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Drought takes its toll on SA's most precious fruit export

The drought has caused a 21% drop in the production of oranges - South Africa's most precious fruit export...

8 hours ago

New campaign launched to contain a major threat to banana production

Fusarium wilt poses a major risk to the production of bananas - the world's most traded fruit. With more than 400 million people relying on the fruit as a staple food or source of income, it could...

7 hours ago

KPMG did not flag Free State dairy farm, Zwane tells probe

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane told Parliament on Wednesday that beleaguered auditing firm KPMG did not raise any concerns about impropriety related to a dairy project in Vrede...

7 hours ago

Afgri heads back to poultry business

Agricultural investment company Afgri is re-entering the poultry business through its subsidiary Philafrica Foods in a 50-50 joint venture in northern Mozambique...

By Neels Blom 6 hours ago

Bird flu outbreak sees egg shortage, hefty price increases on the cards for SA

The bird flu outbreak in South Africa has wiped out more than 15% of layer hens and with the resultant shortage of table eggs, comes the prospect of hefty price increases...

1 day ago

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis...

1 day ago

Drought threatens industry, but fine wine booms

A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves...

By Roland Peens 1 day ago

Bees in the city: Designing green roofs for pollinators

One in three bites of food that we eat relies on bee pollination...

By Catherine Howell, Jennifer Drake and Liat Margolis 1 day ago

SACAU: Agriculture can play a critical role in eradicating poverty

Agriculture can play a critical role in poverty eradication as the majority of the world's poor reside in rural areas and depend on agriculture

1 day ago

The traditional vegetable and sweet potato research that's revolutionising the way we build food and nutrition security in Africa

Various agricultural research institutions in Africa are currently carrying out research on orphan crops mainly to improve yields and controlling and lowering disease tolerance....

By Millie Phiri, Sonia Naidoo, Nadia Ibraimo 2 days ago

Mahindra latest car group to invest in SA plant

Indian company Mahindra, which has 34 plants around the world for its passenger vehicles, bakkies, trucks, tractors, and agricultural machinery, will start assembling products in SA in 2018...

2 days ago

Dangote initiative engages unemployed youth in rice farming

Dangote Rice Limited has launched a multi-million naira Youth Farming Initiative set to engage unemployed Nigerian students in rice farming...

2 days ago

Integrated policy approach needed to ensure sustainable food systems

The 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security endorsed new recommendations centred on the need for an integrated policy approach to forestry, agriculture, water and food security and nutrition...

2 days ago

Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

Australia and France kicked off a fresh push on Monday, 16 October, to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica...

2 days ago

DAFF commemorates World Food Day

This year's goal repositions rural development as an enabler to ensure food security and a shift towards local value chain development...

2 days ago

More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study

Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere...

2 days ago

#WorldFoodDay: Investing in agricultural education can help feed future populations

We chat to Howard Blight, founder of Agricolleges International, about World Food Day and the role of education in realising food security goals...

By Cari Coetzee 3 days ago

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto...

3 days ago

Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed...

3 days ago

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International

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

LA CIOTAT, France - A French company has developed an innovative system to replenish marine fish stocks in places like ports that have suffered environmental damage.

13 Oct 2017

Polluted chicken muck piling up in The Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Tonnes of chicken muck contaminated with a banned insecticide are piling up in hundreds of Dutch poultry farms hit by the tainted-egg scandal, officials said Wednesday. "Poultry farmers, who are already on the edge of a financial abyss, don't have any way of getting rid of the contaminated manure," said Hennie de Haan, president of the Dutch Poultry Farmers Association (NVP).

12 Oct 2017

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