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Programmes in place to return land to tenants, farm dwellers
Programmes in place to return land to tenants, farm dwellers

Deputy President David Mabuza says government is implementing programmes aimed at returning land to labour tenants and farm dwellers...

3 days ago

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

EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices
EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices

"We welcome the Council of the European Union's reaffirmation of its strong support for FAO and are eager to further our work in the areas emphasised. Our food systems must be made sustainable or, eventually, they won't feed the world."

19 Jun 2018

Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from cow's milk
Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from cow's milk

Nestlé South Africa has transformed its Mossel Bay dairy factory into a "zero water" manufacturing site. The company has installed new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology at the factory...

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

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

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

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

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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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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

Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture
Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture

Agrimatters is betting that Greenfert, an organic fertiliser made from animal and plant residues, could hold the key to improving crop yields and reducing the incidence of nitrate poisoning among the children of smallholder farmers...

By Pius Sawa 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

It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco
It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco

While World No Tobacco Day generally focuses on the health risks of smoking, the harms the tobacco industry inflicts are even broader. It has benefited from exploiting farmers in low-income countries like Malawi...

By Julia Smith 4 Jun 2018

Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs
Zambia's eMsika helping farmers buy agricultural inputs

Zambian startup eMsika is helping farmers find, buy and receive agricultural inputs in a fast, trustworthy and convenient way, as well as access markets for their produce...

By Tom Jackson 4 Jun 2018

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Rhodes Food Group grows turnover

The food producer grew regional sales by 19.5%, and by 7.6% excluding acquisitions. International sales increased by 3.6%. However, the business was impacted by the increased costs of canned fruit due to the ongoing drought in the Western Cape...

4 Jun 2018

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SA's macadamia industry shows strong growth for 2018

Representing the South African macadamia industry, Valley Macadamias chairman, Alan Sutton shared feedback on the INC's annual report and discussed key statistics on the growth and global supply of macadamias...

1 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

Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives
Why France banned meat names for vegetarian alternatives

France recently passed an amendment to its Agriculture Bill. It prohibits any product that is largely based on non-animal ingredients from being labelled like a traditional animal product...

By Malte B. Rödl 1 Jun 2018

Key insights into the global cinnamon market
Key insights into the global cinnamon market

Driven by the growth of population, the popularity of spices, and the growth of the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry, the cinnamon sector is expected to continue an upward consumption trend...

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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Wesgro, Western Cape businesses attending PLMA 2018

Wesgro, together with five Western Cape-based companies are participating in the Private Label Manufacturers Association Trade Show in Amsterdam to showcase agri-processed products...

30 May 2018

SACAU calls for African governments to invest in agricultural transformation
SACAU calls for African governments to invest in agricultural transformation

Following rich presentations, panel discussions and plenary sessions, the South African Confederation of Agriculture Unions conference agreed on a number of several key messages covering critical areas...

30 May 2018

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Growing macadamia nut industry poised for future success

Some publications go as far as to sight a global vegetarian population by 2050. The estimated $750m - $800m macadamia industry seems perfectly poised to answer this...

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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