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SA expected to sow fewer maize hectares than in previous seasons

SA expected to sow fewer maize hectares than in previous seasons

26/11/2019 - 10:06
South African farmers are expected to sow 2.8% fewer hectares of the food staple maize next season than forecast in October after the planting season was delayed by rains, a Reuters survey of analysts showed. read more
 Pioneer Foods boosted by higher prices

Pioneer Foods boosted by higher prices

18/02/2019 - 08:54
Higher prices of bread, wheat flour, rice and export fruit boosted branded foods and beverages producer Pioneer Foods’ performance in the four months ended January 31. read more
Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa

07/02/2019 - 10:15
Nigeria is poised to overtake South Africa and become the largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the 2018/19 production season, according to Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) of SA. read more
SA plants smallest maize area since worst drought

SA plants smallest maize area since worst drought

30/01/2019 - 11:57
South African maize farmers, who historically produce the continent’s biggest harvest, have probably planted the smallest area with the grain since the worst drought on record three years ago. read more
SA’s maize crop set to be 2% higher than previous estimate

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

28/06/2018 - 10:21
Farmers will likely harvest 13.2-million tonnes of maize this year, which is 2% higher than the previous estimate, released in May. read more
Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

Maize harvest activity gaining momentum in SA

14/06/2018 - 11:38
Harvest activity is gaining momentum across South Africa, thanks to favourable weather conditions.  read more
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
Higher maize crop expected

Higher maize crop expected

26/04/2018 - 10:22
The area planted estimate and third production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee. read more
Pioneer expects solid recovery from last year’s torrid first half

Pioneer expects solid recovery from last year’s torrid first half

19/04/2018 - 11:35
Earnings rose as much as 32%, and although revenue dipped, sales volumes rose and market share of some if its main brands either grew or was stable. 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
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
Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

Kenyans face bleak year after poor maize, wheat harvests

05/01/2018 - 10:45
The country is staring at a food shortage following declined maize and wheat production in the North Rift region - the country's grain basket this season caused by disease outbreaks and erratic weather. read more
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
SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

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

With silos bulging, SA looks abroad

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

Agribusiness confidence takes a knock in the third quarter

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

SA revises figures upwards for record-breaking maize crop

30/08/2017 - 09:07
South African farmers will harvest 16.4-million tonnes of maize in 2017, marking the largest crop on record, the crop estimates committee (CEC) says. read more
SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

02/08/2017 - 09:04
South Africa has increased its forecast of this year’s record crop after farmers improved their yields. read more
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
SA to set sights on Asia after bumper maize crops in Africa

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

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

South Africa to harvest the highest maize crop in 40 years

30/05/2017 - 15:05
South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop in four decades, a year after drought devastated output of the country's staple food. read more
Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

Maize crop bodes well for food inflation

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

Agriculture sector on the mend after crippling drought

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

Maize prices take a tumble

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

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

15/02/2017 - 10:19
Pest control organisation warns that red locusts, which are 10 times worse than the caterpillars, must be stopped or there ‘will not be anything to harvest.' read more
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
SA imports white maize from America

SA imports white maize from America

21/04/2016 - 12:44
Johannesburg - South Africa imported white maize from the United States last week for the first time since 2004, the country's Grain Information Service (SAGIS) said on Tuesday (19 April). 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
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
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
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
Price of imported rice declines - Ghana

Price of imported rice declines - Ghana

22/02/2016 - 09:39
For the third week of February, imported rice recorded the highest drop of twenty percent. 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
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
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
Price of wheat decreases in Ghanaian market - Ghana

Price of wheat decreases in Ghanaian market - Ghana

11/01/2016 - 12:05
The price of wheat has dropped in Ghanaian markets within the first week of January 2016. read more
Global food prices fall in July

Global food prices fall in July

07/08/2015 - 09:23
Global food prices fell to a six-year low in July, but maize prices rose, which is negative for a maize-importing country like SA. read more
NatFoods plans $8m capex - Zimbabwe

NatFoods plans $8m capex - Zimbabwe

06/11/2014 - 10:55
Harare - National Foods Holdings Limited (NatFoods) plans an $8.3 million capital expenditure targeted at upgrading its flour and maize units in the eight months to June 2015. read more
Meal products modified

Meal products modified

31/07/2014 - 14:49
Bokomo Foods Namibia said this week that it has upped its game in the maize meal sector with the introduction of its new and improved range of Special, Super, and Unsifted maize meal products.  read more
Massive maize crop to benefit consumers, but farmers lose

Massive maize crop to benefit consumers, but farmers lose

30/07/2014 - 11:28
Consumers stand to benefit as South Africa harvests its biggest maize crop in three decades this season, but farmers who did not use the pricing opportunity earlier this year are likely to lose out, according to agricultural analysts.  read more
Zambian government reverses ban on export of maize

Zambian government reverses ban on export of maize

09/06/2014 - 10:44
The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) says the recent bans in the export of maize lacked transparency.  read more
SA maize output seen up to 13,27 million tonnes

