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The Eastern Cape is typically seen as a non-starter when it comes to agriculture, but in reality, the province is a notable player in a number of commodities, says Wandile Sihlobo.
Although dam levels in Cape Town are, on average, more than 60% full after a season of good rainfall, additional rain is still necessary to ensure improved harvests, says agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo.
It's not just Zimbabwe and Mozambique facing a worrying shortage of maize this year, says Wandile Sihlobo.
SA's small towns hold great economic potential, and agribusiness could help unlock it, says Wandile Sihlobo.
The farm where an outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported in North West Province, near Zeerust, has been quarantined, says the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Despite fuel and electricity price hikes, the overall outlook is fairly positive, says Wandile Sihlobo.
We're producing, well, peanuts, says Wandile Sihlobo.
We are yet to see the overall 2018 agricultural exports value, but SA's top products were edible fruits, beverages (largely wine), spirits, vegetables and wool, says Wandile Sihlobo.
The issue of confidence comes up over and over again when talking about investment in the agricultural sector, says the agricultural economist.
A revival of SA's stagnating sorghum industry could create jobs, boost the rural economy and create a market for smallholder farmers. But can the industry be revitalised?
Late in August, we learned that the Zambian government had placed a price cap on maize, and justified its actions by noting its concerns over rising maize prices, says Wandile Sihlobo.
Hardships due to Zimbabwe's poor maize harvest are exacerbated by unstable economic conditions in the country, says Agbiz economist Wandile Sihlobo.
So far, the news looks good this year for SA's farmers. But they're not quite in the clear yet, says Wandile Sihlobo.
The value of the agricultural sector has grown by almost 46%, from R50.5bn to R74.2bn, since 1996, says Wandile Sihlobo.
In China - a grower of nearly half the world’s legal hemp - the sales of textile fibre made from the plant’s stalk - totalled US$1.2bn in 2017, says Wandile Sihlobo.
A delegation from Saudi Arabia was in SA this week, and seemingly had an interesting engagement with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana. says Wandile Sihlobo.
In 2018, SA’s agricultural exports grew by 7% y/y to $10.6bn, a record since 2001, plus a a 21% y/y increase in SA's agricultural trade balance to a record $3.9bn, says Wandile Sihlobo.
A notable uptick of South Africa’s headline food price inflation is unlikely, says Wandile Sihlobo.
SA's beef producers will struggle to hang onto their hard-won export market this year.
What if sunflower seeds hold hope for summer crop regions ravaged by drought, asks Wandile Sihlobo.
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