Results for agricultural input

News

Agriculture input cost pressures mount as fuel price increases further
Agriculture input cost pressures mount as fuel price increases furtherArticle

The recent developments from a fuel perspective indicate that the determinants of fuel prices have all trended on the upside with Brent crude oil prices rising by 6.7% m/m in April 2021 to average US$64/ barrel...

Paul Makube 8 Apr 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture
New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agricultureArticle

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 4 Feb 2021

Funding Accelerator Programme spearheads growth and resilience in 141 township SMMEs in Gauteng
Funding Accelerator Programme spearheads growth and resilience in 141 township SMMEs in GautengArticle

Thursday, 3 December 2020, saw 141 small businesses led by historically underserved entrepreneurs graduate from the bespoke Funding Accelerator Programme, aptly named 'Khulisa iBiznis', meaning 'Grow your business'...

Issued by SAICA 15 Dec 2020

AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food security
AfDB unveils strategy roadmap to safeguard food securityArticle

The roadmap has been launched to assist African countries in tackling the nutrition and food security aspects of the Covid-19 crisis through a raft of immediate and longer-term measures...

9 Jun 2020

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

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...

Evan-Lee Courie 7 May 2020

Africa Food Security 11 via
Mitigating Covid-19's impact on Africa's food systemsArticle

The global spread of COVID-19 and the rising number of coronavirus cases in Africa are fueling anxiety about negative economic growth, failing healthcare and collapsing food systems...

Atsuko Toda and Dr Martin Fregene 17 Apr 2020

CloudVisual via
Covid-19 could put pressure on agri inputsArticle

Food security remains paramount and even though South Africa is a net exporter of agricultural products, it imports a substantial share of the inputs required to produce this surplus...

17 Apr 2020

African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisis
African farmers lose export market access amidst Covid-19 crisisArticle

Millions of African smallholder farmers who grow fruits and vegetables (FFV) for export have lost market access as flights are cancelled and borders restricted around the world...

15 Apr 2020

Why Ghana's smallholders aren't excited by the latest 'Green Revolution'
Why Ghana's smallholders aren't excited by the latest 'Green Revolution'Article

In the past 20 years, a newer model of the Green Revolution has emerged predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. Domestic and international agribusinesses have a much more prominent place...

Siera Vercillo 14 Apr 2020

Getting women in the driver's seat of Africa's agribusiness revolution
Getting women in the driver's seat of Africa's agribusiness revolutionArticle

More African female agripreneurs must be supported to grow and progressively transition into the business segments of agricultural value chains which are most profitable...

Mariam Yinusa and Edward Mabaya 25 Nov 2019

Maize production holds great potential for the African continent
Maize production holds great potential for the African continentArticle

Maize meal is the most widely grown crop in sub-Saharan Africa, accounting for 40% of the continent's production and 0.3% of global maize production in 2017...

23 Oct 2019

Irochka via
Crop planting drive to improve KZN food securityArticle

In an effort to create vibrant agricultural communities and improve food security, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government will this week launch a multimillion-rand Crops Planting Programme in Mkhanyakude District Municipality...

11 Sep 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

Why poor storage and handling are to blame for Uganda's poor quality seed
Why poor storage and handling are to blame for Uganda's poor quality seedArticle

The quality of purchased seeds, such as maize, groundnuts and others, is a major concern in Uganda...

Nathan Fiala 15 Feb 2019

FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countries
FAO seeks $940m to meet needs of food-insecure populations in more than 30 countriesArticle

The FAO is seeking $940m to save the lives and livelihoods of some of the world's most food-insecure populations...

12 Feb 2019

CIAT via
Agribusiness: Driving firm performance in Africa agricultureArticle

According to the World Bank, Africa's economic performance over the last decade has been significant, registering an average growth of 5%. If this growth is maintained, projections indicate that Africa's current GDP of 4.1% will increase by an estimated threefold by 2030 and sevenfold by 2050...

Patience Panashe 28 Jan 2019

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy
How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economyArticle

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

Gebisa Ejeta 18 Jan 2019

antbphotos via
New Year's messages from agri leadersArticle

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

11 Jan 2019

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain
Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chainArticle

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

29 Nov 2018

DAFF to collate farmer register from 2018 to 2021
DAFF to collate farmer register from 2018 to 2021Article

The Producer/Farmer Register (PFR) project is expected to run from 2018 to 2021...

5 Nov 2018

Investing in agricultural sector, key to curb poverty
Investing in agricultural sector, key to curb povertyArticle

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana says investing in the agricultural sectors is fundamental to eradicating poverty, hunger and malnutrition...

2 Nov 2018

Addressing Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade
Addressing Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed tradeArticle

Operators in the seeds sector are seeking ways to address Nigeria's insignificant contribution to global seed trade despite the country's potential in the production of seeds for agriculture, writes Okechukwu Nnodim...

16 Oct 2018

Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusion
Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusionArticle

The Competition Commission has welcomed the decision of the Competition Tribunal to confirm as an order a settlement agreement reached with Omnia Fertilizer Limited...

10 Sep 2018

Nigeria's Alosfarm beta tests big data platform
Nigeria's Alosfarm beta tests big data platformArticle

Nigerian agritech startup Alosfarm has begun beta testing its new big data system and platform with selected users and expects a full-fledged rollout before the end of the year...

29 Aug 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputsArticle

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

Haytam123258 via
Why merely owning land isn't enough to empower Africa's women farmersArticle

Even when women own land, their husbands are still perceived as household heads. As such, men have better access to public resources such as subsidised fertilisers and agricultural advisory services...

