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

Food security at risk as African countries lock down

Fears are growing about the impact the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic could have on food supplies in some of South Africa’s neighboring countries, as citizens there have also been ordered to stay indoors.

Migrant worker restrictions fuel fears of harvest delays in EU, UK

Lockdowns in countries around the world, imposed by governments to slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), along with travel bans and restrictions on movement is posing a severe risk to the global food supply chain.

Minimal coronavirus impact for cross-border banana farmers

To date, border closures and limitations on movement as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic have had minimal impact on South African farmers with operations in Mozambique.
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Lack of informal trading during lockdown worry farmers

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic is expected to have a negative impact on the South African livestock value chain in the long run.

Essential Covid-19 lockdown regulations for farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) has made it clear that the agriculture and food sector value chain, which is responsible for food security, has been declared as essential.
tobacco leaves

SARS expects hundreds of millions in tobacco lockdown losses

The government’s ban on the sale of legal tobacco products during the current national lockdown, which was put in place by Government as an urgent measure to slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease is South Africa, is likely to result in a dramatic spike in the illicit tobacco trade that reportedly already results in the South African fiscus losing over R8 billion a year in tax revenue.

Chinese farmers adapt to coronavirus with online buying

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has prompted many Chinese farmers to source vital supplies online in preparation for the spring planting season in that country.

Implications of coronavirus for regional food supply chains

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is dominating the news, with fears emerging about the widespread effect on the economy in general, and the food system in particular.

Coronavirus: positive and negative for citrus industry

The South African citrus industry is expected to export a record 143,3 million cartons of citrus fruit to more than 100 countries in 2020.
piggery with piglets

Overseas production hopes to address Chinese pork shortage

Companies in China are being encouraged to set up pig farms overseas to address a severe domestic pork shortage.

Bullish grain forecast for SA will help ‘tame’ food inflation

The Crop Estimate’s Committee (CEC) has revised the expected commercial maize crop for 2020 up another 1,7% to over 14,8 million tons.

‘Too early to see impact on illegal wildlife trade’

It is too early to speculate whether the suspected links between wildlife trade and consumption and the emergence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are resulting in any reductions in the illegal wildlife trade.

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