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Avocado export estimate down 13% due to COVID-19

Despite having taken an initial knock in demand on international and local markets as a result of global trade and movement restriction to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South...

Nguni bull sells for record R310 000 on WhatsApp auction

The livestock auction industry in South Africa has suffered major setbacks during the past six months.

Flower producers suffer losses amid confusion over trade

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a severe impact on the South African horticulture sector, due to confusion about which industries were allowed to resume normal trade. 

Craft brewing may take years to recover from lockdown

It is expected that it will take years for South Africa’s craft distillers and brewers to recover from the nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and resultant...

Get a free Farmer’s Weekly digital magazine during #lockdown

Farmer’s Weekly has good news for readers who have, during the national lockdown period, been eagerly awaiting the return of the weekly magazine. Even though printing of the magazine had...
‘Confusion about auctions receiving top level attention’

‘Confusion about auctions receiving top level attention’

The uncertainty about whether livestock auctions may go ahead during the countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is receiving attention at national level.

Covid-19 support for farmers with a turnover of R1m or less

Smallholder and communal farmers with an annual turnover of between R20 000 and R1 million will be able to apply for financial support grants from the Department of Agriculture, Land...

Spazas, food hawkers with permits, get greenlight to trade

An amendment to South Africa’s lockdown regulations that will allow informal traders with the necessary permits to resume operations was announced by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs...

‘Farmers to make water available during coronavirus crisis’

Farmers with water rights and irrigation boards might have to make water available to government, following steps introduced by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation to combat the...

‘Shipboard livestock exports aim to advance new farmers’

A potential ban on livestock exports from South Africa by ship would hamstring efforts to grow the country’s developing animal production sector, and will also likely lead to an oversupply...
informal traders at the market

Lack of informal trading during lockdown worry farmers

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic is expected to have a negative impact on the South African livestock value chain in the long run.

Essential Covid-19 lockdown regulations for farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) has made it clear that the agriculture and food sector value chain, which is responsible for food security, has...


Food price inflation volatility set to continue

Food inflation data for April and May has shown a substantial contraction in the price of chicken, while long-life milk and cake flour prices increased.
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