Author - Pamela Ngqinani

Market Research Study on the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) for Mauritius, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe

The Foreign Agricultural Services Office at the US Embassy in Pretoria is requesting proposals from qualified companies for a Market Research Study on the Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) for Mauritius, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe, as per the below Scope of Work.  Background and Objectives of the Market Study:The Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports...

Citrus Semi-annual | Citrus | Pretoria | South Africa – Republic of

The production of South African citrus, mainly soft citrus, new orange varieties, lemons and limes is estimated to continue its strong growth in the 2020/21 Marketing Year (MY), based on the increase in area planted, improved yields, high level of new-plantings coming into full production, and the minimal impact of COVID-19 on labor and input supply. This increase is...

Grain and Feed Annual | Grain and Feed | Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s corn crop for the 2021/22 marketing year (MY) is estimated at 2.7 million tons, an increase of almost 200 percent from the 907,628 tons of corn produced in the 2020/21 MY. The 2021/22 MY corn crop will be Zimbabwe’s largest corn crop since the 1984/85 MY. A combination of expansion in area and favorable weather conditions contributed to...

The South African Dry Bean Industry | MISC-Commodity

South Africa’s production and imports of dry beans have been declining over the past decade in correlation with a decrease in consumption. Dry bean imports declined by more than 50 percent since 2010 with South Africa’s dry bean consumption stabilizing at around 60,000 tons per year. Dry bean production is relatively small and averaged around 65,000 tons over the...

Getting a silage maize crop into the bunker chop-chop

By Lloyd PhillipsJune 6, 2021 at 10:07 am In terms of its cost-benefit ratio, silage maize is arguably the best-value stored green feed for milk production systems in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. However, to maximise the nutritional quality and quantity of this crop, it isimportant to harvest and handle it at the correct time and in the correct way. Click here for...

USDA to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacity, First Investment of the New ‘Build Back Better’ Initiative Will Serve as a Bridge from Pandemic Assistance to Food System Transformation

Date Friday, June 4, 2021 - 11:00amContact Info USDA Press press@usda.gov WASHINGTON, June 4, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced an investment of up to $1 billion, including $500 million in American Rescue Plan funding, in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to support and expand the emergency food network so food banks and local organizations can reliably serve their...

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for Unknown Destinations

May 27, 2021   |   Export Sales Announcement   |   FAS-ESR-044-21 Export Sales Reporting Staff WASHINGTON, May 27, 2021—Private exporters reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture export sales of 152,400 metric tons of corn for delivery to unknown destinations during the 2021/2022 marketing year. The marketing year for corn began Sept. 1. USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports...

South Africa Committed to Climate Change Interventions in the Agricultural Sector | Climate Change/Global Warming/Food Security

South Africa prioritized the reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases in the global fight against climate change. As a result, South Africa identified seven Climate Change Flagship Programs including the Agriculture, Food Systems and Food Security Flagship Program. The agriculture climate change program seeks to enhance agricultural productivity and climate resilience by decoupling agricultural growth from increase greenhouse...

Avian Influenza Outbreak in Gauteng North West and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa | Poultry and Products

On April 13, 2021, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announced that an avian influenza outbreak was detected in the Gauteng Province that led to the culling of 240,000 birds. Six days later, two additional commercial chicken properties tested positive for the H5 variant. One is a commercial chicken-layer farm also in Gauteng; the second one...

Fresh Deciduous Fruit Semi-annual | Fresh Deciduous Fruit

The production of apples, pears and table grapes is estimated to increase in the 2020/21 Marketing Year (MY), based on increases in area planted, normal weather conditions, improvement in yields and available irrigation water following improved 2020 winter rainfall. COVID-19 is expected to have minimal impact to production and exports in the 2020/21 MY. South Africa is self-sufficient and...