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New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion

Colsen BV has developed a technology that overcomes the challenges of the high ammonia concentrations such that the value of poultry manure can be enhanced by creating renewable energy and fertilisers...

16 Jan 2019

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings...

By Wandile Sihlobo 15 Jan 2019

Why Nigeria should first support rice farmers before it cuts off imports

Nigeria spends an average of $22bn (N7.92trn) each year on food imports. Its major food imports include wheat, sugar and fish...

By Rahman Akintayo Sanusi 15 Jan 2019

Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industry

East Africa could soon be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its regional fruit industry...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 14 Jan 2019

Future Farmers expands to Paarl

The Future Farmers Foundation, founded in 2006 by Judy Stuart, has made a tremendous impact on the lives of aspiring young farmers...

14 Jan 2019

New Year's messages from agri leaders

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

14 Jan 2019

SA dairy championships: Enter now

Agri-Expo has invited all dairy producers to enter the 2019 South African dairy championships...

11 Jan 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

Managed bees versus wild bees? It's not that simple in South Africa

There's widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services...

By Tlou Masehela 10 Jan 2019

Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in cattle in Limpopo's Vhembe

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has confirmed that laboratory results have tested positive for Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in the Vhembe District of Limpopo...

9 Jan 2019

CRV comes in with strong sire portfolios

CRV Avoncroft's portfolio has been strengthened by the addition of some top 2019 graduates and new InSire bulls. The continued investment in genomics is resulting in higher reliabilities for the InSire bulls. This also allows for better sire selection.

7 Jan 2019

Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

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