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Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

15 hours ago

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Clone tastings: Vititec puts experimental wines through their paces

"We produce between 50 and 60 experimental wines every year, all part of the clone evaluation process. The feedback from the tasters gives us a good indication of quality and consumer appeal. If the wine meets these requirements, we propagate these cultivars and clones and distribute it commercially."

16 hours ago

Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth
Global bread and bakery consumption continues to experience modest growth

The global bread and bakery product market displayed modest, but sustainable growth throughout the period under review, increasing from 122,000 tonnes in 2007 to 129,000 tonnes in 2016...

17 hours ago

#LandExpropriation: Vumelana calls for CPI participation in property clause review
#LandExpropriation: Vumelana calls for CPI participation in property clause review

The public hearing process on the expropriation of land without compensation is scheduled to begin on 8 May...

3 days ago

Key challenges for Kenya in big push to reduce post-harvest losses
Key challenges for Kenya in big push to reduce post-harvest losses

Kenya estimates that 20% of cereals are lost even before reaching the market. That's a high figure, particularly since it doesn't include food waste...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru, Priscilla Wainaina 3 days ago

Gamtoos Irrigation Board will commence its annual maintenance of the canal system, which supplies agricultural water users in the Gamtoos Valley, in May. This upkeep is vital in preventing water losses, as the Kouga Dam which feeds the system is currently at 10.5% capacity (Image supplied)
Desperate times for farmers as seasonal forecast indicates little rainfall

Farms are teetering on the brink of collapse as the drought in the Western and Eastern Cape tightens its grip...

3 days ago

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing
Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

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No need to panic over land expropriation without compensation

The process is still a long way off from being proclaimed into law...

By Stuart Manning 19 Apr 2018

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Partnership provides financial solution for Zambian farmers purchasing farm machinery

A retail finance partnership between AGCO, Zambia Limited and the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (Zanaco) have been launched at AgriTech. The partnership will provide retail financial solutions for farmers purchasing machinery from AGCO's Massey Ferguson brand...

19 Apr 2018

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Papers to help improve labour safety in agriculture, forestry sectors

The back-breaking jobs in the agriculture and forestry sectors are some of the most dangerous. To reduce health risks, FAO has published two papers mapping ways to improve worker health and safety...

19 Apr 2018

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$17m investment contributes to growth of floriculture in East Africa

A co-investment of $17m in Marginpar Flower Group Holdings have been announced by Agri-Vie and Norfund...

19 Apr 2018

South African wheat production under the spotlight
South African wheat production under the spotlight

Wheat production in South Africa is one of the segments worst affected by the economic realities faced by the industry. Crucial plans have therefore been put into practice to elevate wheat's status as a competitive crop...

By Andries Gouws 18 Apr 2018

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Small-scale farmers should be at the centre of land reform in South Africa

Authorities must be alive to the fact that smaller-scale commercial farmers face different constraints and opportunities from those of large-scale, commercial farmers. It's critically important that planning and post-settlement support are appropriate to their needs and objectives...

By Ben Cousins 18 Apr 2018

Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA
Truman & Orange launches Mionetto prosecco in SA

One of the world's top-selling prosecco brands, Mionetto, is now available in South Africa....

17 Apr 2018

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East Africa: Technology helping East Africa unlock agriculture potential

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Information technology is being utilised more than ever to improve agriculture in East Africa...

By Ruari Phillips 17 Apr 2018

CUT training farm opens
CUT training farm opens

The Free State's Central University of Technology has officially opened its to first-year students who attended their practical sessions on a farm for the first time...

17 Apr 2018

Obstacles facing a young black farmer in South Africa: a personal story
Obstacles facing a young black farmer in South Africa: a personal story

A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa's land reform process...

By Mnqobi Ngubane 17 Apr 2018

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Deciduous fruit associations SAAPPA, SASPA undergo name change

The South African Apple and Pear Producers' Association (SAAPPA) and the South African Stone Fruit Producers' Association (SASPA) have been renamed...

17 Apr 2018

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Honeybees hog the limelight, yet wild insects are the most important and vulnerable pollinators

A broad library of evidence suggests there has been a widespread decline in their abundance and diversity since the 1950s. This matters because such insects are critical both for the reproduction of wild plants and for agricultural food production...

By Philip Donkersley 16 Apr 2018

Agri SA head of land affairs, Annelize Crosby (right), and head of Labour and development, Jahni de Villiers. (Image supplied)
Land reform, rural safety top of mind at Agri EC roadshow

During a recent roadshow, SA's organised agriculture has highlighted a progressive approach to land reform. Other issues such as the increasing incidents of farm attacks were also discussed...

16 Apr 2018

The finalists in the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2018 competition are from left: Hendrik Theron, Wessel Hattingh, Nelius Ferreira (the winner) and Reece Dedwith. Photo: 3'kie's Photography
Free State Agriculture Young Farmer 2018 of the Year announced

Nelius Ferreira has been announced as this year's Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018. According to Ferreira, it was a privilege to share the stage with other young farmers...

16 Apr 2018

US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA
US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hosted its international staff meeting in South Africa recently, bringing producer members to the country to explore opportunities...

16 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

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Salmon farms are in crisis - here's how scientists are trying to save them

Sea lice infections have been recorded in salmon farms for decades. But in the last few years, infection rates have rocketed due to more intensive farming practices, with more fish being kept in smaller areas...

By Lyndsay Christie 13 Apr 2018

Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T
Meet the Maker: Nicole Warden from CopperFox G&T

The ready-to-drink CopperFox is distilled at the at Time Anchor Distillery, 100% natural and contains 13 African botanicals including Rose geranium, Sour Sea figs, Citrus, Fynbos and Honeybush...

By Samantha Snedorf 13 Apr 2018

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Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems

According to a new report, solar-powered irrigation is now an affordable solution to both commercial and small-scale farmers in developing countries, but adequate management and regulations to avoid the unsustainable use of water are needed...

13 Apr 2018

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New maize seeds impress farmers as yields improve

Tanzania - A new maize variety is expected to combat food scarcity in Geita where pests and drought ravage crops...

By Elias Msuya 12 Apr 2018

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China's appetite for macadamias fuel SA industry

The demand for macadamia nuts in China is on the rise and has local farmers feeling optimistic. And for good reason...

12 Apr 2018

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Next generation of growers visits Two-a-Day in Grabouw

As part of an outreach programme, Grade 11 learners from the Overberg High School's agriculture department, one of the few available in the Western Cape, visited Tru Cape's parent company, Two-a-Day...

12 Apr 2018

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