In the markets: What to watch this week

2016-08-22 06:55

StatsSA is releasing inflation data for July on Wednesday. Let's see what else the coming days have in store for the markets.

Italy confident of holding wine crown

2016-08-14 14:30

Italy will retain its crown as the world's biggest wine producer this year, the country's main agricultural body predicts.

Strikes unlikely to curb Kenya tea output

2016-08-11 17:10

Strikes by tea pickers in Kenya's biggest estates are unlikely to disrupt production enough to warrant a change to the forecast, says the agriculture industry regulator.

Agri confidence in SA growth lowest since 2008

2016-07-29 21:00

The confidence of South African agribusinesses in the country’s economic growth is at its lowest level since the second quarter of 2008, an index shows.

Herbst: ANC & Western Cape farmers – an affair set to spark food riots

2016-07-28 19:35

Across the political spectrum, the warnings become ever more urgent. The spectre of food riots is a probability more than a possibility, writes Ed Herbst.

Food security boost for rising SA

2016-07-27 13:58

South Africa has climbed 0.6 points in the Global Food Security Index 2016, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Monsanto: Bayer's raised takeover bid 'insufficient'

2016-07-19 14:58

US agricultural giant Monsanto says a raised takeover bid from Germany's Bayer was "insufficient," but that it remains open to talks to seal the transaction.

Why agriculture is vital for SA's economic future

2016-07-12 13:27

Agriculture is a highly signficant sector of a country's economic future and should be part of industrial development, says economist Mohammad Karaan.

Mozambique, India sign deal over pulses

2016-07-05 18:00

A Mumbai report says India is to help Mozambique to cultivate pulses such as peas and import them through special deals.

West Africa economies losing out to illegal fishing - report

2016-06-29 19:30

"Catastrophic" levels of illegal fishing in West Africa are costing the region millions in lost revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs, says a development think tank.


Drought ravages Lesotho as water exported to SA

2016-08-14 16:43

For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily.

Top women in W Cape agriculture honoured

2016-08-12 16:56

The top women in agriculture in the Western Cape have been announced and will now take part in the national round.

Chilean salmon industry tries to kick antibiotic habit

2016-08-06 15:24

Chile's salmon industry, the second-largest in the world, is trying to cut back its heavy use of antibiotics, which pollute the environment and could cause new super-bacteria to emerge.

Africa's top cotton grower looks to Bayer

2016-07-29 20:00

Burkina Faso has asked Bayer CropScience to help produce genetically modified cotton, even as it decided to stop planting a variety introduced by the world’s largest seed company.

From herdsmen to central bankers, Southern Africa counts drought costs

2016-07-27 19:30

Molefi Ramantele, a small-scale livestock farmer who ekes out a living in Botswana's arid scrubland, lost a third of his cattle in the drought that has scorched southern Africa.

Strong Tru-Cape harvest tempered by rand fluctuations

2016-07-26 13:42

Tru-Cape says with all its apple and pear trees having been picked and despite challenges, overall it has been a busy and successful harvest.

Kenya's coffee crop shows promise after rain

2016-07-15 21:15

A Nairobi-based coffee trading house spokesperson says Kenya may get a bumper harvest as rains in key growing areas boost yields.

ChemChina extends $43bn offer for agri-giant Syngenta

2016-07-11 19:29

State-owned China National Chemical Corp. is extending its $43bn agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta until September.

Concern over Ivory Coast 's main cocoa crop

2016-07-04 19:45

Cool, cloudy weather and a lack of rain in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa growing regions will hinder the development of the next crop.

Food for thought from the land of a thousand hills

2016-06-28 16:37

Rwanda certainly lives up to the tagline “the land of a thousand hills”, with stunning mountain scenery at every turn. This is beautiful, but it presents real challenges to farmers, who typically have a farm plot that is just 0.6 hectares in size.

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