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Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

Land reform uncertainty stalls investment in agricultural industry

05/11/2018 - 09:58
Continuing uncertainties over the government’s expropriation without compensation land reform programme has stalled investments in the agricultural industry with farmers holding back on buying machinery in the past few months. 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
Drought, not policy uncertainty, blamed for agriculture crash

Drought, not policy uncertainty, blamed for agriculture crash

10/09/2018 - 10:56
The alarming agriculture figures that dragged SA into recession were not the result of policy uncertainty about land reform. read more
SA agriculture economy enters recession

SA agriculture economy enters recession

05/09/2018 - 08:44
After contracting by 33,6% quarter over quarter (q/q) in the first quarter of this year, the South African agricultural economy entered technical recession in the second quarter following a further 29,2% q/q contraction. read more
Lemons add a silver lining to SA citrus season

Lemons add a silver lining to SA citrus season

26/07/2018 - 09:36
Lemons are the only silver lining to a season in which other citrus products from South Africa have had a hard time of it in a full European summer market, says Snyman Kritzinger, managing director of Grown4U in Kirkwood, Sundays River Valley.  read more
Jacobs Douwe Egberts launches sustainability project in Vietnam

Jacobs Douwe Egberts launches sustainability project in Vietnam

13/07/2018 - 08:24
Jacobs Douwe Egbert’s (JDE) has partnered with the Louis Dryfus Company (LDC) and Syngenta to launch a new sustainability project which aims to reduce the impact of climate change on coffee production in Vietnam. read more
SA economy shrinks in Q1 of 2018

SA economy shrinks in Q1 of 2018

07/06/2018 - 14:27
South Africa's economy shrunk by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018 after expanding by 3.1% in the final quarter of last year, Statistics South Africa said, knocking more than half a percent off the rand.  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
SA on track for moderate food-price inflation, say analysts

SA on track for moderate food-price inflation, say analysts

10/05/2018 - 14:46
Early indications are that agriculture exports will be strong. read more
Study finds Americans waste 150 000 tons of food per day

Study finds Americans waste 150 000 tons of food per day

19/04/2018 - 11:10
Recent study findings reveal Americans waste nearly 150 000 tons of food per day, amounting to about 422g per person, and fruits and vegetables are mostly what gets tossed. read more
SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

SA food and non-alcoholic price inflation decelerates

22/02/2018 - 15:00
Food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation has been on a downward trend since mid-2017, following a robust output from the agricultural sector. In January 2018, food inflation further decelerated to 4.5% year-on-year (y/y), which is the lowest level in more than two years. With that said, the food basket remains mixed.  read more
Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

Agriculture rebound benefits SA's embattled economy

06/12/2017 - 10:41
A recovery in agriculture gave GDP a surprise boost in the third quarter and has led to economists revising upwards their forecasts for the year.  read more
Bureau Veritas unveils state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town

Bureau Veritas unveils state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town

03/11/2017 - 09:43
Bureau Veritas, the renowned international accreditation, testing and analyses global giant, today unveiled their technologically innovative, state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Brackenfell, Cape Town.  read more
How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

How SA honey production could see R20bn turnover

23/10/2017 - 09:12
A structural approach and strategic business model could see South Africa’s honey industry turnover reach R20bn, according to experts.  read more
Afgri heads back to poultry business

Afgri heads back to poultry business

20/10/2017 - 10:20
Agricultural investment company Afgri is re-entering the poultry business through its subsidiary Philafrica Foods in a 50-50 joint venture in northern Mozambique. read more
Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial for Africa

12/10/2017 - 14:12
When the economies of Nigeria and SA recently rebounded, it wasn’t oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and more sustainable agricultural growth is crucial not only to the continent’s economy but also to its ability to feed and employ its surging population. 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
New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

26/09/2017 - 09:41
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the guava industry in the region.  read more
SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

SA’s bulk exports decline 7.2% in August

18/09/2017 - 09:28
SA’s bulk export volumes fell 7.2% year on year in August to 11.7-million tonnes, after surging by 34.5% in July to 15.6-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. 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
Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

Producer inflation posts surprisingly sharp slowdown

27/07/2017 - 15:48
Production inflation posted a surprisingly sharp fall in June — slowing to 4% year on year, from 4.8% in May. read more
Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

