South Africa

Tongaat Hulett clawing its way out of financial peril

Tongaat Hulett Limited has made some positive progress in its efforts to dig itself out of the precarious financial position that the company found itself in recent years.
‘Below-normal rainfall could negatively affect summer crops’

‘Below-normal rainfall could negatively affect summer crops’

The below-normal rainfall expected across South Africa between February and April this year could have a negative impact on the growth of summer crops as well as dam levels, according...

Volatile tomato prices ascribed to ‘extreme weather’

The tomato price increased more than 80% week-on-week in the week ending 24 January, and was up more than 57% year-on-year, according to the Absa Fresh Produce Market Trends report.
Rift Valley fever, African armyworm alert for farmers

Rift Valley fever, African armyworm alert for farmers

Livestock producers have been advised to take all possible steps to prevent Rift Valley fever outbreaks in the areas were high rainfall was recorded late last year and early this...

5 200 weaner calf net R54 million in video sale

What is being described as possibly the largest ever weaner calf sale in the country, has highlighted how a digital sales platform can be used to trade large numbers of...
'ANC must urgently clarify latest land expropriation proposal'

‘ANC must urgently clarify latest land expropriation proposal’

Land reform experts are calling on the ANC to urgently clarify its recent surprise announcement that it intends to push for expropriation without compensation (EWC) decisions to vest with the...

Fall armyworm outbreaks in Mpumalanga and KZN

Serious damage to grain fields due to fall armyworm (FAW) infestations has to date been reported in Mpumalanga, Gauteng and northern KwaZulu-Natal in the 2019/2020 production season, according to Dr...

Low CPI reflects sluggish economy – economist

Consumer price inflation increased slightly from November to December 2019, but still remained at its lowest level in nearly a decade, and was expected to remain low throughout 2020.
SA potato industry to have greater access to Mondial variety

SA potato industry to have greater access to Mondial variety

South Africa’s potato production industry is set to gain from a settlement agreement approved recently by the Competition Tribunal (CompTrib).
Concern as Moody's downgrades Land Bank credit rating

Concern as Moody’s downgrades Land Bank credit rating

The agriculture sector has reacted with concern to Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) downgrading the Land and Agricultural Development Bank (Land Bank) to sub-investment grade.

Wind and unseasonal rain cause consternation in Western Cape

A Stellenbosch wine estate is faced with thousands of rands’ worth of damages after a strong southeaster wind nearly ruined an entire vineyard block over the weekend.
NWK invests in the future of South Africa's young people

NWK invests in the future of South Africa’s young people

Agriculture business NWK recently handed over laptops worth about R244 000 to the top-performing Grade 12 learners for 2019 at 20 schools in the Ditsobotla district in North West.

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