an agreement to improve maize production of smallholder farmers. The endeavour seeks at increasing productivity and income of smallholder more

Limpopo 30/10/2012
Sekhukhune: Strydskraal Irrigation Scheme was handed over to 257 farmers in Fetakgomo Municipality in Sekhukhune District on 30 October 2012. Chairperson of the benefiting farmers, Ms Elizabeth Moraswi gave a historical overview of the more

Limpopo 19/10/2012
Thohoyandou: Lwamondo is a village between Makhado and Thohoyandou Towns in Vhembe District. Ms Asnath Mafukasaga is one of the unemployed mothers in the area. The Mafukasaga’s family house is adjacent to a stream. Villagers along the stream grow vegetables and field crops for household more

Limpopo 09/10/2012
Ba-Phalaborwa: Farmers from Benfarm and Matiko Xikaya under Majeje Tribal Authority in Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality were over the moon when they received two tractors (MASSEY FERGUSON 440), two trailers, two planters and two disc ploughs at Lulekani stadium in Ba-Phalaborwa on 09
October more

KwaZulu Natal 10/2012
Pietermaritzburg: The MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Dr Meshack Radebe, officially launched the Job Creation Programme of 28000 jobs under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) at the Royal Show grounds in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Here, the MEC also showed off the KAMOSO award which the department had won in the category "Best Province in the Environment and culture sector" more

North West, Mahikeng 11/09/2012
Farmers and agriculture stakeholders in the North West Province have welcomed the move to appoint a team that will coordinate the implementation of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) objectives, which seeks to add value to what the province is currently doing in so far as agricultural developments are concerned more

Eastern Cape 28/08/2012
The Annual Congress of the South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) was held recently in East London in the Eastern Cape, with the theme "Animal Science in a continuous state of change" more

Gauteng 13/08/2012
Millions of the world’s poorest people will face devastation from today’s rocketing food prices. Today’s FAO Food Price Index is up 6% from June. The index is now around the same peak as the 2008 crisis that provoked food riots in many countries, although still below its historic peak in Feb 2011. read more | Facts and Statistics

North West’s 19/07/2012
Potchefstroom: The tests results for all controlled animal diseases released by the North West’s Potchefstroom Veterinary Laboratory will from now on be internationally regarded as accurate and reliable, making it the first government laboratory in the country to achieve the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) more

Gauteng 07/05/2012
AMT has been the host of the successful AMT Southern African Agricultural Outlook Conference for the past 11 years. This conference leads the discussion on market forecasts, industry assessments and issues affecting the agricultural and natural resource industries... read more | registration |programme