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Largest soya bean crop on record expected for South Africa

This season, South Africa is expected to harvest its largest soya bean crop on record, due to an expansion in area plantings and favourable rainfall in the eastern part of the country, according to Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at Agbiz.

Government inaction blamed for spread of FMD in North West

The sluggish reaction of government to the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in North West has been a serious impediment in the race to contain and prevent the disease from spreading further afield.

Farmers losing farms as price of blueberries falls

Blueberry producers are facing delays in their return on investment as global prices of the fruit decrease.

‘SA well-positioned to become leader in cannabis production’

South Africa has the potential to position itself as a global player on the global cannabis market. This was according to Stephen Murphy, CEO of Prohibition Partners, speaking during an online media briefing hosted by the European Delegation to South Africa.

High visitor numbers for Nampo 2022 after two-year absence

About 73 000 visitors attended Nampo Harvest Day 2022, held from 16 to 20 May, despite negative publicity about strict COVID-19 regulations, high fuel prices, and poor road conditions. This was according to Toit Wessels, Grain SA’s assistant manager for marketing and Nampo.

Mixed reaction to latest interest rate increase announcement

While there is still a positive outlook for South Africa’s agriculture sector, the increase in the South African Reserve Bank’ (SARB) repurchase rate (repo rate), will increase farmers’ debt servicing costs, and will consequently erode profit margins.

Global shipping container congestion set to ease

An end to exporters’ shipping container woes could be in sight as congestion in ports around the world eases.

Dragon fruit industry stabilising amid growth

Dragon fruit production is gaining ground in South Africa as farmers get to grips with production methods and market demand grows.

South Africans set for another fuel price shock in June

While it is still too early to predict what the fuel price increase would be for June, current prices are seriously undervalued, which points to another major price hike.

Nampo 2022 kicks-off on a high note after two-year hiatus

The large number of visitors received on the first day of the 2022 Nampo Harvest Day is a clear indication of the resilience of the South African agricultural value chain, according to Pieter Taljaard, Grain SA CEO.

Agri stakeholders welcome ‘balanced’ agri budget

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s (agriculture department) 2022/23 budget is balanced and places emphasis on the importance of commercial agriculture, according to Christo van der Rheede, executive director of Agri SA.

Locust outbreaks in South Africa under control for now

The worst of South Africa’s locust season seems to be over thanks to cooler climatic conditions. According to various reports, only Murraysburg in the Western Cape and areas surrounding Gqeberha and Sutterheim in the Eastern Cape are still fighting small, scattered swarms.

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