Agriculture Trends 2017

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Western Cape drought holds serious implications for deciduous fruit industry

The current drought, as well as the predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape, has serious implications for the farming of deciduous fruit says HORTGRO...

31 minutes ago

Alliance Media celebrates Africa Day

On Africa Day 2017, Alliance Media has decided to showcase how they embody the African spirit by making a pledge to plant 5,000 trees across African countries...

Issued by Alliance Media 1 hour ago

Land Bank adds voice to dialogue on agricultural transformation

Development impact is possible when established role players in the sector commit to the transfer of knowledge and skills and provide the necessary technical support to new entrants for them to integrate into established value chains...

5 hours ago

Elanco receives $2.86m grant to address food insecurity in East Africa

Elanco Animal Health has received a $2.86m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide sustainable development solutions in order to address food insecurity in East African countries...

1 hour ago

KZN farmers, landowners elated after another ruling against fracking

Following a recent ruling against an application for exploration rights on more than 800,000ha in Northern KZN, farmers and landowners in the province are celebrating another fracking ruling victory, this time in the Midlands region...

4 hours ago

Shoprite opens doors to community gardens for World Hunger Day

To raise awareness of World Hunger Day on Sunday 28 May 2017, the Shoprite Group will give community projects it supports access to local markets...

1 day ago

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017...

By Cari Coetzee 1 day ago

The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa

The search is on for alternatives to big plantations and estates that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people...

By Ruth Hall, Dzodzi Tsikata and Ian Scoones 1 day ago

Conference to provide insight on land tenure, future skills for agriculture

“The conference is designed to provide the leadership of the farming community in southern Africa with strategic insights into the future of agriculture and its implications.”

2 days ago

Acquisitive Rhodes escapes drought woes

Acquisitive food producer Rhodes appears to have survived the drought better than its larger rivals, reporting both turnover and profit growth...

By Robert Laing 2 days ago

Pioneer Foods first-half adjusted headline earnings drop 47% to R470m

Pioneer Foods Group on Monday reported a 47% drop in first-half adjusted headline earnings to R470m as higher input costs knocked its domestic essential foods...

By Andries Mahlangu 2 days ago

Citrus farmers face R600m loss

Sundays River Valley citrus farmers are set to lose up to R600m as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns...

By Riaan Marais 2 days ago

Land: 1.8 million hectares transferred to communal trusts since 1994

Almost two million hectares of land have been transferred to communal property associations and trusts since 1994, Land and Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti has revealed...

2 days ago

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...

2 days ago

Value of maize harvest is overrated

The gross production value of this season's maize crop is totally overrated...

By Fanie Brink 3 days ago

Tongaat expects FY headline earnings to rise 45%

Tongaat Hulett expects its full-year headline earnings to rise by up to 45%, helped by the rebound in the performance of its sugar operations...

By Andries Mahlangu 3 days ago

AGCO Challenger to expand business in Africa

Manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions AGCO plans to further develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa...

3 days ago

BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops

A new report describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The trait allows the plants to suppress the loss of nitrogen (N) from the soil and improve the efficiency of its uptake and use by themselves and other plants...

3 days ago

Poultry industry challenges shape Sovereign Foods results

According to Chris Coombes, Sovereign Foods CEO, three unusual events converged to create one of the most difficult trading years in the history of the company...

19 May 2017

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International

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

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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