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Zimbabwe's farmers smell the tea and coffee

Zimbabwe's farmers smell the tea and coffee

14/06/2019 - 09:50
Farmers in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands are smelling the tea and coffee.  read more
SA's first citrus shipment arrives in China

SA's first citrus shipment arrives in China

13/06/2019 - 15:39
The historic shipment of 5 200 tons of citrus in a breakbulk vessel has arrived at Shanghai Port in the People’s Republic of China. read more
SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

SA Agribusiness records $660m trade surplus in the first quarter

28/05/2019 - 09:22
Data from the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), which represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises showed that the sector weathered the tough start to the year and recorded a trade surplus of $660 million (R9.53 billion) in the first quarter, up 11 percent from the same period last year.  read more
Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

Avocado industry should focus on Chinese market, says Agbiz

13/05/2019 - 09:57
The chamber said the increased exports are a major boost to the government's policy ambition of achieving export-led growth in agriculture.  read more
SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

SA set to remain a net importer of wheat

09/05/2019 - 10:22
Despite improvements in production, the country will not be able to meet demand and imports could keep driving up food inflation. read more
SA dairy exports doing well

SA dairy exports doing well

16/04/2019 - 15:42
Dairy imports for February were 4 110 tons at a cost of R172 million. South Africa imported mainly from France (28%) New Zealand (28%), Germany (13%), Poland (8%) and Ireland (4%). Dairy imports for this year are low compared to last year, largely due to limited UHT imports. The main dairy products imported in February were whey (34%), milk powder (22%) and cheese (18%). UHT as a percentage of total imports was less than 1%.  read more
News not all bad for food prices

News not all bad for food prices

01/04/2019 - 14:51
Rising fuel and electricity prices and a weaker rand could feed into higher food inflation, but economists expect the uptick to be relatively moderate. read more
Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

Agriculture's important contribution to SA economy

26/03/2019 - 10:17
The South African agricultural industry might be seen by some as simply another role player in the economy, but our farmers cannot be thanked enough for the absolutely necessary work they are doing. read more
SA meat price inflation to remain subdued due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

SA meat price inflation to remain subdued due to foot-and-mouth outbreak

19/03/2019 - 11:27
SA’s meat price inflation could remain subdued in 2019 as a ban in exports could increase local supplies, according to the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness. read more
Local mushroom farmer receives Pick n Pay’s 2019 Small Supplier of the Year award

Local mushroom farmer receives Pick n Pay’s 2019 Small Supplier of the Year award

21/02/2019 - 09:46
Local mushroom farmer, Peter Nyathi, founder of Tropical Mushrooms, has been awarded Pick n Pay’s 2019 Small Supplier of the Year. The annual award recognises the company’s top performing supplier from its Enterprise and Supplier Development programme. The winner is selected based on their business’ exceptional growth performance and job creation.  read more
SA plants smallest maize area since worst drought

SA plants smallest maize area since worst drought

30/01/2019 - 11:57
South African maize farmers, who historically produce the continent’s biggest harvest, have probably planted the smallest area with the grain since the worst drought on record three years ago. read more
Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

Agriculture confidence drops to lowest level in nine years

04/12/2018 - 13:19
Confidence in the agricultural sector has fallen to the lowest level in nine years on the back of uncertainty around land reform. read more
Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

Western Cape agribusiness sector set for growth which will in turn boost tourism

07/11/2018 - 08:46
The Western Cape’s agribusiness sector looks set for growth in the coming years with the province’s trade and investment promotion agency announcing that it has landed committed investments in the sector amounting to R756m.  read more
SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

SA Citrus exports close in on 2 million tons

16/10/2018 - 15:07
Yet another important milestone has been reached by the South African citrus industry. According to Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association, citrus production has reached a record volume packed for export in 2018. read more
Agricultural crime cost SA R7.7bn in 2017

Agricultural crime cost SA R7.7bn in 2017

01/10/2018 - 11:27
A report commissioned by agricultural industry body AgriSA found seven out of 10 commercial farmers experienced at least one incident in 2017. read more
Confidence in agribusiness falls to two-year low, on uncertainty over land

Confidence in agribusiness falls to two-year low, on uncertainty over land

11/09/2018 - 08:16
An index tracking confidence in the agriculture industry declined to the lowest level in two years as the governing party presses ahead with plans to change the constitution to expropriate land without compensation. read more
Great wine starts with good geography

