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Local poultry production shows moderate growth
Local poultry production shows moderate growthArticle

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year...

15 Sep 2020

Agribusiness confidence rebounds in Q3
Agribusiness confidence rebounds in Q3Article

After deteriorating from the 50-point mark to 39 in the second quarter, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) rebounded to 51 in the third quarter of 2020...

14 Sep 2020

Covid-19 threatens the South African potato industry
Covid-19 threatens the South African potato industryArticle

The South African potato industry is under threat due to a surplus of frozen and processed potato products in Europe. This surplus is a result of a decreased demand brought on by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic...

11 Sep 2020

Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continent
Failing Africa's farmers, starving the continentArticle

African farm groups demand answers of Green Revolution Forum...

Timothy A. Wise 9 Sep 2020

SA agriculture posts strong growth in Q2 of 2020
SA agriculture posts strong growth in Q2 of 2020Article

Following a good start to 2020 with first quarter agriculture GDP rebounding strongly by 28.6% quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted annualised, the sector posted another impressive growth of 15% in the second quarter of 2020 which made it the only positive contributor with a 0.3 of a percentage point...

Paul Makube 8 Sep 2020

Surplus food: The key to boosting household food security
Surplus food: The key to boosting household food securityArticle

Government needs to legislate labelling that supports the diversion of surplus food; the food value chain needs to find efficient ways to divert and deliver it; and civil society needs to put pressure on the system to ensure that their fellow countrymen are adequately fed and nourished...

John Hudson 8 Sep 2020

Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?
Will Zimbabwe's ambition to notably lift its maize production in 2020/21 materialise?Article

In the period between 2015 and 2019, Zimbabwe's maize imports averaged 17% of overall agricultural imports which were valued at US$795m, according to data from Trade Map. But last Zimbabwean government made an important statement aiming to boost its maize production...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 Sep 2020

African farmers are younger than you think. Here is why
African farmers are younger than you think. Here is whyArticle

Africa is far from having an ageing farming population. What is missing is a critical mass of skilled, young farmers with access to finance who could drive productivity in farming...

Felix Kwame Yeboah and Thomas Jayne 7 Sep 2020

R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmers
R100m Covid-19 grant funding set aside for smallholder farmersArticle

The fund will be made available to existing Land Bank smallholder farmers; this includes the banks farmers who are serviced through the bank's intermediary partners...

7 Sep 2020

ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit fly
ARC aims to free Southern Africa from the fruit flyArticle

A coordinated project by the Agricultural Research Council, F3 Fruit Fly Free has been initiated to establish and maintain fruit fruit production areas free or under low prevalence of this pest in Southern Africa...

4 Sep 2020

Newly launched virtual event to bring African agrofood, plastprintpack industries together
Newly launched virtual event to bring African agrofood, plastprintpack industries togetherArticle

The four-day event brings leading global manufacturers and decision-makers from the African agrofood and plastprintpack industries together, creating a network of valuable business contacts.

3 Sep 2020

Genomic test for dairy cows launched in SA
Genomic test for dairy cows launched in SAArticle

Genomic testing will enable farmers to fine tune their management, selection and breeding decisions with confidence...

1 Sep 2020

Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can't be fixed without proper data
Africa has a growing food security problem: why it can't be fixed without proper dataArticle

Poor and inconsistent pricing data makes it hard to assess agricultural markets...

28 Aug 2020

The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agriculture
The imperative to create shared value for Africa through investment in agricultureArticle

While other industries and sectors may have come to hold greater economic prominence in much of the developed world, in Africa, agriculture remains the most significant economic driver...

Axel Smeulders 27 Aug 2020

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Using agriculture to help boost job creation, investment in MozambiqueArticle

Brazilian investors have expressed interest in Mozambique's agribusiness, given the agro-ecological potential and the promising opportunities that the country offers in this sector.

25 Aug 2020

Update on the FMD disease outbreak in Limpopo
Update on the FMD disease outbreak in LimpopoArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has announced that the quarantine for foot-and-mouth disease has been lifted in nine locations...

