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CBC brewery’s 120m2 flat plate collector array. Source: Soltrain, 2016
Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's food, beverage industries

In an era of uncertainty, when it comes to both power supply and pricing, renewable energy sources can provide certainty in both supply and costs...

By Louise Scholtz 2 days ago

Rising rice protein market benefits the pharmaceutical industry
Rising rice protein market benefits the pharmaceutical industry

The rice protein market has been positively impacted by the rising consumer awareness about the intake of nutrition-rich food ingredients. The FDA in the U.S. has already implemented several favourable regulations pertaining to a wide range of rice protein applications, which in turn has led toward its high acceptance among consumers in the rice protein market...

2 days ago

PIWOSA'S #LiquidArt to showcase at Cape Wine 2018
PIWOSA'S #LiquidArt to showcase at Cape Wine 2018

The Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa showcases #LiquidArt: a programme of innovative events during Cape Wine 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 12 and 14 September...

4 Jul 2018

#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market
#AgriMarkets: The weather remains a vital part of the discussion in SA wheat market

Although the recent rainfall in the province was not evenly distributed, almost all wheat growing regions of the province received a fair amount, which should improve crop growing conditions...

4 Jul 2018

Agricultural commodity prices expected to remain low globally says OECD-FAO
Agricultural commodity prices expected to remain low globally says OECD-FAO

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation report attributes the demand slowdown to a deceleration of demand growth in major emerging economies...

4 Jul 2018

Organic concentrated tomatoes the preferred choice for global markets
Organic concentrated tomatoes the preferred choice for global markets

The organic revolution has had a huge impact on concentrated tomato production...

3 Jul 2018

Securing competitive advantage in agriculture
Securing competitive advantage in agriculture

South African agriculture still offers many investment opportunities despite headwinds caused by drought in parts of the country and policy uncertainty...

3 Jul 2018

Uptick in U.S. whiskey imports to South Africa
Uptick in U.S. whiskey imports to South Africa

American whiskey exporters are showing new interest in South Africa as an export destination. American whiskey imports to South Africa grew by more than 17% from 2016 to 2017...

3 Jul 2018

FoodForward SA's Second Harvest an agri outreach to feed more people
FoodForward SA's Second Harvest an agri outreach to feed more people

Andy Du Plessis, FoodForward SA's managing director shares more on why Second Harvest was created and the importance of food security...

By Robin Fredericks 2 Jul 2018

Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape
Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape

An 'agri renaissance' of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value of foods is possible for the Western Cape's R50bn agricultural economy if the farming sector, government and education institutions work together to harvest the benefits of the smart technologies emerging...

2 Jul 2018

Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge
Beninese, Nigerian startups selected for Food Connection Challenge

In all, the Food Connection Challenge received 88 applications from Benin and 228 from Nigeria, with an independent jury selecting those SMEs they considered the most promising and the best fit for the programme.

By Tom Jackson 2 Jul 2018

Government presses for permanent solution to edible oil shortage
Government presses for permanent solution to edible oil shortage

The Tanzanian government has committed to resolve, once and for all, problems pertaining to availability of edible oil in the country by undertaking major reforms in the production of palm, sunflower and sesame...

29 Jun 2018

Nedbank renews longstanding Cape Winemakers Guild partnership
Nedbank renews longstanding Cape Winemakers Guild partnership

Nedbank, established partner of the Cape Winemakers Guild for over two decades, has extended its sponsorship of the Guild to 2020.

29 Jun 2018

Meet the maker: Still 33
Meet the maker: Still 33

Still 33 is a craft distillery owned by Curtis and Brownyn Van Biljon who are honestly two of the nicest people I have met in a long time. A family-owned business based in Kyalami; I got to meet every single member of their clan as I sipped on a gin at 11am on a Sunday morning while discovering their story...

By Samantha Snedorf 29 Jun 2018

A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018
A focus on The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference 2018

Marisah Nieuwoudt chats to tourist specialist and convener of the annual The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, Margi Biggs about the 2018 edition of the event that takes place at Spier on 17 October...

By Marisah Nieuwoudt 28 Jun 2018

Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides
Why it's time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides

Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.