Grape harvest larger than 2016’s despite drought, but innovation is key to survival

18/07/2017 - 10:26
The drought has, until now, not had a major effect on the wine industry, but adequate rainfall is needed this winter for good vine performance and crop yields for the coming season, wine producer body VinPro says. read more
Drought takes its toll on apple and pear exports

Drought takes its toll on apple and pear exports

10/07/2017 - 10:22
The drought has slashed apple exports by 9%‚ says fruit industry body Hortgro. Pear exports are down 6% on 2016. read more
Bird flu outbreak threatens local poultry industry

Bird flu outbreak threatens local poultry industry

30/06/2017 - 09:38
With reported cases of Avian Influenza within South Africa’s borders, the local commercial poultry industry is at high risk of the outbreak turning into a pandemic with major financial and operational implications. This is according to Gareth Lloyd-Jones, Chief Commercial Officer of one of South Africa’s leading hygiene and sanitation service providers for the food, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, the Ecowize Group. read more
Better rains wash away some dairy woes

Better rains wash away some dairy woes

18/06/2017 - 14:21
Better summer rains have helped the dairy industry, but drought in the Western Cape, cost pressures and consumer resistance to price hikes remain a challenge. read more
Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

30/05/2017 - 12:27
Drought is serious enough for the provincial government to declare a disaster area.  read more
2016 wheat crop estimate is finalised at 1.91-million tonnes

2016 wheat crop estimate is finalised at 1.91-million tonnes

17/05/2017 - 12:56
The commercial wheat crop for 2016 has been finalised at 1.91-million tons, the Crop Estimates Committee said on Friday in its final estimate for the year. These figures are marginally higher than the previous report, released in February. read more
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

11/05/2017 - 12:31
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually. read more
Egg prices go up, other food stable

Egg prices go up, other food stable

08/05/2017 - 12:30
Durban - The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has warned consumers to brace themselves for an increase in the price of eggs for 2017. read more
Orange industry in big trouble

Orange industry in big trouble

03/05/2017 - 10:23
The orange industry is facing a “disaster”‚ with up to 40% of navels dropping off trees in the Eastern Cape.  read more
Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

02/05/2017 - 14:37
As a firm supporter of a free and open market system, PMA endorses competitive practices, which is inclusive of all role players throughout the fresh produce value chain. Fair and transparent price forming mechanisms are critical to bring about equal access to the marketplace. read more
Eastern Cape potato co-ops cash in on commodity boom

Eastern Cape potato co-ops cash in on commodity boom

02/05/2017 - 13:47
Potatoes are the fastest-moving commodity in the Easter Cape’s OR Tambo district, said Ikhona Mvaphantsi, Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) spokesperson.  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
Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

Agricultural production is key driver in slowing food producer inflation

31/03/2017 - 16:07
The broad recovery in agricultural production is the key driver of the slowing trend in food producer inflation, says the Agriculture Business Chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally. read more
Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

Agricultural products remain Western Cape’s dominant export

27/03/2017 - 14:03
Agricultural products remain the Western Cape’s dominant export commodity despite the challenges facing the sector, including the prevailing drought in the region. read more
Poultry association seeks import protection to save industry

Poultry association seeks import protection to save industry

03/03/2017 - 08:29
The poultry industry could create up to 50,000 direct and indirect jobs, including grain jobs if SA did not import chickens. read more
Ceres Fruit Growers sustainability efforts bear fruit

Ceres Fruit Growers sustainability efforts bear fruit

27/02/2017 - 14:29
The sustainability efforts of one of the largest employers in the area, Ceres Fruit Growers, is bearing fruit saving the environment and the bottom line in the process. read more
Avocados to US, nuts to China to boost SA’s exports

Avocados to US, nuts to China to boost SA’s exports

12/10/2016 - 15:42
US consumers may soon see South African avocados on their supermarket shelves as growers from the country look for new markets to sustain export growth momentum that’s set to taper in its home continent. read more
Agriculture in Western Cape ‘grew in 2004-15’

Agriculture in Western Cape ‘grew in 2004-15’

05/10/2016 - 10:55
THE agricultural sector continues to feel the effects of the devastating drought but has shown signs of growth in some areas of the Western Cape in 2004-15. read more
The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

