SA agriculture powers economy in third quarter

The agriculture sector showed the biggest growth in the South African economy during the third quarter of 2017. According to Statistics SA, agriculture, forestry and fisheries showed robust growth of 44.2%, the biggest quarterly growth since 1996. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2% during the quarter and…

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Robust growth in SA agriculture pulls economy out of recession

South Africa has moved out of recession and returned to growth. It was driven by a growth in agriculture production after recovering from the worst drought in years. The Financial Times reports that agriculture added 0.7 percentage points to the overall growth of 2.5% the economy experienced in the second…

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Agriculture light in South African economic tunnel

Amid news that the South African economy is officially in a recession, agriculture remains a beacon of hope. The sector made the biggest contribution to the small growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter of the year and for the first time since 2014 showed positive…

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Maize bumper harvest to mitigate cost of stock feed – Zambian poultry farmers

Zambian poultry farmers are delighted that the bumper maize harvest, coupled with increased soya bean production, will mitigate the cost of stock feed. Poultry Association of Zambia (PAZ) president Dominic Chanda said the anticipated drop in stock feed will spur further investment in the sector. “Maize and soya beans are…

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