Great wine starts with good geography

13/07/2018 - 11:12
In an attempt to define the elusive concept of terroir, Wine Folly’s Madeline Blasberg narrows it down to connecting five dots. read more
SA’s maize crop set to be 2% higher than previous estimate

SA’s maize crop set to be 2% higher than previous estimate

28/06/2018 - 10:21
Farmers will likely harvest 13.2-million tonnes of maize this year, which is 2% higher than the previous estimate, released in May. read more
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors are hungry for a piece of Africa’s food industry

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors are hungry for a piece of Africa’s food industry

27/06/2018 - 14:16
Africa’s agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News. read more
Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

14/06/2018 - 11:38
Harvest activity is gaining momentum across South Africa, thanks to favourable weather conditions.  read more
SA wine farmers feel the pressure

SA wine farmers feel the pressure

07/06/2018 - 11:40
More than a third of wine-grape producers make a loss and the industry has about 25% fewer producers than a decade ago, according to Vinpro.  read more
Positive outlook on agriculture good news for GDP

Positive outlook on agriculture good news for GDP

22/05/2018 - 09:57
As with everything else, the state of agribusiness in SA depends on whom you ask, which in this instance must begin with Statistics SA’s numbers for the contribution agriculture makes to GDP. read more
Higher maize crop expected

Higher maize crop expected

26/04/2018 - 10:22
The area planted estimate and third production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee. read more
Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

Wheat import tariff nearly halves in March

09/04/2018 - 14:30
SA’s wheat import tariff has declined a hefty 45% to R394.85 per tonne, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday. read more
SA pomegranates feel the effects of drought

SA pomegranates feel the effects of drought

04/04/2018 - 08:21
Markets can expect smaller counts on South African pomegranates this season, with a concomitant drop of between 20 to 25% on export volumes. read more
Confidence and optimism buoy SA’s agriculture

Confidence and optimism buoy SA’s agriculture

27/03/2018 - 09:32
Renewed optimism and agribusiness confidence is expected to shake off the adverse effects of policy and weather, says Agbiz’s Wandile Sihlobo. read more
Potato market sees an increase in sales

Potato market sees an increase in sales

23/03/2018 - 15:21
The local potato market has seen an increase in potato sales at fresh produce markets for the 2017 season.  read more
Growth predicted for South African avocado industry

Growth predicted for South African avocado industry

20/03/2018 - 08:58
The South African avocado industry is looking forward to a good year, as steadily increasing demand from both the local and international markets seems to hold. read more
Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

Drought cuts Western Cape farm production by 20%‚ says finance MEC

08/03/2018 - 14:09
The drought has halted economic growth in the Western Cape‚ finance MEC Ivan Meyer said in his budget speech. read more
Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

Drought knocks potato‚ onion and fruit production

07/03/2018 - 15:34
Research conducted into the economic impact of the drought on agriculture has revealed that the sector will take a higher than anticipated economic knock‚ says Western Cape minister of economic opportunities‚ Alan Winde. read more
Cape merger to create agriculture powerhouse

Cape merger to create agriculture powerhouse

02/03/2018 - 10:13
A new agribusiness powerhouse is heading for listing on the JSE after proposals by Western Cape-based Overberg Agri and Acorn Agri to merge. read more
Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018

Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018

28/02/2018 - 13:32
Farmers are likely to harvest a smaller maize crop in 2018, thanks to lower grain prices that came as a result of a bumper harvest in 2017. read more
Structural shift on the cards for struggling wine producers

Structural shift on the cards for struggling wine producers

21/02/2018 - 10:39
South African wine grape producers are under continued financial pressure due to the prevailing drought and economic challenges, but a structural shift is on the cards. read more
The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

20/02/2018 - 13:54
Agriservices specialist Kaap Agri — which has a strong retail offering — expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year to end September 2018. read more
African coffee output may almost double in five years as farming improves

African coffee output may almost double in five years as farming improves

15/02/2018 - 14:33
African coffee output could almost double in the next five years as some countries boost plantings and make farming more productive, according to the African Fine Coffees Association. read more
Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

15/02/2018 - 09:19
Once a very small-volumed crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. read more
Rain boosts kiwi harvest

Rain boosts kiwi harvest

12/02/2018 - 10:55
South Africa is dealing with a lot of drought-stricken regions but there is some good news. In the Natal Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, there are farmers who say they’re having a fantastic rainy season, even if this January has been a bit on the dry side. read more
New SA table grape launched in Berlin

