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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
Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

Exports to Brazil take off over South American trade deal

10/04/2019 - 11:03
The ratification of trade agreements between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur), a South American trade bloc, has been a key driver of the increase in exports to Brazil.  read more
Global tomato juice market - Key findings and insights

Global tomato juice market - Key findings and insights

18/02/2019 - 13:45
In 2017, the global tomato juice market amounted to 5.7M tonnes, remaining relatively stable as in the previous year. After a moderate decline in the volume of consumption from 2007 to 2009, consumption then regained an upward trend, increasing strongly through to 2013 and then levelling off over the next four years. Overall, the market volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.3% over the period from 2007 to 2017. read more
Western Cape has high hopes for marijuana market

Western Cape has high hopes for marijuana market

11/02/2019 - 10:32
The Western Cape believes the medical cannabis market has significant potential to boost the local economy and is moving fast to position itself as the country’s main hub for this new industry. read more
Bans on some SA meat products relaxed after foot and mouth outbreak in Limpopo

Bans on some SA meat products relaxed after foot and mouth outbreak in Limpopo

04/02/2019 - 15:10
Restrictions on the export of South African processed meat products have been relaxed by some trade partners who halted imports following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Limpopo, the department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said. read more
Global sesame oil market - Key findings and insights

Global sesame oil market - Key findings and insights

29/01/2019 - 14:36
The global sesame oil market revenue amounted to $6.9B in 2017 (IndexBox estimate), flattening at the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). read more
Value of wine exports up despite drought in Western Cape

Value of wine exports up despite drought in Western Cape

28/01/2019 - 09:41
The value of wine exports grew by 4% in 2018, despite a difficult season and a long-term trend of producers dwindling. read more
SA poultry industry wants hefty increase in tariffs to protect local industry

SA poultry industry wants hefty increase in tariffs to protect local industry

17/01/2019 - 13:20
The South African poultry industry has defended its application for a hike in import tariffs of frozen chicken portions to 82%, saying the cheap chicken imports mainly from Brazil hurt the competitiveness of local producers. read more
Global pineapple juice market - Key findings and insights

Global pineapple juice market - Key findings and insights

15/01/2019 - 09:04
The global pineapple juice market revenue amounted to $829M in 2017, coming down by -4.1% against the previous year. A dip in raw material prices for the pineapple concentrate and uncertainty within producers in Thailand resulted in a price drop and a subsequent fall in the market value.  read more
SA records trade surplus in November

SA records trade surplus in November

07/01/2019 - 08:43
SA recorded a trade surplus of R3.49bn in November, statistics released by Sars reveal. However, for the 11 months to end-November, there was a trade deficit amounting to R4.16bn, a deterioration on the surplus for the comparable period in 2017, of R62.3bn.  read more
Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

Rising imports push trade balance deficit to biggest in 10 months

04/12/2018 - 08:07
As SA records its biggest trade deficit in 10 months, economists warn that trade tensions could keep the trade account in the negative for the next few months. read more
Key insights into the global olive oil market

Key insights into the global olive oil market

14/11/2018 - 12:27
According to the report "World - Olive Oil (Virgin) - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017, global virgin olive oil imports totalled 1.4M tonnes, a -7.0% decrease against the previous year.  read more
SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

SA recorded a surprise trade deficit in September

06/11/2018 - 10:22
SA recorded a shock trade deficit of R2.95bn in September — a far cry from analysts expectations of a surplus. read more
Global orange consumption on the rise

Global orange consumption on the rise

31/10/2018 - 10:31
According to the report “World - Oranges - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights”, recently published by IndexBox, the global orange consumption reached 75M tonnes in 2017, going up by 2% against the previous year.  read more
Insights into the global avocado market

Insights into the global avocado market

19/10/2018 - 08:02
According to the report “World - Avocado - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights”, recently published by IndexBox, the global avocado consumption amounted to 6.3M tonnes, surging by 8% against the previous year.  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
Key insights into the global walnut market

Key insights into the global walnut market

05/10/2018 - 14:17
According to the report "World - Walnuts - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights", recently published by IndexBox, in 2017, the volume of the global shelled walnut consumption stood at approx. 2.2M tonnes.  read more
Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

