17 May 2022

Is Agritourism the future for farmers?

A 2019 survey found just 24% of South African farmers are hosting some form of agritourism on their farms.


08 March 2022

Optimal solutions offer comprehensive protection for wine producers

The 2021-‘22 wine grape season has been a successful albeit expensive one thus far. Production is expected to be somewhat lower than last season’s almost 1,46 million tons, but still above the five-year average of 1,34 million tons.


04 March 2022

Santam donates R100 000 towards fighting locust plagues

Santam, donated R100 000 to the Agri SA Disaster Relief Foundation to mobilise aerial assistance in the Northern Cape to control large-scale locust outbreaks.


10 February 2022

Fire insurance: An investment in a sustainable farming future

There are few things that farmers dread more than that column of grey-white smoke appearing on the horizon on a dry, windy day. The fear and the very real danger of veld fires can never be over-estimated.


01 December 2021

Climate and agricultural conditions - November 2021

Above average rainfall expected for December and first part of January for the Summer Rainfall Area and further rain for the Winter Rainfall Area in the first part of December.


28 October 2021

Climate and agricultural conditions - October 2021

October is characterised by the start of the summer rainfall season although rain also occurred in the Winter Rainfall Area.


18 October 2021

The impact of comprehensive silo insurance on the cost of grain storage

The insurance industry has a major role to play in protecting clients and businesses from losses that are diversifiable.


30 September 2021

Climate and agricultural conditions - September 2021

The probability for La Nina to occur increased to about 80% and to last from October 2021 to March 2022.


14 September 2021

The future of farming

The Young Farmers Competition provides a platform for farmers under the age of 35 to hone their skills by exposing them to a range of cutting-edge methodologies.


18 June 2021

Tech-led agri insurance to broaden inclusivity

Despite a myriad of setbacks caused by Covid-19, optimism in South Africa’s agricultural value chain recently reached a six-year high.


04 May 2021

Santam Agriculture encourages farmers to belong to FPAs

Santam Agriculture has a thorough understanding of liability cover and claims handling in respect of veld fires and compliance with the National Veld and Forest Fire Act of 1998.


03 April 2021

Climate and agricultural conditions – April 2021

La Nina weakened rapidly in March resulting in less favourable summer rainfall conditions but improved conditions for winter rainfall in the south western parts of the country. Rain in Summer Rainfall area still possible in the last week of April.


22 January 2021

Climate and agricultural conditions - January 2021

La Nina reached maturity and will remain at La Nina levels until about April 2021. Longer term outlooks are still positive for further rain in February and March for most of the Summer Rainfall Region.


07 October 2020

Climate and agricultural conditions - October 2020

The winter of 2020 continued and frost damage occurred in the last week of September. Below average temperatures are still possible until the end of October but frost is not expected any more for this season.


10 September 2020

Agriculture: protecting South Africa’s sleeping giant

Areas that intermediaries and agribusinesses should consider to keep this R109.5 billion sector protected and thriving.


22 July 2020

How cold was the winter of 2020 and what can be expected for the next summer season?

The winter of 2020 will probably be remembered for the Covit-19 lockdown and secondly for very cold conditions.


29 May 2020

Climate and agricultural conditions - July 2020

Above average rainfall conditions in the last part of summer and autumn assisted in favourable summer crop production conditions in the central to western parts of the summer cropping area.


05 May 2020

Technology and precision farming the new norm in agriculture

Farming today differs significantly from that of a few years ago. The 4th Industrial Revolution, together with the Internet of things, has introduced major technological advancements to precision farming.


16 April 2020

High-quality silage can benefit the entire agricultural value chain

As a dedicated partner in agriculture, one of Santam Agriculture’s goals is to guarantee both stability and sustainability in all agricultural practices.


06 April 2020

The importance of agricultural insurance

Santam Agriculture has a responsibility to help stimulate a positive environment for farmers, organised agriculture, and agri-businesses in South Africa.


06 February 2020

Santam & Sanlam donate R3m to alleviate impact of drought on farming communities

Santam, South Africa’s largest short-term insurer, and Sanlam, Africa’s largest non-banking financial services business, have collectively donated R3 million towards aid relief for farming communities.


21 October 2019

Why we should all take silage seriously

Silage – an ancient agricultural practice – is not only the most cost-effective way for farmers to ensure animals have high-energy, nutrient-rich feed all year-round, especially in regions with seasonal rainfall.


28 June 2019

Climate and agricultural conditions - June 2019

El Nino is still present but may change to neutral in coming winter months and summer of 2019/20. Probable late start to summer rain again. More favourable for Winter Rainfall Regions in next months.


