South Africa

SA’s agribusiness confidence wanes in the third quarter

South African agribusiness leaders remain optimistic about trading conditions, albeit slightly less so than they were earlier this year.

Didiza announces partial lifting of FMD controls in KZN

The Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (RPO) has welcomed the reduction in the size of the disease management area (DMA) for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in KwaZulu-Natal.

Robust tractor sales continue in August

Tractor and combine harvester sales in August are a clear indication that farmers remain optimistic about the production conditions for the season ahead.

Strong performance for agriculture in latest GDP figures

South Africa’s economy expanded 1,2% quarter-on-quarter, with the transport, storage and communications industries making the largest contribution at 6,9%, followed by agriculture at 6,2%, according to the latest data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA).

One million hectares of grazing destroyed by wildfires

More than one million hectares of grazing have so far been lost to wildfires in the North West, Free State and Northern Cape this year.

Beer association calls for sin tax relief

The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) is actively trying to obtain relief for the excise duty burden placed on craft brewers.

Bird flu: uncertainty about government payouts

While 2,7 million chickens have already been culled since an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed in South Africa in April, it remains unclear whether government will compensate farmers for all losses.

New record canola harvest predicted for South Africa

South Africa is on track to produce a record volume of canola, according to the first production forecast for winter grains released by the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) this week.

Food inspectors to investigate misleading labels

A recent notice issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) instructs food inspectors and those of designated assignees to follow up on food labelling that is misleading or incorrect in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act of 1990 (APS Act).

Game industry still losing jobs and revenue due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns continue to have a negative impact on the private wildlife industry in South Africa.

Snowfall in the Western Cape widely welcomed

Farmers in the Western Cape have expressed great joy about the snowfall on various mountains across the province during the weekend of 28 and 29 August.

Reasons behind SA’s high bull prices under scrutiny

Over the last two years, a number of new records have been set for the highest prices ever paid for registered bulls from different breeds sold at production auctions.

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