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.
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.
Blueberry producers are facing delays in their return on investment as global prices of the fruit decrease.
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.
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.
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.
An end to exporters’ shipping container woes could be in sight as congestion in ports around the world eases.
Dragon fruit production is gaining ground in South Africa as farmers get to grips with production methods and market demand grows.
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.
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.
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.
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.