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GlobalG.A.P. presents new TR4 Biosecurity Add-On for Bananas

TR4 is a plant disease of the roots of banana plants. GLOBALG.A.P. developed a tool whereby banana producers can curb the spread of the disease...

20 hours ago

Study reveals the gender gap in Tanzania, Uganda climate policies

Overlooking gender issues in agriculture also comes at a high cost for the economies. A recent study by the World Bank concluded that closing the gender gap in agriculture would increase Tanzania's GDP...

By Mariola Acosta Francés, Edidah Lubega Ampaire, Lau 16 May 2017

SA making strides in leafroll virus management

The South African wine industry has made great strides to halt the spread of leafroll virus which poses a major threat to wine grape producers...

16 May 2017

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

From Indian startup Kheyti, the modular greenhouse is an affordable solution for low-income farmers...

16 May 2017

#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms

The Let It Grow Foundation is driven by three men with the purpose to heal the soil and teach South Africans to live sustainable and healthy lives through urban farming projects using permaculture methods...

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

Farmers doing better, but El Niño may return

"The threat of El Niño is a concern because we know the impact. Production was cut down to less than half because of the previous drought."

By Sunita Menon 12 May 2017

Solid maize export programme critical to restoring maize price

Any hope for restoring the maize price depends on South Africa putting a solid export programme in place for its expected record harvest...

12 May 2017

Researchers: SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security

The review process has generated interesting connections, and it has highlighted important questions to start asking - like who holds the power in food value chains, and how this affects changes in food prices...

12 May 2017

Farmers encouraged to have a vision for their business

More than 150 farmers and members of the general public attended the Farmers' Day recently held by the Sernick Group, an event motivated by the political and economic uncertainty in South Africa...

9 May 2017

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world's bees?

Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees...

By Simon Klein and Andrew Barron 9 May 2017

Rainfall set to boost growth in southern Africa

While not downplaying the suffering in the afflicted areas, there is at least good news to report on agricultural output elsewhere on the African continent, which should be powerful enough to meaningfully raise economic growth...

By Steve Johnson 8 May 2017

Invest in agriculture, Africa urged

African governments should invest in agriculture, giving particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector and the continent's economic transformation are premised...

By Victoria Ruzvidzo 5 May 2017

Lessons learned from the drought: A focus on the agricultural sector

Apart from the Western Cape, the gripping drought that hung over the country has finally weathered away - the agricultural sector has more than recovered to a projected record harvest...

By Dawie Maree 5 May 2017

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International

Headway made in bringing Greek kiwifruit to SA stores

Hello Kiwi recently exhibited at the Food and Hospitality Exhibition (HOSTEX) and held a convention for stakeholders and media where the Greek Kiwi Producers Association discussed the importance of the trade relationship with South Africa as well as regulations with the Fresh Produce Imports Association. Thus, the European Unions's Hello Kiwi Programme is further building relationships with key players in the South African market in order to export Europe's kiwifruit to South Africa and have Greek kiwifruit sold in major retail stores.

11 May 2017

John Deere drops merger plan with Monsanto unit

WASHINGTON, US - US farm equipment giant John Deere has dropped plans to acquire a unit of Monsanto amid concerns the merger would be challenged by regulators.

3 May 2017

New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech. The new tool taps into satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and allows for the optimisation of irrigation systems.

24 Apr 2017

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