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

Hard times ahead for farmers, despite short-term gains – BFAP

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, South Africa’s agriculture sector has emerged as the shining light of the economy, growing 27,8% in the first quarter of 2020.

Ostrich farmers in distress due to drought and COVID-19

Ostrich producers in the Klein Karoo are expecting a challenging production year due to the prolonged drought in the region, as well as the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Record production puts pressure on global grain prices

US grain and oilseed prices traded slightly lower during trade in the first week of August as global forecasts predicted a record global grain crop.

‘Locked out of livelihoods’ women struggle to feed families

One of the consequences of the COVID-19-related lockdown regulations was that many women working as informal traders have been “locked out” of their livelihoods.

Pineapple export troubles eased by demand from home-brewers

Pineapple producers in the northern KwaZulu-Natal region have expressed the hope that as the economies in overseas countries start to “open up” after the COVID-19 pandemic, exports will re-commence and even increase.

COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’ for African food security

COVID-19’s arrival in Africa has exacerbated pre-existing major challenges to the continent’s food production and nutrition security.

Fresh herb demand falters as COVID-19 shuts restaurants

Despite the market for fresh herbs being very small compared with that of fruit and vegetables, it is an industry that has grown significantly over the past few years.

Wildlife industry caught off-guard by latest hunting ban

Various industry representative organisations were again left bewildered by the unexpected late July announcement by Minister of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy, to ban inter-provincial travel for South Africa’s many subsistence hunters.

High-end agri products most affected by COVID-19 lockdown

A reasonably bright year for South African agriculture is forecast with growth of the sector expected to be strong in 2020, despite the impact of COVID-19 and its attendant regulations.

Johnnie Walker brand to debut new paper-based bottle

Top-selling Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, has announced that early in 2021 it intends to debut the first-ever 100% plastic-free paper-based spirits bottle.

Wine cellars cancel 2021 grape purchases due to liquor ban

The recent decision by government to reinstate the ban on domestic alcohol sales under Level 3 of the lockdown regulations to contain the COVID-19 pandemic will result in an even larger surplus of wine in South Africa.

Game reserve turns to meat sales amid COVID-19 tourism ban

The 12 000ha community-owned Somkhanda Game Reserve (Somkhanda) in northern Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal recently started generating much-needed additional income through the commercial sale of meat harvested from its game populations.

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