Agriculture Trends 2018

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#Budget2018: Struggling wine industry disappointed in excise duty increases

With the wine industry supporting approximately 290,000 jobs, the fact that the average wine grape producer does not function at sustainable profit margins and more than a third operate at a loss is great cause for concern...

11 hours ago

Halting deforestation: Striking the right balance between human and planetary needs

Rapid population growth accelerates global demand for forest products and services. On the other hand, the population growth also increases demand for agricultural production and converting forests to arable land...

9 hours ago

Rekindling my love for the Constantia Valley

The Constantia Valley is part of the reason I'd really, like really, struggle to move out of the southern suburbs...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 hours ago

A water-wise SA Cheese Festival

The agricultural society, along with its partners, will present the will present the 2018 SA Cheese Festival without any impact on the already depleted water sources in the Western Cape...

9 hours ago

#Budget2018: Drought-ravaged provinces could get up to R6bn in relief

Relief for SA's drought-ridden regions amounting to R6bn was among the proposals announced by finance minister Malusi Gigaba when he delivered the Budget Speech on Wednesday, 21 February...

By Khulekani Magubane 13 hours ago

New Ozblu Academy to cultivate blueberry education

In an effort to contribute towards the growth of the agricultural industry, blueberry breeder, Ozblu is launching the Ozblu Academy, which will ultimately provide both in-classroom and online education facilities, coupled with practical in-field activities on the production of low-chill blueberries...

5 hours ago

Applications open for Agricolleges International short courses

Agricolleges International, an AgriSETA accredited, agricultural e-learning platform, has opened for short course applications...

1 day ago

Western Cape showcases at Gulfood in Dubai to promote halal sector

"The region has a rapidly growing population which is opening up tremendous opportunities for Western Cape food and agriculture producers and exporters."

1 day ago

San pioneer new farming techniques to achieve greater food security

They have been pioneering new farming techniques, unknown to them up to now, in order to make the community more self-sufficient...

1 day ago

Improving responsible agricultural supply chains critical to fulfilling SDGs

Enterprises involved in the agricultural sector are critical for the fulfilment of the SDGs - playing a key role in generating much-needed investment, decent employment, developing productivity and supply chains that benefit producers and consumers...

1 day ago

A structural shift imminent for South African wine grape producers

According to the Vinpro Production Plan Survey, a structural shift is on the cards for South African wine grape producers who continue to face financial pressure due to the drought and economic challenges...

1 day ago

Lands committee to downsize farms

Zimbabwe - Mashonaland Central's Mazowe District lands committee resolved to identify large and underutilised farms for redistribution...

By Fungai Lupande 2 days ago

Interest grows in smart farms

The internet of things could breathe new life into SA's agriculture sector. Like their global peers, SA technology companies are trialling different IoT applications...

By Nick Hedley 2 days ago

Day Zero moved to 9 July

Good news for Cape Town, Day Zero has been shifted to 9 July, the city's deputy mayor Ian Neilson confirmed today...

2 days ago

Kenya seeks to bridge trade deficit with Morocco

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry is seeking to bridge the trade deficit between Kenya and Morocco and grow trade between the two countries...

2 days ago

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

2 days ago

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

By Wessel Lemmer 2 days ago

Hortgro helps keep Western Cape pest free, intercepts oriental fruit fly

"Immediately after the first OFF was caught the national action plan was implemented... All growers and packhouses in the region were notified and an area of a 5km radius of the trap was placed under quarantine."

2 days ago

Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

Companies in various countries are investing heavily in creating alternative products that may resemble and taste like beef products. USCA has petitioned the USDA FSIS to exclude products not derived from animals from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'...

3 days ago

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International

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

This Valentine's Day florists are predicting sales of $95m in the UK alone. But where do they all come from?

By Lara Bianchi 16 Feb 2018

Abalone poaching: 'Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood'

With Chinese New Year celebrations just around the corner, millions of people will be tucking into a mountain of tasty seafood delicacies very soon - much of it plucked illegally from South African marine waters.

By Tony Carnie 12 Feb 2018

Country to import vegetables following heavy rainfall

Following the heavy rainfalls that have affected the local vegetable production since the beginning of January 2018, Mauritius will inevitably resort to importing from South Africa, India and Egypt.

23 Jan 2018

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