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Vinpro in court to save the wine industry
Vinpro in court to save the wine industry

Vinpro has confirmed that its legal team is ready to argue its urgent interim interdict application in the Western Cape High Court which is confirmed for Wednesday, 21 July 2021...

20 Jul 2021

Chocolate fix: How the cocoa industry could end deforestation in West Africa
Chocolate fix: How the cocoa industry could end deforestation in West Africa

Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana produce almost two-thirds of the world's cocoa, and face high rates of deforestation. But the cocoa industry could make changes to become more sustainable...

Sophia Carodenuto 8 Jul 2021

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Beefmaster calls for industry collaboration, commitment amidst FMD outbreak

"South Africa's livestock industry must focus on the implementation of proper traceability structures and biosecurity measures to contain the spread of localised Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks".

7 Jul 2021

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Rooibos tea: EU protection is good news for South African agriculture

Rooibos tea is the first African product to receive EU protected designation. What does this mean for the region where it's grown?

29 Jun 2021

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US-based WPF releases video series to help Africa's farmers improve poultry production

The World Poultry Foundation's training series, with four videos dedicated to production, explains how farmers should store feed, proper feeding of poultry and how to prepare and manage zones of comfort to encourage proper brooding for chicks...

22 Jun 2021

Global food prices rise at rapid pace in May
Global food prices rise at rapid pace in May

FAO Food Price Index posts fastest monthly increase to reach highest value since September 2011...

3 Jun 2021

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SA pome fruit sector set for record exports in 2021

South Africa's apple and pear production is set for a record export crop this season. Apple exports are expected to rise by 5% year-on-year to 38,4 million 12.5kg equivalent cartons. Pears are due to grow by six% year-on-year to 17.9 million 12.5kg equivalent cartons...

2 Jun 2021

Soaring maize prices squeeze South African consumers, stoke inflation
Soaring maize prices squeeze South African consumers, stoke inflation

A global run in the price of maize driven by higher import demand from China, droughts in South America and dry conditions in parts of the United States and Canada have raised local maize prices despite expectations of a bumper 2020/2021 domestic maize crop...

Tanisha Heiberg 28 May 2021

Sopia shines the spotlight on the potato industry's resilience
Sopia shines the spotlight on the potato industry's resilience

State of affairs addresses are not only hosted by and for local government. The South African potato industry recently hosted its very own State of the Potato Industry Address, giving an overview of this vital sector and commodity...

Ursula Human 19 May 2021

Biosecurity measures can reduce the risk of avian influenza in farmer flocks
Biosecurity measures can reduce the risk of avian influenza in farmer flocks

South Africa is on high alert with the Avian Influenza outbreaks. Implementing strict biosecurity measures can reduce the spread of this devastating virus through stringent action...

17 May 2021

Ivory Coast, Ghana push cocoa industry to boost premium payments
Ivory Coast, Ghana push cocoa industry to boost premium payments

Ivory Coast and Ghana, which together produce about two-thirds of the world's cocoa, introduced a $400 per tonne premium this season termed the living income differential to increase wages for farmers, many of whom live in poverty...

Ange Aboa 14 May 2021

What SA agriculture needs from international trade
What SA agriculture needs from international trade

Our agricultural industry is not only crucial for ensuring food security, but it is also the main source of livelihoods on our content. But, despite its potential to ensure food security for a growing population, Africa still has half of all the people in the world that face the challenge of food insecurity...

Antonie Delport 12 May 2021

Covid-19 and the agricultural sector: We dare not waste this crisis
Covid-19 and the agricultural sector: We dare not waste this crisis

The agricultural sector - particularly in Africa - bears the historical paradox of having significant economic potential on the one hand and lacking the required agility and innovation to harness its resources for notable global competitiveness on the other...

Ishmael Sunga 10 May 2021

Zimbabwe's horticultural sector blooms
Zimbabwe's horticultural sector blooms

There is an overall increase in area and production under horticultural crops this season, with the area under emerging crops such as blueberries increasing across the provinces...

