Thomas Funke, CEO of the South African Cane Growers’ Association, said the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) as well as a group of public health scholars, most of whom were based overseas, had written an open letter to National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service requesting that the HPL on sugary drinks be increased from 11% to 20%.
Funke said that since the moratorium on increasing the tax would end next year, it was vital that the public and policymakers were made aware of the consequences of the HPL on the sugar industry, in particular the jobs and revenue losses for growers.
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Queen of the veld
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A new answer to SA's high demand for red cattle
The demand for red cattle has always been high in South Africa. To enter this market and offer breeders an alternative to the traditional options, the Du Plessis family, who owns the Brandwater farming business, managed to establish one of the country’s most successful Droughtmaster studs. Chris du Plessis spoke to Denene Erasmus.
Beet cyst eelworm
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Improving honeybee forage management
Certain areas in South Africa face a shortfall of honeybees for the pollination of crops, particularly fruit. According to Tlou Masehela, a scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, there is an urgent need to increase forage resources in order to boost honeybee farming in the country.
Tips for dipping sheep
Sheep need to be dipped to prevent the spread of lice, scab and other economically important ectoparasites.
Young papaya plants are ready to be planted out in the open when they are about 200mm tall, measured from the base of the stem to the growing point. It is important that they be planted upright.
SA Veterinary Council committed to change
According to Dr Alfred Tlolo Kgasi, president of the South African Veterinary Council, the transformation of the veterinary profession is a priority. Annelie Coleman reports.
Pasture varieties and their potential in SA
Summer-planted pastures can boost a farmer’s profits by keeping animal production high. Renowned grazing specialist Prof Chris Dannhauser says there is a variety of these crops to choose from and, as Susan Marais found out, many can also be used in winter in the form of hay, foggage and silage.
Cutting-edge crop-spraying drones for Africa
Unitrans Africa has recently purchased seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones, which the company will use to provide crops praying services to farmers in a number of African countries.
Robot boosts blueberry picking efficiencies
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