New SA table grape launched in Berlin

09/02/2018 - 11:42
Meet Joybells. Undoubtedly one of the most promising table grape varieties to emerge from South Africa. read more
Astral Foods sets sights on further growth

Astral Foods sets sights on further growth

09/02/2018 - 08:52
Astral Foods, the "big bird" of the JSE’s poultry sector, assured shareholders at Thursday’s annual meeting that management would not be resting on its laurels after a hugely profitable 2017 financial year. read more
Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

Poultry body backs march over 'unsafe' poultry imports

05/02/2018 - 13:34
A single bag of frozen chicken can consist of pieces from as many as five different countries, which is not only confusing for consumers but can have serious health implications. read more
Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

Cape farmers lose R14bn as drought bites

05/02/2018 - 08:32
Western Cape farmers have recorded R14bn in losses so far, as a result of the crippling drought in the province, according to Agri Western Cape CEO Carl Opperman.  read more
SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

SA food price inflation slows 4.9%

31/01/2018 - 10:40
"Food inflation for December 2017 was in line with our expectation at 4.9% Y/Y, from 5.2% in November 2017. This is reflective of the current lower agricultural commodity prices, which in turn, have been pressured by a large harvest from the 2016/17 production season. We expect this trend to persist in the short term cushioned by the relatively large stock from the previous season, despite the fears of dryness in the western parts of the country" - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Agribusiness Intelligence  read more
Wine industry honours best vineyard practices

Wine industry honours best vineyard practices

31/01/2018 - 10:26
The best wine grape vineyards in the Western Cape have one thing in common – they are managed according to the wine the grapes are destined for. Vinpro and Winetech recently announced the five regional winners of their annual Vineyard Block Competition.  read more
Boost for blueberry industry

Boost for blueberry industry

29/01/2018 - 16:51
Migiva Group and OZblu have signed a joint venture agreement combining their skills and strengths to form OZblu America, which will bring to market what they call a superior blueberry offering. read more
Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

Possible exportable surpluses for SA maize

25/01/2018 - 09:45
The record 2017/18 marketing season is something of the past and the focus is now on the season ahead. Initially, before the optimal planting window for summer crops commenced in most parts of the country, widespread rain occurred, and it seemed as if it would again be a top season. However, the season took a different turn and the rain remained elusive for long periods, which delayed the planting process.  read more
Global avocado sales expected to double in 2018

Global avocado sales expected to double in 2018

19/01/2018 - 16:04
Global avocado sales are expected to double this year, boosted by growing demand in China, according to the world's largest distributor of the fruit. read more
Milk price hits four-year high

Milk price hits four-year high

18/01/2018 - 09:08
The producer price for milk reached R5,10/ℓ to R5,20/ℓ in December, its highest level since 2014, according to the Milk Producer’s Organisation (MPO). read more
SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

SA to have smallest wine harvest in a decade due to drought

08/01/2018 - 10:23
SA, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts have said. read more
Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

05/01/2018 - 10:45
The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket this season caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather. read more
SA egg shortage sends prices scrambling

SA egg shortage sends prices scrambling

15/12/2017 - 10:48
The flu virus takes its toll.  read more
Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

Drought-ravaged Western Cape braces for smallest grape harvest since 2005

11/12/2017 - 11:52
The South African wine industry, which is reeling because of the severe drought in the Western Cape, is bracing itself for what might be the smallest harvest in more than a decade. read more
Egg price expected to rise 20%

Egg price expected to rise 20%

08/12/2017 - 10:41
South African consumers should brace themselves for a steep hike in the price of eggs, according to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB Business.  read more
Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

Sales grow at Kaap Agri in face of drought

21/11/2017 - 13:14
Recently listed farming community retailer Kaap Agri has managed to keep the profit taps open despite a water-shortage crisis afflicting areas in its Western Cape heartland. read more
 Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

Silver lining for SA as global booze drought looms

30/10/2017 - 14:11
The world may produce the least wine this year in half a century, after small grape harvests in Italy, France, and Spain, a global wine organisation said. That could mean higher prices for bulk and entry-level wines.  read more
SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

25/10/2017 - 09:20
SA has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. read more
The Shoprite Group purchases over 20 million cartons of  Tru-Cape apples and pears

The Shoprite Group purchases over 20 million cartons of Tru-Cape apples and pears

10/10/2017 - 15:49
The Shoprite Group has purchased over 20 million cartons of apples and pears from Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing for its 2 689 Shoprite and Checkers outlets in 15 African countries and the Indian Ocean Islands. read more
SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

