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Concerted campaign helps women in Kenya's flower industry get a better deal

Women form an estimated 75% of workers at production level in Kenya and have seen some positive improvements in their employment conditions and rights over the years. But it hasn't been an easy journey...

By Lara Bianchi 2 days ago

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Cherries show export potential for the Western Cape

Once a very small-volume crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop...

14 Feb 2018

Oserian Technical Director, Hamish Ker, explains how the company utilises geothermal power in its greenhouses
Green business is good business: A sustainable approach to growing flowers in Kenya

Oserian Development Corporation has come up with a raft of measures aimed at maintaining production over a long period of time without compromising on natural systems or its responsibility to workers, suppliers and the local communities...

14 Feb 2018

New SA table grape launched in Berlin
New SA table grape launched in Berlin

Meet Joybells. Undoubtedly one of the most promising table grape varieties to emerge from South Africa...

9 Feb 2018

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Kenya lifts temporary ban on avocado exports

"The temporary ban was a wake-up call for the exporters with the ban having been imposed to stop exporters shipping out immature crop because of high demand in the world market."

7 Feb 2018

East Africa: Smuggling, hides exports hurting bid to grow leather trade
East Africa: Smuggling, hides exports hurting bid to grow leather trade

While Kenya has identified the leather industry as among those to push its manufacturing sector, it is struggling to stem export and smuggling of raw hides and skins...

By Njiraini Muchira 6 Feb 2018

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Sustainable blueberry farming key to growth and continuity

Although the planned upsurge in blueberry supply predicted for the year ahead is immense, a sustainable approach to growing should still be strictly adhered to by farmers...

6 Feb 2018

AU's free trade area set for launch in March
AU's free trade area set for launch in March

The long-awaited Free Trade Area (FTA) that aims to increase intra-regional trade within the continent, will be launched in March this year in Kigali...

2 Feb 2018

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Global cereal output heading for a record

Following a better-than-expected harvest, the 2017/2018 marketing season should end with record inventory levels for wheat and maize...

2 Feb 2018

Listeriosis outbreak reveals SA's need for a designated food control agency
Listeriosis outbreak reveals SA's need for a designated food control agency

With over 720 laboratory-confirmed cases of food poisoning caused by Listeria in 2017, South Africa is in dire need of a food control agency which can better manage the threat...

31 Jan 2018

Listeria is jumping the system
Listeria is jumping the system

The outbreak of listeria highlights the responsibility of the red meat industry to provide proper and improved hygiene during the production, processing, packing and preparation of red meat and red meat products...

By Elmarie Helberg 29 Jan 2018

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No link between Listeriosis outbreak and SA apples

A report being circulated on certain WhatsApp groups refer to an incident dating back to 2015 in California, in the USA, when Listeria was found on caramelised apples...

29 Jan 2018

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Zimbabwe tobacco under threat

Zimbabwe's largest foreign currency earner is under threat after main international buyers resolved not to accept tobacco cured using coal, citing environmental concerns.

By Livingstone Marufu 25 Jan 2018

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Balancing strategies critical for importers in 2018

Globally in 2017, unsustainable low rates, bigger vessels, and soft demand dominated the import sector, particularly from a shipping perspective. This has resulted in industry consolidation and a race for dominance...

By Dr Greg Cline 24 Jan 2018

Murky world of the imported meat industry exposed
Murky world of the imported meat industry exposed

A recent episode of Special Assignment looked into how unsafe imported chicken ends up in consumers' pots...

23 Jan 2018

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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...

19 Jan 2018

Attack on chicken import limits revived
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 as an infant industry protection measure...

By Werner Menges 18 Jan 2018

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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...

18 Jan 2018

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South African litchis enter empty European market

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

17 Jan 2018

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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

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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: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA
#BizTrends2018: Cross border trade set to grow e-commerce in SA

More and more, consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are looking beyond their borders to get the products and services they need...

By Efi Dahan 12 Jan 2018

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2017 global food prices highest since 2014 despite December decline

According to the latest FAO Food Price Index, global food prices declined in December. However, the index averaged 174.6 points in 2017, up 8.2% from 2016 and reaching the highest annual average since 2014...

12 Jan 2018

Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system
Five major trends in South Africa's agro-food system

Agro-food systems often differ considerably from country to country, depending on the level of development, resource availability, business sophistication and agro-food policies and legislation adopted...

By John Purchase 12 Jan 2018

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Obtala Limited announces MOU with FundInvest SA

Obtala Limited, the Africa-focused agriculture and forestry group, announces a non-binding MOU with FundInvest SA to combat illegal logging by facilitating the processing and export of sustainable, legal timber...

11 Jan 2018

Five wine trends to watch for in 2018
Five wine trends to watch for in 2018

The South African wine industry is experiencing one of its most exciting phases in history. So, what are some of the emerging trends in 2018?

By Roland Peens 9 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: The changing face of imports

Logistics and imports are undergoing significant changes amidst an increasing awareness on the importance of being cost conscious and needing to find ways to be more efficient...

By Dr Greg Cline 8 Jan 2018

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Mangoes: Early Tommy Atkins peak saturates market

South Africa's mango export season isn't running on all cylinders yet, as Tommy Atkins makes up the bulk of the harvest at the moment...

8 Jan 2018

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement
How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year...

By Calestous Juma 2 Jan 2018

Government accused of overzealous‚ harmful imported meat testing
Government accused of overzealous‚ harmful imported meat testing

It's not often that the government gets accused of being overzealous in its food safety measures, but that was the claim made by the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters...

By Wendy Knowler 2 Jan 2018

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