• Due to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s inability, ideological attachment to socialistic models, extensive corruption and nepotism – as pointed out by both the Kgalema Motlanthe report and the special investigating unit – this Department can in its current composition and performance not possibly make a contribution towards creating a class of profitable black farmers,” says Dr Theo de Jager, Chairperson of Saai’s board of directors.

  • If we do not write about South Africa’s first quarter of 2019 agricultural trade figures, one would assume that there have been limited positive developments in this sector as the past few months have been clouded by unwelcoming news.

  • ZAVENTEM, BELGIUM – May 29, 2019 – Zoetis’ African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement (A.L.P.H.A.) initiative, which aims to improve livestock health and positively impact farmers’ livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa,  is increasing access to animal health education and infrastructure in its second year.

  • Since reaffirming its position in 2018 as the partner to the South African farmer, Shell Downstream South Africa continues to emphasise its commitment to the farmer by showcasing how the total cost of ownership can be reduced by making use of the correct supplier and industry expertise.

  • The news that South Africa’s economy shrank by 3,2% in the first quarter of the year comes as no shock to the agricultural sector. Despite its historically reliable and significant contribution to the economy, even agriculture could not surmount the communist policies and downright ineptitude of the ANC and shrank by 13,2% in the same period.

  • We are currently witnessing the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, both on the local and global fronts. These effects will probably intensify in future.

  • No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies.

  • As maize farmers around the country survey their crops for the 2018/2019 season, many are battling with tight margins that have prompted cutbacks on insurance in recent years.

  • The expansion in most agricultural subsectors in South Africa has been export-driven, particularly in the horticultural sector. This sector is labour-intensive, and the expansion also brought jobs.

  • History’s brightest minds are not always our modern day heroes, and as decades pass, the consequences of ingenious discoveries unfold. This is especially true in the history of agriculture.

  • The ageing workforce in African agriculture will be one of the sector’s key challenges in the medium term, according to a new report by global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG).

  • In speculating about the future of agriculture, David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds and North America region director, is certain of one thing: “It’s not going to be my daddy’s farm moving forward.”

  • The effects of the changing climate, which is, of course, a global challenge, have been felt in Sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia in the recent past. This has been through erratic rainfalls and more frequent occurrences of droughts and floods.

  • Persistent unemployment has becomesynonymous with the youth experienceacross South Africa. Youth unemployment rates are almostfour times higherthan the regional average – 62% of South Africans between 15 and 35 years areunemployedand of these 60% havenever been employed .

  • While artificial intelligence is commonly employed within customer service, manufacturing, and retail, one sector that may not immediately spring to mind when one thinks of AI is agriculture. Nevertheless, farmers are increasingly relying on this technology to produce their crops.

  • A nighttime arrival at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport flies you over the bright pink glow of vegetable production greenhouses. Growing crops under artificial light is gaining momentum, particularly in regions where produce prices can be high during seasons when sunlight is sparse.

  •  The agriculture and forestry sector recorded its worst quarter since 2013 and agriculture has now spent three consecutive quarters in the red, registering a contraction of 6.7 percent in real value added during the first quarter of 2019 relative to a growth of 0.3 percent recorded during the same period in 2018.  

  • - As climate change reshapes agriculture around the world, the international trade of agricultural products will be even more important to feed the growing global population, according to a new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report which identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050 and the “winners” and “losers” in farming as the planet warms in the coming years.

  • Deputy President David Mabuza says government has offered support to farmers who were affected by drought in the Free State, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape.

  • Sustainability is transcending traditionally scrutinized industries to become a central issue in agribusiness, according to a new report from Fitch Solutions Macro Research.




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