Surprise trade surplus lifts SA’s outlook

01/10/2018 - 08:37
A surprise trade surplus in August bodes well for SA’s current account. read more
Egypt lifts SA fresh goods ban as listeriosis threat subsides

Egypt lifts SA fresh goods ban as listeriosis threat subsides

20/09/2018 - 14:32
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries says Egypt's government has lifted its temporary suspension of fresh fruits and vegetable imports from South Africa, which stood as a precaution to prevent the spread of listeriosis there. read more
Insights into the global oats market

Insights into the global oats market

18/09/2018 - 15:06
According to the report "World: Oats - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, the production of oats reached 23M tonnes in 2017, fluctuating mildly over the period under review.  read more
Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

Trade surplus in June surprises at more than double the forecasts

03/08/2018 - 09:19
SA recorded a substantial surplus of R12bn in June, beating market expectations. This follows May’s surplus of R3.5bn, which was revised upwards by R0.33bn. read more
Insights into the global nutmeg, mace and cardamom market

Insights into the global nutmeg, mace and cardamom market

26/07/2018 - 11:24
According to the report "World: Nutmeg, Mace And Cardamoms - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, in 2016 the nutmeg, mace and cardamom market peaked at 113K tonnes.  read more
South African leads international prune association

South African leads international prune association

24/07/2018 - 14:42
At the recent annual congress of the International Prune Association (IPA) Chris Krone, chairperson of Agri Western Cape’s Commodity Chamber was elected as president for the association for the third time. Established in Agen, France, in January 1990, the IPA is the international prune industry’s trade entity that represents the interests of prune growers and packers across the globe. read more
US duties to knock SA’s Agoa exports

US duties to knock SA’s Agoa exports

17/07/2018 - 08:58
SA has raised its concern with the US government about possible duties on vehicle and vehicle component imports, pointing out that their imposition on South African exports would significantly erode the benefit the country is meant to enjoy under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). read more
Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

Unlocking export markets for SA’s vegetable industry

12/07/2018 - 07:59
Global opportunities are opening up for South African vegetable producers and exporters with the emergence of new markets in some Asian and African countries. This is due to an increase in middle-income earners, says Ezra Steenkamp, deputy director of international trade research at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. read more
Global almond consumption on the rise

Global almond consumption on the rise

04/07/2018 - 13:09
According to the report "World: Almonds - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, from 2007 to 2016, the value of the global almond market showed a stable dynamic trend.  read more
Key insights into the global apple market

Key insights into the global apple market

27/06/2018 - 10:23
According to the report "World: Apple - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, the apple market grew to 89.3M tonnes in 2016, which was by 2.5M tonnes (or 3%) more than the year before. read more
Which country exports the most beer in the world?

Which country exports the most beer in the world?

25/06/2018 - 09:29
According to the report "World: Beer - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025", recently published by IndexBox, the amount of beer exported worldwide amounted to 16M tonnes in 2016, coming up by 6% against the previous year figure.  read more
Macadamias take centre stage in ingredient sector innovation globally

Macadamias take centre stage in ingredient sector innovation globally

13/06/2018 - 10:15
At this year’s annual International Nut Council (INC) conference discussion around expanding the growth of macadamia supply into the global market was more prominent than ever before.  read more
Global strawberry consumption continues to increase

Global strawberry consumption continues to increase

11/06/2018 - 17:50
In 2016, the global strawberry market amounted to 9.2 million tons, which was 5% higher than the previous year level.  read more
Trade wars: winners and losers -  Where does South Africa fit in?

Trade wars: winners and losers - Where does South Africa fit in?

30/05/2018 - 11:19
Amid an increasingly unstable geopolitical landscape, the looming possibility of a global trade war carries the risk of severe negative macroeconomic consequences, in that both the US and Chinese economies could begin to decelerate, triggering a worldwide recession. On the flip side of this, however, the rise in trade tensions brings about a sense of investment opportunity with regard to the global food and agricultural value chain. read more
Vanilla production drops as demand grows

Vanilla production drops as demand grows

15/05/2018 - 11:26
In 2016, the vanilla market dropped to 7 100 tons, caused by the reduction of global vanilla production due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia. At the same time, demand for vanilla continues to grow against the backdrop of growing demand from the food, flavours and cosmetic industries.  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
Italian fruit and vegetable exports set new record

