Recent agricultural machinery sales data indicates that in January 2017, tractor sales were down by 18% when compared to January 2016 — with 478 units sold. However, this was 37% higher than the previous month’s sales.
- Wandile Sihlobo
08.02.2017 / Agbiz in the news
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed that the fall armyworm is indeed in SA. But experts say the pest, which has already devastated crops in several neighbouring countries, is unlikely to wreak as much havoc locally as it has elsewhere.
06.02.2017 / Agbiz in the news
Industry leaders agree that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, demonstrates a healthy interest in agricultural matters, but is not particularly proficient in implementing policies for the sector.
03.02.2017 / Agbiz in the news
The outlook for 2017 is promising for the South African grains and oilseeds sector.
- Agbiz economists: Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya
30.01.2017 / Agbiz in the news
Regional governments are to hold a crisis meeting in Johannesburg next month following signs that a virulent pest attacking maize crops may have found its way to South Africa.
29.01.2017 / Agbiz in the news
Recent Producer Price Index data shows that food products (producer) inflation fell to 11.1% year-on-year (y/y) in December 2016.This signals a slight easing of price pressures that could be passed on to the consumer and be reflected in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data.
- Wandile Sihlobo
26.01.2017 / Agbiz in the news
Recent Consumer Price Index data shows that food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation accelerated to 11.7% year-on-year (y/y) in December 2016 from 11.6% in November 20161 (with non-alcoholic beverages aside, food inflation increased to 12% y/y in December 2016 from 11.8% y/y in November 2016).
19.01.2017 / Agbiz in the news
More rains are expected to fall in South Africa over the next week. This could potentially improve soil moisture and dam levels, and in turn, benefit summer crops. Wandile Sihlobo, Head, Economic & Agribusiness Intelligence division at Agbiz joins CNBC Africa for more.
12.01.2017 / Agbiz in the news