n Farmer’s Weekly - News Overview 2016




Many farmers were affected in 2015 by the worst drought to hit South Africa in two decades. The agriculture sector was also confronted with calls from the ANC and government for a more radical approach to land reform. But the year was not devoid of encouraging trends. The weak performance of the rand helped strengthen the position of exporters of agricultural goods while the African market proved to hold opportunities for export growth. news editor, Marlise Scheepers, takes a look at some of the news stories that demanded attention in 2015.


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