Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in the KwaZulu-Natal Province | Livestock and Products, Sanitary/Phytosanitary/Food Safety | Pretoria | South Africa

On May 28, 2021, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) announced a foot and mouth disease outbreak in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The outbreak was detected in cattle in a communal area, which was part of South Africa’s previous FMD-free zone before the OIE suspended this internationally recognized status in 2019. The provincial DALRRD established a...

South African Sugar Industry Welcomes Report on the Economic Impact of the Health Promotion Levy | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy, Sugar, Beverages | Pretoria | South Africa

The South African sugar industry has always publicly lamented the negative impact of the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) that was introduced in 2018 to the already distressed sector. In June 2021, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) published a report titled, ‘Economic Impact of the Health Promotion Levy on the Sugar Market Industry’. The NEDLAC report confirms...

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...

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...

Rising Food Price Inflation in South Africa Causes Concern For Consumers | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the News, Agriculture in the Economy | Pretoria | South Africa

The continued sharp increases in food price inflation from 3.4 percent in 2019, to 4.6 percent in 2020 and to an estimated 5.4 percent in 2021, remains a concern in South Africa. This is due to its inflationary role in the general Consumer Price Inflation (CPI), and its potential to exacerbate the ongoing economic and social impact of COVID-19,...

Declining Trend in Sorghum Production to Continue | Grain and Feed | Pretoria | South Africa

Sorghum production in South Africa decreased over the past two decades as producers preferred to plant more profitable crops, like corn and oilseeds. Post estimates that the decreasing trend in sorghum production will continue in the 2021/22 MY, although sorghum production increased to a 7-year high of 189,885 tons in the 2020/21 MY, on favorable weather conditions. Post estimates...