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt 16 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

lqlqlqlq75 via
Can the digital revolution transform agriculture?Article

Digital solutions have huge potential for helping farmers boost productivity and connect to financial tools and markets around the world...

Heinz Strubenhoff and Roy Parizat 8 Mar 2018

How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmers
How Nigeria's Thrive Agric is crowdfunding farmersArticle

Nigerian startup Thrive Agric is using a crowdfunding platform to provide farmers with the finance they need to grow their businesses and offer ordinary people the chance to invest in agriculture...

Tom Jackson 13 Feb 2018

Jameserickuzwa via
Towards a food-secure AfricaArticle

"To achieve food sufficiency and turn the continent into a net food exporter, Africa must empower smallholder farmers, who constitute 70% of the population and produce 80% of the food consumed in the continent."

Raphael Obonyo 12 Feb 2018

Francis Hannaway via
Transforming vulnerability into resilience: $1.06bn needed to rebuild agriculture, combat hunger in 26 countriesArticle

"Maintaining food production and rebuilding agriculture is fundamental to preventing loss of life from severe hunger and to provide a pathway towards resilience in the midst of humanitarian crises."

9 Feb 2018

Listeria is jumping the system
Listeria is jumping the systemArticle

The outbreak of listeria highlights the responsibility of the red meat industry to provide proper and improved hygiene during the production, processing, packing and preparation of red meat and red meat products...

Elmarie Helberg 29 Jan 2018

Eyibeauty Oyelowo via
More people went hungry in Africa in 2017. But new initiatives also bore fruitArticle

Though the 2017 rise in food insecurity is disheartening, some African countries have made progress over the last decade. And there were some initiatives that deserve a special mention for the precedents they set...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 3 Jan 2018

Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs
Creating a new generation of entrepreneursArticle

Black empowerment has not worked as well as it should. What we have not really succeeded in doing is create a substantial number of black-owned, entrepreneurial businesses that have the potential, in time, to rival Anglo American, Discovery and the rest of the JSE giants...

Sinethemba Mafanya 14 Dec 2017

condesign via
Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warnArticle

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

auntmasako via
The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in AfricaArticle

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 17 Oct 2017

Ghana aims to regain top spot in cocoa production
Ghana aims to regain top spot in cocoa productionArticle

The country is the second-biggest supplier of cocoa worldwide, beaten only by its West African neighbour, Cote D'Ivoire. But Ghana was once the world champion...

Kwaku Botwe 12 Oct 2017

blk24ga via
Report: Agriculture can power transformation of African economiesArticle

Reforms could trigger an economic transformation with benefits far beyond the sector, stimulating growth in manufacturing and related services, whilst driving down food prices and raising disposable incomes...

11 Oct 2017

Image source:
Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conferenceArticle

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

22 Sep 2017

Expected fuel price increase to have a direct impact on SA agriculture
Expected fuel price increase to have a direct impact on SA agricultureArticle

The expected increase in fuel prices early September will have have a direct impact on South Africa's agricultural sectors as the cost of production and transport will increase...

30 Aug 2017

7raysmarketing via
Pursuing sustainable soil management to combat soil pollutionArticle

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land...

26 Jun 2017

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index down, but points to continued recovery from drought
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index down, but points to continued recovery from droughtArticle

“While many sub-indexes within the Index showed different movements, the key underlying factor behind this sustained optimism is the improvement in weather conditions..."

13 Jun 2017

From left to right: ECDC Imvaba Co-operative Fund manager Simphiwe Ntshweni; Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative deputy chairperson Langa Zophondle; and Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo at the launch of the Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative processing plant
Eastern Cape cooperative launches livestock feed and maize meal processing facilityArticle

In a quest to enter the commercial agro-processing and meat production market, the Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative launched a processing facility which produces livestock feed and maize meal...

25 Apr 2017

From left to right: Farmer Mlungisi Ndobeni, Chief Nobandla Makaula, OR Tambo District Municipality officials Jackson Sabona and Andiswa Dunywa, Potato South Africa Transformation Manager Nomvula Xaba, Kei Fresh Produce Marker acting operations manager Melinkqubo Ndabokutya and ECDC’s acting Imvaba Co-operatives Fund Manager Simphiwe Ntshweni.
ECDC invests millions into potato producing cooperativesArticle

R3,357m went to seven potato producing cooperatives in the OR Tambo District Municipality last year - the funds were used to buy agricultural inputs such as fertilisers, seeds, and pesticides...

24 Apr 2017

The downgrade from an agricultural perspective
The downgrade from an agricultural perspectiveArticle

What will the downgrade mean for the South African agricultural sector which has been and remains a significant contributor to the country's employment creation?

Hamlet Hlomendlini 19 Apr 2017

CT Johansson via
SABMiller, AB InBev to increase South African hops production and exportArticle

“We are bringing the brewing world to South Africa because of the huge potential of South African grown hops."

3 Mar 2017

SuSanA Secretariat via  - Typical house in an urban area of a small town in Burundi
FAO is helping build resilience to climate change for farmersArticle

FAO has started distributing agricultural inputs to 31,000 households of farmers threatened by climate change, for the 2017 second growing season...

Innocent Habonimana 28 Feb 2017

Challenging times see farmers turning to smart agriculture
Challenging times see farmers turning to smart agricultureArticle

As arable land continues to shrink, smart agriculture is rising in the global agriculture industry with rural farmers and commercial establishments alike turning to smart agriculture to maximise yields with minimal agricultural inputs...

2 Feb 2017

Image by 123RF
Commodity prices crash hits AfricaArticle

Volatile global financial markets and weaknesses in global growth to blame for a decline in commodity prices in Africa…

Kingsley Ighobor 20 Jan 2017

Next >
Let's do Biz