Agriculture Trends 2018

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Lands committee to downsize farms
Lands committee to downsize farms

Zimbabwe - Mashonaland Central's Mazowe District lands committee resolved to identify large and underutilised farms for redistribution...

By Fungai Lupande 8 hours ago

Interest grows in smart farms
Interest grows in smart farms

The internet of things could breathe new life into SA's agriculture sector. Like their global peers, SA technology companies are trialling different IoT applications...

By Nick Hedley 9 hours ago

Day Zero moved to 9 July
Day Zero moved to 9 July

Good news for Cape Town, Day Zero has been shifted to 9 July, the city's deputy mayor Ian Neilson confirmed today...

8 hours ago

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa
UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

About 224-million people are undernourished in Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official said on Monday, 19 February...

9 hours ago

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Hortgro helps keep Western Cape pest free, intercepts oriental fruit fly

"Immediately after the first OFF was caught the national action plan was implemented... All growers and packhouses in the region were notified and an area of a 5km radius of the trap was placed under quarantine."

10 hours ago

Kenya seeks to bridge trade deficit with Morocco
Kenya seeks to bridge trade deficit with Morocco

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry is seeking to bridge the trade deficit between Kenya and Morocco and grow trade between the two countries...

11 hours ago

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Lab grown meat to cause labeling issues

Companies in various countries are investing heavily in creating alternative products that may resemble and taste like beef products. USCA has petitioned the USDA FSIS to exclude products not derived from animals from the definition of 'beef' and 'meat'...

1 day ago

The drought 'will slow growth'
The drought 'will slow growth'

Agri-services specialist Kaap Agri expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year. Farmers are under pressure and cutting back on spending on their farms...

By Marc Hasenfuss 1 day ago

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Fighting FAW: Guide to help Africa tackle Fall armyworm head-on

FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of Fall armyworm (FAW) on maize to help farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, in Africa faced with the relentless spread of the pest...

1 day ago

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Agbiz welcomes SONA 2018 but issues remain

Agbiz welcomed the State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the general thrust if his SONA's focus on revitalising the economy and the commitment to root out corruption, however...

1 day ago

Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA
Fall armyworm may spread throughout SA

Experts expect the Fall armyworm to spread across South Africa, with the possible exception of the Western Cape. FAW infestations have been detected throughout Limpopo Province's five districts, parts of Mpumalanga as well as the Eastern Cape...

16 Feb 2018

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New banana variety to enhance productivity

Rwanda - A new variety of highly productive banana plants will be distributed to farmers starting next month in a bid to improve banana production and fight disease...

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya 16 Feb 2018

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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 16 Feb 2018

WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA
WBeauty range first to bear RSPO sustainable palm oil certification in SA

Woolworths has launched South Africa's first locally-made, WBeauty soap range bearing the certification logo of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

16 Feb 2018

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Good practices clinch best Chardonnay block for Riebeek Cellars wine producer

Vinpro and Winetech awarded Riebeek Cellars' wine producer, Wilhelm Relihan from Oak Valley Farm with the best Chardonnay block in the Swartland/Paarl region in the annual Vineyard Block Competition...

16 Feb 2018

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#BizFinFocus: Wishlist for #SONA2018

South Africans wait with bated breath to hear what President Cyril Ramaphosa has to say in his maiden State of the Nation Address (Sona) tonight...

16 Feb 2018

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Initiative to support 3.5 million farmers launched

Tanzania - The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa has started an initiative to support 3.5 million small-scale farmers to sustainably transform their mode of farming to commercially viable and profitable...

By Rosemary Mirondo 15 Feb 2018

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Bird flu wipes out R954m, SA turns to imports

Due to the avian flu outbreak, farms affected have had to cull all birds and recall and destroy all eggs. The decline in the production of eggs and chickens has resulted in SA relying on imported chickens to meet demand...

15 Feb 2018

Food trends could drive production decisions
Food trends could drive production decisions

Consumer requests at food outlets travel back through the value chain to the producers of the necessary raw products, which will again go through new types of processing to reach the consumer at some point in the future...

By Frikkie Maré 15 Feb 2018

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More Farmer Field Schools: Ongoing agricultural education needed to meet challenges

Demand across the world for Farmer Field Schools are increasing due to their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges...

15 Feb 2018

R17.5m raised in 2018 Cape Wine Auction
R17.5m raised in 2018 Cape Wine Auction

Held at Rustenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, this year's Cape Wine Auction has raised R17.5m for education in the Cape winelands...

14 Feb 2018

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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

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NAMC establishes committee to come up with a smart drought disaster management plan

"The NAMC must step in to use its convening advantages to bring together agribusiness, the banking sector, academia, government and other stakeholders to deal with this serious matter."

14 Feb 2018

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Research finds treated winery wastewater can be used to irrigate cash crops

Results from ARC research have found that treated winery wastewater with chemical oxygen demand of less than 1,000 mg/L can be used for cash crop production, as it had no detrimental effect on the crop as well as the environment...

14 Feb 2018

RCL stock leaps on earnings update
RCL stock leaps on earnings update

RCL Foods, the consumer brands conglomerate that owns poultry producer Rainbow Chickens, delivered a nourishing trading update...

By Marc Hasenfuss 14 Feb 2018

#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved
#DayZero moved to 4 June, record low water usage achieved

Cape Town executive deputy mayor Ian Neilson today announced that Day Zero has been moved out to 4 June 2018 thanks to...

13 Feb 2018

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Zim white farmers who lost their farms 'may soon be compensated'

The Zimbabwean government has reportedly set up a committee that will spearhead the process of compensating white farmers whose farms were seized during the country's controversial land reform programme...

13 Feb 2018

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Top 10 research projects in agri for 2018

A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects being started or completed in 2018...

13 Feb 2018

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