SA sees record maize crop even bigger in last estimate

2017-09-29 09:33

South Africa has boosted its final estimate for this year’s record crop as the pace of deliveries continues to point to a bumper harvest.

Downgrades, slow growth could negate benefits of record maize harvest

2017-06-25 18:01

SA's credit downgrades and slow economic growth could negate the benefits of this year's record maize harvest, warns an agricultural economist at Absa.

Kenya govt fails to heed corn-miller stocks warning

2017-05-22 11:47

Kenyan corn millers have warned the government that the country faced a shortage of the staple that’s left strategic reserves at less than a day’s supply.

Solid maize exports critical for SA farmers

2017-05-21 17:43

South Africa will have to put in place a solid export programme for its expected record harvest for any hope of restoring the maize price.

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.


SA expects bumper 2017 harvest

2017-07-27 18:35

South Africa has increased its forecast of this year’s record maize crop after farmers improved their yields.

All not rosy for SA maize exports - expert

2017-05-26 18:37

SA is facing stiff maize export competition, warns Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at the Agricultural Business Chamber.

Pioneer Food profit slumps as drought takes its toll

2017-05-22 08:02

Pioneer Food’s six-month profit decreased by 47% as costs increased by 10% due to the need to import maize as a result of South Africa’s drought.

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2017-04-23 06:00

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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.

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