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Cape wine production set to be low after 3-year drought

Cape wine production set to be low after 3-year drought

07/02/2019 - 19:19
The Cape's three-year drought has taken its toll on the wine industry and early indications are that this year's harvest will be even lower than the poor 2018 harvest. read more
Price of red meat expected to skyrocket due to drought

Price of red meat expected to skyrocket due to drought

15/10/2018 - 10:48
The sheep farming area of Beaufort West is suffering from extreme water shortages, and the government and agricultural experts have warned that the price of red meat is set to soar.  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
Nestlé Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from milk

Nestlé Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from milk

18/06/2018 - 13:34
A milk factory in Mossel Bay has revolutionised its production processes by switching to an approach that will nearly eliminate its reliance on municipal water. read more
Pioneer Foods puts drought behind it

Pioneer Foods puts drought behind it

21/05/2018 - 09:42
Pioneer Foods enjoyed an improved performance in the six months to March, helped in part by a low base created in the year-earlier period when it was still dealing with the effects of the drought.  read more
Pick n Pay honours farmers for the gift of water and provides relief to 18 local welfare organisations

Pick n Pay honours farmers for the gift of water and provides relief to 18 local welfare organisations

20/03/2018 - 14:57
The ongoing drought in the Western Cape continues to not only impact on the residents of Cape Town and surrounds, but also has a severe impact on businesses, including agricultural activity, in the province.  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
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
How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

How Small Businesses are gearing up to survive the drought

15/02/2018 - 16:43
Nationally small businesses are now being advised to prepare for future water scarcity. With small to medium sized businesses contributing over 65% of South Africa’s employment and 50% of the country’s GDP, their survival is essential to the economy.  read more
Plastics Industry helps South Africans save water and deal with drought impact

Plastics Industry helps South Africans save water and deal with drought impact

15/02/2018 - 11:50
It was once said that innovation is not born from a dream but from a struggle. As a nation facing the impact of drought and water shortages in many of our provinces, this sentiment has proven to be particularly true for the South African plastics industry. 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
Retail to adapt in order to cope with water crisis

Retail to adapt in order to cope with water crisis

09/02/2018 - 15:12
Consumers are not the only ones who have to tighten taps in Cape Town. As South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ approaches dreaded Day Zero which has been estimated to occur in May 2018, retailers and shopping centres too, have to rethink their strategies to ensure survival. read more
Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

Water crisis threatens not only Cape, but SA economy

08/02/2018 - 10:16
Cape Town’s water crisis is likely to have far-reaching consequences, not only on the local economy but on the national GDP. The water crisis threatens further downgrades from ratings agencies, hampering much-needed investment, economists have warned. read more
Shoprite’s Disaster Relief Fund to be used exclusively for water relief

Shoprite’s Disaster Relief Fund to be used exclusively for water relief

06/02/2018 - 09:34
As parts of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape remain in the grips of the worst drought in a century, the Shoprite Group has heeded the call of South Africans to help Cape Town and other communities that will soon be left without water through its till-point donation facility. 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
Coca-Cola to provide millions of litres of water to Cape Town

Coca-Cola to provide millions of litres of water to Cape Town

01/02/2018 - 09:58
Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and participating suppliers are in the process of finalising the details to provide millions of litres of relief water to the Western Cape Province and City of Cape Town.  read more
SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

SA at risk of economic downgrade as Day Zero approaches

30/01/2018 - 15:43
Because the economy will suffer, we run the risk of a downgrade from the ratings agencies. read more
Drought challenges fruit industry

Drought challenges fruit industry

22/01/2018 - 11:12
Western Cape fruit farmers and rural communities are under tremendous socio-economic pressure due to the crippling drought, according to the deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro.  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
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
Shoprite rolls out its trucks to help drought-stricken farming communities

Shoprite rolls out its trucks to help drought-stricken farming communities

27/11/2017 - 09:40
Five trucks left the Shoprite Group’s distribution centre in Centurion on Friday morning to collect fodder and transport it to the Northern Cape, where the worst drought conditions in a century are killing off livestock and threatening farmers’ and farm workers’ livelihoods. 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
Pioneer Foods' full-year profit plunges on lagging effects of drought

