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Daily news about how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is impacting agriculture and food supply chains globally and specifically in South Africa.

Black tobacco farmers left without income by ongoing ban

Initiatives to develop and grow South Africa’s black tobacco farmers may come to naught, due to government’s ongoing ban on the manufacture and retail of tobacco products.

Wool auction delays and shortage of shearers due to COVID-19

Due to disruptions across the entire wool supply chain, as a result of the restrictions to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, there was not enough wool available to hold...

Lockdown alcohol ban may derail 2020 barley season

Early estimates for the 2020 malting barley season suggest that the hectares planted to this crop will continue to increase as it has since 2016.

Avocado export estimate down 13% due to COVID-19

Despite having taken an initial knock in demand on international and local markets as a result of global trade and movement restriction to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South...

Game farmers ‘losing out on billions’ due to lockdown

South Africa’s private wildlife ranching value chain, worth well over R15 billion annually before the national lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic brought it almost to a standstill,...

Flower producers suffer losses amid confusion over trade

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a severe impact on the South African horticulture sector, due to confusion about which industries were allowed to resume normal trade. 

Tongaat Hulett and Barloworld at impasse over acquisition

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in yet another upheaval in South Africa’s agricultural value chain.

More than 1 500 complaints filed of food price gouging

Entities responsible for protecting South African consumers from unscrupulous practices are sorting through an unprecedented number of public complaints related to alleged excessive pricing of food products by retailers during...

More COVID-19 support for farmers, but only for smallholders

In order to further support smallholder and communal farmers during the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform (agriculture department) is working on plans...

Relief aid for US farmers to mitigate massive losses

It is estimated that billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste in the US as farmers are faced with massive surpluses in production due to disruptions to...

Special COVID-19 Report – Smallholders

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these...

More than 40 000 farmers apply for agri COVID-19 funding

Small-scale farmers whose applications for relief funding from the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) were successful, are expected to start receiving vouchers for agricultural inputs...


Fake food threat to the livestock sector

The unscientific idea that processed, plant-based, ‘imitation’ foods are healthier for humans and better for the environment needs to be debunked.
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