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Upswing in apple demand supports better domestic prices

After a temporary slowdown in apple demand, there has been an excellent increase in demand for apples during the past two weeks...

15 May 2020

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Engen, Agri SA lend a helping hand to SA's farmers

Engen has partnered with Agri SA to help drive contributions to their Drought Aid Fund, which ensures that farms remain in production and that jobs and food security are protected...

14 May 2020

Food For Mzansi sees record levels of online news readership
Food For Mzansi sees record levels of online news readership

With a record readership approaching a million users, news startup Food For Mzansi has cemented its position as South Africa's leading digital agricultural and lifestyle publication in just 18 months since its inception...

Issued by YehBaby Digital 14 May 2020

How planting a garden can boost bees, local food and resilience during the coronavirus crisis
How planting a garden can boost bees, local food and resilience during the coronavirus crisis

Victory gardens were popular during wartime, and have made a comeback during the current pandemic...

By Sheila Colla 14 May 2020

A Covid conversation with Jean Naudé, CEO of Groot Constantia
A Covid conversation with Jean Naudé, CEO of Groot Constantia

Di Brown chats to Jean Naudé, CEO of Groot Constantia to find out more about the current situation of the estate, challenges faced, and the future during these uncertain times...

By Di Brown 13 May 2020

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FMCG and Covid-19: Sector set for considerable change

The market for FMCG faces considerable changes - impacted by demand for consumer packaged goods, changes in household spending, increase in e-commerce and frequency of shop visits...

13 May 2020

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Fight against foot-and-mouth outbreak makes progress

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development says good progress has been made in the investigation of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo's Molemole Municipality...

13 May 2020

#Level4Lockdown: Deeds offices to reopen this week
#Level4Lockdown: Deeds offices to reopen this week

Deeds offices across the country will as of Wednesday, 13 May, reopen their doors under strict guidelines...

By Onalenna Mhlongo 13 May 2020

SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdown
SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdown

In level four, South Africa has entered a critical time to regain its momentum as one of the world's top wine export regions. The pressure is on bulk wine producers to fulfil current contracts and seal next year's trade agreements while they play catchup with fluctuating exchange rates and a backlog in exports.

12 May 2020

Covid-19 impact on trade and labour in the fresh fruit, vegetable industry
Covid-19 impact on trade and labour in the fresh fruit, vegetable industry

As countries explore re-opening in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, it is important to our industry's recovery to look at how challenges across the supply chain may affect the agriculture industry.

12 May 2020

Webinar: Wine tourism beyond lockdown
Webinar: Wine tourism beyond lockdown

Destinate, with the participation of UNWTO, Wesgro and VinPro, will be hosting The Future of Wine Tourism webinar from 19-21 May 2020...

12 May 2020

Final revised crop production figures for 2019 released
Final revised crop production figures for 2019 released

Comparing the final calculated crop figures with the numbers set by the Crop Estimates Committee, the size of the commercial wheat crop is now 1,535 000 tonnes, which is 33,325 tonnes or 2,22% more than...

11 May 2020

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Land reform beneficiaries, use lockdown to put your CPA in order

The outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and the implementation of the nationwide lockdown may have deferred the land reform programme...

By Nazreen Sekao Pandor and Peter Setou 8 May 2020

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Economic impact of Covid-19 on the meat industry

The meat industry has been forced to come up with creative solutions throughout different value chains to combat the effects of this global pandemic...

By Claudi Nortjé 8 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem
#LockdownLessons: Montsho Sustainable Project is helping the ecosystem

Inspired by nature and the ecosystem, Tebogo Bathebeng founded Montsho Sustainable Project with the aim to create long term natural growth solutions for communities and businesses...

By Evan-Lee Courie 7 May 2020

Global food commodity prices drop in April
Global food commodity prices drop in April

FAO expects subdued usage to push up cereal stocks in 2019/20 and FAO's first forecast for wheat markets in 2020/21 points to continued growth in inventories...

7 May 2020

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The impact of Covid-19 on small scale farmers

It is now inevitable that Covid-19 will lead to global recession and the local economy will not be spared...

By Pertunia Setumo 7 May 2020

How code is improving food security
How code is improving food security

The evolution of civilisation runs hand-in-glove with the earliest forays by our ancestors into agriculture. Simultaneously, the unfolding of early forms of agriculture brought primitive technology into people's lives...

7 May 2020

Black Citrus Growers Programme launched
Black Citrus Growers Programme launched

The programme is expected to create an additional 1,726 permanent and seasonal jobs in the citrus industry...

6 May 2020

When good intentions go bad - an alcohol prohibition history lesson
When good intentions go bad - an alcohol prohibition history lesson

The banning of alcohol sales during lockdown was initially intended to help protect communities, but reality has set in and the outcomes remind us of costly lessons learned...

By Hellen Ndlovu 5 May 2020

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How agritech solutions can help farmers offset coronavirus risks

Agricultural technologies are helping to combat some of the problems that have been intensified in the sector due to the impact of Covid-19...

By Nico Groenewald 5 May 2020

Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulations
Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulations

Tobacco companies want access to minutes of behind-closed-door meetings where ministers voted on Covid-19-busting regulations...

By Tania Broughton 5 May 2020

Conservation agriculture can boost maize yields
Conservation agriculture can boost maize yields

Maize farmers who aim to practise no-tillage or conservation agriculture on their farms will benefit from considerably higher yields during dry seasons...

By Engela Duvenage 5 May 2020

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#Covid19: Keeping Africa fed as the disease bites

Research sponsored by the African Union suggests that if nations on the continent were free from child malnutrition, they could see their GDP expand by as much as 16%...

By Qu Dongyu, Josefa Sacko and Thokozile Didiza 5 May 2020

Food Lover's Market Hunger Month campaign targets 1m meals
Food Lover's Market Hunger Month campaign targets 1m meals

Food Lover's Market has launched its fourth annual Hunger Month in-store campaign this May...

4 May 2020

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Harvest outlook impressive and raises hope agriculture sector rebound

At 15.22 million tonnes, the maize harvest will be the third-largest on record having been raised by 2.8% from the previous month and 35% year-on-year...

By Paul Makube 4 May 2020

Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19
Build inclusive food systems to fight Covid-19

Food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty may intensify in Africa and other developing world nations as the Covid-19 pandemic deepens, making resilient and inclusive food systems to mitigate likely calamities urgent, a report says...

By Wilson Odhiambo 4 May 2020

Food parcels to be distributed to small-scale, interim relief fishers
Food parcels to be distributed to small-scale, interim relief fishers

Distressed small-scale and interim relief fishers across the country will receive some reprieve as the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Department in partnership with FishSA are set to distribute 10, 000 food parcels...

4 May 2020

SU researcher shows how local small-scale farmers can start artisan cheesemaking businesses
SU researcher shows how local small-scale farmers can start artisan cheesemaking businesses

Dr Faith Nyamakwere recently received her PhD in Animal Sciences in the SU Faculty of AgriSciences for her research on how small-scale farmers can start their own artisan cheesemaking businesses...

By Engela Duvenage 30 Apr 2020

#LockdownLevel4: All sectors of agriculture to operate
#LockdownLevel4: All sectors of agriculture to operate

All agricultural sectors will be allowed to operate - however, under strict conditions - under Level 4 of the nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19...

30 Apr 2020

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