Pioneer Foods' full-year profit plunges on lagging effects of drought

21/11/2017 - 10:07
Pioneer Foods sees a recovery in the 2018 financial year after disappointing results in the year to September. read more
Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

Drought impact on SA table grape crop slowly emerging

09/11/2017 - 14:37
The 2017/18 table grape crop will likely be marginally above the 5-year average of about 57.9 million cartons, according to the SA Table Grape Industry (Sati). read more
Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

Cape wine farmers’ harvest in danger

16/10/2017 - 09:28
Wine grape producers in some parts of the Western Cape, already reeling from severe drought, have been dealt another blow after being hit by frost in early October. read more
Some positives in tough year for Clover

Some positives in tough year for Clover

13/09/2017 - 13:19
Clover Industries was savaged on all fronts in the year to June. Prolonged drought was followed by a wetter, cooler summer, which affected beverage sales. At the same time, rand volatility was compounded by SA’s ugly political environment. read more
Prolonged drought and volatile rand squeeze Clover

Prolonged drought and volatile rand squeeze Clover

12/09/2017 - 17:18
Dairy and foods group Clover reported a dismal set of results, as expected after last week’s trading update, with sharp drops in profit at almost all levels. 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
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
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
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
Lifting of drought may only provide temporary economic relief

Lifting of drought may only provide temporary economic relief

10/05/2017 - 13:21
The lifting of SA’s drought may only provide temporary relief for the economy with signs the weather will take a turn for the worse again by the end of the year. According to the Regional Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, the lifting of the drought and improved terms of trade are projected to drive SA’s growth to 0.8%, but political risks remain a concern. read more
Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

Emergency measures in place for water crisis – Cape Town

17/03/2017 - 12:54
Disaster planning is underway to ensure measures were in place for the possibility of an extended drought in Cape Town. read more
Clover caught between drought and embattled consumers

Clover caught between drought and embattled consumers

01/03/2017 - 09:22
Dairy products group says rising raw milk prices and constrained consumers put it under pressure during the first half of its financial year. read more
Tiger Brands ‘solid’ but Pioneer sees profit drop

Tiger Brands ‘solid’ but Pioneer sees profit drop

24/02/2017 - 14:49
Drought hits Pioneer’s earnings, while a ‘solid domestic market’ saves Tiger Brands from weak trading conditions across Africa. read more
SA economy can grow and avoid a water crisis

SA economy can grow and avoid a water crisis

03/02/2017 - 12:45
Cape Town – Various steps are required to ensure South Africa can sustainably consume water without the taps running dry, a scenario-planning expert recently explained. read more
Farmers step up maize planting after good rain

Farmers step up maize planting after good rain

27/01/2017 - 08:37
Farmers planted almost a third more maize this season because of improved rain and other climate conditions, the state crop estimates committee said on Thursday. read more
Red meat, maize prices to remain high due to drought

Red meat, maize prices to remain high due to drought

25/01/2017 - 14:00
A farmers' association says the impact of last year's drought will be felt by consumers until at least the end of this year. read more
Rhodes and Pioneer warn over drought

Rhodes and Pioneer warn over drought

22/11/2016 - 09:56
Strain could be felt in 2017, food producers say as country swings to importing white maize  read more
SA avo season ends early due to drought

SA avo season ends early due to drought

20/10/2016 - 10:36
South African avocado farmers have faced many challenges with the past avo season, from drought and high temperatures to widespread hail which all took their toll on local avo crops. As a result, this year's avos looked a little different and were available for a much shorter period. 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
Food will continue to be costly

Food will continue to be costly

14/06/2016 - 17:11
Johannesburg - South Africans may be breathing a sigh of relief that El Niño seems to have passed, but food prices will remain high well into next year. read more
Declare drought a national disaster: Agri SA

