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Improving the soybean value chain
Improving the soybean value chain

The Protein Research Foundation (PRF) recently facilitated a soybean planning session which highlighted the soybean industry and its significant progress over the last five years, with local production doubling and the processing of local soybeans increasing...

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Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens
Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens

A PhD student in microbiology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Science has successfully developed and patented a probiotic for broiler chickens. This based on microbiota from the guts of free-range chickens.

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Moringa Cooperative project to transform 60 farmers lives in Limpopo
Moringa Cooperative project to transform 60 farmers lives in Limpopo

The project is aimed at creating jobs, alleviating poverty and contributing towards the socio-economic development of the local communities...

1 day ago

Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector
Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector

Economists, trade unions and civic organisations including Fair Play and Proudly SA have added their support to a new application by the SA Poultry Association for a steep increase in import tariffs...

1 day ago

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 2 days ago

Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea
Study explores the bitter taste of honeybush tea

What makes some cups of honeybush tea taste bitter and others not?

2 days ago

Final call to apply for AECF's agribusiness funding programme
Final call to apply for AECF's agribusiness funding programme

Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund's Seeds for Impact Programme is making financial and technical contributions available to seed companies in 12 African countries...

7 Dec 2018

Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain
Africa farmers need finance that is focused on the entire value chain

Access to finance is needed to unlock Africa's agricultural potential but it cannot be focused on just one aspect of the value chain at the expense of others...

6 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us
Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

SA Cheese Fest to celebrate 18 years
SA Cheese Fest to celebrate 18 years

The annual South African Cheese Festival will celebrate 18 years since it first started at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch from 26-28 April 2019...

5 Dec 2018

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years
Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index falls to the lowest level in 9 years

Subsequent to a decline from 54 to 48 points in the third quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened further to 42 in the last quarter of the year. This is the lowest point since the fourth quarter of 2009...

By Wandile Sihlobo 5 Dec 2018

Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth
Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth

According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then...

By Frédéric Massé 4 Dec 2018

The benefits of achieving optimal tyre performance in farming
The benefits of achieving optimal tyre performance in farming

Many of the factors affecting agricultural productivity are beyond the farmer's control..

30 Nov 2018

Farm safety remains top priority for Agri Securitas
Farm safety remains top priority for Agri Securitas

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund which was established in 1999, has to date protected at least 500 farms and nearly 3,000 farm workers against rural crime in Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape...

30 Nov 2018

Processed food sales gets a boost from the growing meat market
Processed food sales gets a boost from the growing meat market

Growing meat production, increasing demand for affordable animal protein, and preference for convenience is expected to grow the processed meat market...

29 Nov 2018

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Market access sustains SA's fresh fruit industry

It's the time of year when we tap into our affinity for relationships, which we hardly view alongside billions of rands or the creation of thousands of much-needed jobs. Well, when it comes to market access, SA's R44bn fresh fruit industry does just that...

By Konanani Liphadzi 27 Nov 2018

New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250m
New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250m

After a successful pilot introduction and implementation by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the roll-out of a new e-Certification IT platform to the fruit industry in 2019 will save the industry at least R250m over the next five years...

26 Nov 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods
Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

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Kelp: How sea weed stimulates plant growth

From 15 November to 16 November, Afrikelp hosted an introductory tour for the agricultural writers of South Africa to learn more about how kelp is used in the agriculture and food industry...

23 Nov 2018

Cognitive robots impact poultry sector
Cognitive robots impact poultry sector

Scientists have clinched funding from a €3m pot to develop cognitive robots for flexible agro-food technology, which could make a real difference in the poultry meat sector...

22 Nov 2018

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

By Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

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Sustainable cotton programme improves market growth

According to Hennie Bruwer, CEO of Cotton SA, production has seen an increase from 25,000 bales in 2013 to roughly 200,000 bales for the past season...

21 Nov 2018

SA's top retailers on improving access to fresh and healthy food
SA's top retailers on improving access to fresh and healthy food

In an environment where many households are food insecure and some face malnutrition, rural food hubs are a sustainable business model that can deliver affordable, nutritious food...

21 Nov 2018

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Agritourism, a growing trend among SA farmers

According to Statistics SA, despite water shortages and the increase in fuel prices, the South African economy grew by 1.3% in 2017, with the agriculture industry experiencing a growth of 17.7%...

20 Nov 2018

Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture
Agri Writers SA acknowledges outstanding achievements in agriculture

Leonard Mavhungu, Pieter Graaff and Wandile Sihlobo.

20 Nov 2018

'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems
'Systems thinking' can be used to solve complex food contamination problems

"Systems thinking" can help deliver a framework to simulate solutions to pressing food concerns, like the presence of aflatoxins in groundnuts in Africa...

20 Nov 2018

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#EntrepreneurMonth: Creating an enabling environment for SMMEs, entrepreneurs

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe says government is on hand to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs and small, medium micro enterprises (SMMEs) to thrive...

19 Nov 2018

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Gamtoos farmers' water woes eased, but 'not quite good enough'

Earlier this month, the Department of Water and Sanitation marginally eased farmers' Kouga Dam water allocations from 20% to 40% of their usual annual drawings...

16 Nov 2018

Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reform
Why giving South Africans title deeds isn't the panacea for land reform

The land reform debate in South Africa has become increasingly polarised...

By Simon Hull 16 Nov 2018

Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River
Farmers urged not to abstract water from Caledon River

Farmers residing near or next to Caledon River have been requested not to abstract water from the river for seven days...

14 Nov 2018

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