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AgriColleges international gets accredited
AgriColleges international gets accredited

The Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority, AgriSeta, has granted online agriculture education platform, AgriColleges international, accreditation as an education and training provider in agriculture...

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Who knew pee was valuable?

Liquid gold has been discovered at the University of Cape Town...

By Dave Chambers 7 Dec 2017

Bumper crops harm Omnia's fertiliser sales
Bumper crops harm Omnia's fertiliser sales

Low crop prices prompted farmers to scrimp on fertiliser during the past planting season, Omnia said in its interim results statement...

By Robert Laing 29 Nov 2017

Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform
Villa and Monash SA join hands for instructional reform

A partnership between agricultural company, Villa, and academic institution, Monash South Africa promises to lend a new face to agricultural higher education in South Africa...

By Lynette Louw 24 Nov 2017

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Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs - it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences. So why do farmers grow tobacco?

By Eleanor Jew 23 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

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Africa pushes for gains on genetic materials

The increasing number of hungry people, coupled with the climate-linked extinction of crops and livestock varieties has seen the world exploring alternative genetic materials...

By Johnson Kanamugire 6 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: A different perspective on sugar from the sugarcane fields of Mauritius
#EntrepreneurMonth: A different perspective on sugar from the sugarcane fields of Mauritius

Shaheen Rajabally launched Natura Sugars - the only range of truly unrefined sugars in South Africa and exclusively sourced from Mauritius. We asked Rajabally to tell us the sweet story of Natura Sugars...

By Cari Coetzee 2 Nov 2017

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From waste to healthy soils: Why composting is the green thing to do

In South Africa, organic waste - perfectly compostable material - is one of the highest waste contributors to overflowing landfills, the largest source of methane gas...

27 Oct 2017

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Digitisation, smart agriculture shaping the future of the African chemicals market

The use of smart agriculture will promote the appropriate use of agricultural chemicals and drive additional chemical sales as Africa boosts it's below average use of these inputs...

27 Oct 2017

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Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warn

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

By Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover
Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover

Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto...

16 Oct 2017

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#WorldFoodDay: Transforming the agricultural sector by unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers

"...a step-change in the lives of smallholder farmers, recognising the fundamentally important role that they have currently and will increasingly have in our future food production."

By Dr Klaus Eckstein 16 Oct 2017

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Fertiliser, agribusiness leaders to address challenges at regional conference

Fertiliser and agribusiness leaders will meet in Maputo, Mozambique for the East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference from 9-11 October...

22 Sep 2017

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture
Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world."

21 Sep 2017

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser
Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

This new seaweed harvesting business will be collecting washed up seaweed, and processing it to extract the organic matter in liquid form...

20 Sep 2017

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Genome of dry zone food stable pearl millet sequenced for first time

Scientists said they had unravelled the genetic code of pearl millet, the staple food of an estimated 100 million people living in some of the world's driest areas...

19 Sep 2017

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How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established
Long-overdue GMO testing laboratory to be established

The NCRST is in the process of establishing a Biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) testing laboratory to facilitate full implementation of Namibia's Biosafety Framework...

31 Aug 2017

A woman's place in agriculture
A woman's place in agriculture

Agriculture is traditionally regarded as a male profession, but those in the industry know that women are playing an influential role in developing the growth of agriculture in Africa...

17 Aug 2017

#UrbanAgri: Getting a head start on the growing season
#UrbanAgri: Getting a head start on the growing season

Spring is around the corner and Let It Grow Foundation shares some advice on how to begin preparing and planning your soil mix for seed planting...

14 Aug 2017

New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa
New approaches and sustainable partnerships will enhance food security in Africa

It is increasingly becoming important to explore newer and more innovative approaches to successful farming. Urban agriculture is one of the techniques considered to be on the cusp of advancements within the sector...

By Wessel Lemmer 24 Jul 2017

Prudent farming: How farmers can cut input costs in grain and animal farming
Prudent farming: How farmers can cut input costs in grain and animal farming

The senior agricultural economist at FNB answers a few questions on the biggest expenses in animal and grain farming and proposes some cost cutting measures for farmers...

14 Jul 2017

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Growing food in the post-truth era

The global food system has been operating in post-truth mode for decades. Having constructed food scarcity as a justification for a second Green Revolution, Big Agriculture now employs...

By Alana Mann 6 Jul 2017

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Common pesticides can harm bees, but the jury is still out on a global ban

Some of the world's most widely used pesticides can be harmful to bees, according to the first large-scale studies aimed at measuring the impact of compounds called neonicotinoids...

By Phil Lester 3 Jul 2017

Monsanto breeding lead for hybrid seed arrives in SA
Monsanto breeding lead for hybrid seed arrives in SA

An expert from the US, Loren Trimble, the new South African breeding lead for hybrid seed production at Monsanto, has arrived in South Africa to enhance breeding and testing activities that develop the local maize product pipeline...

27 Jun 2017

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Pursuing sustainable soil management to combat soil pollution

Excess nitrogen and trace metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury can impair plant metabolism and cut crop productivity, ultimately putting pressure on arable land...

26 Jun 2017

Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity
Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity

The Compost Kliko Toilet could lead to people getting away from flushing potential down the toilet...

By Bongani Shweni 20 Jun 2017

Technology, like this tea-picking machine in Kenya, can harness agriculture’s power to change lives. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Science has the power to boost farming in Africa. But a lot has to change

There are already several excellent examples of ways in which science has led to dramatic increases in food production and moved farmers in some countries closer to self-sufficiency...

By Frans Swanepoel 19 Jun 2017

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