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Sihlobo is head of economic and agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber and author of Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture.


WANDILE SIHLOBO: Observations from my drive to the Wild Coast from Pretoria

This year the heavy rains since the start of October improved the moisture much faster


Agricultural sector has proved a saving grace during the pandemic

While near-term growth prospects support the sector, unlocking the full growth potential over the long run will require ...


Weather outlook and higher commodity prices point to good SA season

Favourable production conditions will likely be a reality not just for grains and oilseeds but across the agricultural ...


Farmers grasp the logic of logistics

Efforts are bearing fruit but more needs to be done to boost port and rail capacity


Consumer food price inflation to moderate over next few months

Meat, which also increased slightly in July, is likely to soften in the coming months


Rising costs to keep farmers on their toes

At the end of the first week of July, the Brent crude oil price was up 72% year on year


Fair weather makes agriculture a hive of activity

SA expects its second-biggest grain harvest yet, but social distancing may constrict employment


Indebted farmers and risk-averse banks will cloud agriculture’s horizon

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a different trajectory for the effects of the Moody’s downgrade on the sector


Lower export demand will be among agriculture’s Covid challenges

Rand weakness and a higher oil price are expected to show up in fuel prices from May