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Avocados with edible anti-spoilage coating hit US stores

We've already heard about experimental edible coatings made from silk, pectin and chitosan that increase the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now, however, a coating made from waste plant material is being used...

By Ben Coxworth 9 minutes ago

Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 hours ago

Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?

Much of the insecurity and fear over land reform and expropriation is based on misinterpretation and a serious lack of reliable data...

1 day ago

New Pan-African B2B marketplace "a one-stop-shop for all things African"

Afrimart, a Pan-African business to business (B2B) e-commerce platform for products made in Africa, has just been launched, offering growth prospects for the less exploited intra-Africa trade...

1 day ago

5 top wine estates in the Robertson Wine Valley

The Robertson Wine Valley is rich in history, tradition, and award-winning wine farms recognised locally and internationally. We've listed a few 'must-see' wine farms you have to experience on your trip to the Robertson Wine Valley.

By Tatum-Lee Louw 1 day ago

Why the farm tyre market is weighed down globally

Even though the broader sluggishness in the farm equipment market continues to influence farm tyre sales globally, recent research shows that opportunities exist as global sales are likely to surpass 42 million...

1 day ago

The risk of listeriosis lingers

Product-related risk is one of the biggest perils facing businesses today, with significant amount of increased recalls revealing the potential for larger and more complex losses in the past decade...

By Catia Folgore 2 days ago

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

By Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 2 days ago

Nigeria's Farmcrowdy wins Digital Business of the Year Award

Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has won the African Digital Business of the Year Award for its solution that makes farms available for sponsorship...

By Tom Jackson 2 days ago

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

3 days ago

Maximising profitability of biogas plants

In order to attain profitability, developers need to analyse different feedstock and technology sources, and biogas plant decision-makers require data under conditions mirroring those in full-scale reactors...

By Idan Chiyanzu 3 days ago

KWV named Brandy Producer of the Year at global spirits competition

KWV scooped the 2018 trophy for the Brandy Producer of the Year at the International Spirit Challenge (ISC), in a ceremony held in Bishopsgate, London last week...

3 days ago

Expropriation without compensation: Is it negatively affecting investment for SA agriculture?

Of late, a number of commentaries have surfaced arguing that the discussions about the proposed expropriation without compensation have not negatively affected investment in the agricultural sectors, suggesting that investment has actually increased over time...

By Wandile Sihlobo and John Purchase 13 Jul 2018

Farmers curb crime with technology

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund has recently allocated funding for the protection of farmers and their farm workers through specialised technology. The money from the Trust Fund and the plans of farmers, help to protect themselves as well as their farm workers against crime and violence...

13 Jul 2018

Meet the Maker: Love-Gin

Sam Snedorf introduces mother and son duo, Sandra and Heinrich Swanepoel, who owns Love-Gin - a product that gets you to create your very own juniper spirits...

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Jul 2018

Bayer SA committed to supporting smallholder farmers

Bayer South Africa has undertaken to deliver shearing equipment to four farming community's wool production initiatives in Umzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape...

12 Jul 2018

Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

The funding comes in the form of a $250,000 convertible grant from the FMO MASSIF Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Rabobank Foundation, which Apollo Agriculture chief executive officer (CEO) Eli Pollak said would allow it to expand its lending reach and greatly accelerate its rate of learning...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

How I became a "Nederburg Wooded Wine Expert" in just one day

A glass of heartwarming sweet wine, a couple of smiling faces, and mouth-watering canapes welcomed us upon arrival at Nederburg in Paarl...

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Jul 2018

Fishery management needs to be reworked to counter effects of climate change

A range of fishery management tools already exist that can be used to respond to climate change, but many will need to be retooled to respond to specific needs in specific contexts...

11 Jul 2018

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