Farmer’s Weekly brings you the latest agribusiness news and updates from South Africa and the rest of Africa.


Manuchar claims a stake in high-precision agriculture

Manuchar has expanded its crop nutrition footprint with the purchase of a 50% stake in Anorel (Pty) Ltd, a distributor of fertilisers for high-precision agriculture. This will enable it to reach more clients in South Africa.

Challenges and opportunities for farming in Senegal

Despite adverse production conditions, Senegal’s agriculture sector is an essential employer. Janine Ryan looks at some of the major commodities produced in this West African country.

Spreading the word: evangelising agriculture

In his recent budget speech and interview with Farmer’s Weekly, Thabo Mokone, MEC of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, highlighted key outcomes and plans for the department.

The slow transformation of SA’s dairy industry

Effecting change in the dairy industry is not for the short-sighted or faint of heart. Simpiwe Somdyala, CEO of Amadlelo Agri, spoke to Susan Marais about the agricultural investment company’s quest to uplift rural farmers in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and the challenges it faces in the process.

Harnessing the power of technology for smallholder farmers across Africa

Agriculture is critical to economic growth in Africa. According to the United Nations, 65% to 70% of the continent’s workforce is employed by the sector, which accounts for about a third of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Apply now for the Land Bank’s Blended Finance Scheme!

The Land Bank’s Blended Finance Scheme (BFS) is an exciting new finance programme designed to help developing farmers realise their dream of going commercial.

Astute marketing drives avocado consumption

South Africa’s avocado industry has attained the holy grail in marketing for a non-essential product: getting consumers to feel they need it rather just want it. The resulting sales growth has boosted the industry despite recent economic and supply constraints. Glynnis Branthwaite, owner of Protactic Strategic Communications, and Derek Donkin, CEO of Subtrop, spoke to Lindi Botha about this intensive and ongoing marketing effort.

Capetonian’s rooftop food-growing system spreads throughout SA

Fresh Life Produce has developed a vertical growing system designed to meet the specific needs of African producers. Louis- Gillis Janse van Rensburg and Akhona Gxuluwe spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this system, which has garnered international recognition and awards.

Empowerment through winemaking: Farmworkers make top-quality wines

As part of an empowerment project, farmworkers at Kleine Zalze wine estate have released the first wines produced from grapes grown in their own vineyards. They spoke to Glenneis Kriel about their achievement.

New Cape blush pear cultivar Rosy-Lwazi makes its debut

South Africa’s 2022/2023 deciduous fruit season delivered something special to the market this January: Rosy-Lwazi, a brand-new very early red blush pear.

From civil engineers to chilli entrepreneurs

Mmule Matlala and her husband, Blessing, two 37-year-old civil engineers, left steady and well-paid Transnet jobs to start a food-production and agro-processing company. Susan Marais reports on their growth.

How to fight the effects of rolling blackouts and rising energy costs

Dr Idan Chiyanzu, Primrose Magama, Siyabonga Gasa and Erence Manyako, researchers at the Agricultural Research Council’s Natural Resources and Engineering Division, offer some advice to farmers on how they can minimise the effects of energy insecurity and the rising cost of electricity in South Africa.