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Drought in corn field
African Risk Capacity to pay out insurance to drought-affected Southern African farmers
17th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Farmers in Mozambique and Zambia are being impacted by one of the worst droughts in decades, United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general Reena Ghelani has said as she met with stakeholders to... 

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... 

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... 

Farm uses electricity generated from sugar waste
5th April 2024

A farm in the Czech Republic is showing how valuable food crops can be grown using heat and electricity that are generated using biogas produced from agricultural waste. The farm at Suchohrdly,... 

Packed oranges
Association expects higher export volumes across all citrus fruits
2nd April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As the citrus export season starts this month, the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) is confident that 37.9-million 15 kg cartons of lemons will be exported to key markets, which... 

white chickens
Chicken industry needs no tariff rebates because there is no shortage, Sapa stresses
27th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Executives from the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) met with Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel last week to discuss, among other matters, tariff rebates on chicken... 

Corn farming
El Nino may see first South Africa white-corn imports since 2017
27th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa may import significant amounts of white corn, used to make a staple food, for the first time since 2017 as the El Nino weather pattern withers the crop, the chief economist for the... 

An image depicting the Cape Town MPT
Cape Town MPT records 43% volume increase in agri-bulk
18th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Cape Town Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) has increased volume throughput in the agricultural bulk sector by 43% in the year-to-date. In January, the terminal handled 25 704 t of agricultural bulk... 

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,... 

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,... 

The solar instllation at the Creighton Valley Cheese Company
SolarSaver adding battery energy storage to two dairies in Creighton Valley
25th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installation company SolarSaver has added batteries to the existing grid-tied installation at Burnview Dairy to create a hybrid system. It will also add batteries to the... 

An image depicting people standing around a sign
Companies launch programme, help empower Zambian rural population
22nd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Agribusiness company Schweizer Agriculture and seed company Seedco Zambia International have launched a nationwide horticulture training programme under the Schweizer Agriculture' Poverty... 

ACI dips to levels last seen at start of Covid-19 as industry buckles under challenges
11th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)/Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) deteriorated by ten points to 40 in the fourth quarter of the year. Notably, Agbiz... 

Agbiz CEO Theo Boshoff
Agbiz optimistic about market expansion with addition of new Brics members
5th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With more countries to become members of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) grouping, the South African agricultural industry will seek to deepen trade with these countries,... 

Sugar beet field
Agriculture records good year of income, jobs growth in 2022
29th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) finds in its latest Agriculture Survey for 2022 that the sector generated R450-billion in income for the year, compared with R404-billion in income generated for... 

Kgodiso Fund chairperson Setlakane Molepo, Khula! CEO Karidas Tshintsholo, PepsiCo Africa CEO Eugene Willemsen and PepsiCo South Africa CEO Riaan Heyl
PepsiCo’s Kgodiso Fund gets behind agri-tech platform Khula!
17th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Multinational food and beverage group PepsiCo has announced an investment by its independent fund Kgodiso Development Fund into agri-tech company Khula! To support sustainable finance and market... 

A farm and grain
TWK posts lower earnings amid global market pressures
15th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Agri has posted lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R620-million from continuing operations, marking a... 

Transnet, deciduous fruit industry cooperating to improve export season logistics performance
8th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet and its subsidiary organisations are engaging weekly with various fruit industry organisations, namely Hortgro, the South African Table Grape Industry and the Fresh Produce... 

Climate extremes have adversely affected potato crops worldwide
Company advancing agriculture objectives
3rd November 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Amid mounting environmental challenges and the impact of climate change on crop yields and quality, Canadian multinational McCain Foods is embracing so-called regenerative agriculture. This... 

IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi and FAO director-general Qu Dongyu
Two major international agencies launch joint ‘Atoms4Food’ initiative
19th October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launched, in Rome, in Italy, on Wednesday, their flagship Atoms4Food initiative. This... 

