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26 January 2015
Crop Industry News from South Africa Drought Triggers Insurance Payout in Sahel Ahead of Humanitarian Aid
SOUTH AFRICA - ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) is to pay $25 million in drought insurance claims to three countries in the Sahel this month....
19 March 2014
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa Ethanol Plant to Begin Construction
SOUTH AFRICA - A major renewable energy plant in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, which has been in planning for seven years, is set to start preliminary work in September....
05 February 2014
Crop Industry News from South Africa Total Corn Plantings at Same Level as in MY 2012/13
SOUTH AFRICA - First estimates for the area planted to corn by commercial farmers for the 2013/14 MY [1] (the 2014/15 MY in South Africa) indicates that commercial farmers planted 2.7 million...
03 December 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa to Host Global Conference on Agriculture
SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson will open the 3rd Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change in Johannesburg...
14 November 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Sugar, Poultry Companies Seek Protection
SOUTH AFRICA - Food companies, Astral the poultry firm and Tongaat Hulett the sugar producer, have called for more protection of their respective industries against major global producers as...
30 October 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa South African Farmers Wait for Drought Relief Assistance
SOUTH AFRICA - North West Premier Thandi Modise says everything is being done to expedite the financial assistance that farmers require to mitigate against the drought conditions they are currently...
25 October 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Sugar Supply and Demand Trends in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - The July estimate for South Africa’s 2013/14 MY sugar cane crop was set at 20.7 MMT. This represents an increase of almost 20 per cent from the previous season’s production...
14 October 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa SA Maize Futures Decline as Rand Strengthens
SOUTH AFRICA - Corn futures traded in South Africa, the continent’s largest producer of the grain, fell as further gains by the rand made imports cheaper. ...
11 October 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa SA Sugar Import Tariff Feud Mimics Chicken
SOUTH AFRICA - Sugar industry frontliners, the SA Sugar Association (Sasa) and its arch-rival the Association of Southern African Sugar Importers (Asasi), are locked in a feud over import tariffs,...
08 August 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa DuPont Acquires Pannar Seed
SOUTH AFRICA - US developer of advanced plant genetics DuPont Pioneer has acquired majority ownership in Pannar, a South Africa-based seed company with operations throughout Africa and in other...
01 August 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa CEC Expected to Decrease Production Estimate for Commercial Corn
SOUTH AFRICA - Post forecasts that the total area planted to corn later in 2013 by commercial and subsistence farmers for the 2013/14 MY [1] (May 2014 to April 2015), will be around 3.1 million...
31 July 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Progress in Farming Sector Assessed by Committee
SOUTH AFRICA - The Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will continue with a week-long oversight visit to various farming areas in the Free State to assess progress made...
12 July 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa’s Competition Commission Clears ADM Acquisition of GrainCorp
SOUTH AFRICA - The Competition Commission of South Africa has notified Archer Daniels Midland Company of its approval of ADM’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp Limited. ...
23 April 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa Oilseed Plantings Set to Reach Record Highs
SOUTH AFRICA - For the 2013/14 market report (MY), post forecasts a seven per cent increase in the area planted with oilseeds later in 2013, to a record 1.14 million hectares, which could produce...
11 April 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Critical Feed Issues Under Discussion at IFRM
SOUTH AFRICA - The 6th annual International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM) meeting organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture...
19 March 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa's Ag Minister to Open Congress
SOUTH AFRICA - The 4th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), with technical support by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...
06 February 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Minister Announces New Minimum Wage for Farmworkers
SOUTH AFRICA - The new minimum wage for farmworkers for the next three years has been pegged at R105 per day, the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant announced in Pretoria....
15 January 2013
Crop Industry News from South Africa Minister Calls for Restraint in Farmworkers' Protest
SOUTH AFRICA - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called on parties in the Western Cape agricultural sector to settle their industrial disputes through talking and negotiations. ...
02 November 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa Extra South African Corn to Ease Global Shortage
SOUTH AFRICA - On a year-on-year basis, white corn and yellow corn prices in South Africa are, respectively, 10 per cent and 14 per cent higher as global corn stock are still tight due to the...
19 October 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa South Africa Sugar Production Expects 10 Per Cent Increase
SOUTH AFRICA - Sugar cane production is expected to increase by 10 per cent to 18.6 MMT in the 2012/13 season on better climatic conditions, compare to the two previous seasons that were recorded...
16 October 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa Boost for Women Farmers in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA - The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has set a target of establishing 15,000 smallholder producers, with a particular focus on women....
17 May 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa South African Sugar Recovers from Drought
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa is recovering from two consecutive years of drought in its Kwazulu Natal province, where 75 per cent of all its sugarcane is grown. With the return of seasonal rainfall...
10 May 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa South African Corn Decreases Due to Weather
SOUTH AFRICA - Post forecasts that the area planted to corn later in 2012 for the 2012/13 MY (market year) (2013/14 MY for South Africa) will be around three million hectares, just down from...
25 April 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa Higher South African Sugar Production Expected from Good Rains
SOUTH AFRICA - Good rains over most of the sugarcane producing areas of South Africa have set the foundation for an expected higher crop in the 2012/13 season. ...
16 April 2012
Crop Industry News from South Africa Soybean Production to Increase in 2012/13
SOUTH AFRICA - It is expected that the area to be planted with soybeans in the 2012/13 MY will increase by six per cent on the back of increasing crushing capacity to 500,000 hectares, which,...
22 July 2011
Crop Industry News from South Africa Sales for Agricultural Machinery Still On the Rise
SOUTH AFRICA - The agricultural machinery market remains positive, with sales still climbing. ...
26 May 2011
Crop Industry News from South Africa South African Maize Futures Firmer on Weaker Rand
SOUTH AFRICA - South African maize futures ended higher on Tuesday for the second straight session on the back of a weaker rand as the market awaited the Crop Estimates Committee's fourth summer...
04 May 2011
Crop Industry News from South Africa Monsanto Opens Africa's Largest Seed Facility
SOUTH AFRICA - Biotech seed producer Monsanto has opened what is believed to be Africa's largest, most technologically advanced maize seed processing plant in Lichtenburg in the North West. ...
28 March 2011
Crop Industry News from South Africa SA Maize Forecast Down 1.9 Per Cent to 10.8m Tons
SOUTH AFRICA - South African's area planted to maize is 2.372m ha vs 2.383m haputting output estimates in the 2010-11 season down 1.9 per cent to 10.8 million tons, the Crop Estimate Committee...
16 March 2011
Crop Industry News from South Africa Biotech Has Key Role in SA Food Security
SOUTH AFRICA - Modern biotechnologies and the intensification of productivity would be key to meeting the world's future food demands, while keeping climate change threats at bay, said agriculture...
 
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