Running a business In order to understand the water resource problem currently facing business and governments around the world, a sector-level understanding of the supply and demand challenges is useful. By Madison Ayer, Executive Chairman of Farm Shop and Chairman and CEO of Honey Care Africa. This comes after South Africa recorded contractions of 1.4% and 0.8% in the two preceding quarters respectively. But paired with artificial intelligence, it could be just what your customers have been waiting for. Transport. The small-scale production is the 75% of the total market and up to 70% of the marked agricultural production. Infrastructure and climate is suited to maintaining this position, Off-season production suits the European market and ensures demand for South African fruit, Small-scale fruit and vegetable farmers do not have sufficient access to credit, transport and storage infrastructure and markets and experience difficulty participating in commercial agriculture, Small-scale farmers lack access to advanced farming technologies thus reducing their global competitiveness, The subtropical fruit industry is cost-intensive and requires high levels of investment required during non-bearing seasons, Asia and the Middle East are forecast to become major markets for South African table grapes, Niche markets for rooibos and honeybush tea as well as for essential oils set to increase especially as people get more health-conscious, Increasing demand for organically grown fruits and vegetables, Growing market for ornamental and cut flowers, Training of emerging and communal farmers to combat crop-related diseases, Fruit and vegetable farmers are particularly prone to crops being affected by pests and diseases, The citrus industry does face serious international competition and farmers will need to become increasingly cost-competitive, Livestock farming comprises 40% of the country’s agricultural output and is a major component of the sector, Approximately 80% of agricultural farm land can be used for the farming of livestock and as such farmers combine livestock and crop farming, Poultry is a fast growing convenience food and has healthy future demand, Help is available for small-scale farmers with financing issues, Weak demand due to the effects of the global financial crisis, South Africa is an importer of red meat and with potential rise in demand, Small-scale farmers do not have the research and market information needed to commercialise their products, Financing options for small-scale farmers have high interest rates and repayments, Communal farming has the potential to help local producers meet domestic demand, Access to viable and affordable financing options, Providing small-scale farmers with the technical skills and information to tap into commercial markets, Influx of cheap poultry will reduce production levels for local producers, Rising feed prices are likely to affect local producer costs, Avian flu’ could deter growth in the industry and would affect both poultry and ostriches, Foot and mouth disease is a major concern. Starting a business, Send me information on various business sectors, Please select the business sectors you would be interested in receiving information on: ... South Africa Swaziland Western Africa Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Gambia Ghana Mauritania Nigeria Guinea Bissau Ivory Coast Liberia Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Sierra Leone While drought is expected to limit the country’s growth in the agricultural sector in 2016; it is expected to pick up in 2017. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Approximately 40% of Lesotho’s population lives below the poverty line, which presents an opportunity for businesses providing low cost products and services to the country. Underpinning the scope of the Department’s mandate is the understanding of agriculture, as being inclusive of all economic activities related to farming. KPMG’s study of the agricultural sector in South Africa for the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Research on the Performance of the Agricultural Sector, includes a SWOT analysis of three main products: Field cropsHorticultural productsAnimals/animal productsThe results contained in the report are helpful for developing a strong business strategy, as they point out the most prominent strengths and weaknesses, as well as the opportunities and threats in the marketplace, when it comes to each agricultural subsector. Malawi is fast-becoming a preferred destination for SMMEs that are looking to improve access to African markets. All Rights Reserved. Its abundance of natural resources and the growing need for affordable products and services makes it a viable destination for businesses look to capture a receptive new market. Harvest SA aims to inform, and create a platform for farmers, the government and the corporate sector to work together to provide solutions to food security. It is currently responsible for more than 30 pieces of legislation. 28 June 2018, Bill Kerr, Farmer's Weekly , Cross-sector collaboration is increasingly recognized as a key component of successfully being able to execute investment commitments. Located in East Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania shares borders with Kenya and Uganda in the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique in the south. Construction With significant growth prospects within production of its natural resources, as well as within agriculture, retail and financial sectors, foreign investors and businesses looking to expand into the Western Africa region could find viable investment opportunities within the DRC. It was established in 1990 and is the principal agricultural research institution in South Africa. The livestock and animal product sub-sector Strengths, Livestock farming comprises 40% of the country’s agricultural output and is a major component of the sector.Approximately 80% of agricultural farm land can be used for the farming of livestock and as such, farmers combine livestock and crop farming.Poultry is a fast growing convenience food and promises healthy future demand.Help is available for small-scale farmers with financing issues.Weaknesses, Weak demand due to the effects of the global financial crisis.South Africa is an importer of red meat and with potential rise in demand.Small-scale farmers do not have the research and market information needed to commercialise their products.There are many financing backlogs.Financing options for small-scale farmers have high interest rates and repayments.Opportunities, Communal farming has the potential to help local producers meet domestic demand.Access to viable and affordable financing options.Providing small-scale farmers with the technical skills and information to tap into commercial marketsThreats, Influx of cheap poultry will reduce production levels for local producers.Rising feed prices are likely to affect local producer costs.Avian flu’ could deter growth in the industry and would affect both poultry and ostriches.Foot and mouth disease is a major concern.Thinking about an agricultural business in terms of these unique “SWOTs” will help to put business owners on the right track from the start, and prevent many headaches later on. 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Kenya offers investors a thriving economic centre with growing financial, technological and service sectors. As Angola is the second-largest oil producer in Africa, after Nigeria, its economy is driven by investment in the oil sector. 23 June 2018. 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