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Exploring the best tactics to combat Fall armyworm outbreaks in Africa

Various tactics - both old and new - are being tested to try and control the Fall armyworm in Africa. These include the use of inter-cropping technology, natural enemies, early warning systems and use of biopesticides...

By Saliou Niassy, Sevgan Subramanian 10 May 2018

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Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés puts first wines to barrel after 2018 harvest

Excitement is running high amongst the second year Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés as their dreams of making their very first wines becomes a reality with their creations safely in barrel after the 2018 harvest.

10 May 2018

Insights into the global vanilla market
Insights into the global vanilla market

Due to harvest cuts in Madagascar and Indonesia, the vanilla market dropped to 7.1K tonnes while demand for vanilla continues to grow. The supply shortage has led to a record level price increase...

10 May 2018

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Going beyond farm-to-fork to encourage healthier food systems

The world's trade and regulation rulebook needs a reboot in order to bolster trade in food that is healthy and nutritious rather than simply cheap. "To assure that future food systems will provide healthy food for all people we'll need a big change."

9 May 2018

Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmers
Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmers

"Government has an immediate and obvious avenue to ease the burden of farmers, and help cash-flow and profit generation and we hope that the coming months will see speedy legislative reforms that introduce a practical and more lenient approach to diesel rebates so that farmers are able to fully benefit."

9 May 2018

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Starbucks UK introduces new Rooibos Latte

Starbucks has introduced Rooibos Lattes as part of its new spring menu that has thousands of customers in the northern hemisphere hooked...

9 May 2018

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Wine consumers can expect to pay more due to impending wine shortage

Vinpro's annual Wine Harvest Report 2018 shows that wine grape production is down nearly 15% compared to 2017 - this translates into 170 million litres less wine produced in 2018...

9 May 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture
Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

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Millennials' premium palate driving a shift in the wine market

The wine consumer has evolved over the years. Wine producers are no longer able to rest on their laurels and expect the same wines to remain popular for years to come...

8 May 2018

NWK considering to sell Opti Agri after R290m offer
NWK considering to sell Opti Agri after R290m offer

NWK Limited is considering a proposal for its poultry and animal feed business, Opti Agri, as a going concern following a fixed offer from Country Bird Holdings...

8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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Strict biosecurity recommended as winter brings renewed risk of bird flu outbreak

Bird flu was thought to be largely under control. Reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West province and among seabirds along the Western Cape coastline, however, sparked fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again...

7 May 2018

Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market
Key insights into Asian meat and poultry market

The rise in living standards and the rapid pace of urbanisation have led to a significant increase in production and consumption of meat in Asia in the last decade...

4 May 2018

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Better governance can enhance an inclusive and just food system in South Africa

By understanding and working with different levels and spheres of government on, for example, land use, informal retailers and other food security issues, De Visser hopes to promote a more inclusive and just food system in South Africa...

By Mologadi Makwela 4 May 2018

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Food prices steady, output in cereals expected to decline

April saw the FAO Food Price Index remain steady. Sugar prices continued to decline while prices for cereals and dairy products continued to rise...

4 May 2018

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Meet the maker: Hope on Hopkins

What sets Hope on Hopkins apart from many other distilleries is that they create their very own spirits in-house...

By Samantha Snedorf 4 May 2018

SEED workshop applications open for entrepreneurs in sustainability sector
SEED workshop applications open for entrepreneurs in sustainability sector

Global non-profit organisation SEED will host its Replicator Connect Workshops in Polokwane, 17-18 May, and in Pretoria, 23-24 May...

4 May 2018

SMMEs catalyst to growth, transformation and job creation in agriculture
SMMEs catalyst to growth, transformation and job creation in agriculture

President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked 2018 as the year to take decisive action to realise the economic potential of the agricultural sector...

Issued by Topco Media 3 May 2018

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Key insights into global pineapple market

Global production of pineapples reached 26.9 million tonnes in 2016, with an upward dynamics over the last nine years...

3 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

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2018 wine grape crop down 30% but predictions on wine quality outstanding

"It was definitely one of the most challenging harvesting seasons in recent years. But from what we can judge at this stage, the dry growing conditions seem to have had a relatively favourable impact on the quality of our premium quality grapes, depending on growing area."

3 May 2018

#WTMA18: Experiencing the wild with Aquila Safaris
#WTMA18: Experiencing the wild with Aquila Safaris

Aquila Safaris in association with World Travel Market Africa invited us to get a taste of its own brand of wild during an overnight stay. Just two hours' drive from Cape Town, this gem of natural beauty welcomed us to its vibrant and breathtaking surrounds which could easily leave anyone in awe...

By Robin Fredericks 3 May 2018

Deteriorating fuel prices to hit consumers, farmers' profit margins
Deteriorating fuel prices to hit consumers, farmers' profit margins

The cost of distributing produce across the country is still highly depended on road transport - for example, about 80% of grain is transported by road...

By Paul Makube 2 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

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EAC trailing in exportation of bananas

Tanzania and Uganda consume 50% of bananas grown in Africa, but realise only nine percent of the potential yield due to poor productivity due to pests and diseases...

By Zephania Ubwani 2 May 2018

Farmers hail cotton auction system
Farmers hail cotton auction system

Farmers in Zimbabwe have commended the government for improving cotton prices through introducing the auction system...

By Elita Chikwati 30 Apr 2018

SA soya bean imports set to decline
SA soya bean imports set to decline

South Africa's soya bean and oilcake (meal) imports could decline by 27% and 17% year-on-year in the 2018/2019 marketing year, to 20,000 tons and 458,992 tons, respectively...

30 Apr 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day
Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

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Key insights into global fonio market

Fonio is consumed mainly in the West African countries, where it is also cultivated. The global fonio market showed steady growth...

26 Apr 2018

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