Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over

SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over[Wandile Sihlobo] South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month...

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Konanani Liphadzi
SOUTH AFRICA
SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less

SA's fruit industry - Doing more with less[Konanani Liphadzi] Doing more with less is a theme that's found its way into the narratives of all our economic sectors, in one way or another. The agricultural sector - and the fruit industry - has certainly not been spared, especially when it comes to the dwindling natural resource of water...

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA[Wandile Sihlobo] The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
Theewaterskloof Mayor Christel Vosloo hands out title deeds in Grabouw

The title deeds were transferred with the help of Khaya Lam, a project of the Free Market Foundation (FMF), donations by Two-a-Day, a major employer in the area and parent company of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing, together with the Elgin Foundation.

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019

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[Wandile Sihlobo] The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
Astral takes World of Birds under its wings

The company has also re-drilled a borehole on the property to reduce its reliance on municipal water.Once the borehole is up and running again it will cut World of Birds' annual water bill with approximately R300,000.

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Maroefah Smith
Maroefah Smith
SA Dairy Championships receives 882 entries

The South African Dairy Championships has received 882 entries. The competition will take place on Thursday 28 February 2019 at GrandWest in Cape Town.

This year, 76 manufacturers entered a total of 882 dairy products in more than 100 different classes.

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Changing weather patterns a challenge for South African farmers

Changing weather patterns a challenge for South African farmers[Wandile Sihlobo] Last month I painted a bleak picture of SA's grain and oilseed crop conditions due to the dryness of the central and western parts of the country. So it is only fair that I present an update after good rains in the first two weeks of February. Crop conditions have...

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marike brits
SOUTH AFRICA
FMD spill-over contained

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[marike brits] South Africa and her trading partners took concerned notice of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease spill-over reported in January 2019. Rapid and coordinated action from government and industry followed reports of the outbreak...

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Konanani Liphadzi
SOUTH AFRICA
Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industry

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[Konanani Liphadzi] In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the drought

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[Wandile Sihlobo] Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

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Ilse van den Berg
SOUTH AFRICA
If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste

If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste[Ilse van den Berg] Something big is about to happen in the South African wine industry and it is led by none other than top wine connoisseur and negociant, Wade Bales...

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marike brits
SOUTH AFRICA
Foot-and-mouth disease task teams formed

Foot-and-mouth disease task teams formed[marike brits] Following a meeting between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Animal Health Forum, three task teams have been set up to deal with the current FMD outbreak, and the management of the disease going forward...

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers[Wandile Sihlobo] One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

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Simon Carpenter
SOUTH AFRICA
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
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[Simon Carpenter] To manage the coming swell, robots that harvest crops and digital farming are joining green revolution and time-held traditional farming techniques. Digital farming is garnering lots of interest...

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Juanita Pienaar
SOUTH AFRICA
Q&A w/ Tania Kleintjes-Moses: Chenin Blanc, women in wine and proud legacies

Tania Kleintjes-Moses, Spier Wine Farm’s organic winemaker. © SM Photography.
Tania Kleintjes-Moses, Spier Wine Farm’s organic winemaker. © SM Photography.
[Juanita Pienaar] Spier Wine Farm's organic winemaker, Tania Kleintjes-Moses elaborates on why she chose a career in winemaking, why she thinks the industry is still very much a boy's club and how she is channelling her groot oupa, trying to leave behind a proud legacy of her own...

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Peter Setou
SOUTH AFRICA
#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019[Peter Setou] Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

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Dr Hennie Ras
SOUTH AFRICA
#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains

#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains
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[Dr Hennie Ras] A recent development has been implemented as a value chain solution stretching across five consecutive roles in the cotton and cotton products value chain, aiming to still link up the remaining three to four roles to complete the journey from cotton farmers to consumers of cotton-based garments and fashion...

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Konanani Liphadzi
SOUTH AFRICA
#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be

#BizTrends 2019: Agriculture: The future's uncertain, but our vision doesn't have to be
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[Konanani Liphadzi] Stats SA's announcement of 2.2% GDP growth for Q3 of 2018 made SA's exit from the recession official. This time it was thanks to the secondary and tertiary sectors, which grew by 4,5% and 2,6% respectively...

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Wandile Sihlobo
SOUTH AFRICA
Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?
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[Wandile Sihlobo] South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

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