South Africa

Mixed medium-term outlook for SA’s red meat industry

Due to panic-buying by consumers prior to the national lockdown aimed at containing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, South Africa’s red meat industry saw some short-term gains.

Heavy rainfall expected, but not for drought-stricken parts

South Africans should prepare themselves for heavy rainfall and a preview to the coming winter as a cold front makes its way across the central and south-eastern parts of the...

Big names in agri value chain contribute to COVID-19 fight

Agricultural companies and entities in South Africa and other parts of the world are repurposing parts of their operations to manufacture products to bolster the fight against the coronavirus disease...

Supply chains functioning, but farmers face lower prices

Agricultural commodities have, for the most part, come off lightly amid worldwide supply chain disruptions as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic.

‘Commercial agri sector not appreciated in COVID-19 crisis’

The South African agriculture sector forms the backbone of South Africa’s economy, but this fact has been largely ignored by government.

Paprika farming in SA holds potential for job creation

Opportunities exist for farmers and agro-processors to enter the small, but growing paprika market in South Africa.

‘Farmers must brace for machinery, input cost rollercoaster’

It is still uncertain how the lockdown for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and depreciation of the rand will impact farm input prices.

Special Covid-19 Report – Citrus

In this first episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series, Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, gives an update on how the publication has adapted to keep readers...

Research and marketing needed to boost dragon fruit production

Investing in research and marketing for the dragon fruit industry is needed for this sector to realise its potential in terms of job creation and offering a feasible investment for...

Easing of export ban will help wineries ‘keep the lights on’

South Africa’s wine industry will be allowed to export finished goods, both packaged and bulk, during the remainder of the lockdown period which was aimed at containing the coronavirus disease...

Road safety under scrutiny after fatal farmworker accident

The deaths of nine farmworkers in a road accident on the N1 between Touws River and De Doorns have sent shockwaves through the agricultural community.

Western Cape farmers donate to those in need

Over the past week, Western Cape farmers have donated tons of fresh produce to FoodForward SA, a non-profit organisation assisting communities experiencing food shortages during the lockdown for the coronavirus...


Much controversy in the UK over farm jobs for Brits

The UK government has urged unemployed citizens to apply for seasonal farm work, however, many applicants have expressed frustration about being overlooked for these agriculture jobs while others have bemoaned...
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