Solar pumps can increase crop yield
13th October 2023

A new study, led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) under the research project Renewables for African Agriculture (RE4AFAGRI), published in Environmental Research... 

South African food inflation continued its downward trend in August
2nd October 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to simply as food inflation) in South Africa continued to decelerate in August, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, the Bureau... 

Eggs and bird flu test tubes
RCL Foods culls 410 000 chickens amid bird flu outbreak
28th September 2023 By: Reuters

RCL Foods said on Thursday its poultry unit Rainbow has culled 410 000 chickens due to the country's worst outbreak of avian flu, heightening fears of chicken meat and egg shortages. The outbreak... 

Sugar beet farm
Organisations warn suboptimal land reform is among factors impacting agri sustainability
27th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Although the South African agriculture sector has made some respectable gains on growth and development in recent years, there are threats on the horizon that could negate the gains of the last... 

solar powered irrigation
Nithio invests in farming and irrigation technology
26th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

African energy finance platform Nithio has invested in solar irrigation and farming technology solutions company SunCulture. The investment was made through Nithio investment vehicle Nithio FI,... 

A farm in Mozambique
ADF approves $20m grant to drive investment in climate-smart agriculture in Mozambique
19th September 2023 By: Darren Parker

The African Development Fund (ADF), the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) concessional lending arm, has approved a grant of $19.98-million to finance the implementation of Mozambique’s Economic... 

A maize farm in Lichtenburg
Agriculture was the fastest growing sector of the SA economy in the second quarter
11th September 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has, in its brief report 'Perspectives on Agriculture’s Performance in Q2 of 2023', highlighted the contribution of the agricultural sector to... 

Rainbow’s R220-million investment was used to increase capacity at Hammarsdale
Second shift at Rainbow’s Hammarsdale facility to boost capacity, jobs
4th September 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Local poultry company Rainbow on August 28 “revived” a second operational shift at its Hammarsdale P2 processing plant in KwaZulu-Natal, while also commemorating the facility’s 60th year... 

Magazine cover image
Farmers urged to prepare for El Niño to trigger record-high temperatures
1st September 2023 By: Darren Parker

South Africans have experienced an unusually warm and wet winter, but climate experts are warning that this summer will be one of the hottest and driest on record, which could have a significant... 

Vegetables being transported on a farm
South African food inflation continued to decrease in July, but still far above CPI inflation
28th August 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has, in its latest 'Food Inflation Brief', highlighted that South Africa’s food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation – hereafter to be... 

Macadamia farm
Panel agrees agriculture can only grow through impactful collaboration
24th August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With the South African agriculture sector not enjoying the same level of State support as many of the countries it is expected to compete with globally, it is vital that agribusinesses at least be... 

Logistics fixes critical for better agricultural outlook up to 2023
17th August 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research organisation the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) finds in its latest outlook for the agriculture sector over 2023 to 2032 that the sector is experiencing mounting pressure... 

BMG will also showcase new products, including Liqui Moly oil kits and additives
Company expands agri presence through Nampo Cape Show
11th August 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Following a successful Nampo 2023 show in Bothaville, in the Free State, in May, industrial machinery manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will exhibit at the Nampo Cape Show, in Cape Town, in... 

Irrigation system on farm
Agri SA warns of unconstitutionality of proposed water-use licence regulation
31st July 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body Agri SA remains concerned about the draft Water Use Licence Applications, Amendment and Appeals Regulations published by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and believes it... 

Potatoes and french fries
South African food inflation continued to decelerate in June
25th July 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

South Africa’s food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) – hereafter, for short, to be referred to as just food – inflation continued to decelerate in June, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy... 

An image at night of a greenhouse growing plants that is glowing pink owing to the red LED lights inside
Light manufacturer expands range
21st July 2023

Global lighting solutions manufacturer ams OSRAM bolstered its horticultural lighting offerings in June, announcing the addition of two new products. The company continues to provide important... 

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