SA maize output seen up to 13,27 million tonnes

27/05/2014 - 09:49
Johannesburg – South Africa is likely to raise its maize output forecast for this year to 13,27 million tonnes from 13,02 million tonnes in the previous forecast, a Reuters survey showed yesterday. 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
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
Maize falls on rainfall forecast

Maize falls on rainfall forecast

20/02/2014 - 08:34
Johannesburg - Corn in South Africa, the continent’s largest producer of the grain, fell as a forecast for rain in one of the country’s main growing regions is expected to be good for crops.  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
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
North West province declares drought, South Africa

North West province declares drought, South Africa

23/09/2013 - 11:30
Johannesburg - The North West province on Wednesday declared there was a drought across its whole territory, an important maize growing region. read more
Change in maize market competition

Change in maize market competition

12/08/2013 - 09:17
Buenos Aires - China has approved its first major shipment of genetically modified Argentine maize, Buenos Aires officials said last week, signalling an increase in competition for a market long dominated by US exporters. read more
SA maize rises most in two months

SA maize rises most in two months

02/05/2013 - 10:03
Johannesburg - South African corn futures rose the most in more than two months after US prices gained as a government report showed cold and wet weather slowed planting.  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
SA maize falls most in one week

SA maize falls most in one week

16/04/2013 - 08:03
London - South African corn futures declined the most in more than a week as prices for the grain decreased in the US, the world’s largest producer, on concern demand from China will weaken. read more
SA maize gains for fifth day

SA maize gains for fifth day

19/02/2013 - 09:15
Johannesburg - South African corn futures rose for a fifth day because of a lack of rain in the country’s main growing regions. read more
Namibia: locally produced sunflower ready for retail

Namibia: locally produced sunflower ready for retail

14/02/2013 - 09:58
WINDHOEK – The Shadikongoro Irrigation Project is ready to put its first batch of sunflower oil on the shelves of stores, following months of hawking the much sought-after product at street markets in Rundu. read more
SA maize, soybeans prices fall

SA maize, soybeans prices fall

12/02/2013 - 09:19
Johannesburg - South African corn futures fell to the lowest level in more than 11 months after the US Department of Agriculture raised estimates for world inventories. Soybeans declined. read more
Maize falls to 8-month low

Maize falls to 8-month low

05/02/2013 - 08:15
Johannesburg - South African corn futures fell to the lowest in more than eight months as the rand gained against the dollar on February 1, reducing the cost of imports. read more
Zambian Government launches “Operation Flood the Market” to stabilise Mealie Meal prices

Zambian Government launches “Operation Flood the Market” to stabilise Mealie Meal prices

20/12/2012 - 11:33
The Government has through the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has embarked on a special exercise called Operation Flood the Market under which it will offload 112,860 tonnes of maize to millers across the country.  read more
July maize firmer due to lack of rain

July maize firmer due to lack of rain

13/11/2012 - 08:28
South African maize prices closed mixed‚ while wheat settled the Monday session lower due to weaker Chicago Board of Trade (CBoT) figures. read more
Grains weaker on firmer rand

Grains weaker on firmer rand

08/11/2012 - 10:49
SA maize and wheat prices closed the Wednesday session lower due to a stronger rand after the US dollar eased after news of US President Obama’s re-election. read more
Pioneer Food revenue up 10.5%

Pioneer Food revenue up 10.5%

05/09/2012 - 10:31
Johannesburg - Pioneer Food Group Limited [JSE:PFG] said in a trading update before its closed period that revenue for the eleven months to end August increased by 10.5% to R16.7bn with volumes contracting by between 2% and 4% on average in the group’s product basket as consumer spend remains constrained. read more
Algeria defers import duties on animal feed

Algeria defers import duties on animal feed

03/09/2012 - 07:44
Algiers - Algeria has decided to suspend import duties on animal feed, such as maize and soya, for 11 months from September 1 to protect its domestic market from high world market prices, a statement on the agriculture ministry’s website said. read more
Ugly mutant virus threatens SA wheat

Ugly mutant virus threatens SA wheat

23/08/2012 - 09:56
With drought in the US, Europe and Africa threatening to send maize prices soaring, another threat to food prices has reached SA — Ug99, a variant of stem rust that could reduce wheat production levels. read more
Small flutter gives hope in Free State

Small flutter gives hope in Free State

10/08/2012 - 11:37
Bloemfontein – The Free State Barometer fared slightly better in June than in May – but as in the rest of the country this province's economy is showing lacklustre growth for 2012. read more
SA Grains: Maize prices end session firmer

SA Grains: Maize prices end session firmer

08/08/2012 - 09:26
Johannesburg - Maize prices ended firmer on Tuesday‚ rebounding from a two-day losing run‚ which traders had attributed to some profit taking.  read more
Higher food prices to hit consumers

Higher food prices to hit consumers

06/08/2012 - 08:29
Johannesburg - Droughts, mergers and input costs are expected to push up food prices in the coming months, economist Mike Schussler said on Friday.  read more
SA farmers court Asian market