29/09/2017 - 13:48
South Africa boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.  read more
With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

12/09/2017 - 10:56
A quarter of South Africa's surplus maize crop of four million tons has so far been exported to Southern African countries and to the Far East, as South Africa searches for new markets. read more
Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

04/09/2017 - 15:23
Agribusiness confidence took a knock in the third quarter 2017 as the unrelenting drought in the Western Cape and low demand for maize exports weighed on sentiment. read more
SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

30/08/2017 - 09:07
South African farmers will harvest 16.4-million tonnes of maize in 2017, marking the largest crop on record, the crop estimates committee (CEC) says. read more
Sugar industry could take years to recover from 2015-16 drought

Sugar industry could take years to recover from 2015-16 drought

07/08/2017 - 09:54
The South African sugar industry could take years to recover from the effects of the 2015-16 drought which has led to the industry failing to meet export orders. read more
SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

02/08/2017 - 09:04
South Africa has increased its forecast of this year’s record crop after farmers improved their yields. read more
Why avo prices have soared 150%

Why avo prices have soared 150%

31/07/2017 - 09:49
It is boom time for SA’s avocado producers as they ride high on a more than 150% rise in the world avocado price over the past year to a record high. read more
World's biggest black-tea exporter targets 20% output growth

World's biggest black-tea exporter targets 20% output growth

03/07/2017 - 16:29
Nairobi - Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of black tea, expects production of the leaves to rise by about 20% by the end of the decade, as farmers harvest from new bushes, according to the industry regulator.  read more
Price of white maize falls with glut in SA’s export markets

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

29/06/2017 - 08:54
SA could battle to offload some of its surplus white maize as major customers are also experiencing a production uptick. read more
Banana farmers go nuts in SA over macadamia boom

Banana farmers go nuts in SA over macadamia boom

20/06/2017 - 16:30
Booming demand for macadamias is transforming farmland in eastern South Africa, as landowners switch focus from bananas and sugarcane to the creamy nuts used in sweet treats from ice cream to cookies.  read more
SA to set sights on Asia after bumper maize crops in Africa

SA to set sights on Asia after bumper maize crops in Africa

05/06/2017 - 15:30
SA will need to target Asian markets to boost maize exports in 2017 after bumper crops at home and in neighbouring countries depressed prices and dampened demand in Africa. read more
South Africa to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

South Africa to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

30/05/2017 - 15:05
South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop in four decades, a year after drought devastated output of the country's staple food. read more
Premier Food sees increased revenue

Premier Food sees increased revenue

08/05/2017 - 10:28
Premier Food and Fishing (PFF), announced on Thursday that its interim results to the end of February show group revenue has increased by 7% to R182m compared to the prior period. read more
Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

26/04/2017 - 08:31
It will be a year of plenty for SA with expectations for a maize harvest 87% bigger than the 2016 crop. The bounty comes after crippling drought in 2016 resulted in the smallest summer harvest since 2007. read more
Critical price problem for SA wines

Critical price problem for SA wines

24/04/2017 - 15:16
Stellenbosch - Looking out at his 50-hectare estate in a valley nestled below the Helderberg mountains, winemaker Ken Forrester beams with pride in his achievements over 20 years in the business. read more
Food and beverages inflation falls to lowest level in 14 months

Food and beverages inflation falls to lowest level in 14 months

20/04/2017 - 09:07
Annual food and beverages inflation fell to 8.7% year-on-year in March, but the good news may be short-lived as downgrades threaten agribusiness read more
Agriculture sector on the mend after crippling drought

Agriculture sector on the mend after crippling drought

08/03/2017 - 09:12
Grain prices have steadily fallen since their record peak in the first quarter of 2016, supported by expectations of higher grain production and a stronger rand read more
Maize prices take a tumble

Maize prices take a tumble

02/03/2017 - 11:01
Good rains and prospects for a bumper crop have seen South African maize prices fall to 2½-year lows and analysts say inflation should start slowing as a result in the third quarter of 2017.  read more
Forget alien armyworms, Africa’s maize may face a bigger threat

Forget alien armyworms, Africa’s maize may face a bigger threat

15/02/2017 - 10:19
Pest control organisation warns that red locusts, which are 10 times worse than the caterpillars, must be stopped or there ‘will not be anything to harvest.' read more
Quantum plans to extend buyback

Quantum plans to extend buyback

29/11/2016 - 16:08
Shareholders approve the repurchase of Quantum shares in ‘the cheapest investment for the company’ read more