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R32m boost for dairy trust
R32m boost for dairy trust

A partnership of 15 years between black and white dairy farmers in Kouga has received a welcome R32m boost from the government in the form of a state-of-the-art dairy parlour...

By Riaan Marais 34 minutes ago

José Graziano da Silva, director-general, FAO. ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti.
FAO director-general calls for renewed commitment to zero tolerance on food loss, waste

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva has joined in calls for a renewed global commitment to zero tolerance for food loss and waste...

5 hours ago

Could macadamia nuts be the dark horse in SA agriculture?
Could macadamia nuts be the dark horse in SA agriculture?

According to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB, the demand for suitable land for macadamia nuts production has increased sharply, with orders almost two years ahead at nurseries for plant supplies...

5 hours ago

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Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

6 hours ago

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture
Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

1 day ago

American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control
American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates on avian influenza and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control...

1 day ago

Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms
Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms

Quantum Foods has become the latest major South African poultry producer to report a bird flu outbreak which has affected at least two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape...

By Andries Mahlangu 1 day ago

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser
Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

This new seaweed harvesting business will be collecting washed up seaweed, and processing it to extract the organic matter in liquid form...

1 day ago

Automatic laser technology deters birds from crops
Automatic laser technology deters birds from crops

The birds identify the laser's beam as a physical threat and flee from it. In most cases, our experience is that once it flees it will not return...

2 days ago

NJR ZA via  - cattle grazing on Jeffreys Bay wind farm
Agriculture 'will change province's economy'

Agriculture will be the game-changer for the Eastern Cape's economy, while also cementing the province as the breadbasket of South Africa...

By Riaan Marais 2 days ago

The digester at Elgin Fruit Processors that converts fruit and other waste to electricity. (Image Supplied)
How Tru-Cape cuts down on food waste along the value and supply chain

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing's model of owning as much of the value chain as possible has to lead to the kinds of efficiencies that not only return maximum value to grower shareholders but also minimise waste...

2 days ago

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Genome of dry zone food stable pearl millet sequenced for first time

Scientists said they had unravelled the genetic code of pearl millet, the staple food of an estimated 100 million people living in some of the world's driest areas...

2 days ago

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Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific: Immense opportunities, critical challenges

Roughly $140bn worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry...

By Viwanou Gnassounou 3 days ago

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How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

3 days ago

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Western Cape deciduous fruit farmers under pressure, looks at drought strategy

Deciduous fruit farmers are considering contingency plans for the coming season as the drought in the Western Cape, and parts of the Eastern Cape, shows no signs of abating...

3 days ago

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Measuring Africa's agricultural takeoff is set to make billionaires from ‘poor men's fields'

Asked where the next crop of African billionaires will come from, the president of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, without batting an eyelid, declared that they will be farmers...

By Boaz Blackie Keizire 18 Sep 2017

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Minister meets with Western Cape fishing communities

Hangberg, Hout Bay has been the scene of violent protests, with fishing rights one of the main concerns of residents. Among the issues discussed were...

18 Sep 2017

Val Thomas, founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp
#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 2017

Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report
Chocolate industry driving deforestation of Ivory Coast: report

The chocolate industry is indirectly driving massive and illegal deforestation in Ivory Coast, fuelling a catastrophic decline in wildlife...

15 Sep 2017

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Farmers to bear costs of culled poultry

The poultry industry, reeling from the deadly avian flu outbreak, has been dealt another potential blow with the DAFF confirming it will only compensate farmers for the culling of uninfected birds...

By Bekezela Phakathi 15 Sep 2017

Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy
Major investments, partnerships a boost for African agriculture and economy

The signing of a record number of new investments and partnership agreements for inclusive agricultural transformation at the 2017 AGRF have boosted Africa's economic growth prospects...

15 Sep 2017

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Outlook points to minimal rainfall for SA's wheat growing areas

“Weather is critical for price direction going forward, with the Western Cape still not out of the woods and the rainfall outlook still pointing to minimal rainfall for the wheat areas in South Africa."

15 Sep 2017

Radiation tech bears fruit as Zanzibar declared tsetse free
Radiation tech bears fruit as Zanzibar declared tsetse free

Pemba and Unguja are among pioneers in the successful implementation of a new technology that uses radiation to eradicate livestock killing vectors, tsetse flies...

By Marc Nkwame 14 Sep 2017

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Beef supplier and juice maker agree not to compete - in contravention of competition law

Two companies - a beef supplier and a juice maker - have been referred by the Competition Commission to the Commission Tribunal after it was found they signed agreements not to compete with each other...

By Penwell Dlamini 14 Sep 2017

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AB InBev multi-million rand funding boosts research into beer ingredients at SU

Much of the work will focus on barley, used in malt production, which is a core ingredient in many a beer brewed worldwide. It is believed that the research will help mitigate potential risks within the supply chain...

14 Sep 2017

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Cocoa in a world of environmental changes - time for “uncommon collaboration”

The cocoa sector in West Africa is facing many well-known problems. That is a fact. Only by joining forces can we solve the challenges and contribute to sustainable growth and development of the cocoa sector...

By Svein Tore Holsether 14 Sep 2017

Clover CEO Johann Vorster. Image credit: Martin Rhodes via Business Live
Clover profit battered on all fronts

Clover Industries was savaged on all fronts in the year to June. Prolonged drought was followed by a wetter, cooler summer, which affected beverage sales...

By Mark Allix 14 Sep 2017

Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa
Sustainable business models key to sustainable modernisation of agriculture in Africa

Key to the sustainable commercialisation and modernisation of African agriculture are sustainable business models...

13 Sep 2017

From left to right: Sydney Mello, Maryna Huysamen, and Banele Vakele.
Cape Winemakers Guild sends protégés to France and USA

The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme is paying it forward and sending three protégés to gain international experience in some of the world's most renowned wine growing regions...

13 Sep 2017

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