South African agriculture, with certain exceptions, faces slow growth in coming years

By: Rebecca Campbell. August 14, 2019. Originally published in the Creamer’s Media. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), a nonprofit organisation, has warned that it expects the gross value of South Africa’s agricultural production this year to be similar, in real terms, to that of 2015. It stated this in its’ BFAP Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028′ report, which …

South Africa: Soya Levy Expected to Boost Yield and Quality

By Lindi Botha. March 20, 2019. This story was originally posted in farmer’s weekly. The soya industry is expected to receive a boost of R1 billion per year from the recently imposed Breeding and Technology Levy (BTL). The levy will be used to fund research into improving seed cultivars to ensure increased yield and quality, and South Africa’s competitiveness in …

Kenya: 5,000 Bags of Maize Released to Tame Famine

By Gerald Andae. 19 March 2019. This story was originally posted in Daily Nation. The National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) has released 5,222 bags of maize to the drought-stricken counties as the government steps in to avert a humanitarian crisis. The stocks are part of the 3.5 million bags that the NCPB is currently holding as the Strategic Food Reserve. …

Zambia Lifts Costly Maize Export Ban

By Jeff Kapembwa. March 11, 2019. This story was originally posted in The Southern Times. Zambia has rescinded restrictions imposed on the export of maize and mealie-meal to neighbouring countries, a decision that cost the Southern African state over US$1 billion in revenue in recent years. According to agriculture minister Michael Katambo, the Government decided to lift the ban after …

Kenya: Wheat Price-Fixing Shortchanging Local Millers

16 January 2019. This story was originally posted in Business Daily. Millers say they have become uncompetitive after they were compelled to pay farmers Sh3,200 for a 90-kilo bag of wheat last year against the background of free movement of goods in the region. The State-set price was way above the import parity price of Sh2,500. Kenya allocated the processors …

South Africa: Maize crop forecast not as dire as it seems – economist

By Gerhard Uys. January 11, 2019. This story was originally posted in farmer’s weekly. Many factors influence the current forecasts for the South Africa maize crop and maize prices, and the current drought conditions, in especially North West and some parts of the Free State, should not be compared to the conditions and prices experienced in 2015/2016, according to Wilbie …

Western Cape agriculture set to lose billions

By Jeandre van der Walt. 1 March 2018. This story was originally posted in Farmer’s Weekly. The Western Cape’s agricultural sector is set to lose an estimated R5,9 billion in the 2017/2018 season due to prevailing drought conditions across the province. This is according to a recent policy brief report by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) in collaboration …

Costly diesel sets stage for higher food prices

By Gerald Andae. 19 March 2018. This story was originally posted in Business Daily. Commodity prices are expected to rise as farmers factor in the steady rise in the cost of diesel over the past eight months. The price of diesel has been on an upward trajectory since July last year with Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) attributing the rise to …

Cassava farming is rapidly expanding in Zambia

Lusaka Times. 8 March 2018.   Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with Indaba Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) has created renewed political and social interest in the cassava value chain. Speaking at a workshop held in Lusaka, Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Julius Shawa said cassava is an important crop grown after maize by over 500,000 small scale …