24 Aug 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

Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sector
Microsoft investment to boost sustainability in SA's agricultural sectorArticle

The investment is aimed at driving sustainability in the sector for smallholder farmers, who form an important part of the agricultural workforce in the country...

4 Aug 2020

Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industry
Cape Wine Master Winnie Bowman on women winemakers and the state of the SA wine industryArticle

Ahead of Women's Day on Sunday, August 9, Bowman talks about how the alcohol ban has seriously damaged an already frail wine industry and how much styles and trends have changed in recent years...

Janine Greenleaf Walker 3 Aug 2020

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SA might be on track for another good crops season due to higher rainfallArticle

It has become increasingly challenging to forecast agricultural production seasons with any level of confidence. One of the factors that has contributed to this challenge is more unpredictable weather conditions, especially over the last decade.

Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jul 2020

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SA agriculture sector 1Q20 recovery - where to from here?Article

Despite four consecutive quarters of contraction and ongoing challenges due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa's agriculture sector rebounded by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter...

Casey Delport 28 Jul 2020

This is how rural areas can be developed through agriculture
This is how rural areas can be developed through agricultureArticle

We need to confront infrastructure and governance constraints that have hindered the growth of agriculture over the past two decades...

24 Jul 2020

Food Dialogues 2020: Building a healthier, more resilient and just food system
Food Dialogues 2020: Building a healthier, more resilient and just food systemArticle

Issues around food, nutrition and hunger have reached a new level of urgency as the widespread, ongoing hunger in South Africa and many parts of the world are exacerbated by the global Covid-19 pandemic and responses to it...

23 Jul 2020

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State of the agricultural sector in South Africa' economyArticle

The sector increased by 27.8% quarter-on-quarter due to higher production of animal products, horticulture and field crops amid favourable weather conditions...

Paul Makube 21 Jul 2020

Philippi's urban agri project gets R40m investment boost
Philippi's urban agri project gets R40m investment boostArticle

"The purpose of the project is to revitalise small and medium-business urban farming, offer training, and increase job opportunities in Philippi."

20 Jul 2020

Reinstated liquor ban puts pressure on agricultural commodities
Reinstated liquor ban puts pressure on agricultural commoditiesArticle

The ban directly affects producers in terms of financing profiles, crop rotation systems and the control of ecosystems...

15 Jul 2020

Karoo farmers take to the sky to curb the spread of invasive alien plants
Karoo farmers take to the sky to curb the spread of invasive alien plantsArticle

"During the past four decades, the southern and northern slopes, as well as the mountain tops of the Outeniqua Mountains have fallen prey to the aggressive spread of invasive alien plants, in particular wattle and pine trees."

13 Jul 2020

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Raising a red flag on the privatisation of communal landArticle

During an online workshop hosted by the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, participants discussed rapid and 'silent' privatisation of customary land under the theme women's land tenure security and livelihoods in Southern Africa...

13 Jul 2020

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Farmers donate grain seed to colleagues in drought stricken MatzikamaArticle

Producers in the Matzikama district haven't had a harvest in five years. Parts of the area have had some rain over the past few weeks and some producers have already started planting the donated seed for grazing for livestock in the summer.

10 Jul 2020

Reaching new heights with drone technology
Reaching new heights with drone technologyArticle

The Sernick Group has welcomed the opportunity to implement drone technology in their own commercial farming practices and has since been researching new ways to benefit from it.

8 Jul 2020

Entries open for the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10
Entries open for the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10Article

Sauvignon Blanc South Africa invites producers of this popular cultivar to enter their best wines by Tuesday,18 August 2020 for the annual competition. Late entries will be accepted until Friday, 21 August 2020...

8 Jul 2020

Applications for CASP funding now open
Applications for CASP funding now openArticle

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has announced that applications for Comprehensive Agricultural Support Package funding are open for the 2021/22 financial year and invites subsistence and smallholder as well as black commercial farmers in the Western Cape, who meet the criteria, to apply...