Italian fruit and vegetable exports set new record

18/04/2018 - 15:33
Italian fruit and vegetable exports reached the €5 billion mark last year, growing by 3% compared to 2016, setting a historical record for the sector. 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
SA trade balance swings back into surplus of R430m in February

SA trade balance swings back into surplus of R430m in February

03/04/2018 - 18:41
SA’s trade account recorded a surplus of R430m in February, while January’s deficit was revised downwards by R540m, to R27.12bn, data released by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) showed. 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
Rob Davies calls for exemption on US tariffs

Rob Davies calls for exemption on US tariffs

26/03/2018 - 11:09
SA’s formal submissions ‘will involve a substantial amount of time and money, with no guarantee of success’. 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
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
SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

SA's bulk exports rise almost 90% to record in January

13/02/2018 - 08:37
SA’s bulk export volumes shot up 88.8% year on year in January 2018 to a record 25.4-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed. 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
SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

SA’s bulk exports reach record high in 2017

12/01/2018 - 13:46
SA’s bulk export volumes increased by 4.9% in 2017 to a new record of 171.3-million tonnes, after falling by 2.8% in 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Wednesday. read more
Italian wine exports set new record in 2017

Italian wine exports set new record in 2017

11/01/2018 - 11:11
Italian wine exports grew by 7% in 2017, reaching a record high of around €6 billion, according to farmers' association Coldiretti. read more
SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

SA records far bigger trade surplus than expected in November

03/01/2018 - 11:40
SA recorded a trade surplus of R13.02bn in November, much higher than the consensus of R1.3bn, and a Trading Economics forecast of R4.65bn. read more
Italian wine exports up 74% in past decade

Italian wine exports up 74% in past decade

19/12/2017 - 09:39
Italian wine exports have grown by 74% in the past ten years, driven largely by Prosecco, which has pushed exports of sparkling wine by 400% in the same period. read more
SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

SA records surprise R4.56bn trade surplus in October

01/12/2017 - 09:52
Contrary to expectations, SA recorded another monthly trade account surplus in October. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

South Africa’s bulk exports increase to new record

10/11/2017 - 09:05
South Africa’s bulk export volumes soared by 30.7% year on year in October to a new record of 16.7-million tonnes, according to Transnet National Ports Authority. The previous record of 16.4-million tonnes was set in January 2015. read more
South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

South Africa’s bulk exports decline 7.3% in September

17/10/2017 - 08:58
South Africa’s bulk export volumes fell by 7.3% year on year in September to 13.8-million tonnes after a 7.2% drop 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 (TNPA). read more
SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

SA’s trade balance comes in better than expected

29/09/2017 - 15:12
SA recorded a trade surplus of R5.94bn for August, almost three times one of the consensus expectations. 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
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
US Agoa poultry exporters struggle with SA’s empowerment provisos

US Agoa poultry exporters struggle with SA’s empowerment provisos

30/08/2017 - 10:37
US poultry producers nearly reached their full 65,000 ton quota of exports to SA under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) in the year to end-March. read more
DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods

DRC temporarily bans import of key consumer goods

29/08/2017 - 08:49
Authorities have banned imports of several popular consumer products in the west of the Democratic Republic of Congo for six months to fight smuggling, Trade Minister Jean-Lucien Busa said on Monday.  read more
UK wine exports grow 21% in first half of the year

UK wine exports grow 21% in first half of the year

21/08/2017 - 13:20
UK wine exports were worth £270 million in the first six months of 2017, which represents a 21% growth year-on-year, according to data from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF). 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
June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

June trade surplus exceeds projections but May figure revised down by over R2bn

01/08/2017 - 09:25
SA recorded a better-than-expected trade surplus of R10.67bn in June, from a revised R7.22bn (R9.5bn) surplus in May. read more
Italian organic wine exports increase 40% in 2016

Italian organic wine exports increase 40% in 2016

20/07/2017 - 11:08
Italian organic wine exports increased by 40% in 2016 compared to the previous year, reaching a market value of €192 million. 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
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
Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