Declare drought a national disaster: Agri SA

13/06/2016 - 12:24
Johannesburg - Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. read more
Tongaat Hulett sees profit slide

Tongaat Hulett sees profit slide

02/06/2016 - 09:11
Johannesburg - Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett said yesterday that the severe drought in KwaZulu-Natal had lowered its cane yields, with its profit sliding 17.92 percent. read more
Astral Foods’ profits slide as drought bites

Astral Foods’ profits slide as drought bites

16/05/2016 - 14:43
Astral Foods on Monday (16 May) reported a slide in its first-half profit as the effect of the recent drought in the country took hold. read more
Drought culls SA’s livestock herds

Drought culls SA’s livestock herds

13/04/2016 - 09:36
Johannesburg - South Africa’s livestock farmers are preparing for more losses after the driest year on record already cut herds and as the hemisphere’s winter nears, fuelling food prices that are already climbing at the fastest pace in 18 months. read more
SA meat prices could double in the next few months

SA meat prices could double in the next few months

08/04/2016 - 16:09
The African Farmers Association says that meat prices could double in the current economic climate. read more
Farmers warned of R270 000 grant scam

Farmers warned of R270 000 grant scam

06/04/2016 - 10:05
Cape Town - Drought affected farmers are being urged to be alert of a scammer promising them a grant of R270 000 from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (DAFF).  read more
Cost of maize soars - Malawi

Cost of maize soars - Malawi

23/03/2016 - 10:54
Malawi - The Maize that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive that it has become a luxury many cannot afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa. read more
Drought hits SA’s citrus crops

Drought hits SA’s citrus crops

14/03/2016 - 10:16
Johannesburg - South Africa’s worst drought in a century will reduce the citrus harvest this year and result in smaller-sized oranges that are harder to sell, according to an industry body. read more
SA trims cotton forecast

SA trims cotton forecast

03/03/2016 - 09:00
Johannesburg - South Africa cut its 2015-16 cotton production forecast by about 5 percent, bringing the total drop in full-year output to an estimated 44 percent, as farmers switch to more profitable corn crops in a drought period. read more
Meat producers expect food prices to soar

Meat producers expect food prices to soar

02/03/2016 - 09:41
Parliament – The effects of the drought conditions currently affecting the country’s agricultural sector could hit the pockets of ordinary South Africans soon, meat producers warned as they briefed MPs in Parliament on Tuesday (1 March). read more
Drought: SA’s warm weather set to continue

Drought: SA’s warm weather set to continue

02/03/2016 - 08:54
Johannesburg - South Africa's weather will remain drier and warmer than usual until the autumn season, which begins in April, the South African Weather Service said on Monday (29 February). read more
Shoprite posts higher profit, but CEO warns about economy’s woes

Shoprite posts higher profit, but CEO warns about economy’s woes

24/02/2016 - 10:52
Whitey Basson, CEO of Africa’s largest grocer, Shoprite, on Tuesday (23 Feb) took aim at the government for what he said was its neglect of the basics, such as job creation, crime, and education. read more
SA to cut maize forecast

SA to cut maize forecast

24/02/2016 - 10:30
Johannesburg - South Africa will cut its maize forecast in the face of drought and late plantings that will hurt yields, a Reuters’ poll of five traders showed on Monday (20 Feb). read more
How are bread profits sliced up?

How are bread profits sliced up?

18/02/2016 - 15:12
Bread is an important staple food in South Africa and plays an integral role in ensuring national food security. The majority of consumers do not buy food directly from farmers, and the price they pay for food is exceedingly higher than what farmers receive for the raw commodity. read more
Drought ‘could push SA into recession’

Drought ‘could push SA into recession’

17/02/2016 - 12:06
Johannesburg - South Africa’s worst drought in decades could tip its already weak economy into recession as rising agricultural imports fed into rising inflation, ratings firm Moody’s said. read more
Veggies thrive in Oranjemund climate - Namibia

