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Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainability
Technology to drive SA agriculture toward sustainabilityArticle

Technology and the introduction of high-impact technological solutions has proven to be an enabler in assisting farmers and stakeholders in addressing and alleviating climate change challenges...

22 Apr 2021

Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO report
Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO reportArticle

The Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put the brakes on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts according to a new report by the WMO...

22 Apr 2021

The link between industrial engineering and the agricultural sector
The link between industrial engineering and the agricultural sectorArticle

Very few of the industrial engineering graduates in South Africa are employed in the agricultural industry. NWU's Teresa Hattingh has taken it upon herself to change this...

Issued by North-West University (NWU) 20 Apr 2021

Good financial decisions will ensure SA agriculture survival when the bad times
Good financial decisions will ensure SA agriculture survival when the bad timesArticle

South Africa's agricultural sector was one of the only shining stars in the economy in 2020, escaping the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic relatively unscathed...

19 Apr 2021

FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single market
FAO, AUC launch guide to help countries enter Africa's new single marketArticle

Increased agricultural trade between African countries can drive sustainable development and play a pivotal role in the transformation of our food systems...

16 Apr 2021

Expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master plan
Expropriation debate must not sap energy from agricultural master planArticle

"The debate over amending section 25 has gone beyond the realm of agriculture as various other stakeholders have engaged with parliament."

Wandile Sihlobo 9 Apr 2021

Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemic
Potatoes SA campaign to unpack position of potatoes during pandemicArticle

Called #WhenHopeWhispers, the campaign aims to highlight the indomitable spirit and contributions of various stakeholders from the potato industry before culminating in an inaugural State of the Potato Industry Address on 5 May 2021...

6 Apr 2021

Creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in agriculture
Creating an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in agricultureArticle

Access to finance, land and markets remain key barriers for women entrepreneurs in agriculture. When devising policy, governments should be mindful of these obstacles and deliberate about supporting women in agriculture...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 30 Mar 2021

The right to education: An insider's perspective over the past 25 years
The right to education: An insider's perspective over the past 25 yearsArticle

The last year has made the rights enshrined in South Africa's Bill of Rights more relevant than ever before. Prior to Covid-19, many of us simply took the right to freedom of movement for granted, as well as the right to freedom of trade, to healthcare and to education...

Jackie Carroll, Issued by Optimi 30 Mar 2021

Agribusiness bodies, dtic engage to discuss agricultural trade market access
Agribusiness bodies, dtic engage to discuss agricultural trade market accessArticle

The expected increase in agricultural output will require export markets, as South Africa's agricultural sector is export-orientated...

25 Mar 2021

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SA retailers pessimistic about business conditions - surveyArticle

South African retailer confidence has declined by 13 points in the first quarter of 2021, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and related trade restrictions...

24 Mar 2021

Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge
Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emergeArticle

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' latest report has revealed that agricultural losses from natural hazards continue to soar, inflicting economic damage and undermining nutrition...

23 Mar 2021

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

Agribusinesses remain optimistic in Q1 of 2021
Agribusinesses remain optimistic in Q1 of 2021Article

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) improved from 61 points in the fourth quarter of 2020 to 64 in the first quarter of 2021. This is the highest level of the Agbiz/IDC ACI since the second quarter of 2014...

17 Mar 2021

Government needs to remove restrictive regulations to allow the agricultural sector to grow
Government needs to remove restrictive regulations to allow the agricultural sector to growArticle

South Africa's economic recovery relies to a large extent on creating a more enabling business environment and putting the right structural economic reforms in place.

Ian van Niekerk 16 Mar 2021

Black citrus growers see 40% increase in production figures
Black citrus growers see 40% increase in production figuresArticle

The harvest records also reveal that, locally, black citrus growers have increased output to domestic markets by 55% since 2019...

