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#AgriMarkets: Downgrade to sub-investment grade and SA agriculture

On 27 March 2020, Moody’s downgraded South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade and placed a negative outlook on the rating. The key...

#AgriMarkets: Elevated farm debt levels in times of COVID-19

South Africa’s farming sector is heavily in debt. As of 2018, the total farm debt was at a record of R168 billion....

#AgriMarkets: Coronavirus changes SA consumer behaviour

Only a week after the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in South Africa (and two more cases since...

#AgriMarkets: Coronavirus outbreak a risk for SA agriculture?

The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in China is spreading across Asia and other regions of the world. The health implications of...

#AgriMarkets: The 2019/20 summer crops look promising

South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) releases its first estimate of the country’s 2019/20 summer crop harvest on 26 February 2020. Market...

#AgriMarkets: Understanding SA’s agricultural trade patterns

Understanding agricultural trade patterns is a key facet of sound decision-making within the sector. After reaching a record level of $10,6 billion...

#AgriMarkets: Zimbabwe lifts ban on GM maize imports

For years Zimbabwe has maintained a ban on the importation or growing of genetically modified (GM) maize. While the policy disadvantaged farmers...

#AgriMarkets: Optimism about SA maize harvest in 2019/20

Since the start of the year, we’ve been cautious about making a bold call on South Africa’s maize harvest in the 2019/20...

#AgriMarkets: Factors underpinning SA production

The underperformance of South Africa’s agricultural sector in 2019 was largely caused by two factors: drought and biosecurity (specifically foot-and-mouth disease and...

#AgriMarkets: SA agriculture returns to drought and disease

South Africa’s agricultural sector is having a déjà vu moment when it comes to drought and foot-and-mouth disease. The bad start of...