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Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline
Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline

With the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index results still above the neutral 50-point, although having declined marginally from 58 to 54 index points, the agribusiness sector remains optimistic about business conditions in South Africa...

18 Jun 2018

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Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

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EAC tea consumption to increase in the next decade

East African countries could lead the world in growth in consumption of tea during the next decade, even as they occupy top positions in exports of the commodity...

By Maryanne Gicobi 6 Jun 2018

Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced
Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced

This year's Shiraz Challenge, presented by Shiraz SA for the sixth time, saw three Shiraz blends and 12 Shiraz - out of a total of 192 wines - stealing the limelight...

1 Jun 2018

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Kwanalu, AgriSA meet with KZN farmers ahead of EWC hearings

To keep farmers informed and to gather their feedback, Kwanalu, together with AgriSA, hosted a workshop for the heads of all KZN farmers' associations and leaders of local commodity groups ahead of the Expropriation without Compensations hearings in mid-July...

31 May 2018

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What is driving the rise in global tea consumption and production?

Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items such as herbal teas, fruit fusions and flavoured gourmet teas...

30 May 2018

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How Nando's creates shared value for farmers in southern Africa

Sam Hirst, Nando's Peri-Peri Farming Initiative manager shared how Nando's creates shared value for small farmers in southern Africa who farm their unique African Bird's Eye Chillies used in the Peri-Peri flavour Nando's is famous for...

28 May 2018

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High packout the sweet spot for improved apple strain, Flash Gala

Flash Gala, the trademarked fruit of Bigbucks trees, joins other global top fruit brands such as Pink Lady, the improved Cripps Pink strain and is poised to disrupt the global fresh fruit industry...

25 May 2018

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Grant agreement to enhance supply and utilisation of fertiliser in Africa

FAPA donors and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership have signed a grant agreement which will help increase affordability, accessibility and incentives for fertiliser use among smallholder farmers in Africa and expand the supply and distribution of fertiliser by leveraging investments...

25 May 2018

These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs
These CRISPR-modified crops don't count as GMOs

Powerful genetically modified plant technologies can quickly yield new plant varieties, but their adoption has been controversial. But now a new genome-editing technology known as CRISPR may offer a good alternative...

By Yi Li 23 May 2018

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More scientists, researchers needed for interdisciplinary plant disease research network

The Connected Virus Network Launch Conference drew dozens of world-class researchers from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, confirming a growing network whose collaborations promises to yield solutions to devastating crop diseases...

18 May 2018

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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Predatory insects and spiders control pests with none of the health and environmental risks of chemicals. So when we kill these species with insecticides, we are shooting ourselves in the foot...

By Lizzy Lowe & Manu Saunders 15 May 2018

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SA wine industry ups its research game to adapt to climate change

The South African wine industry is finding new ways to manage climate change by researching smart agri tools, drought tolerant cultivars, water stress management and efficient irrigation management.

15 May 2018

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Deadline for submissions on land expropriation without compensation extended

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee has extended the deadline for written submissions on land expropriation without compensation to 15 June 2018...

14 May 2018

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Stellenbosch proves it's king of Cab in 2018 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report

"Cabernet Sauvignon is the yardstick by which all wine regions are judged, and over the years Stellenbosch has proven to be the most successful area in South Africa for producing great Cabernet."

11 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

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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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

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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

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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

Agri SA releases first consolidated report on transformation in agriculture
Agri SA releases first consolidated report on transformation in agriculture

The report is geared towards promoting transformation in agriculture. This is done by identifying best practices and exploring opportunities for further growth and finding solutions to developmental challenges...

26 Apr 2018

Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs
Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs

Apart from the sound investment case for investing in the global agriculture and food value chain, investments in agriculture address a number of critical SDGs by tackling issues such as extreme poverty, food security and lack of job opportunities...

25 Apr 2018

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Key insights into the global garlic market

In 2016, global garlic consumption stood at $18.1bn, +8% more than the year before. It is anticipated that the next nine year period will see an upward trend in garlic cultivation due to a number of factors...

25 Apr 2018

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