Only 15% of South Africa is suitable for crops

26 May 2017 – South Africa has no more than 15 percent of land that can be used for crop production due to low rainfall and poor soil, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Wednesday. Covering 1.2-million square km of land, South Africa is self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products but it uses 50 […]


Western Cape drought has already caused a $38m loss in grapes

26 May 2017 – The Provincial disaster declaration will be used as a further motivation to request drought relief funding from the National Government. In March, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture estimated that R96 million was needed to support farmers in drought affected areas for five months. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said […]


Hortgro Press Release

24 May 2017 – HORTGRO reaction to drought disaster declaration in the Western Cape.



Western Cape drought declared a disaster

23 May 2017 – Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area on Monday and urged residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with what she described as the “worst drought since 1904”. Read more…


Pyrotec Packmark News

23 May 2017 – How many cartons can you code with one litre of ink? Introducing the Markem Imaje’s 4500 Drop on Demand (DOD) large character valvejet coder.


Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business

23 May 2017 – No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for […]