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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...

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...
‘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...
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SARS expects hundreds of millions in tobacco lockdown losses

The government’s ban on the sale of legal tobacco products during the current national lockdown, which was put in place by Government as an urgent measure to slow down the...

Chinese farmers adapt to coronavirus with online buying

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has prompted many Chinese farmers to source vital supplies online in preparation for the spring planting season in that country.

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