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Research group reports that the latest El Niño had a significant impact on South Africa
19th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

A South African research group has reported that the 2023/24 El Niño phenomenon was the fourth strongest yet recorded, and that it had a noticeable impact on South Africa. The research team,... 

South Africa to keep anti-dumping duties on chicken imports from US
18th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s trade minister approved a recommendation to maintain anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in chicken portions originating in or imported from the US. Following an investigation that... 

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South Africa challenges EU on citrus export restrictions
15th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa has taken a preliminary step toward filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union (EU) over its treatment of citrus imports from the country,... 

Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign
12th April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Retail company Woolworths has launched a Farming for the Future campaign, with the aim of encouraging farmers to implement regenerative farming practices. By partnering with farmers who adopt... 

Emerging mohair farmers boosted by new Eastern Cape support programme
11th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

A new initiative, the Mohair Industry Support Programme (MISP), was launched in the Eastern Cape province on Thursday. MISP is a result of the signing of a three-year memorandum of understanding... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative
11th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative... 

Sibanye’s post-mining agri initiative seeks commercial farming, agribusiness partners
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Nonprofit initiative Bokamoso Ba Rona has published a request for expression of interest, in seeking to partner with established commercial farmers and/or agribusinesses to spearhead Bokamoso’s... 

TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season
TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that it has recruited 200 additional cargo coordinators and has set up dedicated lanes for refrigerated containers at all KwaZulu-Natal container terminals in... 

InfraCo Africa invests $12m to scale up solar irrigation offering in sub-Saharan Africa
2nd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Sub-Saharan African private sustainable infrastructure project developer InfraCo Africa has made a $12-million equity investment in climate-smart agriculture equipment company SunCulture to scale... 

African food sustainability needs greener production, less waste, PwC study shows
2nd April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Greener food production methods and the avoidance of food waste are required to future-proof Africa’s food supply and to meet the expected future demand for nutrition in a sustainable way, says... 

Safda recognised as sugar industry member under gazetted regulations
28th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) has been recognised as a member of the sugar industry after the Sugar Act transitional regulations governing the... 

NWU partners with IAEA to boost nutrition in Africa
28th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa’s North-West University (NWU) has become the lead host institution for Anglophone African countries in a pan-African initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency... 

South African food inflation continues to decelerate
28th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to just as food inflation, for short) decelerated for the third month in succession, in February, the Bureau... 

White maize
South Africa’s maize production to dip, but remain sufficient to cover local demand
26th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

While South Africa’s maize production will be about 2.1-million tons lower this year, there is still enough to meet local consumption and supply neighbouring countries that are having difficult... 

Stats SA has overestimated agriculture’s GDP decline last year, says think tank
25th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Independent think tank, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), believes that the year-on-year (y-o-y) decline in the country’s agricultural sector gross domestic product (GDP) last... 

Lime farm, in Hoedspruit
First-quarter agriculture sentiment largely influenced by drought, public infrastructure deterioration
25th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and Industrial Development Corporation’s Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) has remained unchanged in the first quarter of the year at a level of 40.... 

CGA chairperson Gerrit van der Merwe
CGA announces new chairperson
25th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has appointed Gerrit van der Merwe chairperson for the next two-year term. Outgoing chairperson Hannes de Waal will now become... 

South Africa Wine announces deep-dive research initiative into improving Chenin Blanc value chain
20th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body South Africa Wine has partnered with the South African Grape and Wine Research Institute, the Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa and Stellenbosch University (SU) to advance the... 

An image of Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg, Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Cape Town premier Alan Winde
Maltento aiming to bolster sustainability efforts
18th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg and commercial director Dominic Malan were joined by Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis on a tour of the fly-farm’s facilities in... 

UFS agronomy researcher Dr Jerry Dlamini
Rain-fed agriculture emissions research shows climate-smart interventions can help
15th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Preliminary findings of a two-year study from the University of the Free State (UFS) Kenilworth Experimental Farm indicate that climate-smart agriculture interventions, such as legume rotation and... 

Mushrooms next to two manufactured leather rounds
White biotechnology solutions highlighted
15th March 2024

Market intelligence specialists IDTechEx reported in February that handbags made of mushroom leather and biodegradable foodware are two examples of how white biotechnology can produce functional... 

Roast chicken
SAPA says rebates for chicken imports are unjustified, unnecessary
11th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) says it is puzzled by the International Trade Administration Commission’s (Itac’s) recommendation to Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim... 

Drought-affected maize crops
El Niño scorches Southern Africa with driest February on record
8th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

A swathe of Southern Africa suffered the driest February in decades that wiped out crops, precipitated power shortages and threatened to send already high food prices surging further. Last month,... 

Avos and other fruit in crates
South African food inflation continued to decelerate in January
27th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In January, for the second month in a row, South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short) declined, in year-on-year terms,... 

Winter and summer conditions impacted on grain producers – Grain SA
26th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The current conditions in the summer grain regions are having a significant economic impact on grain producers, with the summer grain production regions experiencing major challenges with drought... 

A farm with irrigation equipment
Innovative interventions needed to turn around underperforming growth trajectory – Agbiz
22nd February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Against the backdrop of a profoundly challenging macroeconomic environment where South Africa’s economy is expected to continue underperforming, averaging at 1.6% growth in the next three years,... 

SA Canegrowers maintains sugar tax increase will destroy jobs
20th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Ahead of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget Speech on February 21, industry body the South African Cane Growers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) has called on National Treasury to prioritise... 

Chickens and eggs
Association concerned about assumptions in commission's poultry market inquiry
13th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has expressed concern about some of the statements and assumptions in the Competition Commission’s announcement of a market... 

Competition Commission invites comments on poultry industry market inquiry draft terms
9th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Competition Commission will conduct a market inquiry into the poultry industry value chain, saying it has reason to believe there are features in the poultry market that may impede, distort or... 

CGA welcomes support from shipping company to boost citrus exports
8th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has welcomed the announcement that global liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will be helping to export citrus from the ports in Durban and... 

National food loss, waste reduction strategy on the cards
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s (DFFE's) Draft Strategy for Reducing Food Losses and Waste, published for comment in September 2023, will likely result in a newly... 

Wine industry calls for balanced taxes, improved law enforcement
6th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Ahead of the forthcoming State of the Nation Address (SoNA), nonprofit advocacy organisation South Africa Wine highlights issues that it says require immediate attention for the betterment of the... 

An image depicting Maltento CEO Dean Smorenburg
Black Soldier Fly factory recycles agroprocessing waste
5th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Agri-tech company Maltento is transforming South Africa's recycling landscape by breeding black soldier flies to convert agroprocessing waste, including spent grains from the beer industry, into... 

South African food inflation decelerated in December
1st February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

After three consecutive months of moving up, South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (henceforth to be referred to simply as food inflation) decelerated again in December.... 

A sugarcane field
Sugar industry meets R1bn transformation funds disbursement goal
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Cane Growers Association (SA Canegrowers) says that, following the disbursement of transformation funding this month, the sugar industry has met its... 

Live chickens
Astral returns to profit, questions poultry import tariff rebate in market without chicken shortages
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed poultry producer Astral Foods CEO Chris Schutte, in a voluntary trading statement, said the company had returned to profitability during the first quarter of the current financial year,... 

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