The biggest stumbling block for SA agriculture

20/09/2016 - 11:35
Cape Town – Overall, policy uncertainty remains a key stumbling block for the South African agriculture sector and could potentially discourage investments over the foreseeable future, Agbiz said on Monday. read more
Pioneer is growing its hybrid corn seed scheme further into Africa

Pioneer is growing its hybrid corn seed scheme further into Africa

16/08/2016 - 09:11
DUPONT’S Pioneer unit hopes to expand its hybrid corn seed partnership with African governments and aid groups, to Tanzania, after setting up programmes for farmers to use its seed in Ethiopia and Zambia. read more
 Why agriculture is vital for SA's economic future

Why agriculture is vital for SA's economic future

12/07/2016 - 14:37
Pretoria- Countries that tax agricultural sectors are normally poor. Countries which subsidise the agricultural sector are normally rich.  read more
 Zim to import 250 000 tons of maize from Mexico

Zim to import 250 000 tons of maize from Mexico

24/06/2016 - 08:32
Harare - Drought-hit Zimbabwean will import more than 250 000 tons of maize from Mexico to fill the shortfall caused by the severe drought sweeping through the southern Africa, the agriculture minister said on Thursday. read more
Farmers fear mergers of agriculture firms

Farmers fear mergers of agriculture firms

20/06/2016 - 11:28
Three megamergers in the agrochemical sector including Bayer and Monsanto, have raised concerns among farmers who fear higher prices and of consumers who fear more genetically modified (GM) food. read more
Food outlook remains bleak - Namibia

Food outlook remains bleak - Namibia

19/01/2016 - 09:07
The food security situation continues to weaken as many households are reported to have depleted last season’s poor harvest and are now dependent on the market and the government’s drought relief food programme. read more
Drought relief scheme in pipeline - Namibia

Drought relief scheme in pipeline - Namibia

15/01/2016 - 11:41
An amount of N$20 million was approved by Government last week for a voucher procurement system that will act as some form of drought relief measure to aid farmers. The scheme, after implementation, will subsidise farming inputs for the farmers and will lessen financial burden. read more
Fire destroys over 20 000 hectares of food crop farms - Ghana

Fire destroys over 20 000 hectares of food crop farms - Ghana

15/01/2016 - 11:34
More than 20 000 hectares of cash and food crop farms in the Asante-Akim Central Municipality have been completely ravaged by wildfire, raising fears of imminent famine in the area. read more
Implication of ‘water shedding’ on business operations and insurance

Implication of ‘water shedding’ on business operations and insurance

16/11/2015 - 13:38
Drought conditions have many devastating effects on communities and the surrounding environment. While the devastating effects of drought are first realised within the agricultural sector, the ripple effect into other sectors and consumers’ personal lives is quickly felt.  read more
GhanaVeg, MOFA to improve quality of vegetable production - Ghana

GhanaVeg, MOFA to improve quality of vegetable production - Ghana

13/08/2015 - 10:35
The GhanaVeg Program, under the International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC), is offering technical and infrastructural support to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to increase vegetable exports to European markets. read more
Fortunes of agric sector slumps further - Ghana

Fortunes of agric sector slumps further - Ghana

21/01/2015 - 14:11
The contribution of the agriculture sector to the total amount of goods and services produced in the country, measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), dropped to 19.9% in 2014 from the 21.6% it contributed in 2013, data from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has shown. read more
Agric transformation favours peasant farmers - Nigeria

Agric transformation favours peasant farmers - Nigeria

19/09/2014 - 10:02
The Director General of Unique Farmers Association (UFAN), Chief John Paul Adama, has said that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is most favourable to peasant rural farmers, as the scheme has eliminated intrigues in the country who deny them of their entitlements. read more
Food crisis could hit Ghana soon

Food crisis could hit Ghana soon

11/07/2014 - 11:13
The President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Mohammed Adam Nashiru, has painted a rather grim picture of the state of Ghana's agriculture, and has hinted of a potential food crisis next year. read more
Superior Milling Company to launch new maize products, Zambia

Superior Milling Company to launch new maize products, Zambia

17/04/2014 - 10:43
Superior Milling Company, which has resolved to buy 80,000 tonnes of maize from local farmers this harvest season, will soon launch new maize meal products on the local market. read more
Zambia’s Agricultural Minister shocked by mealie-meal prices

