Monthly Archives: July 2017

SA food producer price inflation decelerates to 4.7% y/y

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Jul 27th, 2017|

The annual food producer price inflation decelerated to 4.7% y/y in June 2017, from 5.7% y/y in May 2017. This shows the benefits of the higher agricultural output this year following good summer rainfall across the country. The deceleration […]

South Africa well on track for a record maize harvest

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Jul 27th, 2017|

The annual food producer price inflation decelerated to 4.7% y/y in June 2017, from 5.7% y/y in May 2017. This shows the benefits of the higher agricultural output this year following good summer rainfall across the country. The deceleration […]

2% uptick in fuel price on the cards in August 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Agribusiness Intelligence on Jul 17th, 2017|

After experiencing two consecutive monthly declines, fuel price is set to increase on 02 August 2017. A notable uptick will be on diesel price which could be 2% from the previous month, whereas petrol might only increase by a […]

Solid performance in SA agricultural machinery market

by Wandile Sihobo, Agbiz Head Economic Intelligence on Jul 12th, 2017|

The South African machinery sales remain vibrant compared to the same period last year. This is largely attributed to the strong recovery in agricultural production. The latest tractor sales were recorded at 479 units in June 2017 – down […]

Institutional issues are the main bugbear

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic Intelligence on Jul 6th, 2017|

*This column was published first in BusinessDay on 6 July 2017.

It takes Kenyans almost two months to transport maize from Mexico to their shores and just two weeks from South Africa, yet their most preferred origin is Mexico, despite […]