By John F. Tooker 28 Jun 2018

Forecast of 2018 summer crop increased
Forecast of 2018 summer crop increased

The area planted estimate and fifth production forecast of summer crops for the 2018 production season was recently released by the National Crop Estimates Committee...

28 Jun 2018

Consider integrated farming - Makgato
Consider integrated farming - Makgato

Women have been advised to take advantage of business opportunities in integrated farming...

By Irene Kgakgamatso 28 Jun 2018

Cybercellar appoints AJ Nel as new CEO
Cybercellar appoints AJ Nel as new CEO

South African online wine retailer, Cybercellar, has appointed AJ Nel as its new CEO...

27 Jun 2018

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%
Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47%

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don't need to imagine. That is exactly what happens every day when an estimated 815 million people around the globe go hungry...

By Paul South 27 Jun 2018

Water requirements of livestock: 7 factors to consider
Water requirements of livestock: 7 factors to consider

Water is a key factor in the digestion and absorption of nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats in livestock. A lack of water will, therefore, have more immediate and drastic effects on body physiology than the lack of other nutrients...

27 Jun 2018

Diversify sweet potato to entice youth to agriculture
Diversify sweet potato to entice youth to agriculture

Scientists should conduct more research to create sweet potato varieties that can withstand floods and help turn the crop into other products to attract the youth to agriculture...

27 Jun 2018

Four million coffee seedlings distributed to farmers
Four million coffee seedlings distributed to farmers

The distribution of seedlings forms part of Ghanaian government's Planting for Export and Rural Development programme which seeks to develop eight commodity value chains including cashew, coffee, cotton, coconut, citrus, oil palm, mangoes and shea...

26 Jun 2018

Cape Wine 2018 centre for SA wine producer talent, expertise
Cape Wine 2018 centre for SA wine producer talent, expertise

From 12 to 14 September 2018, this year's Cape Wine 2018 will see 352 South African wine producers showcase just how the quality of the wine produced has grown over recent years...

26 Jun 2018

#AgriMarkets: South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfall
#AgriMarkets: South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfall

The South African Weather Service has reiterated its view that the south-western parts of South Africa could receive above normal rainfall during late winter...

By Wandile Sihlobo 26 Jun 2018

FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa
FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation and Pennsylvania State University have developed and launched, Nuru - an app that uses technologies involving machine learning and artificial intelligence to curb the spread of the Fall Armyworm - a crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Jun 2018

Nigeria, 29 others to be insured for drought, food, cyclone
Nigeria, 29 others to be insured for drought, food, cyclone

The insurance of the countries will, according to African Risk Capacity, translate to $1.bn in coverage for some 150 million people...

By Favour Nnabugwu 25 Jun 2018

Bonnievale Wines' The River Collection: fresh, fun and fabulous
Bonnievale Wines' The River Collection: fresh, fun and fabulous

We recently headed out of town to attend Bonnievale Wines' new premium wine range launch, dubbed The River Collection. A fitting name, seeing that the Breede River is the main, life-giving artery of this region...

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Jun 2018

Agri's Got Talent announces Top 10 finalists for 2018
Agri's Got Talent announces Top 10 finalists for 2018

The Agri's Got Talent team will be visiting the ten finalists during the month of July in preparation for the competition which culminates in a gala evening on 3 August 2018...

25 Jun 2018

PMA's Centre for Growing Talent is committed to developing the fresh produce industry
PMA's Centre for Growing Talent is committed to developing the fresh produce industry

The Produce Marketing Association's Center for Growing Talent will provide opportunities, between 15-16 August 2018, to network with peers and leaders in the fresh produce industry...

22 Jun 2018

FAO, UNHCR's forest management tool a guide to restoring deforestation in displaced communities
FAO, UNHCR's forest management tool a guide to restoring deforestation in displaced communities

More than four out of five forcibly displaced people worldwide use wood fuel for cooking and heating. This is the main driver of forest degradation and deforestation in displacement-affected areas...

22 Jun 2018

Programmes in place to return land to tenants, farm dwellers
Programmes in place to return land to tenants, farm dwellers

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is implementing programmes aimed at returning land to labour tenants and farm dwellers...

22 Jun 2018

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