14 February 2019

Empowering emerging farmers in SA

In 2018, Nceba Jakavula – age 47 – got six chickens from his grandmother Mpafi and decided to be a chicken farmer. “I saw a need to sell free-range, organic eggs, with a ‘nest-to-mouth’ approach. That’s what differentiates me from my competitors.” Jakavula says the journey has been a challenging one, with his lack of experience making it a high-risk endeavour.


04 September 2017

Climate and agricultural conditions

Rainfall conditions for most of the Summer Rainfall Area are likely to improve from the middle of October. Still hope for some rain for the Western Cape in September.


22 August 2017

Climate and agricultural conditions

Dry and windy conditions started to occur more frequently over most of the Summer Rainfall Area with the exception of the east coast areas where some rain occured. Wild fires are also increasing over the Summer Rainfall Area as a result of the dry and windy conditions with higher temperatures that also started to occur.


20 October 2016

Climate and weather update

Forecasts for neutral to La Niña conditions still remain valid with borderline La Niña conditions currently present. The expected rainfall in the first part of October over the eastern summer crop production areas did not occur but conditions are still favourable for rain in the second part of October. Cumulative rainfall forecasts until the end of December 2016 from the website indicate that between 300-400mm of rain is possible over the eastern areas.


20 October 2016

Macro matters impacting SA’s farmers

Multiple macro-economic factors are currently converging amidst a persistently weak economy to make times tough for everybody, including our farmers. In the second quarter of 2018, SA’s GDP fell by 0.7% and the agriculture sector was named one of the largest negative contributors to growth, primarily due to a drop in field crop and horticultural product production.


14 October 2016

Santam makes R250 000 contribution to agri securitas trust fund

Santam today announced a R250 000 contribution to the Agri Securitas Trust Fund. The fund was set up to assist in the fight against farm attacks and farm crimes at a rural community level.


07 October 2016

Managing multi-peril crop insurance

Drought remains the single biggest risk covered under this insurance product. However, the difficulty lies in distinguishing between crop losses as a result of uncontrollable factors such as drought and crop losses as a result of a lack of acceptable farming practices.


16 September 2016

Highveld fire season – awareness and prevention is critical

Cape Town, 16 September 2016: The South African Weather Service has warned of expected high fire danger conditions over many parts of the country, which poses considerable risks to life, property, livestock and crops and the natural environment.


31 August 2016

Multi-risk crop insurance in South Africa

The issue of multi-risk crop insurance is actually simply a symptom of the risk attached to grain production in large parts of South Africa. There are really no cheaper and more accurate alternatives for multi-risk crop insurance in its current form, for whatever the method or product used the inherent risk and price remain the same. Although multi-risk crop insurance in its current form is labour intensive, it is still the only insurance product that fully covers a client’s individual risk.


28 June 2016

Solar panels – on or off the grid cover for farmers

To assist farmers wanting to pursue and secure independent power sourcing options, leading insurer Santam, now offers extended cover for solar panel installations under their general agriculture policy.


25 February 2016

Insurer donates R2 million to assist drought-stricken farmers

Santam has donated R2 million to help alleviate the financial hardship faced by both commercial and emerging farmers.


16 October 2015

The occurence of hail and hail damage in South Africa

The occurrence of hail is very much sporadic. For this reason, it is quite difficult in the longer term to predict the possibility of hail at a specific point in time or for a specific area.


10 July 2015

Choosing the right insurer for agricultural aircraft

With nearly 400 airplanes and helicopters landing at the recent NAMPO agricultural trade show over a period of four days it has become critical that the farming community obtain adequate and appropriate insurance from a well-established insurer with an excellent track record, credit rating and claims- paying history.


28 May 2015

Santam sponsored Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year announced

Carl van der Merwe was named the Agri Western Cape and Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2015. Van der Merwe farms with apples and pears on Boplaas in Ceres.


04 May 2015

Load shedding: farmers urged to take extra precautions

As the reality of load shedding hits South Africa, farmers are bracing themselves for the impact this is likely to have on their production schedules and revenue.


26 September 2014

Agricultural insurance

When your livelihood relies on the land, you understand more than most what it means to be at the mercy of elements beyond your control. That's why it's good to know that there's an insurance company whose policies are based on 82 years of crop and hail research, and underpinned by 96 years in asset insurance experience.


25 September 2014

Santam agricultural reports

At Santam Agriculture, we've been researching the relationship between weather extremes and farms for 82 years. This means we realise how a bad season can affect your farm for more than just one yield.


24 September 2014

Farm asset insurance policies

At Santam Agriculture, our experience in insuring the farming industry means we know that farming is not just about crops and livestock, and that farmers are often vulnerable to liabilities.