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SA’s wheat production estimate likely to be raised after better rainfall

Local growers will probably produce 1.7-million tonnes of wheat this season — 18% more than the 2015 season’s harvest

Reds dominate, but whites set records too, at the Nederburg Auction

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Average prices of red wine increased 50% and no lots went unsold at a sale that showed how SA’s winemaking is maturing

Trading climate gets nod from agrifirms

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But policy uncertainty remains the key risk to the agricultural sector, writes Wandile Sihlobo

Agriculture sector optimism moves to highest level since late 2014

LIMITED HARVEST:  A worker hand-pollinates sweet potato plants at a research centre in Boane, outside Maputo, this week. Picture: JINTY JACKSON

Agbiz’s Wandile Sihlobo says the upbeat index reading suggests that agribusinesses are demonstrating ‘an optimistic view’ towards business conditions in SA

Safcol in talks with government about buying more forestry land

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Talks are at an advanced stage, chairman Lungile Mabece says, and the state-owned forestry company is also looking for black-owned partners for beneficiation


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