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Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture tradeArticle

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be over
SA's lower food price inflation story could soon be overArticle

South Africa's food price inflation numbers continue to surprise us. The figures recently released by Statistics South Africa show that food price inflation remained unchanged in March 2019 at 2.3% for the third consecutive month...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Apr 2019

Global grains market developments, and the implications for SA
Global grains market developments, and the implications for SAArticle

The March 2019 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture has provided further evidence that the world will have fairly large maize, soybean, and rice supplies in the 2018/19 season. Meanwhile, wheat production...

Wandile Sihlobo 1 Apr 2019

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019Article

The survey was conducted between 28 February and 15 March and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

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Nigeria surpasses South Africa as sub-Saharan Africa's leading maize producerArticle

Agbiz head of agribusiness research, Wandile Sihlobo compares South Africa's maize yields to a second biggest producer in sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria...

Wandile Sihlobo 7 Feb 2019

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Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the droughtArticle

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmersArticle

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?
Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?Article

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate lowered
South Africa's 2018/19 maize harvest estimate loweredArticle

There are growing concerns that the current dry weather conditions in most parts of South Africa could lead to a lower maize harvest in the 2018/19 production season...

Wandile Sihlobo 20 Dec 2018

#BestofBiz 2018: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2018: AgricultureArticle

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry site over the past year...

18 Dec 2018

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 yearsArticle

Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year. This is the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009...

Wandile Sihlobo 4 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize productionArticle

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture
Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agricultureArticle

Leonard Mavhungu, Pieter Graaff and Wandile Sihlobo.

20 Nov 2018

To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?
To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?Article

On Thursday, October 4, the National Economic Development Labour Council convened the Presidential Jobs Summit whose renewed mission is to combat the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate...

Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya 10 Oct 2018

Achieving sustainable food security in South Africa
Achieving sustainable food security in South AfricaArticle

South Africa is ranked as the most food-secure country in Africa and is 44th out of 133 countries worldwide...

Wandile Sihlobo 20 Sep 2018

Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in third quarter
Agribusiness Confidence Index declines in third quarterArticle

The survey was conducted in August 2018 and comprised agribusinesses operating in all agricultural subsectors across South Africa...

10 Sep 2018

Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sector
Growth and jobs in South Africa's agricultural sectorArticle

With NEDLAC's Jobs Summit fast-approaching, agriculture is once again back in the spotlight as one of the sectors that could potentially play a role in job creation...

Wandile Sihlobo 4 Sep 2018

Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpful
Delays in South Africa's wheat tariff publication not helpfulArticle

The delays in the publication of adjustments to the South African wheat import tariff are once again causing an interesting pattern...

Wandile Sihlobo 20 Aug 2018

South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shape
South Africa and Zambia's maize supplies are in good shapeArticle

The United States Department of Agriculture has just released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which covers most major grains and oilseeds estimates for the 2018/19 production season...

Wandile Sihlobo 13 Aug 2018

Weekly wrap on local #AgriMarkets
Weekly wrap on local #AgriMarketsArticle

This week (ending 10 August 2018) there were no major data releases in the South African agricultural market. The weaker Rand against the US Dollar, coupled with higher Chicago grain prices provided support to the domestic grain and oilseed market...

Wandile Sihlobo 10 Aug 2018

Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry
Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industryArticle

Within the aquaculture space, a notable uptick in jobs was in fish hatcheries and fish farms, with a modest uptick in ocean and coastal fishing jobs...

Wandile Sihlobo 6 Aug 2018

African governments must effectively implement trade agreements
African governments must effectively implement trade agreementsArticle

"Why do African countries consume what they don't produce, and produce what they don't consume."

Mmatlou Kalab and Wandile Sihlobo 27 Jul 2018

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports
Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exportsArticle

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

Wandile Sihlobo 18 Jul 2018

Expropriation without compensation: Is it negatively affecting investment for SA agriculture?
Expropriation without compensation: Is it negatively affecting investment for SA agriculture?Article

Of late, a number of commentaries have surfaced arguing that the discussions about the proposed expropriation without compensation have not negatively affected investment in the agricultural sectors, suggesting that investment has actually increased over time...

Wandile Sihlobo and John Purchase 13 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade war
#AgriMarkets: Soya bean remains at the heart of US-China trade warArticle

Soya bean production remains at the heart of the US-China trade war, hence prices were under pressure on Friday (6 July 2018) on the back of the introduction of tariffs. For context, China is the world's largest soya bean consumer and heavily reliant on imports.

Wandile Sihlobo 9 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market
#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat marketArticle

Although the recent rainfall in the province was not evenly distributed, almost all wheat growing regions of the province received a fair amount, which should improve crop growing conditions...

4 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfall
#AgriMarkets: South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfallArticle

The South African Weather Service has reiterated its view that the south-western parts of South Africa could receive above normal rainfall during late winter...

Wandile Sihlobo 26 Jun 2018

Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline
Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index declineArticle

With the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index results still above the neutral 50-point, although having declined marginally from 58 to 54 index points, the agribusiness sector remains optimistic about business conditions in South Africa...

