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First blended finance platform for the fruit industry

Hortfin is the first blended finance scheme for the fruit and wine industries and is aimed at fast-tracking the uptake of new entrants and...

#AgriMarkets: Good winter harvest expected

In about a month’s time, South African farmers will start land preparation for winter crop plantings in the Western Cape as the 2019/2020 production...

SA an important player in global fresh fruit market

South Africa (SA) is an important player in the global fresh fruit market. In the past year, the country exported approximately 3.6 million tons...

#AgriMarkets: Global food prices could remain stable

The recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides further evidence that the world will...

#AgriMarkets: Strengthening relations with Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ranked the world’s 20th largest importer of agricultural products in 2017, is an important player in global agricultural trade....

#AgriMarkets: Wool export suspension key concern

The suspension of South Africa’s wool imports by the Chinese authorities because of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak earlier in the year is a key...

#AgriMarkets: Late rains bring positive outlook for summer crops

Widespread rainfall over the past two weeks has improved summer grain and oilseed crop conditions across the country. The outlook for the next couple...

#AgriMarkets: South Africa’s agricultural exports grew in 2018

Although we wrote about South Africa’s agricultural trade last month, the recently released data for December 2018 paint a clear picture of the full...

#AgriMarkets: Potential expansion of agriculture in rural areas

Policymakers have been forced to think creatively to address South Africa’s sluggish economic growth and high unemployment rates. In the search for solutions, agriculture...

#AgriMarkets: Western Cape exports value marginally lower

The impact of the recent drought in the Western Cape on South Africa’s 2018 agricultural exports is marginal when viewed in value terms. South...