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What farmers can learn from restaurants

Wes Lefroy, an agricultural analyst from Rabobank Australia is joined by Paula Savanti, New York-based senior analyst for Consumer Foods discuss on how restaurants are implementing data in marketing, and how this affects their strategic and operational decisions...

12 hours ago

How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy
How investment in irrigation is paying off for Ethiopia's economy

After rapid economic growth averaging 10% every year between 2004 and 2014, Ethiopia has emerged as an engine of development in Africa.

By Gebisa Ejeta 11 hours ago

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Vititec rebrands, continues commitment to sustainably grow SA wine

Vititec has rebranded to emphasise its commitment as a sustainable wine industry partner...

1 day ago

Spinning up a data annotation team
Spinning up a data annotation team

Modern tech companies' core defensibility is often in rapidly building proprietary datasets. These are generally niche datasets...

By Benjamin Meltzer 1 day ago

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NW MEC commits to addressing farmers' challenges

North West MEC for Rural‚ Environment and Agricultural Development, Desbo Mohono, says she will speedily address farmers' challenges and prioritise the needs of emerging farmers in the province...

1 day ago

Uncertainty about rainfall remains high
Uncertainty about rainfall remains high

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says the far western and south-western parts of the country are still suffering severe drought conditions...

1 day ago

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Key insights: Global pineapple juice market

The global pineapple juice market revenue amounted to $829m in 2017, coming down by -4.1% against the previous year...

2 days ago

Foot-and-mouth disease task teams formed
Foot-and-mouth disease task teams formed

Following a meeting between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Animal Health Forum, three task teams have been set up to deal with the current FMD outbreak, and the management of the disease going forward...

By Marike Brits 2 days ago

New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion
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...

2 days ago

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Distell launches new Libertas Vineyard and Estates wine company

Libertas Vineyards and Estates' managing director, Kay Nash said the move was a "significant shift" from Distell's previous approach where premium wines were managed as a division within the global company's multi-category portfolio.

3 days ago

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
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 3 days ago

FMD: Minimal impact on wool exports
FMD: Minimal impact on wool exports

Leon de Beer, general manager of the National Woolgrowers Association (NWGA), has shared information on the impact of the current FMD outbreak in Limpopo...

3 days ago

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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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

Global food prices steady in December
Global food prices steady in December

Cereal prices have offset declining sugar and dairy quotations...

10 Jan 2019

Honey bees are the most important single species for crop pollination.
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

Startups turn waste into opportunity
Startups turn waste into opportunity

Global food waste is a problem that weighs 1.3 billion tonnes a year. A third of all food produced never gets eaten; a fact that has launched a food rescue movement...

10 Jan 2019

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Q&A w/ Tania Kleintjes-Moses: Chenin Blanc, women in wine and proud legacies

Spier Wine Farm's organic winemaker, Tania Kleintjes-Moses elaborates on why she chose a career in winemaking, why she thinks the industry is still very much a boy's club and how she is channelling her groot oupa, trying to leave behind a proud legacy of her own...

By Juanita Pienaar 9 Jan 2019

Excavator sales to recover from 2018 industry slump
Excavator sales to recover from 2018 industry slump

The excavator market is estimated to improve its volume by 3.2% year-on-year in 2019 over 2018...

9 Jan 2019

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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

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Another tough year for the agricultural industry?

As I write this article from my home in Bloemfontein, we have recorded only 8mm of rain for December. It feels as though we are back in December 2015 with another drought looming ahead...

By Dr Frikkie Maré 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Glou Glou's top 3 South African wine trends
#BizTrends2019: Glou Glou's top 3 South African wine trends

Online wine platform Glou Glou ('glug glug' in French) founders Kristen Duff and Gosia Young list their top SA wine trends for 2019...

By Kristen Duff and Gosia Young 8 Jan 2019

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Q&A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-up

Jennifer Blanke, vice-president of the African Development Ban, talks Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ways to transform African agriculture...

By Baraka Rateng' 8 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019
#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

By Peter Setou 7 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains
#BizTrends2019: Traceability at item level across entire supply chains

A recent development has been implemented as a value chain solution stretching across five consecutive roles in the cotton and cotton products value chain, aiming to still link up the remaining three to four roles to complete the journey from cotton farmers to consumers of cotton-based garments and fashion...

By Dr Hennie Ras 7 Jan 2019

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