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Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 days ago

Why the farm tyre market is weighed down globally

Even though the broader sluggishness in the farm equipment market continues to influence farm tyre sales globally, recent research shows that opportunities exist as global sales are likely to surpass 42 million...

3 days ago

Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?

Much of the insecurity and fear over land reform and expropriation is based on misinterpretation and a serious lack of reliable data...

3 days ago

New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

3 days ago

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

Maximising profitability of biogas plants

In order to attain profitability, developers need to analyse different feedstock and technology sources, and biogas plant decision-makers require data under conditions mirroring those in full-scale reactors...

By Idan Chiyanzu 16 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

16 Jul 2018

Expropriation without compensation: Is it negatively affecting investment for SA agriculture?

Of late, a number of commentaries have surfaced arguing that the discussions about the proposed expropriation without compensation have not negatively affected investment in the agricultural sectors, suggesting that investment has actually increased over time...

By Wandile Sihlobo and John Purchase 13 Jul 2018

Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

The funding comes in the form of a $250,000 convertible grant from the FMO MASSIF Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Rabobank Foundation, which Apollo Agriculture chief executive officer (CEO) Eli Pollak said would allow it to expand its lending reach and greatly accelerate its rate of learning...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

The empowering impact of macadamia trading on the SA economy

From humble beginnings to an export powerhouse, the South African macadamia industry is the largest producer of macadamia nuts worldwide...

11 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

By Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

Traditional land not affected by Section 25 amendment

A meeting of a Ministerial Task Team and National House of Traditional Leaders has resolved that the traditional land would not be affected by the proposed amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution...

9 Jul 2018

Wesgro has secured agribusiness, green economy investments

"This is an outstanding achievement, especially considering the drought, economic uncertainty and a general slowdown in globalisation faced in the first quarter of this year."

9 Jul 2018

AWIEF's #Value4Her programme is empowering women agri-entrepreneurs in Africa

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum's #Value4Her project launch took place in Nairobi, Kenya over two days and saw 15 southern Africa-based women agri-entrepreneurs attend stakeholder workshops and keynotes from key gender empowerment and agri-business drivers...

6 Jul 2018

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