16 Mar 2021

African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA too
African countries' agricultural reforms will ensure free trade deal benefits SA tooArticle

In 2020 alone, amidst a pandemic, South Africa exported US$10,2bn worth of agricultural products, the second largest on record. One market that has consistently been important to South Africa is the African continent, which on average, accounts for 40% of South Africa's agricultural exports...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Mar 2021

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Three SA researchers shortlisted in international forestry research awardArticle

Three South African researchers have made it to the global shortlist of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Awards. They were selected from 14 candidates in the South African round...

11 Mar 2021

How the agri sector can reap the rewards of renewable energy solutions
How the agri sector can reap the rewards of renewable energy solutionsArticle

The lack of certainty around constant power supply has had and continues to have a massive impact on the agricultural sector...

11 Mar 2021

Hygiene practices can help curb the spread of ASF
Hygiene practices can help curb the spread of ASFArticle

The recent outbreak of African swine flu in the Western Cape is a reminder that the food supply chain is under constant threat of disease or contamination along the agricultural value chain...

10 Mar 2021

GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan Africa
GFSI ranks SA first in food security in sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

This despite an overall decline in global food security...

5 Mar 2021

GIBS/Corteva Agriscience programme for women in agriculture kicks off
GIBS/Corteva Agriscience programme for women in agriculture kicks offArticle

The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and Corteva Agriscience Women in Agriculture Programme launched recently with its first cohort of participants...

Issued by Gordon Institute of Business Science 26 Feb 2021

Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recovery
Agriculture on positive growth trajectory, key to economic recoveryArticle

In the National Budget Review for 2021, it was revealed that government's recovery plan focuses on raising the economy's long-term growth rate by supporting...

Unathi Mhlatyana 25 Feb 2021

Renier de Wit, managing director, Gaia Fund Managers and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd.
SA's backbone industries and 12J investmentArticle

The country's economy contracted 6.1% in real terms in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to data from Statistics SA...

Renier de Wit 19 Feb 2021

Mixed responses from agri industry following Sona
Mixed responses from agri industry following SonaArticle

For the agricultural industry, there were mixed responses to the State of the Nation Address (Sona). Organised agriculture responded with both positive and negative remarks following the speech on 11 February. Many organisations lauded President Cyril Ramaphosa for highlighting the importance of agriculture in driving economic growth and job creation.

Ursula Human 19 Feb 2021

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South Africa's food security conditionsArticle

Increased unemployment, increased crime and land reform discussions among other critical factors, must be closely monitored to maintain South Africa's food security...

Wandile Sihlobo 19 Feb 2021

SME South Africa launches free guides to help SMEs navigate the challenges of Covid-19
SME South Africa launches free guides to help SMEs navigate the challenges of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has already significantly impacted local businesses and will have a notable and potentially lasting impact on our economy...

Issued by 356 Oak Holdings 11 Feb 2021

Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlook
Cyclone Eloise's damage could have implications for South Africa's maize price outlookArticle

Mozambique's National Institute for Disaster Management suggests there has been notable damage in some fields...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Jan 2021

Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workers
Farm owners urged to ensure safe transport for workersArticle

"Farm workers are an integral part of a successful agricultural sector, and their safety and better working conditions should be prioritised."

29 Jan 2021

The SA economy in 2021 - Looking into the crystal ball
The SA economy in 2021 - Looking into the crystal ballArticle

Most South Africans are now understandably keen to see the end of 2020 and are hoping for better times in 2021, after what has been a rollercoaster year for SA's political economy...

Raymond Parsons 30 Dec 2020

Experian BDI improves sharply in Q3 2020 following heavily depressed Q2
Experian BDI improves sharply in Q3 2020 following heavily depressed Q2Article

Experian South Africa recently released its quarterly Business Default Index (BDI) for Q3 2020, reflecting a sharp improvement from its extremely depressed level of -3.728 in Q2, to -1.402 in Q3...

24 Dec 2020

WCDoA supports wine tourism employees with R12m funding
WCDoA supports wine tourism employees with R12m fundingArticle

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture will be providing crucial relief to employees in the South African wine tourism sector, in the form of a R12m support fund.