22/06/2017 - 11:59
South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected chairperson of Vinpro. He shared his thoughts on some of the pressing issues that currently prevail in the industry with Jeandré du Preez. read more
Italy becomes world's leading salami exporter

Italy becomes world's leading salami exporter

15/06/2017 - 10:04
Italy has become the leading global exporter of salami, surpassing Germany, according to a report by ISMEA - the Italian institute for agricultural and food market services. 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
Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

Trade surplus shrinks, with both imports and exports falling

31/05/2017 - 16:32
SA’s trade balance came in worse than expected on Wednesday when the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced a surplus of R5.08bn for April. read more
SA records trade balance surplus of R11.44bn for March

SA records trade balance surplus of R11.44bn for March

02/05/2017 - 13:11
SA recorded a trade surplus of R11.44bn for March, compared to a revised surplus of R4.79bn (from R5.22bn) in February, according to data released on Friday by the South African Revenue Service. read more
Bulk exports increase by more than a quarter in the year to March

Bulk exports increase by more than a quarter in the year to March

11/04/2017 - 10:39
The Agricultural Business Chamber expects an 84% rise in the maize harvest in 2017 compared with 2016, leading to maize exports of about 3-million tonnes. read more
UK beer exports to China rose 500% over 2016

UK beer exports to China rose 500% over 2016

29/03/2017 - 17:05
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed that beer exports to China and India have boomed by 500% and 417% respectively. read more
Italian wine exports grow by 4.3% in 2016

Italian wine exports grow by 4.3% in 2016

29/03/2017 - 15:20
Italian wine exports amounted to €5.6 billion in 2016, up by 4.3% on the previous year, according to data from the Italian Wine Union. 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
SA’s bulk exports fall 6.5% year on year in January

SA’s bulk exports fall 6.5% year on year in January

14/02/2017 - 09:57
SA’s bulk export volumes fell 6.5% year on year in January to 13.5-million tonnes. There was also a fall of 2.8% for all of 2016 to 163.3-million tonnes, data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Monday. read more
Harare’s trade rules hurt SA exporters

Harare’s trade rules hurt SA exporters

07/02/2017 - 09:09
SA is losing out on potentially billions of rand in revenue as its exporters are forced to pay higher tariff duties to access the Zimbabwean market, while Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies struggles to resolve an import ban on South African products by that country. read more
 Swiss watch exports have worst year since 2008

Swiss watch exports have worst year since 2008

30/01/2017 - 09:00
Swiss watch exports fell 9.9% in 2016, the biggest drop in seven years, as high-end timepieces went unsold on retailers’ shelves in Hong Kong, the industry’s largest market. read more
Falling exports take their toll on SA’s current account deficit

Falling exports take their toll on SA’s current account deficit

09/12/2016 - 12:07
SA’s current account deficit widened more than expected in the third quarter, as the value and volume of exports fell amid weaker output data from the productive sectors of the economy. read more
 Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

Salt water levels in chicken exploits consumers - Amie

22/09/2016 - 09:42
Cape Town - High brining levels as practised in South Africa are nothing more than commercial exploitation of consumers, according to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA (Amie). read more
Swiss watch exports slump extends into eleventh month

Swiss watch exports slump extends into eleventh month

21/06/2016 - 12:38
Zurich - Swiss watch exports dropped in May, bringing the industry’s slump close to a full year as it faced plunging demand across Asia and Europe. read more
Uncertainty behind SA’s sluggish exports

Uncertainty behind SA’s sluggish exports

13/06/2016 - 12:54
A new academic study has come up with an answer to a question that has puzzled economists for some time now: why is it that the cheap rand has done so little to boost SA’s exports? read more
Dendairy to export

Dendairy to export

05/05/2014 - 12:08
KWEKWE based dairy concern, Dendairy is planning to start exporting into the region after it received necessary regulatory approvals. The dairy company obtained export license from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in October last year. 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
Botswana-Zimbabwe trade shrinks

Botswana-Zimbabwe trade shrinks

08/04/2014 - 09:24
Contrary to the expectations of the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection (BIPPA), an agreement that was set to unlock investment and trade windows between Zimbabwe and Botswana, data released by Statistics Botswana indicates that trade between the two countries continue to decrease. read more
Exporting companies buckle under pressure, Zimbabwe

