Agriculture Trends 2018

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Eat green 2018: Sustainable consumption, plant-based foods the order of the day

In South Africa, we raise more than one billion farm animals for food every year. Now is the time to join the green revolution, with sustainable food consumption on the rise and plant-based protein predicted to be one of the biggest food trends in 2018...

2 days ago

Firm rolls out new crop of tyres to boost productivity in farming sector

The growing world population is presenting enormous challenges for the agricultural industry...

2 days ago

Smaller table grape crop forecasted

Due to the persistent drought in the Western Cape, the South African Table Grape Industry has released a lower estimate in the third Crop Estimate for the 2017/18 table grape season...

2 days ago

The future of food production: Robots revolutionising agriculture

With the aim to revolutionise the farming industry as well as increase their market reach and revenue, organisations have been gearing up for new robotic technologies in recent years...

By Piyush Mandhare 3 days ago

Attack on chicken import limits revived

South African poultry producers will be getting another opportunity to mount a legal challenge against the chicken import restriction that was introduced in Namibia...

By Werner Menges 3 days ago

Will future powerhouse economies have an appetite for beef?

Growth theory postulates that as economies develop, their consumers' protein intake tends to increase substituting the starch. Looking at beef consumption, we find a similar consumption pattern...

3 days ago

What the amended B-BBEE Sector Codes mean for your industry

The long-awaited amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes were announced recently - but what changes do these codes mean for companies in 2018...?

17 Jan 2018

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017

Investment into African tech startups hit the highest levels since records began in 2017, with 159 startups raising in excess of $195 million...

17 Jan 2018

Agriculture will be Africa's quiet revolution, says report

With a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth, the latest Africa Agriculture Status Report has indicated that agriculture will be Africa's quiet revolution...

17 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...

17 Jan 2018

South African litchis enter empty European market

"When litchi volumes from Madagascar, Mauritius and RĂ©union are low, it makes a massive difference for us."

17 Jan 2018

Basson back in business on Clover board

Whitey Basson is back in the driving seat months after his exit from Shoprite, accepting an offer to become an independent nonexecutive director of JSE-listed dairy group Clover.

16 Jan 2018

False Bay Vineyards wine range gets facelift

"If we do in fact use grapes from old coastal vineyards, ferment them spontaneously with wild yeast and then age the wine in large wooden casks, why weren't we tying our flag to the mast and communicating those facts on the labels?"

16 Jan 2018

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new system of land administration to harness development in the agricultural sector...

By Ian Scoones 16 Jan 2018

Could sustainable livestock feed come from the ocean?

Fish caught only for livestock feed is not a sustainable solution. But what are the opportunities for mussels, starfish and seaweed?

By Ursula Human 16 Jan 2018

Water shortage cuts commercial banana production

Mozambique's major commercial banana producer, Bananalandia, in the Boane district, has seen production levels fall by half due to a lack of water for irrigation...

15 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Zooming in on two top wine trends to watch for 2018

A rapidly changing world necessitates that we use the knowledge that has now been garnered to find a way to the future. With the decline in vineyard plantings, ensuing drought and the rising cost of wine growing...

By James Pietersen 15 Jan 2018

Study: Honeybees' attraction to fungicide 'unsettling' for food output

Honeybees are attracted to a fungicide used in agriculture with "unsettling implications" for global food production. The finding follows other studies linking fungicides to a worldwide plunge in honeybee and wild bee populations...

By Emma Batha 15 Jan 2018

In defence of the fruit fly

Fruit flies are able to inflict immense damage to a wide range of fruit and vegetables, significantly impacting farming, food production and market economics, however...

15 Jan 2018

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International

Blockchain Food Safety Alliance formed to enhance supply chain transparency

CHINA - In an effort to achieve greater transparency across the food supply chain Walmart, JD.com, IBM and Tsinghua University National Engineering Laboratory for E-Commerce Technologies have formed a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance, which will kick off with a collaboration designed to enhance food tracking, traceability and safety in China.

19 Dec 2017

Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

Marketing professionals often consider packaging to be a product's primary means of communication. It communicates explicit and implicit messages to the consumer, particularly through its visual aspect.

By Franck Celhay 14 Dec 2017

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