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Kaap Agri lists on JSE in speciality retailer sector

Kaap Agri Limited, specialising in retailing and trading in agricultural, fuel and related retail markets in southern Africa, has listed in the “Speciality Retailer” sector of the JSE's Main Board...

2 days ago

EC farming communities battling unemployment with innovative small businesses

Amid the pared down farming units focused on food security, Agri Eastern Cape members have become innovative in battling the spiralling unemployment rate in their communities...

2 days ago

SA's neighbours ban poultry imports over bird flu

Four of South Africa's neighbours have banned poultry imports from the rainbow nation following a serious outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza...

11 hours ago

Kaap Agri sees good demand at listing

Farming community retailer Kaap Agri enjoyed a strong debut on the JSE. The company reached as high as R64.01 in steady trading volumes...

12 hours ago

Astral doing 'all in its power' to contain bird flu

Poultry company Astral has created a "war room" to contain the outbreak of bird flu on its farm in Villiers. The outbreak on Astral's farm was the first of two that have been confirmed...

12 hours ago

EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. The social aspect of urban farming is also prominent...

17 hours ago

Golden Delicious brings stability to apple season

The colour on Pink Lady isn't great this year. However, this year is already turning out to be a stable apple season for South African exporters, especially regarding Golden Delicious...

1 day ago

Avian influenza confirmed in Mpumalanga

DAFF has confirmed that highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 has been confirmed at a broiler breeder site in Mpumalanga. The affected farm has been quarantined and culling of the affected animals has been completed...

1 day ago

Silos ready for record maize harvest

As farmers in SA get down to harvesting a record maize crop, operators of grain storage facilities say there is enough space to accommodate the bumper haul...

By Reitumetse Pitso 2 days ago

The sustainability of organic wine production

Several wine estates in SA are following the trend of converting to organic wine producing and processing, in the footsteps of its major export markets. However, is organic wine production as financially sustainable as it is environmentally?

23 Jun 2017

Agriculture confidence keeps sprouting

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago remarked that the country's current fundamental economic problem is weak confidence... But some sectors of the economy continue to provide green shoots...

23 Jun 2017

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak confirmed in SA

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian influenza H5N8 - a strain of avian influenza which is believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds - has been confirmed in the Villiers area in the Free State...

23 Jun 2017

UP joins global fight against diseases threatening tropical and subtropical crops

The University of Pretoria is partnering with the H2020 project Tropicsafe to fight three economically important insect-transmitted diseases affecting citrus, grapevine, and palms...

23 Jun 2017

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International

AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

20 Jun 2017

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere. This according to the new FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report which shows that 37 countries - 28 of which are in Africa - require external assistance for food.

12 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

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