Tuesday August 8th, 2017

40 000 jobs lost in SA agriculture.

After cutting 44 000 jobs in the first quarter of 2017, South Africa’s agricultural sector saw a further 40 000 […]
Tuesday March 6th, 2018

Agri SA Media Release: Benefactor pays with his life

5  March 2018   A well-known farmer, benefactor and community leader, Dirk Steenkamp, was murdered early Sunday morning on his […]
Thursday April 12th, 2018

South African tractor sales for March 2018 up 41% y/y

The South African tractor sales were up by 41% y/y in March 2018, with 726 units sold. This follows a 12% y/y contraction in February. On average, 23 tractors were sold a day last month compared to 21 tractors in February 2018 and 16 tractors a day in March 2017. Given that this is a fairly quiet period in the fields (in both summer and winter crop growing areas), the private sales were expected to have followed a normal trend, but the overall boost could be linked to government tenders ahead of the end of the financial year. The combine harvester sales were also solid, recorded a 9% y/y uptick, with 25 units sold.
Friday April 13th, 2018

Decline in cattle, sheep and pig slaughtering activity

The 2015-16 drought led to higher slaughtering activity in livestock industry (cattle, pigs and sheep) as farmers struggled to feed their stock amid higher feed costs, coupled with drier pastures.
Monday April 16th, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa’s 2017/18 wheat imports up by 18% y/y

Drier and warm weather conditions have kept the US wheat on the back foot. On 08 April 2018, farmers had planted only 2 percent of the intended area for spring wheat, well below the area planted at the corresponding period last year, according to data from the USDA.
Wednesday April 18th, 2018

Winter rainfall could be slightly delayed

It seems that the winter rainfall, which typically starts at the end April in the Western Cape province, could be slightly delayed. The weather charts have cleared across most parts of the province, with light showers expected within the next eight days to be mainly concentrated towards the coastal areas.
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