SA wine industry urged to focus on higher value products

2020-01-25 08:49

The South African wine industry should put more focus on supplying higher value products both locally and internationally, according to the chairperson of Vinpro.

Wandile Sihlobo: What to expect from food price inflation this year

2020-01-23 06:00

Wandile Sihlobo considers what could impact the contents of your food basket.

Wandile Sihlobo: When rainfall isn't enough

2020-01-06 20:54

The rains some regions received in the past few weeks made minimal improvement in soil moisture and improving vegetation, and his annual December drive across the country was a dreary one, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Crop protection chemical input sector set for major consolidation

2019-12-28 18:15

South Africa's crop protection input sector is set for a major consolidation in the next three to five years, according to InteliChem CEO Gideon Hefer.

Wandile Sihlobo: SA's agricultural economy is in recession. Here's how we must adapt

2019-12-10 06:00

The third quarter 2019 GDP data released by Statistics South Africa this week illustrated that the farming economy is in recession. And the path ahead is uncertain, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Diemersdal Estate releases Sauvignon Blanc from other side of the world

2019-12-04 18:25

Sauvignon Blanc specialist Diemersdal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, has added a newcomer to its range of wines, this one originating from New Zealand.

Land reform uncertainty, ongoing drought reflect in farmers' spending - Kaap Agri CEO

2019-11-29 10:33

Uncertainty about land reform policies as well as an ongoing drought in certain areas of the country have continued to impact spending by farmers, says Sean Walsh.

WATCH: Microplastics causes immune cells to die at a faster rate

2019-11-08 19:28

New research from the University Medical Center Utrecht has found that immune cells that target microplastics die three times faster than cells that aren't exposed to microplastics.

WATCH: Ugandan coffee farmers wary of bitter taste over proposed bill

2019-10-31 21:37

Uganda's government says it wants to boost coffee production in the country and has tabled a bill in parliament that seeks to regulate the country's coffee sector, but not all farmers are happy with the proposed law.

Zeder CEO: Pioneer deal means better value for shareholders

2019-10-08 21:13

The group is positive about the anticipated disposal of Pioneer Foods.


Malawi hit by crop-munching armyworms

2020-01-23 08:32

An invasion of crop-munching fall armyworm caterpillars has inflicted a further blow to food security in Malawi, where nearly two million people have already been hit by drought.

SA's Flash Gala apples heading to the Far East

2020-01-22 16:16

Shipments of the full-coloured Flash Gala apples from South Africa are expected to reach the Far East in February.

More woes for Zimbabwe as dam levels drop

2020-01-06 19:50

Zimbabwe's agriculture sector, hard hit by drought, is facing another significant risk as dam levels recede due to the high temperatures. Climate change has also resulted in an increase in insect growth rates, experts say.

Tongaat Hulett leadership hopeful of turnaround amidst liquidity uncertainty

2019-12-10 18:54

'There is an opportunity to turn the business around and we will give it our best shot," says Tongaat's chairperson Louis von Zeuner.

Agribusiness confidence slumps for 6 consecutive quarters

2019-12-07 12:00

This is the longest period the index has trended below 50 points in nearly a decade. Meanwhile the perception of general economic conditions in the country fell to the lowest level since 2016.

Women farmers hope to spread shea butter wealth

2019-12-01 13:54

The global shea butter market is expected to be worth $3.5bn by 2028 and women in a cooperative in the Nigerian village of Kodo are extracting its value.

French flair brings Pink Valley's Rosé Wine to Stellenbosch Helderberg region

2019-11-25 18:06

A new French-South Africa wine venture focusing exclusively on the making of classic rosé wines was launched recently.

WATCH: Iconic bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

2019-11-07 12:36

A remote wildlife sanctuary near Hawaii is littered with carcasses of seabirds that died after eating plastic debris that circulates nearby in the Pacific Ocean.

WATCH: Bird populations in North America have declined by 2.9 billion since 1970, study finds

2019-10-26 09:30

New research has concluded that the bird population in North America has declined by 29% since 1970. The study stated that almost 90% of the loss included common birds such as sparrows, blackbirds and swallows.

Wandile Sihlobo: A sleeping giant - the Eastern Cape

2019-10-05 16:29

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.

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