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Appointment of Business Development Director for FSA
29 April, 2013
We are pleased to announce the appointed of Mr Norman Dlamini, to the position of Business Development Director in FSA. read more
FP&M SETA deadline for mandatory grant application - 30 June 2013
24 April, 2013
Firms in the Clothing, Footwear, Forestry, Furniture, General Goods, Leather, Packaging, Print Media, Printing, Publishing, Pulp and Paper, Textiles and Wood Products, registered with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) SETA are reminded that their application for Mandatory Grants is due by 30 June 2013. read more
FABI request for information on location of sites infested with white grubs
18 April, 2013
We are requesting information on sites infested with white grubs. If you know of sites where you have noticed whitegrubs, or which have a history of whitegrub attack on newly planted trees, please let us know. This can be sites planted with wattle, eucalypts or pine. We wish to collect these whitegrubs as part of a new PhD project that is investigating the use of EPNs (entomopathogenic nematodes) for the management of whitegrubs in plantation forestry.
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First ICFR field day for 2013
17 April, 2013
A reminder of the first ICFR field day for 2013, which is one with a wattle focus. The programme has been developed in conjunction with wattle growers, particularly in the Central Region and the field day is open to anyone in the Industry interested in attending, so we hope you can join us on Wednesday 22 May at the Wittenberg Church, Moolman for this event. read more
NMMU launches new programme - Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management
9 April, 2013
Applications are open for an exciting new programme - Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management - which is being introduced at NMMU's George Campus (Saasveld) from the beginning of the 2014 Academic Year. read more
Draft Expropriation Bill
2 April, 2013
Please find attached the above mentioned document which was Gazetted on 20th March 2013 for public comment together with an explanatory memorandum on the Draft Bill produced by the Department. read more
Sawlog prices in North and Central Europe have trended downward the past two years, while prices in Eastern Europe have increased slightly
2 April, 2013
Sawlog prices in Europe were generally lower in 2012 than in 2011 because of lower log demand from the sawmilling sector, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Many sawmills on the continent have been forced to reduce production as a result of the weak lumber market. Log prices fell the most in the Nordic countries, while prices in Eastern Europe were steady or even slightly higher toward the end of 2012. read more
Update on releases of Selitrichodes neseri, biocontrol agent for Leptocybe invasa
2 April, 2013
Releases of Selitrichodes neseri in Eucalyptus plantations in South Africa continue, with over 4 000 female wasps released at over 200 sites to date. These releases have focused on the regions with the highest infestation of Leptocybe invasa, namely Zululand, the Lowveld and Tzaneen, although releases have also been done in other areas such as KZN Midlands and Piet Retief-Paulpietersburg. read more
Wood fiber costs for pulp mills fell in both North America and Latin America in the 4Q/12 because of weaker pulp markets and an increased supply of sawmill chips
2 April, 2013
Lower pulp prices during last summer and an increased supply of sawmill chips put downward pressure on pulpwood prices in North America and Latin America in the 4Q/12, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. The biggest declines occurred in Western US, British Columbia and Brazil. read more

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