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Fruit export opportunities created by new South Africa-China agreement

Fruit export opportunities created by new South Africa-China agreement

December 22, 2020  The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between South Africa and China in December 2020, offers a major opportunity for South African fruit exports to China. This was according to Justin Chadwick, chairperson of Fruit South Africa (Fruit SA), an umbrella body for the fruit industry. The MOU was signed between […]Read More

South Africa’s rand extends gains on positive GDP data

South Africa’s rand extends gains on positive GDP data

2020-12-09 South Africa’s rand scaled a 10-month high early on Wednesday, building on the previous session’s gains, as investors cheered data showing better-than-expected economic growth in the third quarter. At 0630 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded at 14.9400 versus the dollar, 0.25% firmer than its previous close and at its highest since Feb. 17. The […]Read More

Agriculture continues its positive contribution to GDP

Agriculture continues its positive contribution to GDP

December 8, 2020 South Africa’s farming sector continued its positive growth and contribution to national gross domestic product (GDP) during the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 2020). Figures released on 8 December by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed that the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors’ Q3 2020 seasonally adjusted and annualised growth rate was […]Read More

New female vice chairperson for sugar association

New female vice chairperson for sugar association

The South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) said in statement issued last month that it “welcomes and congratulates” the appointment of new South African Sugar Association (Sasa) vice chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs. Fubbs was nominated by Safda and voted in at a special meeting of Sasa delegates held on November 4. The vote was unanimous. “We are […]Read More

South Africa’s rand weakens ahead of GDP data

South Africa’s rand weakens ahead of GDP data

2020-12-08 South Africa’s rand weakened in early trade on Tuesday ahead of the release of third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data, which is expected to show a recovery after a steep contraction in the previous quarter. At 0615 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded at 15.1675 versus the dollar, 0.18% weaker than its previous close. The […]Read More

SA soils ‘extremely degraded’ by unsustainable farming

SA soils ‘extremely degraded’ by unsustainable farming

December 7, 2020 South Africa’s soils are extremely degraded, and over the past 100 years, the country has lost up to 50% of the carbon content in cultivated soils. This was according to Dr Hendrik Smith, conservation agriculture facilitator at ASSET Research and the Maize Trust. Carbon, Smith explained, is the main component of soil organic matter […]Read More

Govt launches subsistence farmers support initiative

Govt launches subsistence farmers support initiative

7TH DECEMBER 2020 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has announced that, from December 10 to 22, all agricultural subsistence producers can apply for support from the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative. The programme is aimed at sustaining and increasing employment in the agricultural sector. The department expects to support about 75 000 subsistence producers with […]Read More

Midlands farmers outraged after one of their own tied to tree and shot

Midlands farmers outraged after one of their own tied to tree and shot

There was a show of unity among farmers in the Midlands at the memorial service of Mpozana Khumalo, 80. Khumalo, a livestock farmer, was robbed and tied to a tree before he was shot in the chest. He had been checking on the family cattle, sheep and goats grazing on the leased Springwater farm when […]Read More

Harnessing agricultural innovation to boost Africa’s prosperity

Harnessing agricultural innovation to boost Africa’s prosperity

By Dr Thulasizwe Mkhabela The last three decades have seen significant progress in reducing poverty and boosting prosperity. South Africa has made significant strides in this regard in the last two and half decades. Nevertheless, the World Bank in 2017 estimated that approximately 800 million people continue to live in extreme poverty. This is further […]Read More

Water stress affects more than 80% of SA cropland

Water stress affects more than 80% of SA cropland

Very high levels of water stress or very high drought frequency affect about 1,2 billion people living in agricultural areas globally. According to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, in South Africa, just over 80% of irrigated cropland is experiencing high or very high water stress, while 20% […]Read More

SANDF and Agri SA join forces to curb farm murders, improve rural safety

SANDF and Agri SA join forces to curb farm murders, improve rural safety

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Agri SA have signed an agreement to deploy rural security (home guards) to help curb farm murders and improve rural safety and security. The two organisations said the establishment of a mutually beneficial relationship, specifically to explore integrated rural economic development and rural security initiatives, would assist […]Read More

Farmers urged to report locust sightings

Farmers urged to report locust sightings

December 3, 2020 The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has urged farmers in the Free State, Northern Cape and Western Cape to report any sightings of locust swarms so that these can be prevented from spreading throughout the country. The department’s call comes after locust swarms were spotted in several districts in […]Read More

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