Agriculture Trends 2017

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African agriculture on the World Economic Forum annual meeting agenda

SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga will join global leaders in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum's 47th annual meeting taking place from 17-20 January 2017, in order to promote African agriculture...

8 hours ago

Top Wine SA Hall of Fame champions announced

2017 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications have announced the 82 wines that form part of the Top Wine SA Hall of Fame.

12 hours ago

Fairview goats get a skywalk and playpark

35 years after its famous Goat Tower was first built, Fairview has introduced a new landmark attraction – South Africa's first skywalk and activity playpark for goats...

12 hours ago

Astral Foods projects a poultry catastrophe if Eskom cuts off defaulting councils

The company warned that Eskom would disconnect power supply to the municipality indefinitely if the situation did not improve - so 11.5-million chickens would not be fed daily...

By Mark Allix 3 days ago

Price of major food commodities fall for fifth year in a row

"Economic uncertainties, including movements in exchange rates, are likely to influence food markets even more so this year."

3 days ago

#BizTrends2017: Building confidence in South African wines

We catch up with Lizelle Gerber, winemaker at Boschendal, to find out what will keep the wine flowing this year...

By Cari Coetzee 3 days ago

Tractor sales surge in December: Saama

Tractor sales leaped 27.8% year on year in December to 349 units, but for the whole of 2016 sales fell 11.3% to 5,855 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association...

By Dominic Preuss 3 days ago

Low poultry duty on EU 'will decimate jobs in SA'

South African chicken producers, the South African Poultry Association, and labour mainly blame "dumping" of dark chicken meat products, such as legs, for the industry's woes as producers struggle to sustain operations...

By Mark Allix 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet...

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

2017: Weathering a tough year for business

Dr Yudhvir Seetharam says it isn't all doom and gloom as he shares his outlook on a few trends that we can expect in 2017 in various industries...

12 Jan 2017

Wheat industry in distress as farmers switch to crops that bring in dough

Local wheat production has been in decline since 2000 as farmers are dumping the crop in favour of more profitable produce such as maize and soya beans...

By Colleen Goko 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Facing the realities of agricultural business

Grain farming is the primary area of South African agricultural production and the reality is that successive droughts have limited the financial capacity of many farmers to plant...

By Frank Winder 12 Jan 2017

Free State needs more rain to break the grip of drought

Drought conditions still prevail over especially the southern, south eastern, south western and western Free State...

12 Jan 2017

Future looks bright for Astral as shares soar

While MTN's latest payment-break offer to snare cash-strapped consumers deserves caution...

11 Jan 2017

Multi-million rand logistics and retail park to be developed at N2 Business Estate

A multi-million rand logistics and retail park is to be developed at the N2 Business Estate, further establish the Cornubia multi-use development as an important node between King Shaka International Airport and Durban...

11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Ever increasing costs to shape agriculture 2017

The emerging realities that will continue to affect farming are the ever increasing costs of irrigated land, inflation on input costs and the shift to longer term crops...

By Cari Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

Agri SA to work on drought defence

The agricultural sector was considering the adoption of smart disaster aid after sections of the industry were brought to their knees by the prolonged drought...

By Asha Speckman 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Agility, technology and investing in the African market

Drought, local political uncertainty and ongoing global macro-economic instability have placed many businesses on the back foot as they go into the New Year...

11 Jan 2017

Eco-friendly farm owners 'lose everything' in Paarl wildfire

A wildfire fanned by gusting winds engulfed large sections of an eco-friendly wine farm in Paarl, destroying a manor house and buildings, some of which are more than 300 years old...

11 Jan 2017

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