Russia a major destination for SA fresh produce exports
Russia a major destination for SA fresh produce exports

Russia continues to be an important market for South African fresh produce, says the Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum (FPEF)...

20 Sep 2018

The evolution of rooibos tea, and why we love it
The evolution of rooibos tea, and why we love it

Rooibos tea has become an integral part of South Africans' way of life and is considered by many as our national beverage...

14 Sep 2018

Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globally
Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globally

The global sesame oil market reached 1,917k tonnes in 2016, expanding strongly over the last four years...

13 Sep 2018

Nespresso's plans to boost coffee production in Zimbabwe
Nespresso's plans to boost coffee production in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is set to be the next country of origin for Nespresso's popular range of coffees. The unit of Nestle SA expects to start selling limited-edition Zimbabwe coffee capsules to global consumers in 2019.

10 Sep 2018

Is 'chocapocalypse' looming? Why we need to understand what's at stake
Is 'chocapocalypse' looming? Why we need to understand what's at stake

No more chocolate by 2050? Several articles have pointed recently that we are heading to a major chocolate crisis...

By Jovana Stanisljevic 4 Sep 2018

Making chicken VAT-free should be a national imperative, says FairPlay founder
Making chicken VAT-free should be a national imperative, says FairPlay founder

South Africa is processing a new report produced by an independent panel that reviewed the current list of items exempted from value-added tax...

3 Sep 2018

These are South Africa's best olive oils
These are South Africa's best olive oils

SA's standout extra virgin olive oils were awarded at the annual SA Olive Awards held in Franschhoek last week...

27 Aug 2018

Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful
Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful

The delays in the publication of adjustments to the South African wheat import tariff are once again causing an interesting pattern...

By Wandile Sihlobo 20 Aug 2018

Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market
Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market

The return of avocados from Kenya to the South African market will be a significant period for both subsistence and commercial farmers in the country...

17 Aug 2018

Increased global consumption of poppy seed
Increased global consumption of poppy seed

According to the report, World: Poppy Seed - Market Report: Analysis and Forecast to 2025, recently published by IndexBox, the global poppy seed market was estimated at 111,000 tonnes in 2016, which was 6% more than in the previous year...

14 Aug 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape
South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season...

By Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods
How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods

Genetically modified (GM) foods for human consumption have long been a subject of intense public debate, as well as academic research...

By David Di Zhang and Grant Alexander Wilson 8 Aug 2018

Tapioca starch market to exceed revenue by 2028
Tapioca starch market to exceed revenue by 2028

High in carbohydrates, and devoid of gluten, grain and nut, tapioca starch has witnessed application in the prevention of food allergies, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease...

8 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

By Bruce Hakutizwi 8 Aug 2018

Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?
Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?

The World Bank economist was in Uganda and spoke to Charles Mpagi on the prospects for the sector in the face of oil discoveries in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan...

6 Aug 2018

Agriculture commodity price on exports drop significantly
Agriculture commodity price on exports drop significantly

Food and Agriculture Organisation's latest food price index shows that export prices for cereals, dairy, sugar, meat and vegetable oils have all declined...

2 Aug 2018

Macadamia crop to double globally over next 4 years
Macadamia crop to double globally over next 4 years

Growing from a relatively small base, the challenge has been to garner enough industry muscle to bring to the fore what makes macadamias so special...

31 Jul 2018

African governments must effectively implement trade agreements
African governments must effectively implement trade agreements

"Why do African countries consume what they don't produce, and produce what they don't consume."

By Mmatlou Kalab and Wandile Sihlobo 30 Jul 2018

Maize crop estimates remain unchanged
Maize crop estimates remain unchanged

The area planted estimate and sixth production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee...

27 Jul 2018

Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market
Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market

The U.S tomato market totalled $12.8bn in 2017 in wholesale prices, which was $2.2bn (15%) less than the year before and $5.4bn (30%) less than its highest level observed in 2018...

26 Jul 2018

Teija Lublinkhoff, WBC International judge at the SA Nationals. Image supplied.
Inaugural Creative Coffee Week celebrates Durban's emerging coffee culture

The inaugural Creative Coffee Week at the Durban promenade and Point waterfront from 26 to 28 July, set to drive local commerce, create employment among the youth and share global insights into the coffee industry...

26 Jul 2018

Levy for soya beans allows access to new cultivars and technology
Levy for soya beans allows access to new cultivars and technology

"For a long time, local soya bean producers did not have access to the latest GMO technology and genetics. This will now change as the soya bean industry has found a way to fund technology and cultivar developments."

18 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
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

The empowering impact of macadamia trading on the SA economy
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

Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries
Rising import food bill a challenge for poorer countries

The world food import bill has broadly tripled since 2000 to reach $1.43tn in 2017, while it has risen around fivefold for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages...

10 Jul 2018

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

Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June
Food Price Index shows 1.3% drop for June

The decline is driven primarily by lower benchmark price quotations for wheat, maize and vegetable oils including those made from soybeans...

5 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market
#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market

Although the recent rainfall in the province was not evenly distributed, almost all wheat growing regions of the province received a fair amount, which should improve crop growing conditions...

4 Jul 2018

Organic concentrated tomatoes the preferred choice for global markets
Organic concentrated tomatoes the preferred choice for global markets

The organic revolution has had a huge impact on concentrated tomato production...

3 Jul 2018

Forecast of 2018 summer crop increased
Forecast of 2018 summer crop increased

The area planted estimate and fifth production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee...

28 Jun 2018

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