ARTICLES RELATING TO FARMS

Plan to share farms with workers on track

2014-06-22 07:36
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Farmers, farm workers and trade unions, have until next year to respond to a policy proposals that could see farmers handing over 50% of their land to their workers.

Land grab catastrophe

2014-04-10 07:19

Is the state's farm plan a vote-catcher or the way to disaster, asks Leopold Scholtz.

Rains, debt drive Indian farmers to suicide

2014-03-24 12:27

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms which have driven millions of Indian farmers into debt have had a deadly effect.

Cosatu criticises farm workers' wages

2014-02-04 20:15

Cosatu says the minimum wage increase of 75 cents per hour needs to be seen as just another small step in the march towards an acceptable income for farm workers.

Farm workers to get R12.41 per hour

2014-02-03 14:03

Farm workers' salaries will increase by 75 cents to an hourly rate of R12.41 in March, according to the labour department.

Lithuania urges push on EU farm reform

2013-09-23 18:30

Lithuania is urging for a final push on a major reform of the EU's generous farm subsidy programme that is held up in talks with lawmakers.

Farmers fret over worker share plan

2013-09-05 09:28

Commercial farmers are concerned over the possibility that farmers would be "encouraged" by the state to give farm shares to workers, according to a report.

Victory for North West farm workers

2013-08-02 07:15

Cosatu in North West has welcomed a Mmabatho High Court judgment in favour of farm workers and farm dwellers.

ConCourt quashes farmers' rates appeal

2013-06-06 12:10

The Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal by Western Cape rural landowners against levies and rates the Bergrivier municipality imposed on them.

DA urges action on farm job cuts

2013-03-08 15:21

SA needs a strategy to curb job losses in the agricultural sector, especially in the wake of farmers wanting to employ foreigners, the Democratic Alliance says.

Hundreds of farmers ask for wage waiver

2013-03-07 15:43

About 900 farmers have applied to be exempted from paying their workers the new minimum wage of R105 a day, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Price hikes 'threaten' food security

2013-03-01 22:05
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The 81c/litre petrol price rise, coupled with electricity hikes and higher farmworker wages, is bad news for the agriculture sector, TAU SA warns.

Gordhan faced balancing act: Agri SA

2013-02-27 20:28

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan faced a problem in balancing limited income with the needs of South Africans in the 2013 Budget, Agri SA says.

Law to bar foreign ownership of SA farms

2013-02-12 22:29
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Foreigners will not be able to own land in South Africa once the government’s land policy is passed into law, says Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti.

Pay rise will reduce farm jobs - Union

2013-01-22 18:19

Raising the minimum wage of farmworkers in the Western Cape will not resolve the unrest and will further reduce employment, says Solidarity.

Farmers must step up to end strike

2013-01-17 18:18

Western Cape farmers need to offer something tangible to their workers and make meaningful individual commitments to halt protest action, says a trade union.

Breakthrough in farmworker wage strike

2013-01-15 19:45

A R105 wage agreement has been reached by some farmworkers in Clanwilliam and might signal an end to the violent protests in the Western Cape, says Cosatu.

Labour ready to mediate in farm strike

2013-01-13 17:58

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has said her department is ready to mediate as Cosatu warned that farmworkers would intensify their strike.

Cosatu hopeful over talks with farmers

2013-01-11 19:21

Town-by-town discussions with Western Cape farmers are progressing well, with a peace deal expected soon, says Cosatu.

Farm strike stokes labour fears

2013-01-09 17:34

The strike by farmworkers in the Western Cape, home to the multi-billion-rand wine industry, has stoked fears of another year of labour strife.

Agricultural boycott could harm SA

2013-01-07 15:57

Calls for an international boycott of export fruit following stalled pay talks are irresponsible, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Farmworker strike set to go ahead

2013-01-07 11:10

The Bowsi Agricultural Workers Union of South Africa says farmworkers will continue to strike until their demands for a pay increase are met, a report says.

Zimbabwe halts farm grabs

2013-01-03 14:30

Zimbabwe will steer clear of foreign-owned farms protected by an investment pact after a successful lawsuit by a group of Dutch farmers who suffered land grabs.

AHi warns of job losses due to strikes

2012-12-03 12:30

Many farmers are already paying much higher wages to farmworkers and are committed to improve living circumstances on farms, says business body AHi.