Elita Chikwati 7 May 2021

Why Ghana doesn't get the full value of its cocoa beans - and how this could change
Why Ghana doesn't get the full value of its cocoa beans - and how this could change

The importance of raw cocoa beans to Ghana's foreign exchange earnings is derailing the development of a viable chocolate industry...

Sophie Van Huellen 3 May 2021

Global citrus market holds strong despite Covid crisis
Global citrus market holds strong despite Covid crisis

The production of major types of citrus fruits, except that of lemons and limes, grew in 2020 thanks to good weather conditions in most producing regions...

3 May 2021

Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reported
Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reported

Although no new outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported since the previously confirmed cases, South Africa's poultry and ostrich industries remain under national high alert with strict biosecurity measures in place...

30 Apr 2021

France pledges investment to boost sustainable cotton in Ivory Coast
France pledges investment to boost sustainable cotton in Ivory Coast

France's development agency will invest $83.04m over the next five years to boost cotton production in Ivory Coast, economy minister Bruno Le Maire said during a visit to the West African country on Thursday.

Ange Aboa 30 Apr 2021

The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilience
The lash of lockdown: A potato farmer's story of resilience

Potatoes SA shares Limpopo Province potato farmer Johan Holtzhausen's story as he details how he had contracted Covid-19 and at the same time faced challenges that his business went through due to Covid-19...

28 Apr 2021

#BehindtheBrandManager: Patrick Kutumane for Lucky Star
#BehindtheBrandManager: Patrick Kutumane for Lucky Star

Patrick Kutumane unpacks Lucky Star's marketing strategies and brand campaigns, including the rationales behind them, brand sustainability initiatives and more...

Robin Fredericks 19 Apr 2021

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Global coffee market enjoys ongoing growth despite pandemic

According to a new report published by IndexBox, coffee yield figures remained robust in 2020 and coffee bean exports increased, despite the disruption to supply chains caused by the coronavirus restrictions...

13 Apr 2021

Global food prices rise for 10th consecutive month
Global food prices rise for 10th consecutive month

Vegetable oils drive FAO's Food Price Index higher in March while cereal quotations dip...

8 Apr 2021

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

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

PMA, United Fresh to create new global trade association
PMA, United Fresh to create new global trade association

The new association will enhance member services, increase advocacy before government and the public, help members grow their businesses and drive consumption of fresh produce and demand for floral products...

1 Apr 2021

New forum launched for global soil health
New forum launched for global soil health

Farmers, especially Africa's millions of smallholders, must be empowered to be the primary caregivers of the soil in the interest of food security and climate-change management alike...

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 emerge

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

From crop to cup: Ricoffy beans now 100% sustainably sourced
From crop to cup: Ricoffy beans now 100% sustainably sourced

Nestlé South Africa recently announced the launch of its Nescafé Ricoffy Responsibly Sourced campaign which aims to consolidate the brands sustainability initiatives, strategies and resources...

Robin Fredericks 23 Mar 2021

Have your say on draft guidelines for the poultry industry
Have your say on draft guidelines for the poultry industry

The South African Bureau of Standards has called for comments on the draft South African Standard 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens...

19 Mar 2021

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

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

16 Mar 2021

How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging
How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging

Wheat straw and mango peels that are normally disposed of in landfills or used as manure and animal feed could potentially be used in the development of renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic active food packaging that could help keep products fresher for longer...

15 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 solutions

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

11 Mar 2021

Department warns farmers of citrus disease
Department warns farmers of citrus disease

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on Wednesday warned citrus farmers about the Asian Citrus Greening disease, which poses a serious threat to the citrus industry.

10 Mar 2021

Strong GDP growth for agriculture in the 4th quarter of 2020
Strong GDP growth for agriculture in the 4th quarter of 2020

The strong fourth-quarter agriculture outcome was underpinned by increased production of animal products which account for over 50% of the country's agriculture gross producer value...