8 Jul 2020

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How a global pandemic could strengthen agribusiness in AfricaArticle

As supply chains around the world are disrupted and the demand for certain types of food drops in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens...

Louis van Ravesteyn 8 Jul 2020

Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in Africa
Preventing Covid-19 from becoming a hunger crisis in AfricaArticle

In the last several months, Covid-19 has taken up nearly every news headline in nearly every country in the world. The health impact, testing, confinement, and trying to curb the pandemic have rightly been at the forefront...

Mimi Alemayehou 6 Jul 2020

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Unlocking Africa's agribusiness potential with platform thinkingArticle

Despite the continent's abundance in arable land and water resources, its economies and communities are yet to reap the benefits. Agribusinesses in Africa still face serious challenges and as a result, the sector remains largely untapped...

Louis van Ravesteyn 1 Jul 2020

Positive weather conditions help lift agriculture GDP output
Positive weather conditions help lift agriculture GDP outputArticle

The latest GDP update from Statistics South Africa shows an impressive rebound in agriculture forestry and fishing industry sector fortunes for the first quarter of 2020...

Paul Makube 1 Jul 2020

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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural employment in South AfricaArticle

A key question that consistently arises amid the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on the economy is its effect on employment. We believe there may be some resilience in the agricultural sector compared to other sectors of the economy...

Wandile Sihlobo 23 Jun 2020

New body to drive transformation in the poultry industry
New body to drive transformation in the poultry industryArticle

South Africa's black poultry producers are set to launch their own body to organise themselves into one voice for driving the transformation agenda in the industry. This follows years of no representation...

22 Jun 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

Forestry, paper sector builds back a better future for SA's youth
Forestry, paper sector builds back a better future for SA's youthArticle

The effect of Covid-19 and lockdown on children and youngsters have been a case for debate and study, from lack of access to data or devices for online learning to the mental health issues. It has also stirred many sectors not to "go back to normal" but to "build back better"...

18 Jun 2020

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#YouthMonth: Impact investing - unlocking a multi-billion-dollar industryArticle

Lize Lubbe's pioneering spirit has led her to deliberately choose the road less travelled at every pivotal moment. Investing and entrepreneurship have been the golden thread that runs throughout her career, and the results of her leading huge impact investment projects across the African continent have been extraordinary...

17 Jun 2020

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The impact of Covid-19 on food security in AfricaArticle

Supply chains, food and nutrition security, as well as current and future production functions, have been negatively impacted by a host of factors related to the Covid-19 crisis...

Professor Njuguna S. Ndung'u 11 Jun 2020

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Above normal rainfall levels expected for 2020 winter seasonArticle

Although above normal rainfall is anticipated in winter rainfall areas, soil moisture and dams levels are critically low, and not all areas might receive the expected above-normal rainfall...

10 Jun 2020

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Agbiz, BFAP says SA's agriculture sector is stabilisingArticle

Experts in the agricultural sector are confident that the introduction of level 3 lockdown restrictions will bring relief to the food supply chain, which has experienced significant disruptions over the past two months.

2 Jun 2020

South Africa can expect bigger summer grains and oilseeds crop
South Africa can expect bigger summer grains and oilseeds cropArticle

South Africa's 2019/20 fourth summer crop production estimates data recently released by the Crop Estimates Committee did not introduce major adjustments from the previous estimates...

29 May 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

Overview of global lemon market
Overview of global lemon marketArticle

Argentina and South Africa, the two countries responsible for most of the exports to the European market, have already started. The favourable prices in Europe and an early start to the season provide an excellent opportunity for these countries...

20 May 2020

Smallholders get R500m approved for Covid-19 agri disaster fund
Smallholders get R500m approved for Covid-19 agri disaster fundArticle

The smallholder and communal farmers' application process opened on 8 April and closed on 22 April 2020, and 33,000 manual application forms were distributed through our provincial and district offices, commodity organisations, and civil society organisations...

19 May 2020

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