Farmworkers' strike to be peaceful

2012-11-30 11:26

Western Cape farmworkers have agreed to peacefully conduct next week's strike over labour issues, their coalition says.

 

Land expropriation plan is reckless - Agri SA

2014-05-07 11:44

It is simply ill-considered and reckless to propagate the expropriation and transfer of land without fair compensation, says Agri SA.

Cosatu backs 50% farm stake for workers

2014-04-09 05:30
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A proposal pushing for workers to get a 50% stake in farms is a move in the right direction, says the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

India hit by farm suicides after storms

2014-03-19 13:34

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars.

Cosatu criticises farm workers' wages

2014-02-04 20:11
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Cosatu says the minimum wage increase of 75 cents per hour needs to be seen as just another small step in the march towards an acceptable income for farm workers.

'Land grabs' push up prices in E Germany

2014-01-26 14:17

Land prices in eastern Germany are rising at dizzying rates and farmers feel they're being squeezed out by foreign investors in a trend known as "land grabbing".

SA farmers did not steal land - union

2013-09-19 20:41
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Farmers in South Africa do not owe anyone an apology for owning land because it was legally obtained, says farmer union TAU-SA.

Farm output 'trumps transfer targets'

2013-08-13 09:28

Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has reportedly said he considers productivity to be more important than meeting land transfer targets.

EU to cut payments to large farms

2013-06-25 19:16

The EU has agreed large farms will lose up to 30% of current subsidy payments in a major step towards consensus on reforms to the annual €50bn farm policy.

Youth subsidy could save farm jobs - DA

2013-03-14 13:53

Introducing the youth wage subsidy without delay may save thousands of jobs expected to be lost in the farming sector this year, says the DA.

Farmers opt to hire cheaper foreigners

2013-03-08 13:20

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Western Cape farmers have applied to employ foreign workers after the introduction of a new minimum wage in the sector, an official says.

Rocketing costs threaten black farmers

2013-03-06 16:22

The number of black and smallholder farmers in South Africa is under threat due to rising costs, warns the African Farmers Association of SA says.

Minister welcomes R6.2bn for small farms

2013-02-27 20:56

Support measures for smallholder farmers and fisheries projects announced in the budget were welcomed by Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

D-day for Eskom electricity hike

2013-02-25 21:31

The National Energy Regulator of SA will announce later this week if Eskom's 16% increase in electricity prices will be granted.

Cosatu threatens renewed farm strike

2013-01-24 21:42
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Farmers in the Western Cape risk renewed strike action for allegedly firing workers who protested for a pay increase, says Cosatu.

Farmers fret over Eskom 16% hike

2013-01-21 18:40

Farmers are extremely worried about Eskom's proposed price increase with the implications being dire for farmworkers, energy regulator Nersa has heard.

De Doorns under siege

2013-01-17 16:29

Thousands of protesters have thronged the N1 highway in De Doorns and stopped at farms to hand over a memorandum of demands.

More public hearings on farmworker wages

2013-01-14 15:57

The labour department has extended its public hearings for the review of farmworker minimum wages, which are at the centre of violent protests.

Farmworkers to intensify strike

2013-01-13 12:42

The farmworkers have taken a decision to intensify the strike, because the farmers are not serious about the negotiations to find a solution, says Cosatu.

Farm strike threatens production, jobs

2013-01-11 17:09
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Protest action on farms during the heart of the picking season will severely hurt the sustainability of farms and could result in job losses, a union says.

Remain militant, union asks farmworkers

2013-01-08 18:53

Farmworkers who are set to take to the streets demanding R150 a day should strike peacefully yet remain militant, the Food and Allied Workers' Union says.

Govt calls for peaceful farm strikes

2013-01-07 13:04

The government has called on Western Cape farmworkers to remain calm when strike action resumes this week as violent labour disputes will not be tolerated.

Cosatu threatens to boycott farmers

2013-01-04 18:12

The union says it would call on the international community to boycott agricultural products produced in "slave labour conditions" following stalled pay talks.

Chamber: Strike will make things worse

2012-12-03 13:06

Any strike now will not solve the grievances of farmworkers, but will in effect worsen it, warns a commerce chamber.

WC Cosatu calls for national farm strike

2012-12-02 11:20
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Cosatu in the Western Cape has called on farmworkers across the country to join a wide-scale agricultural strike.

Farmworkers' strike set to continue

2012-11-29 11:02

Western Cape farmworkers are set to resume their strike over wages and living conditions next week, their coalition says.

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