18 Jun 2018

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Video: Expropriation without compensation in perspectiveArticle

Theo Boshoff, Agbiz head of legal intelligence, puts the issue of land expropriation without compensation into perspective and shares four possible future scenarios for land reform in SA if expropriation without compensation finds its way...

5 Mar 2018

Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burden
Slowdown in food inflation set to ease burdenArticle

Average middle-income earners spend 28% of their salary on food, so the stable inflation environment will bring much-needed relief at the till...

Sunita Menon 5 Feb 2018

Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018
Agbiz: mixed expectations for 2018Article

Alleged corruption on a massive scale, combined with gross mismanagement at a number of major SOEs, has effectively eroded business confidence in South Africa and dried up investment...

18 Dec 2017

Ag not confident about business conditions
Ag not confident about business conditionsArticle

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by five points to 49 in the fourth quarter of 2017. This essentially means agribusinesses are downbeat about business conditions in the country...

5 Dec 2017

Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?
Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?Article

Many thought it would never happen, but Robert Mugabe has left the building. In the past few weeks, a lot has been said about this major change for Zimbabwe...

4 Dec 2017

Agribusiness confidence sees further decline in quarter three
Agribusiness confidence sees further decline in quarter threeArticle

Although there are a number of factors driving sentiment of the other sub-indices, the unfavourable weather conditions in the Western Cape province and relatively lower global demand for maize exports...

5 Sep 2017

Price of white maize falls with glut in SA's export markets
Price of white maize falls with glut in SA's export marketsArticle

SA could battle to offload some of its surplus white maize as major customers are also experiencing a production uptick. The country's maize oversupply has led to prices falling to their lowest levels since September 2014...

Colleen Goko 30 Jun 2017

Silos ready for record maize harvest
Silos ready for record maize harvestArticle

As farmers in SA get down to harvesting a record maize crop, operators of grain storage facilities say there is enough space to accommodate the bumper haul...

Reitumetse Pitso 26 Jun 2017

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index down, but points to continued recovery from drought
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index down, but points to continued recovery from droughtArticle

“While many sub-indexes within the Index showed different movements, the key underlying factor behind this sustained optimism is the improvement in weather conditions..."

13 Jun 2017

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Invest in Eastern Cape farmers, South AfricaArticle

The least talked about story of the Eastern Cape is that it produces a third of SA's fresh milk and wool. The province is also a key producer of citrus, with new emerging farmers currently joining the industry...

2 Jun 2017

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Farmers fail to reap maize crop rewardArticle

While consumers are set to benefit from the bumper maize harvest, it does not mean all maize producers will make profits...

29 May 2017

Farmers doing better, but El Niño may return
Farmers doing better, but El Niño may returnArticle

"The threat of El Niño is a concern because we know the impact. Production was cut down to less than half because of the previous drought."

Sunita Menon 12 May 2017

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Good news for agribusiness likely to be short-livedArticle

Agbiz said the optimism in the agricultural machinery market may be short-lived as the weaker rand could increase the cost of equipment...

Bekezela Phakathi 11 Apr 2017

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Update on agricultural commodity marketsArticle

Wandile Sihlobo, head of economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz, shares highlights in his update on agricultural commodity markets...

6 Feb 2017

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SA's maize crop may help feed SADCArticle

The 2016-17 summer crop production season started on a slightly positive note for Southern Africa's agricultural sector after emerging from a devastating drought in the 2015-16 season...

Wandile Sihlobo 20 Jan 2017

Drought is over but recovery will take years
Drought is over but recovery will take yearsArticle

There may be more water in SA's well this season, but consumers are unlikely to feel the effects until at least the third quarter...

Colleen Goko 4 Jan 2017

SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017
SA agribusiness: looking ahead to 2017Article

As predicted, 2016 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the agribusiness environment and farmers alike...

28 Nov 2016

Higher wheat import duties mean bread will cost R1 more a loaf
Higher wheat import duties mean bread will cost R1 more a loafArticle

A loaf of bread will cost South African consumers nearly R1 more to buy at the till following the approval of an increase in the import duty on wheat, according to the National Chamber of Milling...

24 Aug 2016

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Rice imports into SA on the decreaseArticle

As a net importer of rice, trends in the global rice markets are crucial to South Africa. According to Wandile Sihlobo, economist at Agbiz, the nation's rice imports have increased by...

16 Aug 2016

Drought leads SA to import US maize for the first time since 2004
Drought leads SA to import US maize for the first time since 2004Article

For the first time since 2004, South Africa has imported white maize from the United States. In mid-April, SA imported 1,330 tons of white maize from the US...

4 Aug 2016

Farmers have their 'backs to the wall'
Farmers have their 'backs to the wall'Article

Thousands of drought-stricken commercial farmers are considering selling their farms as they struggle to access funding to sustain their operations...

Bekezela Phakathi 21 Jul 2016

SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demand
SA may not be able to import enough white maize to meet demandArticle

SA, which is set to produce the smallest maize crop since 2008 this year, may miss a target to import enough of the white variety this season...

14 Jul 2016

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