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AFMA Forum 2020 programme released
AFMA Forum 2020 programme releasedArticle

The tenth AFMA Forum themed Explore today for a better tomorrow, which will be held at the Sun City Convention Centre from 3 to 5 March 2020, will bring together animal nutritionists, veterinarians, feed manufacturers, feed formulators and technical sales consultants from South Africa and further afield...

23 Jan 2020

Land Bank implosion, Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture
Land Bank implosion, Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agricultureArticle

Agri SA questions the state of corporate governance at the Land Bank...

22 Jan 2020

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Repositioning SA's wine industry through premiumisationArticle

Following on from a tough 2018, exports of South African wine continued to struggle in terms of volume. This can be directly related back to the downturn in overall production due to the drought...

17 Jan 2020

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

Four further cases of foot-and-mouth disease were reported since mid-December 2019, with three cases reported in December and one case reported in the first week of January 2020...

15 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: How to succeed in agriculture in 2020Article

The broader agricultural economic environment is changing, and this would require us to revisit how we determine our success as well...

Nico Groenewald 13 Jan 2020

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Vhembe district of Limpopo not cleared of FMDArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development takes note of the fake message that has been circulated widely on social media stating that the Vhembe district of Limpopo has been cleared of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). This is fake news and the message should not be shared or circulated any further.

8 Jan 2020

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape
Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern CapeArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed the successful eradication of the invasive fruit fly species Oriental fruit fly in the Pixley ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu District Municipalities in the Northern Cape...

23 Dec 2019

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Call for for participation in land expropriation draft billArticle

Vumelana Advisory Fund is making a strong call for all key stakeholders and South Africans, in general, to participate by making inputs on the draft Bill and engaging with the process in order to ensure a fair representation of different voices, as the country forges ahead in amending Section 25 of the Constitution.

19 Dec 2019

Hortgro takes industry drought action
Hortgro takes industry drought actionArticle

Hortgro has been closely monitoring the situation of producers and agricultural workers affected by the prolonged drought, especially stone fruit producers; with some even losing their farms...

19 Dec 2019

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#BizTrends2020: SA wine industry shifting gearsArticle

The South African wine industry is entering a new phase of repositioning, consolidation and reinvestment. Although challenges such as climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures are expected to continue into 2020, it has led to the industry becoming more streamlined, focused and adaptable...

Rico Basson 18 Dec 2019

SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislation
SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislationArticle

According to the African Cannabis Report, Nigeria and South Africa stand to become the continent's highest value markets by 2023 if cannabis usage is permitted for medicinal and recreational use...

Claudi Nortjé 12 Dec 2019

EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its toll
EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its tollArticle

As the Eastern Cape is gripped by one of the "worst droughts in living memory", about 1,500 commercial farmers have applied to the government for drought relief in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat...

12 Dec 2019

Southern Africa could face another season of poor agricultural output
Southern Africa could face another season of poor agricultural outputArticle

A recent report from the Group on Earth Observations Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative indicates a high probability of below-normal rainfall in Southern Africa between December 2019 and February 2020...

Wandile Sihlobo 6 Dec 2019

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do
South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to doArticle

South Africa's urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity...

6 Dec 2019

FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spread
FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spreadArticle

On 4 December 2019 the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published an update on the new prescribed regulatory control measures relating to foot-and-mouth disease in the Government Gazette. This was done in a bid to curb further spread of the disease throughout the country...

Claudi Nortjé 5 Dec 2019

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Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in Q4 of 2019Article

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index fell slightly from 46 points in the third quarter to 44 in the last quarter of 2019. A level below the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agriculture
#EntrepreneurMonth: Food For Mzansi, saluting the unsung heroes of SA agricultureArticle

Launched as a digital platform in November 2018, Food for Mzansi is on a mission to change the narrative of South Africa's agriculture industry...

Robin Fredericks 2 Dec 2019

Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid
Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity gridArticle

There is a notable opportunity for large farming operations to significantly reduce their energy spend and further ease strain on the national electricity grid...

2 Dec 2019

Dr Faffa Malan, general manager of RuVASA, the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa, and Andries Wiese, head of Hollard Insure's Agri Centre of Excellence.
Biosecurity in SA: Taking up the mantle of accountabilityArticle

Biosecurity plays a fundamental role in ensuring farmer profitability and food security in South Africa. In order to establish accountability, responsibility and preventative measures in dealing with disease outbreaks, industry role-players gathered a to have an open discussion about the true cost of biosecurity challenges in South Africa...

Claudi Nortjé 26 Nov 2019

Breaking the cycle of the illegally sold tuna market
Breaking the cycle of the illegally sold tuna marketArticle

Boasting one of the world's most productive tuna fisheries in the world, up to 25 000 kilograms of recreationally caught tuna is illegally sold into the Western Cape market annually...

25 Nov 2019

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Drone Users Conference 2019 takes flightArticle

The conference brought together drone users, practitioners, service providers, as well as policy- and decision-makers, within the natural resource management field. The aim was to build networks and share knowledge towards the role of drones and related technology...

22 Nov 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

Agricultural Writers SA Awards recognise 2019 top contributors
Agricultural Writers SA Awards recognise 2019 top contributorsArticle

South Africa's top contributors to agriculture have been recognised at the Agricultural Writers SA Awards. The event, sponsored by Bayer, Rovic Leers, Santam Agri and Sanlam gives recognition to the work of those that seek to elevate food security and rural economies.

