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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

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

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

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

New technology addresses alternate bearing in citrus
New technology addresses alternate bearing in citrusArticle

Agri Technovation, in partnership with Laeveld Agrochem, has introduced its new technology, the ITEST Carbohydrates analysis programme to assist citrus farmers in establishing greater equilibrium between crops, resulting in increased harvest yields over time...

1 Sep 2020

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Big harvests for 2020, from summer to winterArticle

Despite earlier reduction in output in the Mpumalanga areas and reports that some of the maize in western areas has been downgraded to WM2, the total maize crop of 15.54 million tonnes is 38% higher year-on-year...

Paul Makube 31 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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Food is one aspect, but safe food is crucialArticle

The Covid-19 crisis has magnified the incredible public health challenge our world face. Nowhere is this challenge more apparent than in food production...

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

Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigation
Namibia harvests first commercial blueberries thanks to smart irrigationArticle

According to Willem Mostert, Namibian manager of Cherry Irrigation, whose team designed and implemented the fully automated drip irrigation and fertigation management system for the landmark project, the quality of the fruit harvested has so far been exceptional...

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

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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

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Global poultry production to reach 137m tonnes in 2020Article

The countries with the highest volumes of poultry consumption in 2019 were China, the U.S. and Brazil, with a combined 40% share of global consumption...

10 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

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Nespresso introduces new Ugandan coffee through Reviving Origins programmeArticle

Launched in 2019, the Reviving Origins programme aims to restore coffee production in regions where it is under threat...

2 Jul 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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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

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The impact of Covid-19 on South Africa's agriculture economyArticle

Agriculture has been declared a critical industry and as such is exempt from the harshest lockdown regulations. However, job losses in the agriculture sector will be an unintended consequence of lockdown.

Dr Peter Oberem 29 May 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

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

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Fight against foot-and-mouth outbreak makes progressArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development says good progress has been made in the investigation of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Limpopo's Molemole Municipality...

13 May 2020

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Cross-border fruit trade affected by coronavirus lockdownArticle

Apples and pears are particularly hard hit, with stocks building up...

20 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

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Further relief for the agri sector after SARB's surprise repo rate cutArticle

With growth expectations revised even lower for 2020 and bearish inflation outlook for the year ahead, the SARB indicated that it has room for further cuts through to 2021...

Paul Makube 15 Apr 2020

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Lactalis SA crowned South African Dairy Product of the YearArticle

This year's award ceremony of the annual SA Dairy Championships, which took place on 26 March 2020, was presented as a virtual event for the first time in its 187th anniversary in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic...

6 Apr 2020

Impact of Covid-19 on local production of ethanol minimal
Impact of Covid-19 on local production of ethanol minimalArticle

Illovo Sugar South Africa is aware of claims being made of shortages of ethanol in the country by various local market players and has confirmed that there has been no impact from Covid-19 on its local production of ethanol...

30 Mar 2020

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#Covid19: Saai provides online platform for travel documentsArticle

Saai has created a web-based platform where important travel documents needed during the mandatory 21-day Covid-19 lockdown can be freely uploaded and shared within the farming community...

27 Mar 2020

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Global Berry Congress postponed due to coronavirusArticle

Global Berry Congress, the world's leading event for the international soft fruit industry, has been moved to June in response to the coronavirus outbreak...

17 Mar 2020

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Rooibos retains GI protection status in the UKArticle

"A GI links a product to a specific geographical area, which indicates the origin of where the product is produced, processed or prepared."

11 Mar 2020

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Tridge maps effect of coronavirus on fruit pricesArticle

According to Tridge, the coronavirus outbreak is causing fluctuations in fruit prices across the globe...

4 Mar 2020

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Limpopo foot and mouth disease under controlArticle

"To date, 130 properties have been investigated and precautionary quarantine notices lifted on 87 properties."

