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Northern Cape farmers still waiting for urgent drought relief

Northern Cape farmers still waiting for urgent drought relief

Farmers in the Northern Cape are concerned that urgent drought relief funding of R35.8 million that was availed by the provincial department of agriculture, land reform and rural development will not reach all farmers in the province by the end of the year. The drought-relief fund was allocated to ensure that livestock farmers in drought-stricken […]Read More

South Africa’s rand falls as virus fears weigh

South Africa’s rand falls as virus fears weigh

2020-12-03 South Africa’s rand weakened against the dollar in early trade on Thursday as concerns grew about a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in the country. By 0620 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 was down 0.33% to 15.3350 versus the U.S. dollar, extending its fall from the previous session. of fresh lockdowns to curb the virus spread […]Read More

Good rain staves off effects of diesel increase

Good rain staves off effects of diesel increase

December 2, 2020 While the increase in diesel prices would usually be felt by grain farmers in the process of planting, good rain has allowed farmers in the central and western parts of the country to plant earlier, helping them stave off the effects of the recent diesel price increase. This was according to Wandile […]Read More

South African rand dips ahead of wage dispute hearing

South African rand dips ahead of wage dispute hearing

2020-12-02  South Africa’s rand dipped in early trade on Wednesday, ahead of a court hearing on a public sector wage dispute later in the day that could have important implications for government finances. At 0615 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded at 15.2700 against the U.S. dollar, around 0.15% weaker than its previous close. The rand had gained […]Read More

Covid-19’s effect on global cotton trends

Covid-19’s effect on global cotton trends

2 December 2020 Cotton is one of the most significant poverty-alleviating crops in the world. Approximately 150 million people around the globe rely on it for some, if not all, of their income. According to Kai Hughes, executive director at the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), cotton provides a lifeline in developing countries as it […]Read More

80-year-old KZN farmer dies after brutal attack on his farm

80-year-old KZN farmer dies after brutal attack on his farm

Police in KwaZulu-Natal have launched an investigation into the brutal murder of an 80-year-old farmer who died three days after he was found tied to a tree, with a gunshot wound. According to reports, Muden farmer Mpozana Khumalo was attacked after he went to check on his livestock. It is alleged that Khumalo had gone […]Read More

South Africa’s rand firms on upbeat China factory data, vaccine hopes

South Africa’s rand firms on upbeat China factory data, vaccine hopes

2020-12-01 South Africa’s rand firmed in early trade on Tuesday, as upbeat Chinese factory data and positive developments about a COVID-19 vaccine boosted buying of riskier and higher yielding assets, recovering from a bout of profit-taking in the previous session. At 0620 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded 0.6% firmer at 15.3825 against the U.S. dollar, […]Read More

Agribusiness confidence rises to its highest level in 6 years

Agribusiness confidence rises to its highest level in 6 years

1 DEC 2020 Following a notable recovery to 51 points in quarter three of 2020, the Agbiz/IDC #Agribusiness Confidence Index rose to 61 points in quarter four, which is its highest level since quarter three of 2014. A level above the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are optimistic about business conditions in South Africa. […]Read More

Agbiz to focus on niche and labour-intensive value chains

Agbiz to focus on niche and labour-intensive value chains

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday that while there was room for the localisation strategy in South Africa’s agriculture, food and beverages sector, the focus would not primarily be on the top-ten imported products, but rather on niche and labour-intensive value chains that the country had not yet explored optimally. Agbiz chief economist […]Read More

Agri SA calls for govt aid as Land Bank is too important to fail

Agri SA calls for govt aid as Land Bank is too important to fail

Industry organisation Agri SA has warned that the action by Moody’s Investors Service to lower the Lank Bank and Eskom’s respective ratings pose a risk to food security and overall economic recovery in South Africa. It says Moody’s downgraded the State-owned Land Bank as a result of ongoing delays in the implementation of the financial institution’s restructuring plan and related liability and […]Read More

Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector open

Agriculture exports hit record on large harvest and efforts to keep sector open

27 NOV 2020 The combination of a large harvest, joint efforts between the government and the private sector to keep agriculture operational since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, and long-term export market development efforts continue to pay off for SA’s agricultural sector. In the third quarter, the country recorded record exports […]Read More

Growing evidence of chemical resistance in cutworm

Growing evidence of chemical resistance in cutworm

November 27, 2020 Widespread damage to crops due to cutworm infestations has been reported in several provinces, and there are early indications that the pest has built up resistance to chemical treatments. According to Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, operations and stewardship manager at CropLife South Africa, an average of five reports had been received per day […]Read More

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