Agriculture Trends 2018

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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

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on key initiatives to achieving food and nutrition security

Fisheries management play an important role in reducing hunger and poverty as well as creating jobs and sustainable growth in the southern African region...

31 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

Efforts to tackle AMR on farms and in food systems gaining momentum

Antimicrobial medicines are widely used in livestock, poultry and aquaculture operations to treat or prevent diseases, but efforts to confront the problem are gaining momentum...

20 Nov 2017

Premfish gets stake in squid operation

Premfish has hooked its first acquisition since listing on the JSE in March. The company announced the acquisition of a 53.5% controlling stake in squid specialist Talhado Fishing Enterprises for R106m...

By Marc Hasenfuss 20 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery...

13 Oct 2017

Coega, DTI hosts workshop to stimulate investment in agro-processing

More than 20 companies from the Eastern Cape's agriculture/agro-processing sector attended a workshop conducted by the CDC and DTI...

5 Oct 2017

School-based aquaponics provide healthy future for students

Kempton Park Primary School students have planted seedlings in their new aquaponics garden, an innovative food production technique that will supply the school with vegetables, herbs, fish and teachable moments...

7 Sep 2017

What Kenya's government can do to protect, and benefit from, ocean resources

Declining health in Kenya's marine resources is evident in traditional small-scale fisheries, the growth in commercial fisheries, conflicts among fisher groups and in the increased use of gear such as...

By David Obura 28 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: How the Seychelles is restoring its marine ecosystem through coral farming

We are all familiar with the expression ‘green fingers', however, in the Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles it would probably be more fitting to say ‘reef fingers'...

24 Jul 2017

Gabon creates network of marine protected areas

President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced that his government created a network of 20 marine protected areas in Gabon, including nine marine parks and 11 aquatic reserves covering 26% of Gabon's territorial waters...

13 Jun 2017

Aquaculture in sub-Saharan Africa: small successes, bigger prospects?

The industry has grown slowly in sub-Saharan Africa. Freshwater fish aquaculture has recently expanded very rapidly in the region from a low base. Marine aquaculture has yet to take off...

By John Bolton 8 Jun 2017

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International

Western Cape showcases at Gulfood in Dubai to promote halal sector

In an effort to promote exports and the Western Cape halal sector, Wesgro has been supporting the South African Department of Trade and Industry and Western Cape companies at Gulfood in Dubai - an internationally recognised food and beverage trade show featuring 5,000 exhibitors and 120 national pavilions covering one million square feet. It is expected that over 100,000 traders and visitors will visit the show.

2 days ago

Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) has petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered, from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'.

19 Feb 2018

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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