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South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export markets
South African government should focus on expansion of agricultural export marketsArticle

The increase in domestic agricultural output in the recent past and planned expansion in various subsectors in the coming years means that South African policymakers should focus on creating new opportunities in the export market...

Wandile Sihlobo 19 Mar 2021

9th annual Leadership Academy for Agriculture programme under way
9th annual Leadership Academy for Agriculture programme under wayArticle

Twenty-eight agriculturists, from grain producers and agri-researchers to a Brahman stud manager and even a beekeeper, make up the 2021 class of the ninth annual...

24 Feb 2021

Safeguarding the well-being of SA's agricultural workers
Safeguarding the well-being of SA's agricultural workersArticle

"It has been proven that the sector is essential to post-Covid-19 economic recovery, but the health of workers will need to be safeguarded, as their contribution will be key to the role the sector has to play."

16 Feb 2021

Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform plan
Problematic assumptions raise questions about South Africa's new land reform planArticle

The new initiative reproduces the core weaknesses of post-apartheid state land and agricultural policy. These have done little to improve the livelihoods of the poor...

Ben Cousins 27 Oct 2020

New TV show puts Mzansi's new era farmers on the map
New TV show puts Mzansi's new era farmers on the mapArticle

A brand-new show saluting the unsung heroes of Mzansi agriculture hit the small screen on Thursday evening and, the producers say, it's raw, real and cutting-edge - a first for local television...

Issued by YehBaby Digital 8 Oct 2020

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The cotton sector: A myriad of challenges, a world of opportunitiesArticle

While considerable effort has already been made, massive growth in the local market is needed to diversify South African cotton into new markets...

Cobus de Bruyn 11 Aug 2020

Finding the key to agricultural growth in SA
Finding the key to agricultural growth in SAArticle

The agricultural sector needs trust and alignment of vision on all sides in order to foster inclusive growth. If we cannot resolve the divergence of vision between different interest groups, our options will be limited...

Wandile Sihlobo 5 Aug 2020

While retail sales plunge, SA's agriculture industry shows promise
While retail sales plunge, SA's agriculture industry shows promiseArticle

The agricultural sector is showing itself to be an anomaly, and it grew almost 30% during the financially turbulent first quarter of 2020...

29 Jul 2020

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There's no need to reinvent the wheel to boost growth in agricultureArticle

The South African agriculture sector has the potential to be among the sectors that will drive economic growth and job creation during the post-Covid-19 recovery phrase. The path to realise this growth does not need new policies...

19 Jun 2020

Another relief for the agri sector after a 50 basis points cut in the repo rate
Another relief for the agri sector after a 50 basis points cut in the repo rateArticle

A combination of favourable crude oil price outlook, lower local inflation with risks to the downside, and economic contraction afforded the South African Reserve Bank room to cut the repurchase rate...

Paul Makube 21 May 2020

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

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

SA agriculture beyond Covid-19: Grobank responds to food chain concerns
SA agriculture beyond Covid-19: Grobank responds to food chain concernsArticle

"We are convinced that, as a country, we will come out of this Covid-19 crisis far stronger and more resilient - but this means we must take a longer-term view now and see the green shoots of opportunity appearing in the agri-space."

23 Apr 2020

Food For Mzansi, Grobank hosted free webinar
Food For Mzansi, Grobank hosted free webinarArticle

Food For Mzansi and Grobank presented a free webinar under the theme 'We shall overcome: South African agriculture beyond Covid-19'...

Issued by Grobank Limited 15 Apr 2020

When the going gets tough, farmers are on familiar territory
When the going gets tough, farmers are on familiar territoryArticle

South African farmers are old hands at adapting to uncertain and daunting circumstances, and our local agricultural industry has proved to be most enterprising...

Dr Kobus Laubscher 9 Apr 2020

Massive fuel drop helps offset cost pressures for the agriculture sector
Massive fuel drop helps offset cost pressures for the agriculture sectorArticle

The South African agriculture sector, as well as consumer, can breathe a sigh of relief following the announcement of a massive fuel price decrease...

