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Digital footprint helps farmers step into future

Digital footprint helps farmers step into future

22/09/2019 - 09:59
The potential to increase Africa’s agricultural yields through the strategic use of data could place the continents’ farmers at the heart of tomorrow’s global economy. read more
AB InBev rolls out blockchain solution to assist farmers

AB InBev rolls out blockchain solution to assist farmers

01/08/2019 - 14:16
Multinational brewing company AB InBev Africa is rolling out a blockchain solution to assist smallholder farmers in its supply chain. read more
Laying the groundwork for SA's emerging farmers

Laying the groundwork for SA's emerging farmers

20/06/2019 - 14:27
Smallholder farmers have called on the government to address issues bedevilling the sector to grow the embattled economy. Specifically, they want Thoko Didiza, minister of the newly reconfigured agriculture, land reform & rural development department, to champion their struggles. read more
HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

HEINEKEN SA sows seeds for greater economic participation through barley farming

19/06/2019 - 11:17
By 2021, HEINEKEN South Africa intends to reduce their South African malt imports significantly, as the barley that the local HEINEKEN brewery requires will be locally grown, through the company’s Barley Emerging Farmers Economic Development (BE-FED) project. read more
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Farm workers in line for wage boost

Farm workers in line for wage boost

01/03/2016 - 08:46
Rustenburg - The minimum wages for workers in the farming and forestry sectors will increase with effect from 1 March, the Department of Labour said on Monday (29 February). 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
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
African farmers need support- Nigeria

African farmers need support- Nigeria

02/09/2014 - 12:06
Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Adesina Akinwumi, has said that African farmers need supports just like the developed countries support their farmers with massive subsidies. read more
Farmers could become extinct: Agri SA

Farmers could become extinct: Agri SA

04/09/2012 - 07:57
Commercial farmers could become extinct in the near future, Agri SA deputy president Theo de Jager said on Monday. read more
Cost increases squeeze commercial farmers

Cost increases squeeze commercial farmers

05/12/2011 - 08:04
Cape Town – South Africa's commercial farmers' income has hardly been great, especially for those planting crops. Stock farmers have suffered heavily from stock theft and job opportunities dried up. read more
Rooibos prices expected to rise

Rooibos prices expected to rise

23/11/2011 - 09:29
Insufficient crop production due to below-average rainfall is expected to push up prices of rooibos tea during the festive season read more
Kenya-based firm to provide 100,000 small farmers with micro-loans

Kenya-based firm to provide 100,000 small farmers with micro-loans

11/11/2011 - 14:25
New York/Nairobi, 11 November 2011—Juhudi Kilimo, a Kenya-based investment firm, announced today that it will provide some 100,000 smallholder rural farmers in Kenya—more than half of them women—with access to micro-loans and basic financial training by 2016 as part of the firm’s commitment to the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative that encourages companies to fight poverty while boosting business opportunities in developing countries.  read more
Power prices threaten SA food

Power prices threaten SA food

24/06/2011 - 07:52
Johannesburg - Rising electricity costs could spell the end of irrigation farming in South Africa.  read more
Afgri to pay R16m settlement

Afgri to pay R16m settlement

07/06/2011 - 08:31
Afgri Operations has agreed to pay an administrative penalty of 15.6 million rand as part of its settlement with the Competition Commission. read more
No attempt to chase farmers — minister

No attempt to chase farmers — minister

04/05/2011 - 11:48
CAPE TOWN — South African farmers should expand their business interests into other African countries, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said yesterday. read more
Farmers leaving SA - report

Farmers leaving SA - report

04/04/2011 - 00:00
Johannesburg - Commercial farmers were leaving South Africa in droves, The Times newspaper reported on Monday. read more
Agribusiness prospects looking up

Agribusiness prospects looking up

30/03/2011 - 15:29
IF ONE looks beyond the few negative factors, like land reform and other political issues, farm crime and unexpected natural disasters, prospects for the farming industry look better than they have for years. 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