Category archives for: Food & Drinks

Locust invasion grips vulnerable East Africa

Desert locusts

from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – EAST Africa is on the brink of a prolonged food insecurity crisis amid fears the desert locust invasion in Ethiopia and Somalia will spread to neighbouring countries. Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan are at risk of the invasion. The pest has […]

COMMODITIES: Stresses SA agro sector eager for Russian relief

Russian flag

by AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE recent call for African countries to expand trade with Russia particularly in the area of agriculture has come as a reprieve for the sector in South Africa, which has suffered severe setbacks in recent months. Coming at a time the sector is plagued by drought, recurring foot and […]

Trim your food budget this holiday season

FNB Head of Product Money Management, Ester Ochse

by AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africans have been urged to watch their spend on food items this festive season on the back of rising costs and economic setbacks. A financial expert also dissuaded consumers from over-indulging on so-called junk food during the season. “Food costs have escalated due to rising inflation and […]

Dry spell a triple blow to Mpumalanga farmers

South African black farmer, Dr Job Mthobeni of Mbombela, Mpumalanga. Photo by Anna Ntabane, CAJ News Africa

from ANNA NTABANE in Mbombela MBOMBELA, (CAJ News) – THE ongoing dry weather conditions affecting the entire Southern African region is the latest blow in a series of setbacks to hit farmers in the Mpumalanga Province. Projected to result in reduced yields, the unfavourable weather persists a year after farmers in the province suffered the […]

High input costs worry sugarcane farmers

Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Admore Hwarari. Photo by Khumbulani Taruvanda, CAJ News Africa

from KHUMBULANI TARUVANDA in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe CHIREDZI, (CAJ News) – HIGH input costs are threatening the viability of the 2020 sugarcane farming season. Cane farmers say the prices of fertilizers and herbicides are now beyond their reach and this may affect sugarcane production. Commercial Sugarcane Farmers Association of Zimbabwe Chairperson, Admore Hwarari said they were […]

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