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Food Security: AgriSA supports low food inflation
Food Security: AgriSA supports low food inflation

Stats SA's Consumer Price Index (CPI) data reflects that the annual consumer inflation rate has slowed from 4.5% in April 2018 to 4.4% in May 2018...

21 Jun 2018

Western Cape trade expands on Ethiopian, Africa footprint
Western Cape trade expands on Ethiopian, Africa footprint

The Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce has committed itself to a joint trade mission to Cape Town and the Western Cape aimed at increasing the region's presence in the country and generating export and partnership opportunities in key sectors of the province's economy...

21 Jun 2018

Now is the time to vaccinate livestock
Now is the time to vaccinate livestock

Following a warning issued by Kenia authorities of a possible Rift Valley Fever (RVF), animal health company, Afrivet has urged the South African agricultural sector to sound a clarion to deliver vaccination to livestock...

21 Jun 2018

The risk of unsustainable agricultural practices should not be underestimated
The risk of unsustainable agricultural practices should not be underestimated

"Agriculture is the single largest producer of wastewater, by volume, and livestock generates far more excreta than do humans. As land use has intensified, countries have greatly increased the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilisers and other inputs. While these inputs have helped boost food production, they have also given rise to environmental threats, as well as to potential human health concerns."

20 Jun 2018

Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge
Why agribusinesses see IoT data security as a challenge

Farming and food chain data being generated with the implementation of IoT by farming machinery has created more entry points for hackers and leaves sensitive information vulnerable. As a consequence, many customers are concerned about data ownership, privacy and security...

20 Jun 2018

MEC Alan Winde on launching annual awards for agricultural workers
MEC Alan Winde on launching annual awards for agricultural workers

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has officially opened the 2018 Prestige Agri Awards. The competition aims to celebrate excellence among those working in the Provence's agricultural industry, across 11 categories and in 16 districts...

19 Jun 2018

New EU cashew nut project offers hope to 15,000 farmers
New EU cashew nut project offers hope to 15,000 farmers

The launch of the Sh240m European Union-funded cashew nut and sesame value chain project early in the week has revived hopes for 15,000 farmers in Kilifi, Kwale and Lamu counties...

By Kazungu Samuel 18 Jun 2018

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

Wesgro selected as BSO partner for SIPPO to enhance exports of agri-processed goods
Wesgro selected as BSO partner for SIPPO to enhance exports of agri-processed goods

"Wesgro is excited about the partnership with Swiss Import Promotion Programme as we believe that the programme will help us to broaden the participation of Western Cape enterprises in export promotion and increase market access into Europe."

15 Jun 2018

Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa
Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa

Baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals...

By Aida Cuní Sanchez 15 Jun 2018

South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success
South Africa's Pinotage wine industry shows a decade of growing success

According to the latest statistics published by SAWIS, the South African Pinotage wine industry is the only red cultivar to have grown in hectares over the past 10 years. As one of the top 10 most-planted wine grape varieties in South Africa, the report shows that...

15 Jun 2018

African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa
African Development Bank approves $15m equity investment in AFSF to boost agribusiness in Africa

In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a $15m equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agribusiness SMEs and enhance food security in Africa...

15 Jun 2018

How to extend your vineyard's lifetime
How to extend your vineyard's lifetime

Here's how South African wine grape producers can extend the lifetime of their vines through effective water usage, well-planned root management and by eliminating harmful viruses...

14 Jun 2018

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry

Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

14 Jun 2018

Khayelitsha-born gin brand awarded R100,000 'Gin Business Bursary'
Khayelitsha-born gin brand awarded R100,000 'Gin Business Bursary'

Luvuyo and Nodumo Jongile, the founders of South Africa's first black-owned gin brand Mayine Gin, have been named as the recipients of the country's first known gin bursary...

14 Jun 2018

Mauritius and South Africa sign MoU on fisheries
Mauritius and South Africa sign MoU on fisheries

The MoU aims at further enhancing the existing friendly relations between the two countries through development of cooperation in the fields of fisheries, fishing, seafood processing, trade of fish and fish products...

13 Jun 2018

President Museveni urges investors to plant solar pumps for agriculture
President Museveni urges investors to plant solar pumps for agriculture

Solar energy has been viewed as an integral energy resource by experts, sourcing its strength from the sun. It is an environmentally friendly means with great potential to steer the economic prowess of any country...

By John Green 12 Jun 2018

Tru-Cape to retain shareholder revenue amid reduced crop production
Tru-Cape to retain shareholder revenue amid reduced crop production

"We have to balance our customer demands with realised supply. Over the years we have established a strong reputation as a reliable supplier and it is important that we maintain our focus on customer delivery and continue to supply a quality product."

12 Jun 2018

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change
FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience."

12 Jun 2018

Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year
Potatoes SA announces first Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year

Phophi Raletjena is the first ever Potatoes SA Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year. He ascribes his success to firstly, increasing his yield and secondly, the ability to source and access information and to learn from others...

By Hanrie Greebe 11 Jun 2018

How farmers' associations are ploughing seeds of change for small-scale farmers
How farmers' associations are ploughing seeds of change for small-scale farmers

The Underberg Farmers Association, to integrate and work more closely with their neighbouring small-scale farmers, actively implements social and community-building strategies to assist them with any aspect of farming...

8 Jun 2018

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Key insights into the global sesame seed market

The increased global consumption of sesame seeds is mainly due to the heightened demand for the product from the growing Asian and African populations...

8 Jun 2018

Wesgro, Matzikama District strengthens Western Cape aquaculture industry with MoU
Wesgro, Matzikama District strengthens Western Cape aquaculture industry with MoU

"Abalone has become a key export market for the Matzikama District and our department will remain committed to trying to further boost investment into this potentially lucrative market."

8 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

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Fresh produce markets an effective link between traders and farmers

Fresh produce markets have created employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for thousands of people from sales agents to street hawkers...

6 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

Meet the maker: Mark Taverner of Silver Creek Distillery
Meet the maker: Mark Taverner of Silver Creek Distillery

Silver Creek Distillery has been around since 2014. Mark Taverner started his journey with Shanna-Rae of Time Anchor Distillery as one of his mentors, as well as Lucy Beard from Hope on Hopkins. Even with these local influences, his alcohol has a unique twist to it...

By Samantha Snedorf 6 Jun 2018

How the fuel hike will put more pressure on SA agriculture
How the fuel hike will put more pressure on SA agriculture

It is estimated that a R1/litre increase in fuel costs equates to a R1bn increase in input costs per year to the agriculture sector. These costs manifest differently across the various industries from planting, harvesting, distribution and packaging...

By Paul Makube 5 Jun 2018

Helping smallholders participate in the rise of agribusiness in Africa
Helping smallholders participate in the rise of agribusiness in Africa

Agribusiness in Africa is poised to play a major role in socio, economic development, but without policies and partnerships that enable smallholder farmers to participate in and benefit from the growth, that opportunity will turn into risk...

4 Jun 2018

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