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Agriculture Trends 2017

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Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak confirmed in SA

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian influenza H5N8 - a strain of avian influenza which is believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds - has been confirmed in the Villiers area in the Free State...

2 hours ago

Agriculture confidence keeps sprouting

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago remarked that the country's current fundamental economic problem is weak confidence... But some sectors of the economy continue to provide green shoots...

51 minutes ago

UP joins global fight against diseases threatening tropical and subtropical crops

The University of Pretoria is partnering with the H2020 project Tropicsafe to fight three economically important insect-transmitted diseases affecting citrus, grapevine, and palms...

4 hours ago

Three big wins for Stodels Nurseries at SANA awards

At the recent South African Nursery Association (SANA) awards, Stodels Nurseries achieved a hat trick, winning the coveted Gold Medal for Nick Stodel...

2 hours ago

Report: Communal farmers top maize yield

Zimbabwe - Communal farmers are leading in maize production for the 2016-17 farming season, as their output increased by 364 percent...

By Elita Chikwati 23 hours ago

FAO distributes seeds and fertilisers to a million people in north-east Nigeria

"Investing in agricultural assistance today will provide food for tomorrow; and can ensure people have a source of food even when they are cut off from other forms of humanitarian aid."

1 day ago

From funders to partners: The changing face of commercial agri-finance in South Africa

Over the past three decades, the South African agriculture financing landscape has undergone some significant shifts, the two most apparent of which have been...

By Zhann Meyer 1 day ago

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

#YouthMonth: Making agriculture a viable career choice for the African youth

The shortage of skilled people in the sector is growing, while the number of students enrolling in agriculture-related training continues to decrease...

By Howard Blight 1 day ago

Development programme empowers small-scale farmers with agricultural knowledge

The Farmer Development Programme aims to provide all farmers in rural SA with agricultural knowledge regarding good planting practices, sustainable farming, business plans, planting techniques and the use biotechnology...

2 days ago

Africa could help feed the world - if its fertile land doesn't vanish

According to the UNCCD, two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands. This land is vital for agriculture and food production, but nearly 75 percent is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees...

By Younouss Youn 2 days ago

Boschendal keeping its food garden seasonal and sustainable

“In winter, the garden is not as dormant as it may seem. It's the time when the root crops are ready, along with brassicas, legumes, and leaves. Growth ticks quietly along and careful tending bears rich rewards.”

2 days ago

Reliance Compost earns gold at Eco-Logic Awards

Reliance Compost, provider of 100% Certified Organic Compost produced from green garden refuse, won a gold Eco-Logic Award in the Recycling and Waste Management category...

2 days ago

SA youth driven by passion, finds success as poultry farm manager

Mpho Nemukula, who works as an area manager for Sovereign Foods in Uitenhage knew that she wanted to be a farmer. Her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager...

3 days ago

Nigerian Minister of Finance encourages national roll out of youth agri programme

The programme is expected to create business opportunities and decent employment for 1,000 young women and men along priority agricultural value chains of various enterprises...

3 days ago

AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Khatib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017...

3 days ago

Zambia hotels winning at sustainability with agricultural and entrepreneurship projects

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel team's agricultural and entrepreneurship projects have had far-reaching impacts in terms of sustainability and socio-economic development...

3 days ago

Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector

Situated in Germiston, Sun Silicates is currently the only company in South Africa that supplies both vermiculite and perlite-based insulating media used in the construction industry...

By Sindy Peters 3 days ago

Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study

Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned. Climbing temperatures and dwindling rainfall have already degraded prime growing areas...

2 days ago

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International

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere. This according to the new FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report which shows that 37 countries - 28 of which are in Africa - require external assistance for food.

12 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

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