Agriculture Trends 2017

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Western Cape agriculture under threat

Agriculture and food security in the Western Cape are under threat due to increased heat, water stress on crops and livestock and droughts resulting from climate change.

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New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day

The new sorting and packing facility imported from The Netherlands, at a multi-million rand investment, uses the latest technology and robotics to better sort fruit and correctly pack it for delivery-ready storage...

3 hours ago

Tribunal nod for PIC holding in Distell

The Competition Tribunal has approved the Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) acquisition of Anheuser-Busch InBev's 26.5% stake in Distell...

By Ann Crotty 4 hours ago

Octopus fishing to be mapped in Western Indian Ocean

A new project, supported by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Africa Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and Blue Ventures, has been launched to map octopus fishing in the Western Indian Ocean...

5 hours ago

SA boosts estimates for 2017 maize crop

Farmers may harvest at an estimated 14.32 million tonnes of maize in 2017, which represents the third-biggest maize crop on record...

By Andries Mahlangu 2 hours ago

Stellenbrau joins Heineken South Africa

Heineken South Africa has signed a deal with Stellenbosch-based brewery, Stellenbrau, making it part of the global brewing concern...

1 day ago

AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest beer group in the world, has committed itself to secure 100% of its purchased electricity...

1 day ago

South African reefer market soars due to high fruit demand

Even though 2016 saw the South African reefer (refrigerated cargo solutions) market contract by about 3%, refrigerated container trade still makes up about 19% of total South African container exports...

1 day ago

Strong rural-urban linkages needed to meet rising urban food demand

According to IFPRI's new report, the sustainable management of urbanisation poses new challenges and opportunities to recast food and agriculture systems in ways that benefit cities and the countryside...

1 day ago

Advanced technology the difference between profit and loss in the dairy industry

To succeed, dairy businesses need the ability and the agility to respond quickly and effectively to changing market dynamics...

By Jane Thomson 1 day ago

Groot Constantia launches Visitors Route Experience

The Visitors Route Experience follows a specially designed circular route that allows guests to experience each of the estate's key attractions...

1 day ago

Red meat prices soar as farmers rebuild herds

South African consumers should prepare to fork out more for their favourite cuts of beef as analysts predict that beef prices will soar beyond 30% this year as livestock farmers battle to rebuild their herds...

2 days ago

How urbanisation can benefit farmers

The 2017 Global Food Policy Report finds that cities provide an opportunity to boost farmers' incomes if they are effectively connected through strong value chains...

2 days ago

Investing in people to ensure a better future for South African agriculture

Africa is a continent with abundant natural resources and huge market potential but the agriculture sector is in dire need of better management...

2 days ago

New research vessel explores oceans for the sake of better marine resources management

"This new vessel allows us to improve research and activities where marine observations are extremely limited, and better understand the impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and our oceans."

2 days ago

Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

Pastoralism is the main production system practiced by communities who live in rangelands and dry lands which are usually arid or semi-arid. But pastoral communities are facing increasing pressure on their land...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 2 days ago

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

3 days ago

Competition Commission spreads tentacles in fruit and veg crackdown

The Competition Commission has extended its search and seizure operation involving fresh produce market agents to premises in Cape Town and Durban...

3 days ago

The Sommeliers Selection, BLACC reaching out to emerging wine enthusiasts

The Sommeliers Selection has joined forces with BLACC which is powered by Vula Afrika, an organisation that reaches out to emerging African wine enthusiasts...

3 days ago

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International

Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean (SWIO) Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels, all intended to establish a common access regime of tuna and tuna-like species in the region.

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

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