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Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens
Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens

A PhD student in microbiology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Science has successfully developed and patented a probiotic for broiler chickens. This based on microbiota from the guts of free-range chickens.

10 hours ago

Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new members
Cape Winemakers Guild inducts two new members

Winemakers JD Pretorius and Samantha O'Keefe have been announced as members of the Cape Winemakers Guild...

8 hours ago

Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020
Cape Town to host Agritech Africa conference, exhibition in 2020

Cape Town and the Western Cape Convention Bureau, together with the support of the South African National Convention Bureau will play host to Kenes Exhibitions' Agritech Africa 2020 in Cape Town.

1 day ago

Moringa Cooperative project to transform 60 farmers lives in Limpopo
Moringa Cooperative project to transform 60 farmers lives in Limpopo

The project is aimed at creating jobs, alleviating poverty and contributing towards the socio-economic development of the local communities...

1 day ago

Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector
Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector

Economists, trade unions and civic organisations including Fair Play and Proudly SA have added their support to a new application by the SA Poultry Association for a steep increase in import tariffs...

1 day ago

WorldFish, COMESA facility in Zambia to help boost fish trade in Africa
WorldFish, COMESA facility in Zambia to help boost fish trade in Africa

WorldFish and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa have created the COMESA Fish Inspection and Certification Facility on the Zambia-Zimbabwe-Mozambique border...

2 days ago

Tech steps into the markets of agriculture
Tech steps into the markets of agriculture

The rapid development of technology is stepping into various fields of knowledge, including the agricultural environment...

2 days ago

Tiger Brands reopens Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane
Tiger Brands reopens Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane

Ready-to-eat chilled processed meats, such as polony and viennas, will soon return to shelves following the reopening of the Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane, Limpopo...

2 days ago

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 2 days ago

Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea
Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea

What makes some cups of honeybush tea taste bitter and others not?

2 days ago

UFS graduate's crop research to diversify SA food security
UFS graduate's crop research to diversify SA food security

Global food security is currently threatened both by climate change and the low diversity of crops relied on by humankind to feed a growing world population...

7 Dec 2018

Why citrus pectin demand dominates in 2018
Why citrus pectin demand dominates in 2018

A new study by Fact.MR's has found that global consumption of citrus pectin is expected to reach 10,000 tonnes in 2018, a marginal rise of 400 tonnes over 2017...

7 Dec 2018

Global food commodity prices drop in November
Global food commodity prices drop in November

The Food and Agriculture Organisation's Food Price Index, an indicator of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, is now at its lowest level since May 2016...

7 Dec 2018

Meet the Maker: McKruger Spirits
Meet the Maker: McKruger Spirits

Stella Kruger and Colleen McCloy chat to Samantha Snedorf about their fresh new gin under the brand McKruger Spirits ...

By Samantha Snedorf 7 Dec 2018

Final call to apply for AECF's agribusiness funding programme
Final call to apply for AECF's agribusiness funding programme

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund's Seeds for Impact Programme is making financial and technical contributions available to seed companies in 12 African countries...

7 Dec 2018

Seeing food wasted makes us mad - but should it?
Seeing food wasted makes us mad - but should it?

There is currently a grand consensus of academics, policymakers and food campaign groups that "something must be done" to reduce food wastage...

By Martin Cohen 6 Dec 2018

Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience
Feeding cities in the 21st century: Why urban-fringe farming is vital for food resilience

This article is part of a series focusing on the politics of food - what we eat, how our views of food are changing and why it matters from a cultural and political standpoint...

By Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen 6 Dec 2018

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain
Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

6 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us
Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

In Zambia businesses in the food processing sector, are in for a tough time. flickr/Simon Hess
Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Climate change is going to have huge consequences all over the world, especially in Africa...

By Kate Gannon, & Declan Conway 6 Dec 2018

SA Cheese Fest to celebrate 18 years
SA Cheese Fest to celebrate 18 years

The annual South African Cheese Festival will celebrate 18 years since it first started at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch from 26-28 April 2019...

5 Dec 2018

Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide
Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide

Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide. Because it's considered safe for animals, it's extensively used not only in agriculture, but also for weed control in urban areas and home gardens.

By Sue Nicolson 5 Dec 2018

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Smartphone cattle weighing technology set to expand

A smartphone accessory is helping producers weigh their cattle without the use of any scales or yard infrastructure...

5 Dec 2018

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years

Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year. This is the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2018

Nedbank, YES partner on urban aquaponic farming initiatives
Nedbank, YES partner on urban aquaponic farming initiatives

The communities of Tembisa and Bushbuckridge are set to benefit from the launch of a new high tech urban farming facility through Nedbank's R5.9 million investment in the Tembisa Yes Green Engine...

4 Dec 2018

Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth
Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth

According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then...

By Frédéric Massé 4 Dec 2018

Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction
Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction

Wine connoisseurs will have the opportunity to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive wine vintages at the annual American Express Barrel Auction, which takes place on Friday, 1 March 2019...

3 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine career
Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine career

Drostdy Hof, in collaboration with the Stellenbosch-based Pinotage Youth Development Academy has created a year-long programme, which will include technical on-the-job learning and personal development in the South African wine industry...

3 Dec 2018

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