BizTrends 2018


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Salmon farms are in crisis - here's how scientists are trying to save them

Sea lice infections have been recorded in salmon farms for decades. But in the last few years, infection rates have rocketed due to more intensive farming practices, with more fish being kept in smaller areas...

By Lyndsay Christie 13 Apr 2018

Aquaculture skills in the spotlight

A skills inventory and needs analysis for the aquaculture sector has revealed an urgent need for both generic skills and aquaculture-specific technical skills to better equip workers and farmers in taking the industry forward...

27 Mar 2018

Hefty sentences for abalone smugglers

The Hawks in the Western Cape have welcomed the hefty sentences imposed on five suspects who operated an illegal abalone enterprise...

22 Mar 2018

Agri-Teen Symposium to foster youth participation in agriculture

The symposium aims to establish a practical network of mentors for South African youth to tap into enhanced programmes that not only encourage greater youth participation in the sector but also facilitate this in a sustainable manner...

22 Mar 2018

Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy

The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority."

22 Mar 2018

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system...

By Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron 20 Mar 2018

Let them eat carp: Fish farms are helping to fight hunger

Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people...

By Ben Belton, Dave Little & Simon Bush 19 Mar 2018

Centre to fight illegal fishing to be set up

As a signatory to the SADC Protocol on Fisheries, South Africa will play a significant role in the establishment of the SADC regional Monitoring Control and Surveillance Coordination Centre (MCSCC) which will soon be established in Mozambique...

19 Mar 2018

Kenya launches pan-African skills development programme in agriculture sector

The two-year programme, targeting mid-level professionals working in the agriculture sector across sub-Saharan Africa, seeks to strengthen the capacity of Africa's young professionals to revolutionise agriculture value chains grappling with skills gap and low technology uptake...

13 Mar 2018

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on release of Statistics South Africa jobs data for last quarter of 2017

According to the Stats SA Quarter Four Labour Force Survey, agriculture created an additional 39,000 jobs...

12 Mar 2018

Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

#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 20 Feb 2018

More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges...

15 Feb 2018

EXEO Capital invests in SA aquaculture company

Given its high-value export orientated nature, local government support and expansion opportunities, aquaculture has seen rapid growth in South Africa...

8 Feb 2018

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