Veggies thrive in Oranjemund climate - Namibia

15/02/2016 - 10:00
The cool, moist conditions in the otherwise bleak Oranjemund, are ideal for vegetable production, as a local self-help group has proven. Last week, the town’s main commercial force, Namdeb, donated a compost shredder to the vegetable project so that higher yields can be achieved. read more
High red meat prices could mean a crash in the market

High red meat prices could mean a crash in the market

02/02/2016 - 09:42
Red meat sales are likely to plunge in the coming months as consumers resist price increases in beef, triggered by the drought. read more
SA maize crop ravaged by drought

SA maize crop ravaged by drought

28/01/2016 - 15:08
Johannesburg - South Africa, the largest corn producer on the continent, will probably reap the smallest harvest since 2007 this year after the country suffered the lowest rainfall since records began because of the global El Nino weather pattern. read more
Food makers can’t cope

Food makers can’t cope

19/01/2016 - 10:39
Johannesburg - South Africa’s worst drought on record, a plunging currency, and debt-burdened consumers are weighing on the country’s biggest food producers, who may sacrifice profits in order to keep prices affordable and preserve market share. read more
Get ready for a food price shock in 2016

Get ready for a food price shock in 2016

19/01/2016 - 09:40
Ongoing drought conditions and a weak currency are hammering South Africa’s food producers, who are under pressure to keep prices low. read more
Rain was late, now food crisis looms

Rain was late, now food crisis looms

15/01/2016 - 11:13
Johannesburg - A crisis is looming in southern Africa as fallout from a searing drought complicates efforts to ensure that millions of people do not run out of food. read more
Drought dries up Illovo’s half-year profits

Drought dries up Illovo’s half-year profits

30/11/2015 - 12:45
South Africa’s drought, pressure on export prices and reduced demand in Malawi resulted in Illovo Sugar [JSE:ILV] cutting its half-year profit by nearly 60% on Monday. read more
Drought hits Tongaat Hulett’s revenue

Drought hits Tongaat Hulett’s revenue

17/11/2015 - 09:57
Johannesburg - Tongaat Hulett yesterday reported that its interim results had dropped as the worst drought in 23 years cut output.  read more
Namibia: Food reserves at satisfactory levels

Namibia: Food reserves at satisfactory levels

01/07/2013 - 12:01
Windhoek - With Namibia experiencing the worst drought of the past 14 years, government has assured the nation that there is still adequate grain stocks in its silos countrywide and will only import food once they are depleted. read more
SA cuts maize forecast

SA cuts maize forecast

26/04/2013 - 10:40
Johannesburg - South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, cut its forecast for output of the grain by 1.6 percent because of drought in some growing regions, the Crop Estimates Committee said. read more
US drought: Obama calls for new farm bill

US drought: Obama calls for new farm bill

13/08/2012 - 07:49
Washington - US President Barack Obama urged members of Congress on Saturday to pass a farm bill that would help the agricultural sector cope with the most severe drought that has struck the United States in half a century. read more
India prepares tough drought measures

India prepares tough drought measures

31/07/2012 - 08:16
New Delhi - Indian ministers will meet on Tuesday to discuss measures to deal with a feared drought, including curbs on commodity derivatives, extra subsidies to farmers and the distribution of seeds, but are not expected to ban farm exports. read more
US in costliest drought since 1988

US in costliest drought since 1988

27/07/2012 - 07:43
Cape Town - The drought engulfing the central US is likely to cost $12bn, making it the costliest since 1988, experts say. read more
Maize price hikes dim hopes of interest rate cut

Maize price hikes dim hopes of interest rate cut

18/07/2012 - 09:13
A leap in global grain prices over the past month is set to tarnish an otherwise benign outlook for inflation in SA, and dampen speculation the Reserve Bank may cut interest rates later this year. read more
USDA to gauge Russia drought impact on world crops

USDA to gauge Russia drought impact on world crops

12/08/2010 - 00:00
The U.S. government is set to forecast a bigger decline in world wheat stocks and a modest drop in global production as Russia's worst drought in over a century halts exports and threatens to whither the next crop. read more