13th maize company settles over price fixing

2019-03-13 14:52

The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and Paramount Mills.

Wandile Sihlobo: All eyes on maize output

2019-01-22 06:25

A notable uptick of South Africa’s headline food price inflation is unlikely, says Wandile Sihlobo.

SA may miss maize-harvest forecast due to drought

2019-01-14 10:29

South Africa is likely to miss forecasts for maize production this year because dry weather conditions have delayed plantings, says the Agricultural Business Chamber.

Wandile Sihlobo: Predicting the El Niño effect

2018-10-30 12:16

The most important crop to help predict how the African region will weather the forecast El Niño is maize – a starchy staple for many countries, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Bread prices are falling as South Africans switch back to pap

2018-05-22 06:42

Brown bread is now cheaper than it was in 2014.

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.

Mielie meal hacks: How to make deep-dried banana treats, clean your dirty takkies and more

2017-04-23 06:00

This article first appeared in City Press.

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.


Nigeria set to overtake SA as largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa - economist

2019-02-02 10:00

Nigeria is poised to overtake SA and become the largest maize producer in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2018/19 production season, says agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo.

Mini meat and pap tarts

2019-01-21 14:03

Drought hurts SA maize, soy plantings, Grain SA says

2018-12-29 15:59

The window for planting maize and soybeans in South Africa has passed, and with hardly anything planted in western growing ares because of drought, the likelihood of the need for imports increases, a grain farmers’ lobby group said.

Doubts about Zim's maize production estimate presents opportunity for SA

2018-10-08 13:57

If the International Grains Council's estimate were to materialise, Zimbabwe could remain a net importer of maize in 2019/20. This is a window of opportunity for SA farmers and traders to exploit, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

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.

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