Zambia’s Agricultural Minister shocked by mealie-meal prices

16/04/2014 - 11:35
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Wilbur Simuusa has described the high mealie-meal prices in the country as shocking. read more
Zambian government ponders maize export

Zambian government ponders maize export

09/04/2014 - 09:06
Government is seriously considering a proposal by commercial farmers who want to export a total of 180 000 tonnes of maize to some neighbouring countries. read more
Coffee output declines, Zambia

Coffee output declines, Zambia

09/04/2014 - 08:53
Zambia’s coffee production has declined from 450 tonnes recorded in 2013 to 200 tonnes this year, due to lack of a tree agriculture policy and long-term financing. read more
Namibia's GDP slows to 4.4%

Namibia's GDP slows to 4.4%

07/04/2014 - 10:01
Namibia’s GDP growth is estimated to have decelerated to 4.4 % in 2013, preliminary data released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) showed this week. read more
Millers, bakers at loggerheads, Zimbabwe

Millers, bakers at loggerheads, Zimbabwe

03/04/2014 - 14:46
HARARE - Millers and bakers are at loggerheads following the expiry of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by both parties, compelling the latter to acquire 75 percent of their flour locally. read more
13 new investors get EPZA nod, Tanzania

13 new investors get EPZA nod, Tanzania

02/04/2014 - 13:49
Dar es Salaam. A total of 13 new investors have been issued with licences by the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA). read more
Cashew contributes $170 million foreign exchange earnings, Ghana

Cashew contributes $170 million foreign exchange earnings, Ghana

02/04/2014 - 13:39
Cashew in 2013 generated about $170 million in the form of foreign exchange earnings into the economy, making it the second-largest contributor to the non-traditional export crops, Winfred Osei Owusu, Acting President of the Ghana Cashew Industry Association (GCIA), has said. read more
SA maize crop could increase due to rain

SA maize crop could increase due to rain

26/03/2014 - 11:08
Johannesburg - South Africa is likely to raise its maize output estimates for 2014 after late summer rains earlier in March brought relief to drought-hit parts of the country, a Reuters survey has showed read more
Food Reserve Agency offloads 200,000 tonnes of maize, Zambia

Food Reserve Agency offloads 200,000 tonnes of maize, Zambia

19/03/2014 - 11:50
The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has so far offloaded over 200,000 tonnes of maize for sale to millers and selected communities, to stabilise the prices of mealie-meal in the country. read more
White maize falls to 13-month low

White maize falls to 13-month low

18/03/2014 - 10:23
Johannesburg - White corn futures in South Africa declined to a 13-month low on plentiful supplies.  read more
World's biggest banana firm formed

World's biggest banana firm formed

12/03/2014 - 11:21
Dublin - US fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes, Europe's largest distributor, have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier. read more
Cattle population expected to double in Zambia

Cattle population expected to double in Zambia

11/03/2014 - 07:41
Cattle population in the country is expected to hit the five million mark by 2015, due to various measures to be taken by the Government. read more
Tanzania tea sales down at Mombasa auction: board

Tanzania tea sales down at Mombasa auction: board

04/03/2014 - 11:15
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania’s tea dealers are depending on private contracts in selling their produce instead of the Mombasa auction. read more
 Zambia concerned with the trade barriers South Africa has imposed on its products

Zambia concerned with the trade barriers South Africa has imposed on its products

28/02/2014 - 09:25
Government says it is concerned with the trade barriers South Africa has imposed on some Zambian products and has led to trade imbalances between the two countries, with earnings standing at K5.65 billion per annum. read more
World Bank says fish offers future food security

World Bank says fish offers future food security

11/02/2014 - 07:56
Aquaculture and fisheries will provide future food security which will be critical in feeding the growing population beyond 2030, a World Bank study shows. read more
Ghana to meet with international supermarket groups

Ghana to meet with international supermarket groups

10/02/2014 - 15:51
The Ghanaian-German Economic Association (GGEA) is organising what it calls “a strategic business delegation” to participate in Biofach 2014, the world´s leading fair on organic food and natural cosmetics. read more
Cocoa smuggling rises as cedi falls, Ghana

