Media Release

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24 Jun 2017Media Release: Update on avian influenza confirmed in Mpumalanga

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 was confirmed in a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga on Thursday 22 June 2017. HPAI is a rapidly spreading viral disease that can infect many types of birds and it is highly contagious. It exists naturally in many birds and can be transmitted by coming into contact with infected animals or through ingestion of infected food or water

21 Jun 2017Media Release: Minister Zokwana to sign hand-over certificate for aquaculture project in GARIEP

Members of the media are invited to a hand-over ceremony of an aquaculture project in Gariep by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

20 Jun 2017Media Release: Climate advisory for the 2017 winter season

Most summer rainfall areas improved greatly following good rains received during the 2016/17 summer season. Generally, the veld and livestock are in reasonable to good condition and above average yields of summer crops are anticipated. On the other hand, very dry conditions have been reported in the winter rainfall areas, and drought status has been declared in the Western Cape with water restrictions in place

19 Jun 2017Media Invite: Youth in agriculture, forestry and fisheries honoured for excellence

The #YAFF awards were launched in 2016 to encourage young people to consider farming as a career choice and those already involved in farming to increase their participation in the economic mainstream. Hosted under the theme

16 Jun 2017Media Release: FRAP 2015/16 update

The Minister has commenced with the consideration and evaluation of appeals lodged against the decisions taken during FRAP 2015/16 and has appointed three (3) outside individuals independent of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Branch: Fisheries Management

15 Jun 2017Media Release: Minister Zokwana arrives in China for the 7th meeting of the BRICS

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries General Bheki Cele together with the MEC for Rural Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), Manketsi Tlhape invite members of the media to a feedback and Imbizo Outreach Programme to be held at Los-My-Cherry (Welgeval) in the North West Province. The Deputy Minister visited the area last year and promised to return to the area. As part of commemorating Youth Month, the Deputy Minister is set to engage the youth as part of a public participation programme

14 Jun 2017Media Release: Deputy Minister to give feedback and engage youth of Los-My-Cherry

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries General Bheki Cele together with the MEC for Rural Environment and Agricultural Development (READ), Manketsi Tlhape invite members of the media to a feedback and Imbizo Outreach Programme to be held at Los-My-Cherry (Welgeval) in the North West Province. The Deputy Minister visited the area last year and promised to return to the area. As part of commemorating Youth Month, the Deputy Minister is set to engage the youth as part of a public participation programme

13 Jun 2017Media Alert: National Council of Provinces Budget Vote

Minister Zokwana will table his Budget Vote Speech to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) at the Old Assembly Chamber in Parliament, Cape Town on 13 June 2017

09 Jun 2017Media Alert : Deputy Minister General Bheki Cele promotes youth participation in

Following the successful launch of #Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (YAFF) awards in 2016, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries General Bheki Cele will continue encouraging youth participation in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors when he attends the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Youth Career Expo in Barberton, Mpumalanga on 15 June 2017

08 Jun 2017Media Statement: SA suspends all trade in birds and chicken products from Zimbabwe

South Africa immediately suspended all trade in live birds and poultry, meat, table eggs and other unprocessed poultry products and communicated this to the Zimbabwean Chief Veterinary Officer. South Africa imports very little from Zimbabwe. All importers were immediately notified that their import permits were cancelled. Any permits which have not been used should please be returned to the Department with immediate effect

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