SA raises maize-crop forecast to biggest in 36 years

2017-03-28 19:34

South Africa may reap the largest harvest of the grain in 36 years as rains improved yields and boost the crop’s size by 83% from last year.

Fall armyworm starts attacking SA soya bean crops

2017-03-10 05:02

The fall armyworm plague, which started marching through South African maize farms in December 2016, has now been found in soya bean crops.

Armyworm invading SA is a major threat to global agriculture

2017-02-07 07:46

The fall armyworms that have ravaged maize fields from Ghana to South Africa since arriving on the continent last year could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, a research body says.

Alien armyworms invade maize in drought-hit southern Africa

2017-01-17 09:04

After southern Africa’s worst drought in more than 35 years ravaged crops and sent food prices soaring, farmers are battling a new crisis: alien armyworms.

SA to import GM maize for first time from US

2016-12-06 10:33

The government has approved imports of genetically modified maize from the US for the first time as it seeks to bring in the grain after its worst drought in decades.

Treasury: SA will be a net importer of maize

2016-10-26 15:33

Two successive droughts have hit South Africa’s agriculture sector hard and the country subsequently has to resort to being a net importer of maize, says National Treasury.

Consumers might see maize shortage this year

2016-07-13 07:07

SA may miss a target to import enough maize this season to meet consumers’ needs, the biggest agricultural lobby group has said.

SA imports maize to cover drought shortfall

2016-04-22 14:44

The department of agriculture has imported 1 732 million tons of yellow and 72 000 tons of white maize to cover shortfalls caused by the drought, says Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

How maize prices can hurt the ANC at the poll

2016-04-19 22:30

With drought pushing up the cost of white maize and other food staples, pressures on households will inevitably lead to increased political pressure, says an analyst.

SA maize industry undeterred by R16.6bn drought need

2016-04-15 16:28

Maize farmers are confident they will increase investment despite the worst drought in 100 years and state policies that created uncertainty over their land.


R10m price-fixing fine for Mpumalanga maize-milling firm

2017-03-19 11:09

Competition Tribunal approves settlement agreement of over R10m with Blinkwater Mills over price-fixing.

Conference tackles armyworm outbreak in SADC region

2017-02-14 13:15

Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and other countries in the region are among the nations bracing for dire effects emanating from the outbreak of the false armyworm.

Armyworm attack on SA farms will be ‘disastrous’ - govt

2017-02-02 08:40

SA maize farms are suffering “extensive” damage from what appears to be an alien caterpillar that destroyed fields in other countries in the region, government says.

Treading the fine line

2017-01-08 07:44

A bigger maize crop and a drop in food prices will boost SA’s economy, but local and global political tensions may harm us.

Maize diplomacy

2016-12-04 06:02

Xhosa and Zapotec cuisines collide as two chefs show off their prowess in the kitchen with the humble mealie.

Hybrid seeds could help Africa double its maize yields

2016-08-08 14:11

DuPont’s Pioneer unit has said farmers of the grain in Africa could more than double productivity over the next few decades if they switched to hybrid seed.

SA's 2016 maize forecast stays unchanged

2016-06-29 08:40

South Africa will likely harvest 7.16 million tonnes of maize in 2016, unchanged from a previous estimate as weather conditions remain stable.

SA expects jump in maize imports due to drought

2016-04-21 17:18

Drought-hit South Africa will significantly increase imports in the next season when 2.4 million tonnes of yellow maize and 1.9 million tonnes of white maize will be shipped.

SA imports US white maize for first time since 2004

2016-04-19 16:09

South Africa has imported white maize from the United States for the first time in over 10 years, says the country's Grain Information Service.

Drought-stricken SA to source enough white maize this year

2016-04-05 19:30

South Africa should be able to import enough white maize to meet the needs of consumers, says Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

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