Cocoa smuggling rises as cedi falls, Ghana

10/02/2014 - 14:34
The Managing Director of Cargill Ghana Ltd Kojo Amoo-Gottfried has hinted that the rate at which the cedi is depreciating against other foreign currencies is becoming a threat to Ghana’s cocoa sector as more people are smuggling cocoa beans to neighboring Ivory Coast. read more
MP raises alarm over sugar cartels, Kenya

MP raises alarm over sugar cartels, Kenya

07/02/2014 - 12:25
TINDERET MP Julius Meli has said a cartel of unscrupulous traders working with sugar millers are behind the poor cane prices. He appealed to the Kenya Sugar Board to intervene and save the industry from collapsing. read more
Dangote decries low investment flow to Africa

Dangote decries low investment flow to Africa

04/02/2014 - 09:21
President and Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has decried the negative perception of socio-political situation in African countries, saying it was responsible for the low level of inflow of investment into the continent. He said recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  read more
SA maize imports under threat to Zimbabwe

SA maize imports under threat to Zimbabwe

23/01/2014 - 09:49
HARARE - The much-hyped maize import deal between South Africa and Zimbabwe might be threatened by estimates that the neighbouring country’s harvest could be insufficient to meet its national demands. read more
Zambia's Foreign Direct Investment increases

Zambia's Foreign Direct Investment increases

22/01/2014 - 10:24
Zambia's Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) hit slightly below US$2 billion in 2013, up from the US$1.6 billion recorded the previous year, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has said. read more
SA yellow maize hits record

SA yellow maize hits record

15/01/2014 - 08:25
Johannesburg - South African yellow corn rose to the highest price on record as demand increased due to dry weather and a fall in the country’s currency that made importing more expensive. read more
Zimbabwean agro-industrial company, Arniston Holdings Limited, posts profit

Zimbabwean agro-industrial company, Arniston Holdings Limited, posts profit

14/01/2014 - 08:27
HARARE - Agro-industrial company Ariston Holdings Limited (Ariston) posted a $2,4 million after tax profit in the year to September 2013 spurred largely by rehabilitation of its farming assets.  read more
Drop in currency spurs cocoa smuggling

Drop in currency spurs cocoa smuggling

13/01/2014 - 08:04
Abidjan - Smugglers have trafficked around 40 000 tons of Ghanaian cocoa beans into top grower Ivory Coast since November to take advantage of a drop in Ghana's cedi currency, exporters and merchants say. read more
Nigerian perishable cargo revenue to surpass oil revenue in 10 years

Nigerian perishable cargo revenue to surpass oil revenue in 10 years

07/01/2014 - 10:13
The Minister of Aviation, Stella Adaeze Oduah, has projected that revenue that will accrue from the export of farm produce by Nigerian farmers through the perishable cargo programme would surpass oil revenue in the next 10 years.  read more
Namibia eyes Hong Kong meat market

Namibia eyes Hong Kong meat market

06/01/2014 - 11:01
The Meat Board of Namibia will soon release a report on a market exploration visit to Hong Kong concluded towards the end of last year. The visit included the Ministry of Trade and Industry and potential exporters. read more
Namibian maize test positive for GMO

Namibian maize test positive for GMO

19/12/2013 - 08:13
The Namibia Consumer Trust (NCT) revealed yesterday in a press statement that a second test found traces of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Maize meal on Namibian store shelves. read more
Food issues to threaten US-EU free trade deal

Food issues to threaten US-EU free trade deal

18/12/2013 - 10:16
Genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken, beef quotas and a fight over who can call Greek-style cheese “feta” all block the way towards the largest free trade deal. read more
Rupert, top wine producers form new body

Rupert, top wine producers form new body

13/12/2013 - 08:38
Cape Town - Those who talk about land grabs do not really understand the finances of the wine industry, according to Johann Rupert. read more
Rooibos prices to rise by 15%

Rooibos prices to rise by 15%

06/12/2013 - 09:24
Johannesburg - The price of Rooibos tea will rise by 15% from January next year because of supply constraints and growing demand, producer Rooibos Limited said on Tuesday. read more
China's wine deal in SA

China's wine deal in SA

06/12/2013 - 08:49
Cape town - Following on China’s recent significant investments in the French wine industry, especially in Bordeaux, they have also made their first investment in the South African wine industry. read more
SA yellow maize futures rise to 15-month high

