South Africa

Supply glut sees prices for wine spot sales fall by 40%

The extension of the Level 4 COVID-19-related lockdown restrictions for another two weeks until 25 July will further exacerbate the crisis in the wine industry, with many wine businesses facing closure

Agri sector feels the impact of protests, vandalism in KZN

The violent protests and looting sweeping South Africa at present have far-reaching implications for the agricultural industry.

Mushy blueberries could sink the industry

The blueberry industry could see double-digit growth if quality and consistency issues currently plaguing the sector are addressed.

Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in KZN contained

The recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal had not spread to the rest of the province and was still largely contained in the municipal districts of King Cetshwayo, Umnkhanyakude and Zululand.

KZN small-scale farmers set to benefit from new egg hub

With the Cottonlands Egg Hub in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal nearing completion and preparing to start full operation later this month, egg producers in eThekwini are urged to register their businesses on the eThekwini Municipality’s agribusiness department database to access market opportunities.

‘Don’t complain about stock theft cases online’

Farmers should not express their anger about protracted stock theft cases on social media, as this could set their cases back years, and put further strain on their wallets and the legal system.

Potato prices jumped by 70% in June

The strong year-on-year price increase for potatoes during June was driven, in part, by the decrease in stock levels due to excessive rain and low summer temperatures in some of the planting regions earlier this year.

Farming sector braces for double digit fuel price increase

The expected increase in the fuel price for July will have a negative impact on a number of value chains in the agriculture sector that are currently active, such as producers completing the harvesting and planting processes for summer and winter grains, as well as oilseeds.

Ban on auctions and liquor sales ‘unacceptable’ – Agri SA

Despite physical livestock auctions being prohibited under South Africa’s adjusted Level 4 lockdown regulations, some auction houses still held auctions on Monday, 28 June and Tuesday, 29 June.

More lucrative markets needed for SA guavas

Guava production in the northern regions of South Africa has more than halved over the past decade due to the devastating impact of guava wilt disease.

Farmers want clarity on hunting and auctions under Level 4

The agriculture sector needs clarity, as a matter of urgency, on a clause in the Level 4 lockdown regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 27 June, that says “gatherings at auctions are not permitted”.

South Africa’s food inflation at four-year high

In May, South Africa’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) headline inflation reached the highest level since November 2018 and food price inflation rose to its highest point since July 2017.

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