Agriculture Trends 2017

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Land Bank, Pick n Pay signs MoU to develop emerging black-owned agribusinesses

Land Bank and Pick n Pay have signed a MoU which will see both parties collaborate in supporting black emerging agribusinesses to develop them into fully-fledged commercial businesses...

6 hours ago

Western Cape still in grips of drought, but there is hope

"The previously anticipated El Niño weather pattern has diminished, with neutral conditions slowly manifesting, implying a normal rainfall in the new production season ahead.”

4 hours ago

Flavoured milk loses zest

BMi Research's report on the flavoured milk category in 2016, indicate that it did not perform at the same level as 2015 and the volumes declined by 5.2%...

3 hours ago

Major Canadian investment into AGT Food and Ingredients

Fairfax Financial, a financial holding company based in Toronto, Canada will make an investment of Canadian $190 million into AGT Food and Ingredients...

4 hours ago

SA's KWV scoops 2017 Worldwide Brandy Trophy

Paarl-based KWV has been awarded the Worldwide Trophy and numerous Gold Awards for its brandies in two separate global wine and spirits competitions...

1 day ago

AfDB to invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa - Adesina

The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years...

1 day ago

#LPC2017: WWF-SASSI founder receives Living Planet Award

SANBI Marine Programme manager Dr Kerry Sink was recognised at this year's WWF-SA Living Planet Conference with the organisation's Living Planet Award...

1 day ago

Record harvest still expected as maize crop estimate rises

SA's 2017 commercial maize harvest is expected to be 2.16% higher than previously forecast in June - the largest maize crop to date in the country...

1 day ago

Discover farm life at the Big Farm Taste

The organiser of the South African Cheese Festival brings a brand new tasting experience of all things farm with the Big Farm Taste at Sandringham just outside Stellenbosch. From craft beer to cheese...

1 day ago

A 10-point plan to accelerate orderly land reform in South Africa

A more than 365-year history of colonialism and apartheid have indelibly affected land, heritage and human rights in South Africa...

By Professor Quinton Johnson 2 days ago

#CSIMonth: Agricultural transformation is a multigenerational, multi-stakeholder undertaking

"We understood that we couldn't create new jobs, facilitate more access to land and opportunity, without providing the means for people to share their skills and technical know-how..."

By Cari Coetzee 2 days ago

Disruption anticipated at Standard Bank Top Women Conference

What's your next? As an entrepreneurial, ambitious woman, the best place to answer that question is at the must-attend event this Women's Month: the 2017 Standard Bank Top Women Conference...

Issued by Topco Media 3 days ago

Partial lifting of ban on South African eggs

The National Veterinary Directorate in Mozambique's Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on the import of chicken eggs from South Africa, subject to certain conditions...

3 days ago

Collaboration sees launch of end-to-end farm mechanisation solution in Nigeria

Springfield Agro Limited in partnerships with Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. has announced its collaboration with the Katsina State Government in the launch of the Farm-To-Folk initiative - and end-to-end farm mechanisation solution...

3 days ago

Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry

Confronting Climate Change have made a free carbon calculator available for the South African fruit industry. It might even help producers save on input costs in the process...

3 days ago

#CSIMonth: How the Seychelles is restoring its marine ecosystem through coral farming

We are all familiar with the expression ‘green fingers', however, in the Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles it would probably be more fitting to say ‘reef fingers'...

24 Jul 2017

Organic farming gains popularity

In Tanzania, like any other country in the world, the push for producing products through organic systems is increasing day after day...

By Constantine Akitanda 24 Jul 2017

Landowners called to report invasive plants

Landowners who have listed invasive species must notify any relevant competent authority, in writing, of the listed invasive species occurring on that land...

24 Jul 2017

Western Cape Economic Opportunities on food technology

"The race is on to produce higher quality food with maximum efficiency to ensure we keep pace with growing demand... By embracing technology, Africa can become the food basket of the planet."

24 Jul 2017

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#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib was recently named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees. We chat to Al-Katib about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world.

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees

A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday, 6 July.

7 Jul 2017

Growing food in the post-truth era

This article is part of an ongoing series from the Post-Truth Initiative, a Strategic Research Excellence Initiative at the University of Sydney. The series examines today's post-truth problem in public discourse: the thriving economy of lies, b*llsh!t and propaganda that threatens rational discourse and policy.

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

Global status of commercialised biotech/GM crops

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) publishes an annual global review of biotech crops commercialisation or the ISAAA Briefs. It is one of the most cited references in modern agri-biotechnology due to its credibility and accuracy. Since the adoption of biotechnological crops in 1996, ISAAA has remained the single most prominent source of this information.

4 Jul 2017

EkoFarmer: High-tech turnkey solution for businesses who want to grow their own

Finish enterprise Exsilio has developed a high-tech solution comprising a redesigned container for growing salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. Ecological local food can be cultivated efficiently in the 13-metre long farming module known as EkoFarmer.

28 Jun 2017

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