South Africa Raises Forecast for Record 2017 Corn Harvest

28 July 2017 – Growers will probably reap 15.97 million metric tons of corn in the 2017 season. That’s more than double the 7.78 million tons produced a year earlier when the worst drought since records began more than a century ago reduced the harvest to a nine-year low. Read more…


The World Population

27 July 2017 – The ten countries with the largest population in the world today are China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia and Mexico. Read more…


Which social media networking sites should brands keep an eye on?

26 July 2017 – The vast majority of brands are familiar with how to use social networking mainstays like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for marketing purposes. What’s new? Read more…


New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

25 July 2017 – Africa will this year continue to be home to some of the fastest-growing cities thanks to the continent’s large young population seeking jobs and improved livelihoods. However, a key challenge associated with rapidly urbanising populations is a chronic food insecurity problem that is aggravated by a lack of sufficient property rights, agricultural investment and policy and regulatory uncertainty leading to rising food prices despite access to land and willing producers to cultivate it. Read more…


Alcohol industry criticises government’s ‘vague’ socioeconomic study

24 July 2017 – The South African Liquor Brand Owners Association (Salba) has criticised the government’s inadequate socioeconomic impact assessment of the draft Liquor Amendment Bill because of its failure to quantify the effect on jobs and the economy. Read more…


The Four Successful Types Of Wine Tourism

24 July 2017 – First, take the “supply side” of wine tourism, the wineries and on the “demand side” of wine tourism you have the wine tourist. Read more…

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Agri Expo News: The Big Farm Taste – from goat to beer!

24 July 2017 – The Big Farm Taste – from goat to beer!

 Cheese, wine, craft beer, boergoat meat, “skaapstertjies”, tripe and ice cream . . . all these delicacies and more awaits you at the Big Farm Taste on Saturday 14 October 2017 on the farm Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

 Agri-Expo, organiser of the popular South African Cheese Festival, promises a brand new tasting experience of all things farm, both for Farmies as well as Townies. Visitors can look forward to unique combinations such as Bok&Bier (boergoat meat and craft beer next to the braai). An array of craft and artisan products such as wine, Karoo lamb sosaties, roosterkoek, steak, yogurt and ice cream will be available for tasting and sale at food and wine stalls.

Old as well as young can discover farm life during a full-day programme that includes performances by popular Afrikaans singers. Watch the line dancers perform and let them show you the ropes so you can join in the fun. Try out some Boeresport including sack racing, egg throwing and tug-of-war; enter the Big Ice-cream Eating Competition for participants of all ages; or get a team together for the Big Braai Competition, for which you may bring your own meat or buy meat from a stall.

Visitors will be able to meet more than 300 different animals. Have a go at judging by voting for the cutest animal in the Big Favourite Competition. Pose with a Percheron (a giant white draft horse as strong as a tractor) or with a boergoat or any other animal, and make sure you enter the Big Selfie Competition. Children, even the ones who do not have a pet at home, are invited to participate in the special Townies fun show to lead a milk goat around the arena. Kids can also ride ponies, visit a touch farm and meet miniature horses and donkeys.

Discover the difference between alpacas and lamas, watch sheepdogs work with sheep, and try to distinguish between 50 different kinds of chickens – from a tiny Kapokkie to a huge Orpington. Find out where the milk in the bottle comes from, see the sheep shearers in action and learn how different animals’ wool is spun. Visit the giant Italian Romagnola couple, Waldo and Olivia, in the luxurious dairy cow hotel and don’t miss the crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen and the BKB Red Meat King or Queen.

The programme takes place from 09:00 to 18:00. Tickets are available from Computicket and the gate at R80 for adults, R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under. Visit www.livestock.org.za for more information; follow Livestock on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.

The Big Farm Taste forms part of the fourth Livestock, a world-class annual showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industry, attracting thousands of agriculture enthusiasts to Sandringham. It takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October 2017. Tickets for Thursday and Friday’s programme cost R60 per day, R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under, also available from Computicket and the gate.

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Released by Agri-Expo.  Enquiries to Isabeau Botha, Corporate Communications Manager, 021 975 4440, isabeau@agriexpo.co.za