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Land Bank implosion and Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture, says Agri SA
Land Bank implosion and Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture, says Agri SAArticle

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

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Overview of the African fertiliser marketArticle

The international fertiliser market had a slow start in 2020 and the upcoming Lunar New Year in February might result in a quieter month. Higher freight rates will also have a possible impact on global producer netbacks...

20 Jan 2020

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FAO scales up emergency response against locust upsurge in East AfricaArticle

Swarms continue to pour into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia and are rapidly spreading to the centre of the country...

20 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

African agribusinesses urged to be more self-sufficient
African agribusinesses urged to be more self-sufficientArticle

Agribusiness is evolving from a local and regional model to a global structure, making this sector of increasing interest to corporations, public agencies, and society at large - with the right expertise, investment and policies, Africa can evolve and curb the current annual food import bill of $35bn, which is estimated to rise to $110bn by 2025...

16 Jan 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

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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Fair Cape saves electricity through solar-powered milkingArticle

The company hopes to roll solar power out to its production facility in the near future, further reducing its carbon footprint and its dependence on South Africa's power utility...

10 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

Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too
Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it tooArticle

We're not powerless to change the future of food. Nature and technology can combine to nourish both the earth and its inhabitants...

Karen Rial-Lovera 24 Dec 2019

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

Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest
Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pestArticle

A new $500m initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is leading the way...

Rémi Nono Womdim 19 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 wine farm wins international Drinks Business Green Award
SA wine farm wins international Drinks Business Green AwardArticle

South African wine farm, Spier has been acknowledged for its long-term commitment to conserving and expanding natural vegetation on its farm through proactive alien clearing and replanting programmes...

17 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2019: AgricultureArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Project to help alleviate water supply challenges in the Eastern Cape
Project to help alleviate water supply challenges in the Eastern CapeArticle

Amid worsening drought in the Eastern Cape, the roll-out of a new alien invasive plant clearing project in the Kouga and Kromme River systems near Kareedouw and Joubertina is set to increase the water flow to three of Port Elizabeth supply dams...

12 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

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?Article

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

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Innovative solutions vital for agriculture to combat climate changeArticle

During the tenth Annual Sustainable Innovation Forum at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, FAO director-general, Qu Dongyu shared how vital it is to build resilience and competitiveness in agriculture and to meet the urgent challenges presented by climate change...

12 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

Global food prices up 2.7% in November
Global food prices up 2.7% in NovemberArticle

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils...

5 Dec 2019

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

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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

#EntrepreneurMonth: How AI startup ask-jean is disrupting the SA wine tech industry
#EntrepreneurMonth: How AI startup ask-jean is disrupting the SA wine tech industryArticle

It's not always easy to know what wine to pair or purchase when you're planning an occasion with friends or when you're in a store having to make a selection. Ask-jean, a voluntary data hub has come along to simplify the decision-making process, with the wine consumer in mind...

Robin Fredericks 25 Nov 2019

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

Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'
Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'Article

Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

Munyaradzi Makoni 25 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

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

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't
To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn'tArticle

Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change...

Claudia Vickers 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

Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'
Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'Article

According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period as the dominant factor controlling the onset and end of vegetation growing seasons...

Nelson Mandela Ogema 18 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

Dangote, Togo partner to transform phosphate into fertiliser
Dangote, Togo partner to transform phosphate into fertiliserArticle

Under the partnership, Togo will provide access to phosphate resources and the Dangote Group will provide access to ammonia and to the Nigerian market...

10 Nov 2019

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Global food prices rise in OctoberArticle

Export prices rise for wheat, maize, sugar and palm oil, but decline for cheese, poultry and sunflower oil...

7 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

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