SA farmers court Asian market

26/06/2012 - 07:58
Johannesburg - South African maize and citrus farmers are setting their sights on Asia as they grapple with increasing competition in Africa and falling demand in Europe.  read more
Opinion piece: seed merger - conditions and implications

Opinion piece: seed merger - conditions and implications

30/05/2012 - 14:24
The Competition Appeal Court (CAC) this week approved the intermediate merger between Pioneer, a US based international developer and supplier of plant genetics and Pannar, a family firm based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, subject to several conditions.  read more
Flagrant coal mining threatens food security

Flagrant coal mining threatens food security

28/05/2012 - 07:59
Johannesburg - Unbridled coal mining in Mpumalanga is putting food security under threat as 54%of the province’s surface area may be turned into wasteland. read more
Maize futures rebound after selloff

Maize futures rebound after selloff

09/05/2012 - 07:38
South African maize futures finished the session higher on Tuesday, rebounding from a sharp selloff amid some bargain hunting. read more
Food prices fall but inflation a worry

Food prices fall but inflation a worry

04/05/2012 - 07:39
Milan/London - World food prices eased in April after rising in the first quarter of this year, the United Nation’s food agency said, but inflation worries are still simmering as soybean prices climb. read more
Maize futures edge lower on firm rand

Maize futures edge lower on firm rand

26/04/2012 - 09:42
South African maize futures ended marginally lower on Wednesday, weighed down mainly by the firm rand to the US dollar, and lower international corn spot prices. read more
SA maize deficit looms on Mexico exports

SA maize deficit looms on Mexico exports

26/03/2012 - 08:26
Johannesburg/Hamburg - South Africa has committed an additional 400 000 tonnes of maize exports to drought-stricken Mexico, a scenario that will likely push Africa’s largest corn producer into a deficit situation this marketing season and propel domestic food prices higher. read more
Slowdown in spending hits Pioneer Foods

Slowdown in spending hits Pioneer Foods

19/03/2012 - 08:53
Pioneer Foods said in a trading update on Friday that revenue rose 13% in the five months to the end of February, but volumes fell by an average 4%-6% in the group’s product basket on lower consumer spending. read more
Maize futures dip on profit taking

Maize futures dip on profit taking

13/03/2012 - 08:06
South African maize futures ended mostly lower on Monday due to some profit taking following last week's strong gains.  read more
Maize futures gain on patchy rainfall

Maize futures gain on patchy rainfall

28/02/2012 - 08:27
South African maize futures rallied on Monday, lifted by patchy rainfall in key crop growing regions in the country. read more
Maize futures rally on supply concerns

Maize futures rally on supply concerns

14/02/2012 - 10:10
South African maize futures ended sharply firmer on Monday on supply concerns. read more
Food price pressures

Food price pressures

13/02/2012 - 07:51
Johannesburg/Lusaka - A tight grain supply outlook after several bumper harvests is set to fan food price pressures in southern Africa, fuelling salary demands and threatening to knock the region's fragile economies out of kilter. read more
Weaker economy dampens food prices

Weaker economy dampens food prices

01/02/2012 - 07:37
Washington - Global food prices are set to decline further in 2012 as a weaker world economy dampens consumer demand while food supplies rise, the World Bank said on Tuesday, warning that a possible rise in oil prices could reverse the trend. read more
Maize futures cut gains to end low

Maize futures cut gains to end low

31/01/2012 - 08:26
South African maize futures reversed earlier gains to finish the session weaker on Monday, as market players liquidated their positions on March contracts to focus on July contracts in an otherwise quite market, according to a local dealer.  read more
Higher prices boost SA's maize plantings

Higher prices boost SA's maize plantings

25/01/2012 - 15:33
Johannesburg - South African farmers have planted 11% more acreage this season compared to last year because of higher prices while wheat output is seen higher than previously expected, a government agency said on Tuesday. read more
Maize futures up on strong exports

Maize futures up on strong exports

13/01/2012 - 08:13
South African maize futures lifted on Thursday, buoyed largely by strong exports and world prices. read more
Trolley costs continue to speed ahead

Trolley costs continue to speed ahead

19/12/2011 - 08:36
Food prices continue to soar ahead of Christmas, and there is no stopping the trend. read more
SA maize crop down 20%

SA maize crop down 20%

02/12/2011 - 09:03
South Africa's May 2010-April 2011 maize harvest fell nearly 20 percent from the previous season, in line with market expectations, due to unfavourable weather conditions, the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said on Thursday. read more
Penalties hit Pioneer’s performance

Penalties hit Pioneer’s performance

29/11/2011 - 08:11
Food group still required to pay fine of R200m for price-fixing, extraordinarily competitive landscape caused by competition settlement  read more
Maize shortage, price spikes ‘preventable’

Maize shortage, price spikes ‘preventable’

10/11/2011 - 08:55
Grain SA CEO says SA will run out of maize as early as next month after the country’s maize surplus was exported read more
Maize price ruffles feathers

Maize price ruffles feathers

31/10/2011 - 08:30
Christmas shoppers may be hit by high chicken prices this festive season, due to rising input costs.  read more