In Agribook Agriculture Weekly, Blog

We look at what pages on the website were most visited this week, as well as stories of interest in the general agriculture media.

Top pages this week:

  1. Landing page
  2. Finance for New Farmers and SMMEs
  3. Poultry
  4. Agriculture in the Provinces
  5. Vegetables
  6. Abattoirs and the Meat Industry
  7. Beef Cattle Farming
  8. Agricultural Education and Training
  9. Macadamia Nuts
  10. Business Directory

The stories …


Covid-19 related



  • It was a 13-year old farm boy from the Free State who invented the footpump sanitiser for Covid-19 during the first week of lockdown. Suddenly employment opportunities opened and people had work again! Find the story (in Afrikaans) on the Landbouweekblad website here. It includes a YouTube video.
  • South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) governor Lesetja Kganyago on Thursday said the country had nearly all the ingredients needed to obtain growth and create jobs and lift itself out of poverty post-Covid-19. Find his speech and analysis on the Agbiz website. The Eye Witness News news report on the speech is here.
  • Bizcommunity has two articles of particular interest to agriculture: Above normal rainfall levels is expected for 2020 winter season, and the establishment of a new body, affiliated to AFASA, formed “to drive transformation in the poultry industry“.
  • The Citrus Grower Development Company June 2020 newsletter can be accessed here.
  • The debate on the transport of live animals continues. Read the Farmer’s Weekly article on recent developments which includes a High Court ban on the exports and industry body responses.
  • Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo wrote for Finance 24 saying that agriculture doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel to boost growth in the agriculture sector after lockdown, because all the measures to do so are already in the National Development Plan (NDP). These include utilising underused/failed agricultural land, boosting exports and investing in the value chain.

Covid-19 related

  • The Weekend Argus ran a story on how cannabis is doing very well at this time when cigarettes are illegal.
  • A very useful place for Covid-19 news and measures, particularly for the fresh produce industry, is-
  • The Conversation looked at four priority points the country should focus on as a result of Covid-19.
  • Amidst the regular reports of lockdown funds not happening, the news of some 3 000 KZN farmers whose financial help had landed was welcome. The Sunday Tribune report is here.

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash.

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