18 Dec 2020

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Now is the time to relook approaches to addressing the land issueArticle

As the year draws to a close, it is worthwhile to reflect on one of the biggest highlights of 2020 in land reform.

18 Dec 2020

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SA's wine sector at a crossroads after a challenging yearArticle

The Covid-19 lockdown halted sales and exports of South Africa's second most lucrative agricultural product, exacerbating challenges that were already in play...

Daneel Rossouw 17 Dec 2020

SA's wine industry welcomes latest Covid-19 regulations
SA's wine industry welcomes latest Covid-19 regulationsArticle

Wineries may continue to sell wine during licenced trading hours throughout the week.

15 Dec 2020

How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agriculture
How sub-Saharan Africa can rethink its approach to agricultureArticle

As African economies recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, governments should explore technologies like global positioning systems and blockchain for use in the registration of land rights...

Michael Aliber and Wandile Sihlobo 15 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2020: AgricultureArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

14 Dec 2020

IBM announces support of Digital4Agriculture Initiative
IBM announces support of Digital4Agriculture InitiativeArticle

The Digital4Agriculture Initiative aims to foster African startups in the agricultural sector and strengthen the long-term living conditions of local small farmers by increasing productivity and quality...

8 Dec 2020

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Shoots of realism emerging for land reformArticle

It may be a bit of a cliché, but if there is a silver lining to be found in the post-Covid economic situation it is the following; policymakers and the industry must put aside ideological differences and adopt a more practical approach to land reform, agricultural development and other economic policies...

Theo Boshoff 4 Dec 2020

Africa's untapped opportunity: How Africa's free-trade area could catalyse the agricultural sector's development
Africa's untapped opportunity: How Africa's free-trade area could catalyse the agricultural sector's developmentArticle

The African Continental Free-Trade Area could accelerate the development of sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector and help the continent to become self-sufficient in food production...

Louis van Ravesteyn 2 Dec 2020

Agribusiness confidence rises to its highest level in 6 years
Agribusiness confidence rises to its highest level in 6 yearsArticle

Following a notable recovery to 51 points in quarter three of 2020, the Agbiz/IDC #Agribusiness Confidence Index rose to 61 points in quarter four, which is its highest level since quarter three of 2014...

1 Dec 2020

Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector open
Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector openArticle

The combination of a large harvest, joint efforts between the government and the private sector to keep agriculture operational since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, and long-term export market development efforts continue to pay off for SA's agricultural sector...

Wandile Sihlobo 27 Nov 2020

SA wine information day looks toward 2021 and beyond
SA wine information day looks toward 2021 and beyondArticle

South African wine businesses will come together virtually at the start of 2021 to take a look at the state of the industry and equip themselves with insights and tools needed to direct their own destiny in 2021 and beyond...

24 Nov 2020

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FairPlay releases online guide to poultry dumpingArticle

The guide is in an online format and provides information about dumping and predatory trade, as well as the impact of the trade measures South Africa implements to defend the industry...

17 Nov 2020

SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provinces
SA agricultural employment held up in Q3, but there are disparities across provincesArticle

South Africa's primary agricultural employment in the third quarter of the year improved by 1% from the previous quarter to 807,882. This slight quarterly recovery corresponds with the reopening of the economy and certain agricultural commodities during that period...

13 Nov 2020

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Farmers no longer require approval for self-generation facilities of above 1MWArticle

Agri SA has welcomed the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy's approval for the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to proceed and process licence applications for self-generation facilities of above 1MW...

10 Nov 2020

SA needs a food policy and more collaboration
SA needs a food policy and more collaborationArticle

Saying South Africa is food secure when more than 14 million people go hungry each day, and more than a quarter of children under the age of five are stunted, shows a gross misunderstanding of what food security entails...

Hugo Lochner 3 Nov 2020

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