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Rising cost of power to put ‘liquidity pressure’ on farmers

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) recently announced that it would allow power utility Eskom to recover R13,3 billion from customers for electricity supplied in the 2018/2019 financial...

Diesel to be rationed in South Africa until the end of...

South Africa currently has inadequate stocks of diesel, and rationing is being implemented to manage demand and preserve stocks. This was according to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA).

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.

Tiger Brands prepares for ‘extraordinary business landscape’

After experiencing some significant financial knocks during its first half-year ended 31 March 2020 (H1 2020), Tiger Brands is reportedly undergoing major strategic changes to keep the company viable in...

Big fall in SA mango harvest due to drought

Ongoing drought conditions in the main production regions resulted in a more than 20% decline in South Africa’s 2019/2020 mango harvest.

Sharp recovery in low maize stocks expected soon

The low supply of maize currently being experienced in South Africa, has resulted in a short-term squeeze and volatility in the market.

Pineapple farmers hope increase in demand will last

Pineapple farmers were happy to benefit from the surprise spike in demand for this tropical fruit as South Africans, left high and dry by the ban on alcoholic drink sales...
Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

Poor winter rainfall forecast amid ongoing drought

Severe drought conditions still dominated large parts of the Northern Cape, and was prevalent in “smaller patches” of the Eastern Cape, according to agricultural meteorologist, Johan van Den Berg.

Cotton industry upbeat despite global plunge in consumption

Global cotton consumption is expected to decline 11,8% this year compared with the previous season, which will reduce global trade to 8,26 million tons in 2019/2020, according to the International...

Fears about labour shortages for 2020 guava harvest

Although prospects for South Africa’s 2020 guava crop have been, for the most part, favourable so far this season, there is concern that there will not be enough workers available...

Donations provide lifeline for drought weary sheep farmers

Despite generous donations of animal feed to the drought-stricken farmers in the Northern Cape, sheep numbers in the province continue to decline dramatically.

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...

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