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Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo
Listeriosis outbreak traced to Enterprise Foods factory in Limpopo

The source of the world's largest Listeriosis outbreak has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Limpopo...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Mar 2018

Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting
Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting

"The Sustainable Harvesting Programme demonstrates that it is certainly possible to sustainably harvest fynbos in a commercially viable way, creating green businesses and decent, sustainable jobs for people living in the fynbos region..."

2 Mar 2018

World prices rising for grains and dairy, wheat output poised to dip in 2018
World prices rising for grains and dairy, wheat output poised to dip in 2018

Global food commodity prices went up in February with lower prices for vegetable oils offset by rising prices for staple grains and dairy products...

2 Mar 2018

SAB tie-up exceeds AB InBev's expectations
SAB tie-up exceeds AB InBev's expectations

"The combination with SAB has exceeded our expectations," Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito said in the Belgium brewer's results released on Thursday morning...

By Robert Laing 2 Mar 2018

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Big data drives more finance to African agribusiness

An increase in the accumulation of large datasets on agribusiness in Africa is proving crucial to the financing of a sector often overlooked by banks...

2 Mar 2018

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More clarity, debate needed on slow pace of land reform in SA, says SAPOA

The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) has raised concerns following the recent motion by the National Assembly to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation...

2 Mar 2018

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Land expropriation without compensation a threat to food security, investment

The Constitutional Review Committee of Parliament appointed to review the Constitution will now create even greater uncertainty for commercial agricultural producers and place further investments by local and foreign investments in agriculture in the balance...

2 Mar 2018

Call for applications: Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa, Middle East
Call for applications: Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa, Middle East

Applications are now open for the 8th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East. The prize rewards ICT projects which improve the living conditions of people...

2 Mar 2018

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Farmers compete for FSA Young Farmer of the Year 2018 crown

A milk, crop and two Bonsmara farmers will battle it out to be crowned as Free State Agriculture's (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018.

1 Mar 2018

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Organised agriculture will fight land expropriation without compensation

"However, rational arguments regarding the possible implications that such a step may hold for the agricultural sector and the broader economy were absent from the debate."

1 Mar 2018

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How young people interact with agricultural technology across the African agri-food chain

A new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank highlights the barriers and opportunities to the creation of agricultural technologies, their promotion and uptake by young people...

1 Mar 2018

Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challenges
Land expropriation without compensation cannot be justifiable: A series of challenges

Based on his research studies, Professor Cyril Mbatha of the Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership weighs in on the land reform debate...

By Professor Cyril Mbatha 1 Mar 2018

Green light for Constitutional review of land expropriation
Green light for Constitutional review of land expropriation

A National Assembly resolution allowing land expropriation without compensation will now be referred to the Constitutional Review Committee, which must report back to Parliament by 30 August 2018...

28 Feb 2018

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Fair trade at the core of Bean There's buying philosophy

Bean There Coffee, South Africa's first roaster of certified direct fair trade coffee, was launched on the back of the stock market crash in 2001, a 27,000-kilometre backpacking trip across two continents...

28 Feb 2018

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'Land reform legitimate but not expropriation'

Expropriation without compensation would erode property rights and would mean that land could no longer serve as collateral for loans. There is also the danger of international disinvestment and the risk of losing benefits from initiatives such as AGOA...

By Linda Ensor 28 Feb 2018

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A tiny beetle and its deadly fungus is threatening South Africa's trees

The polyphagous shot hole borer seems to be a newcomer to South Africa. It was discovered in the country for the first time in 2017 and it could lay waste native forests and fruit trees...

By Wilhelm de Beer 28 Feb 2018

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Maize harvest forecast to drop 27% in 2018

The crop estimates committee said that producers would harvest about 12.2 million tonnes of maize in 2018, which represents a 27% decrease from the season just passed...

By Andries Mahlangu 28 Feb 2018

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Special alert: Reduced harvests, intensified food insecurity foreseen for Southern Africa

Crop development in several areas of Southern Africa has been affected by water stress triggered by poor rains and hot temperatures. Dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields...

28 Feb 2018

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National Assembly adopts motion on land expropriation without compensation

The National Assembly set in motion a process to amend the Constitution so as to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation...

28 Feb 2018

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Kwanalu, AgriSeta checks in with KZN Future Farmers

"It is these young farmers who could potentially play a role in a change around strategy on many of the failing farms, bring about transformation, economic growth and make a direct impact on food security on a commercial scale."

27 Feb 2018

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Water savvy wineries ensure water-wise OmmiBerg Harvest Celebration

"OmmiBerg celebrates the harvest, which is one of the most important periods on our agricultural calendar and as a single-day event, it does not place a significant burden on our water resources."

27 Feb 2018

How Western Cape farmers are being hit by the drought
How Western Cape farmers are being hit by the drought

There's a real risk that the water shortage could see farmers' yields decimated during this growing season which is from September to March for irrigated crops, and from May to October for rainfed crops. The long-term impact could also be disastrous...

By Peter Johnston 27 Feb 2018

New excise duty hikes could stifle brandy industry's recovery
New excise duty hikes could stifle brandy industry's recovery

The South African Brandy Foundation has expressed its concern about the recently announced excise duty hikes for brandy, claiming they could pose a major setback for producers...

27 Feb 2018

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The Doomsday Vault a vital seed backup to protect the world's food supply

This year, the Doomsday Vault near Svalbard - storing seeds of vital crops in an underground vault - marks its 10th anniversary. It is now the iconic home to seeds of around one million unique plants...

27 Feb 2018

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ACB hosts Southern African seed law and seed sovereignty dialogue

CSOs from across Southern Africa met with officials from SADC, ARIPO, and country authorities to discuss the current wave of developments and reforms being made to seed law and policy in the region, and the impact this will have on small-scale farmers and agricultural biodiversity...

26 Feb 2018

How to put the youth back in agriculture
How to put the youth back in agriculture

We need to grow emerging, small-scale farmers while developing a young and vibrant group of agripreneurs who are looking further into the future, where their more advanced skills and understanding of technology will provide them with a wealth of exciting and dynamic careers in this industry...

By Cari Coetzee 26 Feb 2018

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High expectation for 2018 cherry crop

The 2017 harvest showed excellent returns to growers and Tru-Cape is optimistic about the 2018 crop continuing the upward trend...

26 Feb 2018

Entrepreneur brothers look to harness AI for greater good
Entrepreneur brothers look to harness AI for greater good

As debate swirls on whether artificial intelligence will be a boon or a curse for humanity...

26 Feb 2018

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Africa needs to explore opportunities across the food chain to create enough jobs for youth

Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces the linkages between rural areas and cities - including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and service provision...

26 Feb 2018

Popularity of brandy and gin helps Distell to serve more drinks
Popularity of brandy and gin helps Distell to serve more drinks

The growing popularity of brandy and gin helped Distell increase its overall volume of liquor sold by 3.7% during the six months to end-December...

By Robert Laing 26 Feb 2018

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