6 Feb 2020

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Blueberry market overview: Competition remains fierceArticle

In recent years, the high prices recorded and the growing consumption of blueberries have led to increases in the volume produced and in the number of growing countries...

4 Feb 2020

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East Africa agri-industry director honoured for role in agricultural transformationArticle

Elgon Kenya's director, Bimal Kantaria has received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa...

16 Jan 2020

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health
Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil healthArticle

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Local nut production continues to increase
Local nut production continues to increaseArticle

South Africa's diverse climatic conditions are suited to the production of most nuts, including groundnuts (peanuts) and tree nuts. Macadamia and pecan nuts are the predominant tree nut crops grown in the country.

20 Nov 2019

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Progress: Foot-and-mouth disease outbreakArticle

Farmers across South Africa are advised to practise strict biosecurity measures...

18 Nov 2019

Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry market
Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry marketArticle

South Africa's imports of chicken meat continue to increase as the local market is affected by high feed costs...

Natalie Berkhout 5 Nov 2019

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Rain renews hope of normal agriculture seasonArticle

Recent rains in some parts of the country have renewed hope of a normal season after weeks of heat, dryness and decreasing dam levels...

Paul Makube 28 Oct 2019

Biotech crops help producers overcome challenges
Biotech crops help producers overcome challengesArticle

South Africa's biotech crop adoption increased a further 3% in just one year between 2017 and 2018, a new report has revealed...

8 Sep 2019

East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstep
East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa's doorstepArticle

A fatal cattle disease that was eradicated in South Africa in 1954 is back on our doorstep and poses a serious threat to the health of the national herd, food security, and the economic wellbeing of especially small farmers...

Peter Oberem 29 Aug 2019

Maize estimates breach 11m tonnes, boosting supply outlook
Maize estimates breach 11m tonnes, boosting supply outlookArticle

This bodes well for the livestock sector as lower maize prices, a major input in animal feed, improves feeding margins in intensive production systems such as poultry, pork and feedlots...

Paul Makube 28 Aug 2019

Syngenta, Chep cultivate seeds of success in Zambia
Syngenta, Chep cultivate seeds of success in ZambiaArticle

Innovative supply-chain solutions have helped a global agribusiness boost efficiency and safety, cut costs and provide a better solution for its customers - the farmers of Zambia...

27 Aug 2019

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Why exporting rabbit meat is a win for SA's small scale farmersArticle

According to Pertunia Setumo, agricultural economist at FNB Business, not only does rabbit farming have lower costs of entry, it is less demanding, easy to maintain, requires less land and resources...

20 Aug 2019

Innovative support towards a brighter future in agriculture
Innovative support towards a brighter future in agricultureArticle

"Agriculture is facing several challenges both locally and internationally, which include a reduction in the number of farmers, a decrease in the size of land that is suitable for agricultural production and finding innovative ways to combat the effects of climate change..."

6 Aug 2019

AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in Zambia
AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in ZambiaArticle

The second phase of the Future farm will include upgrades to the existing road and farm infrastructure and digitizing the mechanisation and agronomy training material...

5 Aug 2019

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FMD ban lifted in selected South African provincesArticle

Based on the results of recent risk assessments, the Veterinary Authority of China has stated that the ban due to foot-and-mouth disease has been lifted in selected South African provinces...

29 Jul 2019

Undercover farming helps overcome climate change challenges
Undercover farming helps overcome climate change challengesArticle

To combat the effects of climate change and to keep farming businesses sustainable, a growing number of producers are farming undercover...

Carin Venter 25 Jul 2019

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Taking farmer development to new markets key to agricultural successArticle

Without struggle, there is no progress. Agricultural development in South Africa has been a gigantic struggle; one that has left many aspiring farmers in the dust and not to the promised land...

22 Jul 2019

Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholders
Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholdersArticle

Sweet potato could solve nutritional deficiencies and aid food security in poor households...

Munyaradzi Makoni 14 Jun 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patternsArticle

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

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