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Can South Africa’s sorghum industry be revived?

Can South Africa’s sorghum industry be revived?

South African farmers planted 28 800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season – the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum, aside from human consumption purposes, was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa and, in turn, job creation in rural areas.

South African maize-belt not in good shape

South African maize-belt not in good shape

I received communication from a couple of farmers this morning, informing me that it is less than 20 percent of intended maize hectares planted thus far in the Free State and North West, respectively, due to persistent dryness. This is a concern as these particular provinces are the main white maize producers, typically accounting for more than half of white maize output in any season.

Trump’s Africa Strategy

Trump’s Africa Strategy

Yesterday United States President, Donald J. Trump, released his administration’s Africa Strategy which focuses on advancing prosperity, security, and stability. Trump is quoted saying “We hope to extend our economic partnerships with countries who are committed...

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