Paul Makube 9 Mar 2021

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

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

5 Mar 2021

Kenya dairy farmers double income, milk yields with climate-smart fodder grasses
Kenya dairy farmers double income, milk yields with climate-smart fodder grasses

Researchers have been working with farmers to test ten new varieties of grasses that are higher in protein, lower in fiber and mature faster. They boost both the quality and quantity of milk...

3 Mar 2021

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SATI, WCDoA partnership to increase table grape exports to China

The aim of the partnership is to increase exports of Western Cape agricultural produce by 5% over the next five years...

15 Feb 2021

Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry
Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry

South Africa's quest to retool its poultry industry depends on increased soybean availability, a crucial ingredient in poultry feed manufacture...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Feb 2021

Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry
Eskom's business investment competition is open for entry

The competition has provided a platform for South African owners of small and medium enterprises to become part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs...

8 Feb 2021

New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture
New targets to protect biodiversity must include farmers and agriculture

Evidence shows that farms that share landscapes with wild nature, such as remnant forests and trees, benefit from the ecosystem services provided...

Anja Gassner, Philip Dobie and Terry Sunderland 4 Feb 2021

Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique
Sowing the seeds of industrial farming in Mozambique

Commercial farming is one of the highest-growth sectors in Mozambique, yet only 16% of land suitable for agriculture is being cultivated...

Grace Goodrich 3 Feb 2021

Vinpro takes legal action on alcohol ban
Vinpro takes legal action on alcohol ban

Vinpro MD Rico Basson says that due to the devastating impact that the third ban has had on the wine industry, Vinpro was left with no choice but to approach the Cape High Court...

1 Feb 2021

SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export season
SA's citrus industry celebrates record-breaking export season

The Citrus Growers Association of South Africa has announced a record-breaking 2020 export season that delivered 146 million cartons of South African citrus to the rest of the world...

1 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 outlook

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

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Jan 2021

Cotton: A golden opportunity for South Africa?
Cotton: A golden opportunity for South Africa?

Cotton is considered one of the world's greatest poverty alleviating crops, with 150 million people worldwide relying on it for income...

Cobus de Bruyn 27 Jan 2021

SA's first organic pollinator programme launched
SA's first organic pollinator programme launched

Twenty trainees have been chosen to help scale organic production in South Africa...

25 Jan 2021

Higher food prices look set to ease in second quarter
Higher food prices look set to ease in second quarter

The drivers of the increase in the headline food price inflation in the last quarter of the year were primarily bread and cereals; meat; fish; milk, eggs and cheese; and oils and fats...

Wandile Sihlobo 25 Jan 2021

Flare-up of ASF with more than 100 new cases worldwide
Flare-up of ASF with more than 100 new cases worldwide

The total number of ASF outbreaks in progress rose from 7,865 to 7,927, with 4,228 outbreaks in Romania alone, and 1,336 in Vietnam. Of the new outbreaks, 74 were reported in Europe and 40 in Asia. The data is included in a biweekly survey released by the OIE...

21 Jan 2021

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Garlic exports a golden opportunity for Zim farmers

Zimbabwean garlic farmers have been urged to increase exports riding on the growth of the global market, which has expanded to US$2,48bn from US$500m in the past two decades...

19 Jan 2021

Stop Rift Valley fever in its tracks
Stop Rift Valley fever in its tracks

It goes without saying that Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a serious disease. All livestock owners must vaccinate their animals as the virus does not necessarily discriminate as to which species are affected...

14 Jan 2021

Nigerian startups make ag-tech accessible to small local farmers
Nigerian startups make ag-tech accessible to small local farmers

Digital technologies are indispensable in modern agriculture. Yet farmers themselves sometimes lack confidence in adopting particular tools before they're sure of the benefits...

17 Dec 2020

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