Deputy Minister General Bheki Cele adresses delegates during the AFAAS extension week in Durban
Minister Senzeni Zokwana with MEC's, eThekwini Municipality Cllrs with high level elegates at the 3rd Agricultural Extension Week in KZN
Minister Senzeni Zokwana with winner of Top performer in the category of Support Services is Murhandiwani Shivambu from Mpumalanga who is also the overall winner of the DAFF 2017 National Extension and Advisory Services Awards.
Minister Senzeni Zokwana, MEC Oupa Khoabane, Cllr Malefu Vilakazi of Thabo Mofutsanyana DM, Cllr Vusumusi Tshabalala of Maluti-A-Phhofung DM and FAO Represantative Dr Lewis Hove
Minister Senzeni Zokwana, MEC Oupa Khoabane planting a food garden during household visits in Phuthaditjhaba, world food day
Deputy Minister General Bheki Cele adresses delagates during the opening of Forestry Industrialisation Confrence held in Kempton Park
Students of Coastal KZN College pose with General Bheki Cele
General Bheki Cele holds fresh harvested carrots given to him during the site visit to the project
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South Africa host the 3rd Agricultural Extension Week Conference in Durban

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in partnership with the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) and the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) will host an international conference that will bring together extension and advisory services practitioners, farmers, researchers, institutions of higher learning from across Africa under one roof... read more | Media workshop for the 3rd Agricultural Extension Week Conference | Programme for conference | Minister speech

3rd AFAAS Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week  

AFAAS and SASAE together with DAFF will be holding a joint conference on the theme of “Scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA): integrating youth, women, and the digital revolution”. The theme was selected in recognition of the fact that climate change is having grave impacts on resource-poor African farmers and increasingly contributing to food losses along the whole value chain. According to the World Bank Group, FAO and IFAD (2015)...read more | Media Alert | Speech delivered by The Honourable Senzeni Zokwana

Cape Town – Monday, 24 October 2017: Abalobi, isiXhosa for small-scale fisher is the name given to the app suite by small scale fishers involved in the co-development process and was named one of award winners under the category of Social Innovation awards in the 2017 SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards. The non- profit organisation (NPO) was awarded this as recognition of the work done, potential in the work ahead and the social impact the initiative has on society...read more

Cape Town – Monday, 23 October 2017: “The middlemen that pose as representatives of our people should be exposed for who and what they are!” said Minister Senzeni Zokwana, as he engaged with fishers on the West Coast who raised concerns that others claim to represent them without any mandate from them...read more

Since the first case of HPAI was confirmed in a broiler breeder operation near Villiers, Mpumalanga in June 2017, a number of other poultry and ostrich operations, as well as wild bird species, hobby birds and backyard chickens have subsequently been infected with HPAI...read more

The Marine Living Resources Act was amended to recognise small-scale fishing as a sector within the fishing industry of South Africa. To this end, the small-scale fishing regulations with the entire legal framework have been approved and are being implemented in the four coastal provinces. The small-scale fishing sector will directly benefit approximately 30 000 people from coastal communities and is expected to transform the entire fishing industry...read more

Minister Zokwana today in partnership with the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Maluti-A-Phofung Local Municipality and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) commemorated World Food Day in Phuthaditjhaba, in Qwaqwa to heighten public awareness on the global and national state of food insecurity...read more

The importance of investing in food security and rural development as tools to change the future of migration will be highlighted during this year’s World Food Day commemoration, when the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana together with the Free State MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Oupa Khoabane, FAO Country Representative...read more

Drought continues in winter rainfall areas as a result of persistent below normal rainfall which extended from the previous winter. Other regions of the country such as parts of the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape are also drought stricken. Winter crops are reportedly in good condition except where there is drought. The condition of veld and livestock in most summer rainfall areas is generally well...read more

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    1. Mabeskraal: 09 October 2017
    2. 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 communities...read more

    3. Kwazulu Natal: 02 October 2017
    4. 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 Department...read more

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