Agriculture Trends 2018

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New banana variety to enhance productivity

Rwanda - A new variety of highly productive banana plants will be distributed to farmers starting next month in a bid to improve banana production and fight disease...

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya 1 day ago

Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 1 day ago

Bird flu wipes out R954m, SA turns to imports

Due to the avian flu outbreak, farms affected have had to cull all birds and recall and destroy all eggs. The decline in the production of eggs and chickens has resulted in SA relying on imported chickens to meet demand...

2 days ago

Food trends could drive production decisions

Consumer requests at food outlets travel back through the value chain to the producers of the necessary raw products, which will again go through new types of processing to reach the consumer at some point in the future...

By Frikkie Maré 2 days ago

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...

2 days ago

Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

Once a very small-volume crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop...

3 days ago

Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

3 days ago

Research finds treated winery wastewater can be used to irrigate cash crops

Results from ARC research have found that treated winery wastewater with chemical oxygen demand of less than 1,000 mg/L can be used for cash crop production, as it had no detrimental effect on the crop as well as the environment...

3 days ago

RCL stock leaps on earnings update

RCL Foods, the consumer brands conglomerate that owns poultry producer Rainbow Chickens, delivered a nourishing trading update...

By Marc Hasenfuss 3 days ago

Top 10 research projects in agri for 2018

A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects being started or completed in 2018...

13 Feb 2018

African forestry companies merge

Obtala Limited announced further advancements into the West African forestry market, with the proposed acquisition of NSMS...

12 Feb 2018

Drought impacts Pinotage volumes but boosts quality and flavour

The 2018 harvest will be characterised by smaller berries, lighter bunches and lower yields, however, the quality of the grapes is very promising - exceptional even...

9 Feb 2018

Evidence patchy on value of mobile apps for farmers

A review of research on how information services based on mobile phone technology can improve the lives of farmers has found only patchy evidence of success.

By Inga Vesper 8 Feb 2018

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International

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

Joint venture set to bring superior blueberries to market

Combining their skills and strengths, Migiva Group and OZblu - currently one of the largest producers of blueberries in South Africa and Australia - have signed a joint venture agreement to form OZblu America. Through the production and delivery of exclusively patented varieties offering sweeter, juicier and crunchier blueberries, the joint venture will bring a superior blueberry consumer experience to market.

17 Jan 2018

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