SA faces stiff maize export competition

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on May 25th, 2017|

*This column first appeared in Business Day on 25 May 2016.

The South African maize industry has made a remarkable rebound and it is expecting a bumper crop this season. However, new developments have compelled […]

SA’s annual food producer price inflation falls

by Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya on May 25th, 2017|

The notable uptick in agricultural production has kept market prices under pressure over the past few months and food processors continue to benefit from this improvement. Data released this morning showed that South Africa’s […]

Western Cape an exception amid signs of recovery in agriculture

by Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya, Agbiz economists on May 24th, 2017|

This article was first published in Business Day on 24 March 2017

It is often said the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished, an argument supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, […]

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    SA’s annual food inflation falls to the lowest level in 18 months

SA’s annual food inflation falls to the lowest level in 18 months

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence of Agbiz on May 24th, 2017|

Last month’s deceleration in food inflation, to 6.7% y/y, means that South Africa’s food prices are at the lowest levels in 18 months. This is a reflection of the benefits of higher agricultural output this […]

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    South Africa’s agricultural sector: Current realities and future prospects

South Africa’s agricultural sector: Current realities and future prospects

by Tinashe Kapuya and Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economists on May 19th, 2017|

Often said is the statement that the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished – and this argument is supported by the sector’s declining share of GDP, which has declined from 4.2% in […]