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Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remain
Sub-Saharan Africa's food security has turned out better than feared. But risks remainArticle

Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity, but the region isn't out of the woods yet...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 May 2021

What SA consumers can expect from food price inflation this year
What SA consumers can expect from food price inflation this yearArticle

With maize production estimates expected to be adjusted in the coming month with farmers on the ground continuing to express optimism about yield prospects, will likely add downward pressure on maize prices, which bodes well for SA's consumer food price inflation...

Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2021

There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimates
There is room for an upward adjustment of SA maize production estimatesArticle

South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee mildly lifted its forecast for 2020/21 summer grain and oilseeds production from last month by 1% to 18,7 million tonnes...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Mar 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

Global food prices up 21% in September
Global food prices up 21% in SeptemberArticle

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations' Food Price Index averaged 97.9 points during the month, up 2.1% from August and 5.0% higher than its value in September 2019...

8 Oct 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

New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released
New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes releasedArticle

Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of Covid-19 pandemic cases rise to 150...

20 Mar 2020

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Rainfall and other climate conditions for MarchArticle

Short-term outlooks for rain are negative and can cause further drought damage to the maize crop in some areas, mainly the eastern Free State and Mpumalanga...

12 Mar 2020

Farmers urged to take precautions against Fall Armyworm
Farmers urged to take precautions against Fall ArmywormArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has urged maize crops, sorghum and sweetcorn growers and the public to take precautionary measures to control the Fall Armyworm...

19 Dec 2019

The 2019 Galliova Awards Winners: Esther Malan (2019 Galliova Broiler Champion Food Writer); Nomvuselelo Mncube (2019 Galliova Egg Champion Food Writer); Margie Els-Burger (2019 Galliova Food Writer of the Year; Chiara Turilli (2019 Galliova Up & Coming Food Writer of the Year); Glynis Horning (2019 Galliova Health Writer of the Year).
Strong health message resonates at 2019 Galliova AwardsArticle

The 30th edition of the Galliova Awards, celebrating excellence in SA's writers on health and food culture, kicked off with introductions from a slightly ill MC and ended with strong health messages from two of the day's top winners and a call to address 'egg stigma' in health and food writing...

Leigh Andrews 21 Oct 2019

Summer crop estimate revised higher
Summer crop estimate revised higherArticle

The revised area and sixth production forecast and summer crop estimate was recently released by the Crop Estimates Committee...

30 Jul 2019

Understanding the political economy of maize in Kenya
Understanding the political economy of maize in KenyaArticle

Understanding the political economy around maize production puts into context debates on key interventions in the value chain...

Timothy Njagi Njeru 22 Jul 2019

Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmers
Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmersArticle

The easing of restrictions comes on the back of discussions between the Department of Water and Sanitation, Kouga Dam custodians the Gamtoos Irrigation Board and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 25 June 2019...

26 Jun 2019

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The maize price, risk and insuranceArticle

Risk is synonymous with farming, and in the grain industry it is even higher, considering current conditions...

30 May 2019

Support of SA cattle farmers is the key to a thriving beef economy
Support of SA cattle farmers is the key to a thriving beef economyArticle

The last few months have not been easy for the South African beef industry, which has been hard hit by a high maize price, a debilitating drought and a stagnant economy...

Roelie van Reenen 4 Apr 2019

Cape Town farmers plead with SA government to ban glyphosate
Cape Town farmers plead with SA government to ban glyphosateArticle

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer reported that glyphosate is a "probable human carcinogen"; the uncertainty of its use has dominated international news headlines daily...

28 Mar 2019

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Light rains expected in AprilArticle

In his latest newsletter on weather and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says summer rainfall is nearing its end with only light rainfall expected in the last week of March and first week of April...

26 Mar 2019

Uncertainty about rainfall remains high
Uncertainty about rainfall remains highArticle

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says the far western and south-western parts of the country are still suffering severe drought conditions...

17 Jan 2019

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Another tough year for the agricultural industry?Article

As I write this article from my home in Bloemfontein, we have recorded only 8mm of rain for December. It feels as though we are back in December 2015 with another drought looming ahead...

Dr Frikkie Maré 8 Jan 2019

Global actions needed to combat fall armyworm
Global actions needed to combat fall armywormArticle

Fighting fall armyworm requires global efforts as the pest could spread to more countries, warn scientists...

Gilbert Nakweya 2 Oct 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape
South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shapeArticle

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season...

Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

Maize crop estimates remain unchanged
Maize crop estimates remain unchangedArticle

The area planted estimate and sixth production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee...

27 Jul 2018

Forecast of 2018 summer crop increased
Forecast of 2018 summer crop increasedArticle

The area planted estimate and fifth production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee...

28 Jun 2018

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How collaboration can help grow and transform agriculture in AfricaArticle

There's no doubt that investment in agriculture can empower economic transformation in the region. But money alone can't solve Africa's agricultural problems. International collaboration is key...

Daniel Rodriguez, John Dixon & Mulugetta Mekuria 17 May 2018

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods
Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methodsArticle

Agriculture needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance of the environment...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 22 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

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Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018Article

The crop estimates committee said that producers would harvest about 12.2 million tonnes of maize in 2018, which represents a 27% decrease from the season just passed...

Andries Mahlangu 28 Feb 2018

Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threat
Crop munching pest in Africa raises hunger threatArticle

"There are roughly 35 million hectares of maize planted per year in Africa and if (the worm is) not in all those maize fields now, it will be very soon..."

Thin Lei Win 29 Jan 2018

Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018
Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018Article

Alleged corruption on a massive scale, combined with gross mismanagement at a number of major SOEs, has effectively eroded business confidence in South Africa and dried up investment...

