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June 5 is the first International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU).

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Valley Macadamia Chairman, Alan Sutton, attended the macadamia round table session at the World Nut and Dried Fruit Conference in Spain. Sutton gave feedback on the INC’s annual report and discussed a number of pertinent facts and figures, as well as new marketing and advertising campaigns proposed for the year ahead.

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Key statistics discussed at the round table included the growth and global supply of macadamias. Sutton was delighted to report a strong growth trajectory for the robust macadamia industry. “The generic marketing that’s been undertaken by the INC is an example of our industry body hard at work to perform expansion of our product”, said Sutton.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is working on a new support policy for farmers. The National Policy on Comprehensive Producer Development Support (NPCPDS) was presented to the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries last week.

 

Today the Nampo show grounds outside Bothaville will be buzzing with activity as the hundreds of exhibitors prepare for the largest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere this week.

 
Nampo Park from the air, looking towards the northern gate. From Tuesday to Friday the open field to the east is parked full with vehicles. Photo used courtesy of Grain SA
 
I first heard of Nampo as a younger man, whilst paying a visit to my parents. In the course of conversation my father related what had transpired when he had attended the Nampo Harvest Day with a number of other farmers from the district. The events he spoke about had little to do with the show itself (if one discounts the effects of seeing too many virile, prize bulls, that is!), and more to do with escapades on the return journey.
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Farmers, as generators of used oil are required to make sure that licensed used oil collectors remove this hazardous waste and take it to a licensed processor for responsible recycling. However, after collection, the used oil is often sold by the collector to the highest bidder, who may be an unlicensed processor, or end user.

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South Africa - The promised reforms to the current Diesel Tax Refund system promise welcome relief to struggling SA farmers. Whilst nothing has been confirmed by Treasury as yet, the diesel tax refund system and its administration are set for an overhaul which will see a reduction in the increasingly onerous compliance requirements to qualify for the refund.