Paul Makube 1 Apr 2020

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Agri tech investment vital for industry output, export growthArticle

South African agriculture needs more investment and the implementation of the latest technology to boost output, not only for local consumption, but also for vitally needed exports to boost foreign exchange earnings...

9 Mar 2020

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Coronavirus could threaten global agricultural tradeArticle

"The growing impact of the Covid-19 coincides with the announcement of a 1,4% retraction in our economy as well as a decline of 7,6% for agriculture in the fourth quarter of 2019."

5 Mar 2020

Employing innovative ideas for sustainable agriculture
Employing innovative ideas for sustainable agricultureArticle

"Sustainable agriculture can be defined in many ways, yet the most accurate description is that it sustains farmers, resources and surrounding communities through the promotion of profitable, environmentally-responsible farming activities in the interest of all citizens of South Africa."

20 Sep 2019

Overcoming systemic challenges to transform South Africa's agricultural sector
Overcoming systemic challenges to transform South Africa's agricultural sectorArticle

Gert Schoonbee, co-owner of farming company Schoonbee Landgoed shares insight on how South Africa's agriculture sector can be transformed...

Gert Schoonbee 17 Sep 2019

Agriculture offers best chance for economic growth in SA
Agriculture offers best chance for economic growth in SAArticle

The Southern Africa Agri Initiative welcomes the national treasury's discussion document on economic policy that was released on 27 August 2019...

3 Sep 2019

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakens in Q2 2019
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakens in Q2 2019Article

The survey was conducted between 27 May and 6 June 2019 and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa.

Wandile Sihlobo 11 Jun 2019

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Why crop insurance is a vital tool in minimising risk for SA farmersArticle

With limited areas of arable land available for crop production, limited water resources and the constant risk of drought looming over the horizon, farmers have had to take more notice of the various types of risk that they face than ever before...

Phillip du Preez 6 Jun 2019

Three-pronged partnership to upskill SA's black farmers
Three-pronged partnership to upskill SA's black farmersArticle

In a unique approach to transformation and development, commercial farmers involved in primary and secondary agricultural who receive grants from the Department of Agriculture are being given the opportunity to hone their skills both on and off their farms...

3 Jun 2019

Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SA
Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SAArticle

To date, the programme, which is focused on empowering smallholder female farmers within the country's agriculture sector, has trained 350 small-scale female farmers in rural areas of Limpopo province...

26 Apr 2019

Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture
Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agricultureArticle

We talk to Gerhard Pienaar, BI Business Development Leader, Agriculture, to find out more about what Bearings International is looking to achieve at this year's Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day, as he shares insights into on the importance of new technologies and more...

Robin Fredericks 24 Apr 2019

Defining the African digital reinvention
Defining the African digital reinventionArticle

Digital transformation is an often-misunderstood concept - meaning different things to different people - as countries and companies redefine 'digital' for the Fourth Industrial Revolution...

7 Feb 2019

Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020
Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020Article

Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, together with the support of the South African National Convention Bureau will play host to Kenes Exhibitions' Agritech Africa 2020 in Cape Town.

11 Dec 2018

Securing competitive advantage in agriculture
Securing competitive advantage in agricultureArticle

South African agriculture still offers many investment opportunities despite headwinds caused by drought in parts of the country and policy uncertainty...

3 Jul 2018

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Kwanalu, AgriSA meet with KZN farmers ahead of EWC hearingsArticle

To keep farmers informed and to gather their feedback, Kwanalu, together with AgriSA, hosted a workshop for the heads of all KZN farmers' associations and leaders of local commodity groups ahead of the Expropriation without Compensations hearings in mid-July...

31 May 2018

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Nampo 2018: South African agriculture is live and wellArticle

Despite the uncertainties currently facing South African producers, Nampo 2018 saw a new record in attendance figures, with positive feedback from exhibitors...

24 May 2018

Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmers
Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmersArticle

"Government has an immediate and obvious avenue to ease the burden of farmers, and help cash-flow and profit generation and we hope that the coming months will see speedy legislative reforms that introduce a practical and more lenient approach to diesel rebates so that farmers are able to fully benefit."

