South Africa

Land Bank appoints new CEO

The Land Bank recently announced that Ayanda Kanana, CEO of the Joburg Market, is due to take up the position as CEO of the Land Bank from 2 March.

Mixed reactions to new minimum wage for farmworkers

Two of South Africa’s national agricultural organisations have expressed opposing views on the new national minimum wage due to come into effect on 1 March.

Lifting of national ban on auctions welcomed

The Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, recently announced that the blanket ban on gatherings of animals, such as at livestock auctions and shows, had been...
cattle in drought conditions

How to sustainably manage livestock after a drought

The protracted drought in the western regions of South Africa will not continue forever. Once the drought has been broken, livestock farmers will be faced with many challenges such as...
SONA 2020: President Ramaphosa vows to fix the fundamentals

SONA 2020: Ramaphosa vows to fix the fundamentals

In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that critical action would be taken this year to build a capable state and place South Africa’s...

Tongaat Hulett confirms mothballing of Darnall Sugar Mill

Tongaat Hulett Limited has confirmed that it will be mothballing its Darnall Sugar Mill in an effort to secure the long-term sustainability of the company.
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‘Drought resulted in wine imports’

South African wine cellars and traders imported more than 40 million litres of wine during the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 seasons to make up for local shortfalls resulting from the drought...
Agri SA calls on Ramaphosa to ‘stop talking and take action’

Agri SA calls on Ramaphosa to ‘stop talking and take action’

The agriculture sector has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to focus on the issues that will enable South Africa to bounce back from slow economic recovery and lack of service...

AFGRI boss off to pursue ‘food security passion’

The long-time CEO of AFGRI Group Holdings, Chris Venter, has indicated that his recent resignation will allow him the opportunity to further pursue his passion of promoting food security.

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.

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