SA yellow maize futures rise to 15-month high

04/12/2013 - 08:15
Johannesburg - South African yellow-corn futures rose to the highest level in more than 15 months in Johannesburg trading. read more
Namibian farmers back Meatco’s claim for bigger Norway quota

Namibian farmers back Meatco’s claim for bigger Norway quota

02/12/2013 - 09:30
The Meat Board and unions representing the interest of farmers in the country have backed the country’s biggest meat producer, Meatco, to request that it should get the biggest shares of the 1 600 tonnes export quota to Norway.  read more
Rice production increases in Ghana

Rice production increases in Ghana

26/11/2013 - 09:02
There has been significant increase in per-hectare yield of rice farms in the Atwima-Mponua District following the introduction of improved technologies. - See more at: http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2013/11/25/rice-production-goes-up-in-atwima-mponua/#sthash.vcQUOSi0.dpuf read more
Zambian government bans the trading and marketing of pigs in Lusaka

Zambian government bans the trading and marketing of pigs in Lusaka

26/11/2013 - 08:32
Government has with immediate effect banned the trading and marketing of pigs and its products to help in the fight against African swine fever. read more
RCL shares down on stock-for-sugar deal

RCL shares down on stock-for-sugar deal

25/11/2013 - 08:30
Johannesburg - Shares of South Africa's RCL Foods fell 1.6 percent on Friday, a day after the company said it would issue $394 million in stock to acquire two sugar businesses from its top shareholder Remgro Ltd. read more
Soybean futures decline

Soybean futures decline

21/11/2013 - 12:04
Johannesburg - South African soybean futures declined the most in almost seven weeks. The oilseed for delivery in December, the most active contract, fell 1.8 percent, the biggest decline since October 1, to 6,250 rand ($619) a metric ton by the noon close on the South African Futures Exchange in Johannesburg.  read more
EU eyes ban on SA citrus imports

EU eyes ban on SA citrus imports

19/11/2013 - 08:37
Johannesburg - The EU is preparing a ban on South African citrus imports that could take orange juice off Europe’s breakfast tables next summer and sour efforts in Brussels to broaden trade with Africa’s biggest economy. read more
Barley crop can bring N$200 million boost to local farmers says Namibia Breweries

Barley crop can bring N$200 million boost to local farmers says Namibia Breweries

18/11/2013 - 10:50
Brewing giant Namibia Breweries Ltd (NBL) says local production of malted barley and other related crops will result in a financial boost to the agricultural sector as farmers are expected to generate around N$200 million in revenue annually. read more
Illovo Sugar falls after trading update

Illovo Sugar falls after trading update

15/11/2013 - 08:14
Shares of Illovo Sugar fall more than 2 percent after the South African company says tough market conditions are likely to negatively impact its full-year earnings. read more
Kenya Breweries to pay farmers more for barley

Kenya Breweries to pay farmers more for barley

14/11/2013 - 11:33
East African Breweries has increased the amount of money it pays farmers for 90kg bag of barley by 17 per cent, from Sh2800 in 2012 to Sh3285.  read more
White, yellow maize climb to highs

White, yellow maize climb to highs

05/11/2013 - 08:04
Johannesburg - Corn futures in South Africa rose to the highest levels in more than four months by the midday close in Johannesburg.  read more
Dunavant diversifies to buying maize, soya beans, Zambia

Dunavant diversifies to buying maize, soya beans, Zambia

16/10/2013 - 11:30
NWK Agri-services, formerly Dunavant Zambia, has diversified its commodity buying opportunities from cotton to soya beans and maize. read more
Asian bacteria threatens Florida oranges

Asian bacteria threatens Florida oranges

14/10/2013 - 09:13
Washington - Citrus production in Florida, the world's second largest orange juice supplier after Brazil, is being threatened by a bacteria from Asia that has scientists racing for a remedy. read more
Ghana’s public debt is fourth highest in Africa, World Bank

Ghana’s public debt is fourth highest in Africa, World Bank

11/10/2013 - 09:02
Ghana has been ranked as the fourth country in Africa with the highest public debt in relation the total value of the economy.  read more
Climate threat to maize farmers

Climate threat to maize farmers

02/10/2013 - 08:55
Cape Town - Climate change poses a major threat to South Africa's maize production and food security, says the Agricultural Research Council. read more