Agriculture Trends 2017


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Phenomenal growth in South African blueberry industry

The South African blueberry industry is in a period of robust growth, due to high demand from the UK and the EU for blueberries, in particular, as well as nascent domestic interest...

6 hours ago

Experts seek ways to reduce food wastage

Stakeholders in the agricultural sector are seeking ways to develop post-harvest technologies to cut food losses and wastage in a region where some 10 million people are facing starvation as a result of drought...

By Njiraini Muchira 8 hours ago

Progress made in drought intervention measures

DAFF says significant progress has been made with regards to drought relief interventions nationwide. The department went through a difficult period last year due to the drought...

9 hours ago

Responsible travel: Finding environmental solutions for campers and lodges

Whilst out enjoying the wonders how do campers, caravanners, and self-caters administer the challenges presented with managing their food waste?

By Gavin Heron 7 hours ago

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk...

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

Kaap Agri keen to list on JSE

Highly profitable farming community retailer Kaap Agri is investigating a JSE listing, possibly by as early as midyear...

By Marc Hasenfuss 1 day ago

UCT business school drives strategic collaboration to fund bursaries in SA's wine industry

The UCT Graduate School of Business has teamed up with key industry stakeholders to offer several bursaries for its Business of Wine short course this May...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 1 day ago

Meet the FSA Young Farmer of the Year finalists

On 6 April 2017, the same day that the FSA Young Farmer Committee will celebrate their 32nd year in existence at their annual conference, the 21st Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year will be announced...

1 day ago

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that way

To have any chance of coaxing species back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation...

By Falko Buschke 1 day ago

Land restitution without compensation would spell disaster for SA

“If implemented, it will not only be a disaster for commercial farming and farmers, but it will also have catastrophic consequences for the whole South African economy, as well as for food security.”

17 Feb 2017

From flask to field: How tiny microbes are revolutionising big agriculture

Just as our new understanding of the human microbiome is revolutionising medicine and spawning a new probiotic industry, agriculture may be poised for a similar revolution...

By Matthew Wallenstein 17 Feb 2017

Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels...

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

Why it's hard to control the Fall armyworm in Southern Africa

Understanding how armyworms breed, travel, and feed is critical to managing the devastation they can cause...

By Kerstin Kruger 16 Feb 2017

Land restitution without compensation contrary to protection afforded property by Constitution

The taking of land without compensation has never been on the table from the side of the government and is contrary to the protection afforded to property by the Constitution...

16 Feb 2017

Top food and ag innovators competing for Agripreneur of the Year

"The food chain is broken. We need a bottom-up approach to identifying new and sustainable solutions to current and future challenges."

16 Feb 2017

Country needs a law addressing land restitution without compensation - Nkwinti

A single law should be developed to address the issue of land restitution without compensation, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said...

16 Feb 2017

Entries for Agri's got Talent open

Agri's got Talent is back giving talented agricultural workers in the fruit and wine industry the opportunity to develop their singing talent and win prizes...

16 Feb 2017

US scientists develop new way to measure crop yields from space

US researchers have come up with a new method of estimating crop yields from small farms in Africa using high-resolution images from the latest generation of satellites...

By Magdalena Mis 15 Feb 2017

Local plum exports affected by smaller fruit

The plum season in South Africa is two-thirds underway, with varieties such as African Delight, Flavour King, Laetitia, Songold, Southern Belle and Angeleno currently being picked...

15 Feb 2017

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