Exporting companies buckle under pressure, Zimbabwe

08/04/2014 - 08:38
HARARE - More than half of Zimbabwe’s exporting companies are facing stiff competition from Chinese and South African firms. 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
Turkish Business delegation explores opportunities in Ghana

Turkish Business delegation explores opportunities in Ghana

11/03/2014 - 08:03
The Turkish Kitchenware sector is working to increase its trade investment inflow in Ghana through partnerships with Ghanaian industrialists within the next five years. read more
Textile exports to US collapse, Botswana

Textile exports to US collapse, Botswana

24/02/2014 - 10:46
Textile and apparel exports from local manufacturers to the United States crumbled last year, falling 45% to US$5.86 million (P53 million) as a cocktail of adverse factors kept the local sector out of the lucrative market.  read more
Namibia Breweries Chinese consignment exceeds expectations

Namibia Breweries Chinese consignment exceeds expectations

18/02/2014 - 12:28
Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) announced last month that its first consignment of Windhoek Lager to China has exceeded all expectations. read more
Namibian meat exports to South Africa continues

Namibian meat exports to South Africa continues

05/02/2014 - 08:28
WINDHOEK – Cattle and sheep export negotiations between Namibia and South Africa are ongoing as South Africa (SA) is still in the process of harmonising its meat imports’ requirements. - read more
SA business confidence sinks

SA business confidence sinks

05/02/2014 - 07:46
The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s business confidence index (BCI) dropped to its lowest level in five months in January. read more
Botash partners Canadian firm in potash project

Botash partners Canadian firm in potash project

13/01/2014 - 09:40
A Toronto Stock Exchange-listed company, Great Quest Metals, says it has entered into an exclusive arrangement with Botswana Ash (Botash) to develop the potash brine potential of the Sua saltpans in the northeastern district.  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
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
Allow maize bran export, Millers appeal to government, Zambia

Allow maize bran export, Millers appeal to government, Zambia

22/11/2013 - 10:01
Millers are grappling with stockpiles of maize bran after Government halted the export of the commodity in September this year. 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
Zambia’s food security position is very strong

Zambia’s food security position is very strong

20/11/2013 - 10:50
Agriculture and Livestock Minister Bob Sichinga has disclosed that Zambia was on a strong position in terms of food security in the African region. read more
Meatco and Witvlei bid for Norwegian meat quota, Namibia

Meatco and Witvlei bid for Norwegian meat quota, Namibia

22/10/2013 - 08:31
Meat processing companies, Meatco and Witvlei Meat, have once again bid for the lucrative beef export quota to Norway, which is set at 1600 tonnes per year and pays 72% more than exports to other parts of Europe. Earlier this month, the Meat Board of Namibia requested for bids for the Norway quota from local meat companies.  read more
Shoprite boss puts blame on manufacturing

Shoprite boss puts blame on manufacturing

16/10/2013 - 11:06
Shoprite chief executive Whitey Basson has moved beyond blaming the usual suspects of unions and labour legislation for South Africa’s economic woes and has lashed out at the “declining” manufacturing sector for its lack of innovation and competitiveness. 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
Distell taps into China's cognac market

Distell taps into China's cognac market

09/10/2013 - 10:23
Johannesburg - South African liquor company Distell Group Limited [JSE:DST] has acquired a 60% share in fast-growing liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits‚ expanding its presence in the East. read more
Global food prices to stop dropping

Global food prices to stop dropping

07/10/2013 - 08:31
Rome - Global food prices are not expected to fall much further after their fifth consecutive monthly decline in September, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, trimming its estimate for 2013/14 world cereals production. read more
Ten fishing companies fined $3.1m for breaching regulations, Ghana

Ten fishing companies fined $3.1m for breaching regulations, Ghana

15/08/2013 - 10:08
Ten fishing companies have been fined $3.1 million for illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU) in the country’s waters and in breach of Ghana’s fishing regulations.  read more
25 Chinese firms set up in Zambia's Chambishi MFEZ

25 Chinese firms set up in Zambia's Chambishi MFEZ

13/08/2013 - 09:27
A total of 25 Chinese enterprises worth US$1.2 million have been set up in the Chambishi Multi Facility Economic Zone (MFEZ) in the past year, the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has said.  read more