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Agriculture budget should focus on attracting young farmers, increasing productivity

“From an agricultural perspective - the R30 billion spending on agriculture, rural development, and land reform over the medium term is appreciated, provided it will serve the purpose of what it is intended for."

3 days ago

Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 3 days ago

Distell eyes acquisitions

Acquisitions are key to fortifying growth prospects and duty-free access to China could be a game changer for the local wine market, liquor conglomerate Distell...

By Marc Hasenfuss 13 hours ago

The value of the global affair that is the Cape Winelands

The South African wine industry is hardly a homegrown affair. Its first vines came with Jan van Riebeeck. It profited from Simon van der Stel's written guidelines for grape-farming as well as...

By Michael Fridjhon 3 days ago

Challenging times for SA wine industry with excise hikes

While the South African wine industry understands the government's economic challenges, the above-inflation hikes in wine and brandy excise will be challenging for producers and cellars to absorb...

23 Feb 2017

Agriculture spend to increase to R30 billion in next three years

Government allocated R26.5bn towards agriculture, rural development, and land reform in the 2017/18 budget. Spending in this sector will increase at an average of 4.7% annually and is expected to...

23 Feb 2017

The 2017 Budget Speech from an agribusiness perspective

According to Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase this year's budget speech, from an agribusiness perspective, comes against the backdrop of high food price inflation, a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence, and...

23 Feb 2017

Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

Phenomenal growth in South African blueberry industry

The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries, in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest...

21 Feb 2017

Experts seek ways to reduce food wastage

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector are seeking ways to develop post-harvest technologies to cut food losses and wastage in a region where some 10 million people are facing starvation as a result of drought...

By Njiraini Muchira 21 Feb 2017

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that way

To have any chance of coaxing species back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation...

By Falko Buschke 20 Feb 2017

UCT business school drives strategic collaboration to fund bursaries in SA's wine industry

The UCT Graduate School of Business has teamed up with key industry stakeholders to offer several bursaries for its Business of Wine short course this May...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 20 Feb 2017

From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionising big agriculture

Just as our new understanding of the human microbiome is revolutionising medicine and spawning a new probiotic industry, agriculture may be poised for a similar revolution...

By Matthew Wallenstein 17 Feb 2017

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