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Agri SA welcomes agri budget, but suggests more accountability with grants
Updated 6 hours ago By: Marleny Arnoldi

Industry body Agri SA welcomes Agriculture Minister John Steenhuisen’s budget allocation dedicated to strengthening the agriculture sector, particularly through supporting smallholder farmers and... 

Precision agri with drones
Survey confirms farmers remain innovative during crisis periods
17th July 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

A survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) finds that more than two-thirds of local agribusinesses managed to implement innovative activities between 2019 and 2021, despite... 

agriculture nursery
UFS works with council, govt to support more ‘climate smart’ research
17th July 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The University of the Free State (UFS) has, together with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and the Department of Agriculture established four new research chairs within the Faculty of... 

Farm irrigation system
Water attorney unpacks water-use right considerations for the agriculture sector
9th July 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

In a webinar hosted by Agriculture South Africa’s (Agri SA’s) Natural Resource Centre of Excellence, agriculture-water attorney and professional valuer Adriaan Groenewald unpacked some of the... 

A potato in soil
Crops hit by black frost may trigger food shortage, farmers' organisation warns
9th July 2024 By: Bloomberg

Black frost hit crops in South Africa’s northernmost Limpopo province, with a key farmers’ organisation warning of looming food shortages in the region. Potato, tomato and many other vegetables... 

MCS’ philosophy is to foster self-sufficiency that allows the shapers to plough back into their communities
Programme empowers young agricultural entrepreneurs in KZN
5th July 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

In a move aimed at bolstering youth entrepreneurship, youth empowerment initiative Metropolitan Collective Shapers (MCS) has launched its impactful programme in KwaZulu-Natal as it continues to... 

Citrus being sorted for export
A rare South African export success is threatened by crumbling ports
4th July 2024 By: Bloomberg

At a packhouse at Blydevallei Boerdery, near South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique, workers pluck unripe grapefruit off a conveyor belt. It’s the best chance of getting them to export... 

Potatoes in soil
South African food inflation remained below CPI headline inflation in May
27th June 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In May, for the third month in a row, South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation, hereafter to be referred to simply as food inflation, ran at a level below that of consumer... 

Tractor in field
El Niño dries up South Africa’s agricultural business confidence for the second quarter
24th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) and Industrial Development Corporation’s Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI) reached a 15-year low of 38 points in the second quarter of... 

A farm in South Africa
GDP decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter
4th June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

South Africa’s GDP decreased by 0.1% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa reports. The manufacturing industry decreased by 1.4% in the first quarter, contributing -0.2 of a... 

Agricultural activity
ARC stresses need for farmers’ access to finance, insurance in light of growing climate risk
30th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

With the agriculture sector’s 33-million smallholder farmers contributing 70% of Africa’s food supply, it is pertinent that more innovative financing mechanisms are created as the continent... 

A chick on a poultry farm
Bird flu vaccines for laying hens prove effective in practice
28th May 2024 By: Reuters

Bird flu vaccines for laying hens are effective in practice, the Dutch government said on Tuesday, while confirming plans to vaccinate poultry against the virus that ravaged flocks around the world... 

South African food inflation continued a downward trend in April
27th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In April, for the second month in a row, year-on-year (y-o-y) South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short) ran at a rate... 

SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024
SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

Gear motors, frequency inverters and drive automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE electronics business development manager Willem Strydom highlights the company’s role in the agriculture industry’s... 

Uniclox at Nampo 2024
Uniclox at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

Biometric time and attendance and access control systems provider Uniclox senior sales executive Christo Wandrag talks to Engineering News about the role the company is playing in the... 

Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024
Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

Engineering News discusses how family-owned logistics provider Dachser South Africa is innovating to address the challenges that agricultural logistics face in South Africa with MD Detlev Duve at... 

AUTO-X at Nampo 2024
AUTO-X at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

South African automotive lead-acid battery manufacturer AUTO-X solar 0 & M manager Jaco Weideman discusses the importance of digitalisation in ensuring sustainable farming operations, while AUTO-X... 

SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024
SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

SOLARAFRICA commercial head Brandon Horn shares the energy struggles of farmers visiting the company’s stand at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, and... 

Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024
Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

Suzuki Auto South Africa PR & events manager Eileen Gengan discusses how the vehicle manufacturer is poised to support the needs of the country’s farmers at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near... 

SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024
SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024
21st May 2024

Engineering News talks to fire safety solutions and products supplier SAFEQUIP MD Pierre Malherbe at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, about how the company is... 

Coffee beans in a cup
Absa partnering with development finance agency to help East African coffee farmers
15th May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

South African banking group Absa and the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank group) will jointly provide a commodity trade finance facility, worth up to $60-million, to... 

A photo of chickens
Poultry association calls for vaccination to prevent H7N6 avian influenza outbreak
13th May 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The South African poultry industry is calling for immediate intervention to avert an outbreak of the H7N6 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that it is grappling with, following a... 

An image of DJI product manager Ruan Botha
Data, drones can improve local agriculture
3rd May 2024

Smart technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles, can counter various challenges in the agricultural sector, boosting productivity, reducing costs and assisting in... 

An image of farm equipment working on a farm
Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation
3rd May 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased... 

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Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 

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... 

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