19 Nov 2019

SA winemakers look to other parts of the world for inspiration
SA winemakers look to other parts of the world for inspirationArticle

Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this time originating from the Marlborough wine region on New Zealand's South Island...

18 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

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Drought threatens food security and collapse of industryArticle

Agri SA issued severe warnings at their drought press conference held recently. If the extreme drought conditions currently experienced continues, the rural economy could collapse, which can demolish South Africa's entire agricultural industry...

Michelle Verster 14 Nov 2019

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's how
Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here's howArticle

The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here's what needs to be done...

13 Nov 2019

Saai to present resolution for protection of family farmers to UN
Saai to present resolution for protection of family farmers to UNArticle

The Southern African Agri Initiative has announced that it will draw up a family farmer resolution that will be presented to the United Nations in 2020. This forms part of a larger campaign to continuously place crimes against family farmers on the international agenda...

13 Nov 2019

Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economy
Wine tourism boosts Western Cape economyArticle

While the South African wine industry has faced many challenges since 2014, wine tourism is booming...

Glenneis Kriel 11 Nov 2019

Why online trading is benefitting SA agriculture
Why online trading is benefitting SA agricultureArticle

In the pig farming industry, specifically, technology is transforming how pigs are raised, fed, housed and traded. Automatic livestock processes such as online monitoring of herds and automated feeding are aimed at delivering better animal care, improving efficiencies and boosting productivity and profitability for farmers...

10 Nov 2019

Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation
Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creationArticle

"The masterplan is an industry framework that will ensure that chicken, which has become a staple protein in millions of local homes, will retain its place as South Africa's favourite food."

7 Nov 2019

Wesgro secures R350m in agri investment deals
Wesgro secures R350m in agri investment dealsArticle

Dr Ivan Meyer is pleased to announce that Wesgro, the Western Cape government's mandated international trade and investment promotion agency, has helped secure R350m worth of agribusiness investment deals in the Western Cape during the first half of the year.

6 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

Dairy market trends for September
Dairy market trends for SeptemberArticle

The South African dairy market is exposed to many uncontrollable risks, such as low producer prices amidst growing cost and unfriendly government policies...

31 Oct 2019

Nedbank employs innovative solutions to grow agricultural sustainability
Nedbank employs innovative solutions to grow agricultural sustainabilityArticle

Nedbank has developed a shade netting finance solution to assist farmers to protect their margins, as natural elements, such as wind, hail, frost, sunburn and birds, resulting in negative crop output...

25 Oct 2019

Food inflation outcomes on the downside for September 2019
Food inflation outcomes on the downside for September 2019Article

South Africa's consumer inflation came in on the downside at 4.1% for September 2019 and has remained within the SARB's target range of 3-6% for the 30th consecutive month...

Paul Makube 23 Oct 2019

FarmSol empowers SA's youth and women in agriculture
FarmSol empowers SA's youth and women in agricultureArticle

"For us, the involvement of young people in agriculture is not just a symbolic issue, but a social and economic imperative that should be an integral part of the sector's development."

18 Oct 2019

Minimum wage 'not enough' say farm workers
Minimum wage 'not enough' say farm workersArticle

Neil Coleman, co-director of the Institute for Economic Justice, admitted that the hourly wage was "a bit of a curveball" because the labour movement had been pushing for a monthly minimum wage...

18 Oct 2019

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Vulnerable and marginalised South African farm workers' future hanging in the balanceArticle

Farm workers are an integral part of South Africa's economy and the food system. Yet they are often food insecure themselves, marginalised and vulnerable to exploitation...

14 Oct 2019

Rural economies demand more sophisticated employee benefits
Rural economies demand more sophisticated employee benefitsArticle

Agriculture and allied business is set to enter a new phase of strategic re-alignment, and will have to re-calibrate their thinking to meet new challenges and embrace the opportunities of the future, including those for rural economies.

20 Sep 2019

Employing innovative ideas for sustainable agriculture
Employing innovative ideas for sustainable agricultureArticle

"Sustainable agriculture can be defined in many ways, yet the most accurate description is that it sustains farmers, resources and surrounding communities through the promotion of profitable, environmentally-responsible farming activities in the interest of all citizens of South Africa."

20 Sep 2019

SU hosts discussion on agricultural research ideals, partnerships
SU hosts discussion on agricultural research ideals, partnershipsArticle

Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of AgriSciences, in collaboration with Agri SA, recently hosted agricultural industry role players to discuss the future of agricultural research ideals, related partnerships with SU and the South African academia in general...

20 Sep 2019

SA's agribusiness confidence improves marginally in Q3
SA's agribusiness confidence improves marginally in Q3Article

After falling to 44 points in the second quarter of this year, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) marginally improved to 46 points in the third quarter...

18 Sep 2019

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 announces its top 20 finalists
FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 announces its top 20 finalistsArticle

This year's top 20 finalists are represented by the country's diverse wine growing regions with five out of the six regions in the Western Cape delivering at least one top-performing wine...

18 Sep 2019

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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

Agri EC helps farmers fight crime, implements camera security plan
Agri EC helps farmers fight crime, implements camera security planArticle

Travellers in the rural Eastern Cape may start spotting something usually not associated with the region's open expanses - high-tech roadside cameras...

10 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

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5 ways women farmers can succeed in agricultureArticle

Samkelisiwe Hadebe, who is heiress to a maize, soybeans and sugar bean farm in Daggakraal, Mpumalanga previously owned by her grandfather, shares her top five tips on how other budding woman farmers can succeed in the agriculture industry...

22 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

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