Agriculture Trends 2018

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False Bay Vineyards wine range gets facelift

"If we do in fact use grapes from old coastal vineyards, ferment them spontaneously with wild yeast and then age the wine in large wooden casks, why weren't we tying our flag to the mast and communicating those facts on the labels?"

12 hours ago

Basson back in business on Clover board

Whitey Basson is back in the driving seat months after his exit from Shoprite, accepting an offer to become an independent nonexecutive director of JSE-listed dairy group Clover.

8 hours ago

Could sustainable livestock feed come from the ocean?

Fish caught only for livestock feed is not a sustainable solution. But what are the opportunities for mussels, starfish and seaweed?

By Ursula Human 13 hours ago

Water shortage cuts commercial banana production

Mozambique's major commercial banana producer, Bananalandia, in the Boane district, has seen production levels fall by half due to a lack of water for irrigation...

1 day ago

#BizTrends2018: Zooming in on two top wine trends to watch for 2018

A rapidly changing world necessitates that we use the knowledge that has now been garnered to find a way to the future. With the decline in vineyard plantings, ensuing drought and the rising cost of wine growing...

By James Pietersen 1 day ago

Study: Honeybees' attraction to fungicide 'unsettling' for food output

Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with "unsettling implications" for global food production. The finding follows other studies linking fungicides to a worldwide plunge in honeybee and wild bee populations...

By Emma Batha 1 day ago

In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

1 day ago

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

Global potato processing market to surpass $3,500m by 2025

Processed food is estimated to be the dominant application segment in the potato processing market in 2017...

By Sayali Tribhuvan 12 Jan 2018

2017 global food prices highest since 2014 despite December decline

According to the latest FAO Food Price Index, global food prices declined in December. However, the index averaged 174.6 points in 2017, up 8.2% from 2016 and reaching the highest annual average since 2014...

12 Jan 2018

Saama: Tractor sales rose by 8.7% in 2017

"The better than average December tractor sales indicate that the market is still positive. This, despite the late and patchy rains, particularly in the western and north-western parts of the summer-cropping regions."

By Dominic Preuss 12 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain...

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector

Smart farming isn't a new emerging tech conversation and, on a global level, we have reached a point where the actual benefits of technology deployments in farming are being seen... the digital disruptor in farming is already here...

By Josua Taljaard 11 Jan 2018

Obtala Limited announces MOU with FundInvest SA

Obtala Limited, the Africa-focused agriculture and forestry group, announces a non-binding MOU with FundInvest SA to combat illegal logging by facilitating the processing and export of sustainable, legal timber...

11 Jan 2018

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned...

By Thin Lei Win 11 Jan 2018

Official: One million farmers grow bio-fortified crops in Nigeria

Harvestplus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting bio-fortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. It provides global leadership on bio-fortification evidence and technology...

10 Jan 2018

Spread of avian influenza in WC poultry sector halted

No new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. Laboratory tests have, however, confirmed the presence of the H5N8 virus in swift terns...

10 Jan 2018

Planting the seeds of growth

By growing its agricultural economy, Africa ensures a better life for all its people. By becoming an agricultural powerhouse, it serves African people with food security and agribusiness opportunities...

10 Jan 2018

Satellites help Cape farmers use water more efficiently

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is providing the FruitLook service, brainchild of Dutch company eLEAF, without charge to fruit farmers...

9 Jan 2018

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International

Blockchain Food Safety Alliance formed to enhance supply chain transparency

CHINA - In an effort to achieve greater transparency across the food supply chain Walmart, JD.com, IBM and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies have formed a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance, which will kick off with a collaboration designed to enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China.

19 Dec 2017

Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

Marketing professionals often consider packaging to be a product's primary means of communication. It communicates explicit and implicit messages to the consumer, particularly through its visual aspect.

By Franck Celhay 14 Dec 2017

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