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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...

2 days ago

Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs
Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs

Black empowerment has not worked as well as it should. What we have not really succeeded in doing is create a substantial number of black-owned, entrepreneurial businesses that have the potential, in time, to rival Anglo American, Discovery and the rest of the JSE giants...

By Sinethemba Mafanya 3 days ago

SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies
SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies

The acquisitions of two maize milling companies by a consortium comprising DH Brothers Industries trading as Willowton Group and Louis Dreyfus Company Africa has been approved...

3 days ago

Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code
Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code

Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the Amended AgriBEE Sector Code for implementation by entities in both public and private sector. Davies says that the sector code will serve as guidelines for the transformation of the agricultural sector...

12 Dec 2017

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Smallest wine grape harvest in a decade

The South African wine industry is bracing itself for what might be the smallest wine grape harvest in more than a decade. Drought, a shrinking area under vines and frost damage will have the greatest effect on the crop size...

12 Dec 2017

East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security
East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security

Despite the technology being seen as key to tackling low crop yields, climate change and emerging diseases, many countries remain averse to GM technology over safety and trade-related concerns...

By Johnson Kanamugire 11 Dec 2017

Top 12 major issues in agriculture
Top 12 major issues in agriculture

John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, gives an overview of the major issues that are currently affecting agriculture in South Africa...

By Ursula Human 11 Dec 2017

Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade
Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade

Embrace the chaos brought by the mobile phone-fueled digital age and look to Portugal for a road map to success in the USA...

8 Dec 2017

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Festive season will see higher egg prices due to avian flu

Due to the avian influenza outbreak that hit the poultry industry as it was starting to recover from drought, the price of eggs is set to increase further. This after a significant jump in the past few months...

8 Dec 2017

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Africa's top 10 most food-secure countries

Finding enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity...

8 Dec 2017

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Kraft Heinz extends 100% cage-free egg commitment to Africa and Asia

Kraft Heinz extended their cage-free egg policy commitment to Asia and Africa, commits to global 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025...

8 Dec 2017

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SAPA calls for investigation into Brazil's chicken producers

A recent report exposed horrific working conditions at some Brazilian poultry producers that amount to slave labour. If the report is correct, it shows totally unacceptable working conditions at facilities supplying a huge amount of chicken meat to SA...

7 Dec 2017

Dr. Nkululeko Nyangiwe. Image: Sonja Matthee
Dr Nyangiwe's doctoral studies shed light on distribution and ecology of ticks

Dr Nyangiwe has been studying the ecology of ticks that are of economic importance to cattle farmers. In his latest paper, he sets out how the alien pantropical blue tick has slowly but surely expanded its range across South Africa...

7 Dec 2017

Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

To manage the coming swell, robots that harvest crops and digital farming are joining green revolution and time-held traditional farming techniques. Digital farming is garnering lots of interest...

By Simon Carpenter 7 Dec 2017

MoU unites African countries against chicken dumping, fights for level playing field
MoU unites African countries against chicken dumping, fights for level playing field

The heads of the Ghanaian and South African poultry industries were among the signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding opposing the "pernicious trade practice of dumping and predatory pricing."

6 Dec 2017

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Made-in-Rwanda Expo ends with calls to buy local

The fourth edition of the annual Made-in-Rwanda Expo concluded yesterday with a call from leaders to embrace locally produced products...

By Julius Bizimungu 6 Dec 2017

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ECOWAS charged to enforce gender-friendly and inclusive agricultural laws

Women account for about 60 to 80% of smallholder farmers, but data indicate that less than 10% of women in some West African are landowners...

By Chinelo Chikelu 5 Dec 2017

Ag not confident about business conditions
Ag not confident about business conditions

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by five points to 49 in the fourth quarter of 2017. This essentially means agribusinesses are downbeat about business conditions in the country...

5 Dec 2017

New programme to address modern slavery in SA's wine and fruit industries
New programme to address modern slavery in SA's wine and fruit industries

Stronger Together, WIETA and SIZA have launched a new programme to help South Africa's wine and fruit growing businesses address forced labour and hidden labour exploitation...

5 Dec 2017

Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?
Will Zim agriculture revive and if so, how?

Many thought it would never happen, but Robert Mugabe has left the building. In the past few weeks, a lot has been said about this major change for Zimbabwe...

4 Dec 2017

How the world needs to change as regions get drier
How the world needs to change as regions get drier

By combining these interventions, there's a better chance of managing water sustainably for domestic and agricultural use...

By Dian Spear 1 Dec 2017

BCX, GE co-creates Digital Farm solution tailored for SA and African agriculture
BCX, GE co-creates Digital Farm solution tailored for SA and African agriculture

BCX and GE have developed an integrated agri-tech solution tailored for South African and African agricultural needs...

1 Dec 2017

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Kaap Agri confident on continued growth

Kaap Agri, which listed on the JSE earlier in 2017, believes it can still achieve double-digit growth in the financial year ahead despite the prolonged drought slowing business activity in the Western Cape...

By Marc Hasenfuss 30 Nov 2017

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#AgriIndaba: Modernised, scalable agri-education is key in training and feeding the masses

How important is modernising agricultural education to the transformation of the industry?

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 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

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Farmcrowdy launches farmers' digital app to empower farmers

As part of efforts to address food shortages as well as make agriculture attractive and beneficial to Nigerians, agricultural technological firm, Farmcrowdy, has unveiled a digital application...

By Sunday Okobi and Ugo Aliogo 28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

Western Cape set to get poultry sector going again
Western Cape set to get poultry sector going again

"State vets are working with farms to disinfect their chicken houses so that they can start restocking. Common practice is for sentinel birds to be placed in houses as a method of detecting any trace of the virus."

27 Nov 2017

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Cultivar and technology agency launched

The SACTA was officially launched with the purpose of addressing the lack of new technology for self- or open-pollinated grain and oilseed crops in South Africa...

By Lise Roberts 27 Nov 2017

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