9 May 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture
Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agricultureArticle

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

Agri SA releases first consolidated report on transformation in agriculture
Agri SA releases first consolidated report on transformation in agricultureArticle

The report is geared towards promoting transformation in agriculture. This is done by identifying best practices and exploring opportunities for further growth and finding solutions to developmental challenges...

26 Apr 2018

The finalists in the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2018 competition are from left: Hendrik Theron, Wessel Hattingh, Nelius Ferreira (the winner) and Reece Dedwith. Photo: 3'kie's Photography
Free State Agriculture Young Farmer 2018 of the Year announcedArticle

Nelius Ferreira has been announced as this year's Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018. According to Ferreira, it was a privilege to share the stage with other young farmers...

16 Apr 2018

Jobs Fund and Sernick Group partners to support emerging farmers
Jobs Fund and Sernick Group partners to support emerging farmersArticle

The initiative is a comprehensive intervention in which emerging black farmers will be recruited, trained, capacitated and provided with supply opportunities through integration in Sernick's value chain...

5 Apr 2018

ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreement
ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreementArticle

In a 'best practice step to commercialise homegrown cultivars' locally and internationally, a new agreement has been signed between Culdevco and the Agricultural Research Council for a further 10-year period...

27 Mar 2018

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Agri-Teen Symposium to foster youth participation in agricultureArticle

The symposium aims to establish a practical network of mentors for South African youth to tap into enhanced programmes that not only encourage greater youth participation in the sector but also facilitate this in a sustainable manner...

22 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategyArticle

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

Climate change a top concern for agribusinesses
Climate change a top concern for agribusinessesArticle

The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that climate change or increasing volatility of weather is a top concern for agribusinesses. Farming is a high-risk industry faced with uncontrollable threats like hailstorms, floods, disease outbreaks and drought...

20 Mar 2018

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The economic impact of stock theftArticle

During December 2017, 30% less livestock was slaughtered than the previous year - an indication that producers are rebuilding their herds. The decrease in supply resulted in an increase in the value of livestock, including stolen livestock...

14 Mar 2018

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South Africa's land debate is clouded by misrepresentation and lack of dataArticle

There is only the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing, and why. The woeful record keeping of national and local government departments is partly to blame. But they are not the sole culprits...

Ben Cousins 12 Mar 2018

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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on release of Statistics South Africa jobs data for last quarter of 2017Article

According to the Stats SA Quarter Four Labour Force Survey, agriculture created an additional 39,000 jobs...

12 Mar 2018

Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farms
Jobs and profits drying up on Western Cape grape farmsArticle

A grape farmer in Vredendal says he will make no profit this season. He has employed 30 fewer seasonal workers and, depending on rainfall this winter, may have to retrench permanent staff...

Aidan Jones 9 Mar 2018

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SA agri economy grew by 17.7%Article

After an extended contraction in 2015 and 2016, the South African agricultural economy grew by 17.7% in 2017. This was boosted by strong output in almost all the subsectors, such as field crops, livestock and horticulture...

8 Mar 2018

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Land expropriation without compensation a threat to food security, investmentArticle

The Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament appointed to review the Constitution will now create even greater uncertainty for commercial agricultural producers and place further investments by local and foreign investments in agriculture in the balance...

1 Mar 2018

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'Land reform legitimate but not expropriation'Article

Expropriation without compensation would erode property rights and would mean that land could no longer serve as collateral for loans. There is also the danger of international disinvestment and the risk of losing benefits from initiatives such as AGOA...

Linda Ensor 28 Feb 2018

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National Assembly adopts motion on land expropriation without compensationArticle

The National Assembly set in motion a process to amend the Constitution so as to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation...

28 Feb 2018

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Farmers compete for FSA Young Farmer of the Year 2018 crownArticle

A milk, crop and two Bonsmara farmers will battle it out to be crowned as Free State Agriculture's (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018.

28 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Impact of budget speech on SA agriculture
#Budget2018: Impact of budget speech on SA agricultureArticle

LISTEN: A brief analysis of the 2018 budget speech and the impact it will most likely have on South Africa's agricultural industry based on the budgetary allocations, land restitution, water shortage, and...

22 Feb 2018

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