Cheese Maker’s Challenge photo

News 13/07/2011

Cheese Maker’s Challenge

There is only one month left for South Africa’s small cheeseries to submit their entries for the Woolworths Cheese Maker’s Challenge. Cheese makers who are considering launching a new cheese, or who have launched a novelty cheese in the previous 12 months that’s not currently sold in retail supermarkets, are encouraged to submit their entries before the end of July. Read More

5th AGRIFICA Agricultural Indaba photo

News 12/07/2011

5th AGRIFICA Agricultural Indaba

This year’s Agrifica Agribusiness Africa Conference will be focusing on making the South African Agribusiness industry aware that they are losing out on business opportunities to other countries in their natural market - Africa. The conference will take place on Tuesday 19 July in Gauteng. We spoke to Dr. Lawrence McCrystal from Agrifica Read More

2011 Cotton Harvest photo

News 11/07/2011

2011 Cotton Harvest

South Africa is expecting an increase in this years’ cotton harvest of more than a 100% compared to last year’s harvest. This production season’s increase in South African cotton production, is also the country’s first production increase in 7 years. We had Hennie Bruwer the CEO of Cotton SA on the line. Read More

Tractor and Combine Harvester Sales photo

News 08/07/2011

Tractor and Combine Harvester Sales

Tractor and Combined Harvester sales are still continuing on an upward trend. It was especially the year-on-year sales for tractors that showed a significant increase in June. For more on this we spoke to Dr Jim Rankin who is the secretary for the South African Agricultural Machinery Association. SAAMA. Read More

New Wheat Contract photo

News 07/07/2011

New Wheat Contract

It appears as if South African grain traders decided to wait and see before starting to trade the newly introduced foreign-referred wheat contract on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange or JSE. No trading of any wheat contracts has taken place yet, since it was officially introduced on SAFEX earlier this week. We spoke to John Moss a Hedging Specialist with Agcom. Read More

Global Table Grape Congress July 2011 photo

News 06/07/2011

Global Table Grape Congress July 2011

Table grape producers and table grape industry role players will later this month have the chance to attend the first ever Global Table Grape Congress. The congress which will take place in Cape Town aims at providing the international table grape industry with relevant marketing information. Read More

Experienced Farmers / Mentors Needed photo

News 05/07/2011

Experienced Farmers / Mentors Needed

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) is calling on all experienced farmers / mentors from the agricultural sector to contact the Department for accreditation purposes in order to provide services on farms assisted through recapitalization and development programmes. Read More

New Tollgate Tariffs for Gauteng photo

News 04/07/2011

New Tollgate Tariffs for Gauteng

Several organisations are still not happy with newly proposed toll gate tariffs on Gauteng’s freeway road system. The new and lower tariffs are still expected to have a negative impact on both the South African agricultural sector and consumers of agricultural products. Read More

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News 30/06/2011

Gauteng Dept of Agriculture and Rural Development Budget

MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will be tabling the budget vote at the legislature tomorrow. The framework locates the Department’s budget speech within the context of the Gauteng Provincial strategic goals. We conducted a telephonic interview on this with the departments Media contact person Andile Gumede. Read More

Poor Avocado Harvest photo

News 28/06/2011

Poor Avocado Harvest

This years’ avocado harvest is expected to be much smaller due to adverse weather conditions late last year in some of the production areas. About 30 % of this year’s crop has already been harvested. We conducted a telephonic interview with the CEO of Subtrop Derek Donkin. Read More