Agriculture Trends 2018

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

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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...

2 days ago

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...

By Werner Menges 3 days ago

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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

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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...

3 days ago

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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

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

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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

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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

Investment into African tech startups hit record high in 2017
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

Basson back in business on Clover board
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

Zimbabwe urgently needs a new land administration system
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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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

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Global potato processing market to surpass $3,500m by 2025

Processed food is estimated to be the dominant application segment in the potato processing market in 2017...

By Sayali Tribhuvan 12 Jan 2018

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Saama: Tractor sales rose by 8.7% in 2017

"The better than average December tractor sales indicate that the market is still positive. This, despite the late and patchy rains, particularly in the western and north-western parts of the summer-cropping regions."

By Dominic Preuss 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

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system
Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned...

By Thin Lei Win 11 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme
Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain...

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector
Ready or not, technology rings the changes for African agricultural sector

Smart farming isn't a new emerging tech conversation and, on a global level, we have reached a point where the actual benefits of technology deployments in farming are being seen... the digital disruptor in farming is already here...

By Josua Taljaard 11 Jan 2018

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Spread of avian influenza in WC poultry sector halted

No new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. Laboratory tests have, however, confirmed the presence of the H5N8 virus in swift terns...

10 Jan 2018

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Planting the seeds of growth

By growing its agricultural economy, Africa ensures a better life for all its people. By becoming an agricultural powerhouse, it serves African people with food security and agribusiness opportunities...

10 Jan 2018

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