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

Feb 02 2019 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.

Economy

SA plants smallest maize area since worst drought

Jan 29 2019 21:23

South African maize farmers, who historically produce the continent’s biggest harvest, have probably planted the smallest area with the grain since the worst drought on record three years ago.

Agribusiness

SA farmers raise alarm on persistent drought threat, seek aid

Jan 25 2019 20:32

As little as 60% of available land was planted this season and those crops are being threatened by heat stress, according to lobby group Grain SA.

Agribusiness

Why the tobacco industry wants a 0% tax hike and minimum price for cigarettes

Jan 22 2019 12:34

Tax collection from cigarettes has declined, despite successive "sin tax hikes", amidst an increase in illicit tobacco products, according to research conducted by Econometrix, on behalf of British American Tobacco.

Agribusiness

Underpaid SA wine producers 'undermine' industry, limit growth – Vinpro chair

Jan 18 2019 19:33

It is time for those wine producers, directors of wine companies and their agents who are accepting low prices to wake up, says the chair of Vinpro.

Agribusiness

Karan Beef merger approved with conditions

Jan 16 2019 21:50

The proposed merger of Karan Beef Holdings merger with Karan Beef and Karan Beef Feedlot was approved by the Competition Tribunal with certain conditions.

Agribusiness

Tongaat Hulett appoints new CEO to sweeten its prospects

Jan 14 2019 16:13

In a SENS announcement released on Monday, Tongaat Hulett said Hudson’s prior jobs included serving as CEO of Turkish company Anadolu Efes, where he was also managing director of the company’s beer businesses in South Africa and abroad.

Agribusiness

SA may miss maize-harvest forecast due to drought

Jan 14 2019 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.

Agribusiness

SA finds foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in Limpopo

Jan 08 2019 10:42

South Africa’s Department of Agriculture has quarantined an area in Vhembe in Limpopo province following positive laboratory results for foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in the district.

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Sea Harvest up 4.7% as Ladismith Cheese acquisition moves ahead

Jan 03 2019 12:10

The JSE-listed fishing and food business announced its subsidiary would buy the entire issued share capital of the company that produces cheese, butter and milk powders.

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