Agriculture Trends 2020

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Overview of the African fertiliser market

The international fertiliser market had a slow start in 2020 and the upcoming Lunar New Year in February might result in a quieter month. Higher freight rates will also have a possible impact on global producer netbacks...

21 Jan 2020

Microwaving sewage waste may make it safe to use as fertiliser on crops

The solids from wastewater plants are usually dumped into landfills because they are contaminated with heavy metals. Now there is a way to remove the metals so the waste can be used as fertiliser...

By Gang Chen 15 Jan 2020

Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads

"Climate change is a reality and its effects will be harsh. For that reason, we need to ensure we have all the weapons in our arsenal to combat it. And healthy veld is a very important weapon in this fight."

By Izak Hofmeyr 2 Jan 2020

Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change - but we're fast running out of it

Areas of the UK may lose their topsoil in little over a century according to new research...

17 Dec 2019

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

By Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'

Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

By Munyaradzi Makoni 25 Nov 2019

Dangote, Togo partner to transform phosphate into fertiliser

Under the partnership, Togo will provide access to phosphate resources and the Dangote Group will provide access to ammonia and to the Nigerian market...

12 Nov 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by 2 Oct 2019

Keeping agrochemicals safe

Incorrectly used and in the wrong hands, agrochemicals can have serious consequences for the health of users, the public, and the environment...

Issued by Pyrotec 1 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by 27 Sep 2019

Have your say on Feeds and Pet Food Bill

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has invited members of the public to participate in the consultation workshops on the Feeds and Pet Food Bills, and Fertiliser Bill...

26 Sep 2019

Subsidies are key to better fertiliser access, study shows

Subsidies for manufacturing companies could help improve access to fertiliser in developing countries without increasing environmental stress, a team of international researchers has proposed...

By Inga Vesper 22 Aug 2019

Restoring soil can help address climate change

It's time to take soil seriously. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states with very high confidence in its latest report, land degradation represents "one of the biggest and most urgent challenges" that humanity faces...

By David R. Montgomery 14 Aug 2019

Soil health: Feeding the world, protecting the earth

Studies by scientists have shown that soil health in South Africa is declining more and more every year. Looking at specific soil biological indicators that are linked to root health and nutrient mineralisation in around 10,000 soil samples over the past five years, it has been found that more than 70% have not had optimal soil biological life...

By Venessa Moodley 8 Aug 2019

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