18 Dec 2017

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Producers must plant 500,000 hectares less maize to improve profitabilityArticle

Fewer plantings will also result in a better price, subject to the demand and supply situation of maize in the country, which will largely be determined by...

17 Nov 2017

From left to right: Marco Torsius (standing), Back: Esther Malan, Dorah Sitole, Marthinette Slabber Stretch, Glynnis Horning, Christa Swanepoel, Zola Nene. Front: Madeleine de Villiers, Herman Lensing, Suzanne Crozier, Abigail Donnelly and Anna Montali.
The egg-and-chicken race of the #GalliovaAwards2017Article

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Both did at the Galliova Awards 2017, if its egg and chicken writers you're referring to...

Leigh Andrews 26 Oct 2017

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September tractor sales drop 11.4% year on year to 552 unitsArticle

Tractor sales fell 11.4% year on year (y/y) in September to 552 units, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association (Saama)...

Dominic Preuss 9 Oct 2017

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Fall armyworm to cost more than $2bn in lossesArticle

A new report shows that improper management of the armyworm could cost 10 of the continent's major maize producing economies between $2.2bn and $5.5bn per year in lost maize harvests...

Victor Kiprop 28 Sep 2017

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Outlook points to minimal rainfall for SA's wheat growing areasArticle

“Weather is critical for price direction going forward, with the Western Cape still not out of the woods and the rainfall outlook still pointing to minimal rainfall for the wheat areas in South Africa."

15 Sep 2017

Alien animals and plants are on the rise in Africa, exacting a growing toll
Alien animals and plants are on the rise in Africa, exacting a growing tollArticle

Recently a number of alien species have spread extremely rapidly across the continent, posing a particularly high threat to food security and livelihoods...

Katelyn Faulkner, Brett Hurley & Mark Robertson 24 Aug 2017

Agri trends: Grains, oilseeds, livestock and fibres
Agri trends: Grains, oilseeds, livestock and fibresArticle

It's difficult for producers to sit back when prices are moving sideways at unprofitable levels. Old crops are still in storage. New crop deliveries are heading. Marketing strategies will be essential to mitigate risk...

2 Aug 2017

With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacks
With more than one crop, farmers weather armyworm attacksArticle

An infestation of Fall armyworm has ravaged harvests in Kenya. To protect themselves from total crop failure, farmers grow pulses alongside their traditional crops like maize - a practice known as intercropping...

Kagondu Njagi 2 Aug 2017

Record harvest still expected as maize crop estimate rises
Record harvest still expected as maize crop estimate risesArticle

SA's 2017 commercial maize harvest is expected to be 2.16% higher than previously forecast in June - the largest maize crop to date in the country...

27 Jul 2017

Fall armyworms on march across Africa
Fall armyworms on march across AfricaArticle

Fall armyworm has spread to 21 African countries and threatens the continent's main food staple, maize. Fall armyworms pose a big threat to the continent's agriculture...

Sora Halake 19 Jul 2017

Prudent farming: How farmers can cut input costs in grain and animal farming
Prudent farming: How farmers can cut input costs in grain and animal farmingArticle

The senior agricultural economist at FNB answers a few questions on the biggest expenses in animal and grain farming and proposes some cost cutting measures for farmers...

14 Jul 2017

Bumper crop drives down volumes of futures contracts traded
Bumper crop drives down volumes of futures contracts tradedArticle

The number of maize futures contracts traded on the JSE has fallen on expectations of a bumper maize crop. Favourable weather patterns allowed farmers to raise maize production and recover from the severe drought..

Reitumetse Pitso 13 Jul 2017

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Global status of commercialised biotech/GM cropsArticle

A year after the second decade of commercialisation of biotech/GM crops in 2016, 26 countries grew 185.1m hectares of biotech crops - an increase of 5.4m hectares or 3% from 179.7m hectares in 2015...

4 Jul 2017

Price of white maize falls with glut in SA's export markets
Price of white maize falls with glut in SA's export marketsArticle

SA could battle to offload some of its surplus white maize as major customers are also experiencing a production uptick. The country's maize oversupply has led to prices falling to their lowest levels since September 2014...

Colleen Goko 30 Jun 2017

Silos ready for record maize harvest
Silos ready for record maize harvestArticle

As farmers in SA get down to harvesting a record maize crop, operators of grain storage facilities say there is enough space to accommodate the bumper haul...

Reitumetse Pitso 26 Jun 2017

Zimbabwe bans corn imports after bumper crop: media
Zimbabwe bans corn imports after bumper crop: mediaArticle

Zimbabwe has banned the import of corn after enjoying a bumper crop that authorities hope will be enough to feed the nation and stimulate home-grown production...

14 Jun 2017

A post-NAMPO agriculture outlook
A post-NAMPO agriculture outlookArticle

NAMPO is the biggest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere. It attracts major players and decision makers into one proverbial room,

13 Jun 2017

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May tractor sales jump 16.8% to 493 units: SaamaArticle

Tractor sales revved up 16.8% year on year to 493 units in May, according to the South African Agricultural Machinery Association, showing that farmers remain optimistic about future prospects...

Dominic Preuss 8 Jun 2017

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Farmers fail to reap maize crop rewardArticle

While consumers are set to benefit from the bumper maize harvest, it does not mean all maize producers will make profits...

29 May 2017

Value of maize harvest is overrated
Value of maize harvest is overratedArticle

The gross production value of this season's maize crop is totally overrated...

Fanie Brink 22 May 2017

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