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Global mutton market dominated by China
Global mutton market dominated by China

China is the world's largest producer, consumer and importer of sheep meat, according to the ABSA Agribusiness 2018 spring outlook...

By Karabo Takadi, Wessel Lemmer and Pieter de Jager 3 hours ago

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#IATF2018: How African leaders can help transform agriculture in Africa

"Africa's leaders should honour their commitment to allocate 10% of their budgets to agriculture if the continent is to improve food security, reduce poverty and spur economic growth."

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Nedbank, YES partner on urban aquaponic farming initiatives
Nedbank, YES partner on urban aquaponic farming initiatives

The communities of Tembisa and Bushbuckridge are set to benefit from the launch of a new high tech urban farming facility through Nedbank's R5.9 million investment in the Tembisa Yes Green Engine...

4 Dec 2018

Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth
Transforming the African agribusiness sector: Tech, transparency hold key to inclusive growth

According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then...

By Frédéric Massé 4 Dec 2018

Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction
Norval Foundation to host the 2019 American Express Barrel Auction

Wine connoisseurs will have the opportunity to taste, bid and potentially own exclusive wine vintages at the annual American Express Barrel Auction, which takes place on Friday, 1 March 2019...

3 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize production

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

By Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine career
Drostdy Hof, PYDA partner to advance one young female's wine career

Drostdy Hof, in collaboration with the Stellenbosch-based Pinotage Youth Development Academy has created a year-long programme, which will include technical on-the-job learning and personal development in the South African wine industry...

3 Dec 2018

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms
Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms

It's now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter to one-third of the world's land is degraded to some extent.

By Philip Dobie 3 Dec 2018

Meet the Maker: Simone Musgrave
Meet the Maker: Simone Musgrave

I was recently offered the opportunity to attend the official launch of the Musgrave Gin Pink Fridays at the Maslow Hotel where I got to sit down and have a drink with the creator herself, Simone Musgrave...

By Samantha Snedorf 30 Nov 2018

The benefits of achieving optimal tyre performance in farming
The benefits of achieving optimal tyre performance in farming

Many of the factors affecting agricultural productivity are beyond the farmer's control..

30 Nov 2018

Farm safety remains top priority for Agri Securitas
Farm safety remains top priority for Agri Securitas

The Agri Securitas Trust Fund which was established in 1999, has to date protected at least 500 farms and nearly 3,000 farm workers against rural crime in Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape...

30 Nov 2018

Meet Timothy Witbooi, the winemaker behind Lourensford's award-winning SMV
Meet Timothy Witbooi, the winemaker behind Lourensford's award-winning SMV

Timothy Witbooi is the winemaker wielding the wand of Lourensford Wine Estates Limited Release SMV, a delectable blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre and Viognier - the estate's most awarded and popular wines...

29 Nov 2018

Processed food sales gets a boost from the growing meat market
Processed food sales gets a boost from the growing meat market

Growing meat production, increasing demand for affordable animal protein, and preference for convenience is expected to grow the processed meat market...

29 Nov 2018

Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies
Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies

Bayer will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. This next step will mark the first anniversary of the company's transparency initiative, having been launched on 7 December 2017...

29 Nov 2018

Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO
Viable forest solutions are needed to build greener, healthier cities says FAO

"More sustainable models of urban growth are urgently needed," said Hiroto Mitsugi, Food and Agriculture Organisation assistant director-general, Forestry Department at the opening of the first World Forum on Urban Forests...

28 Nov 2018

We can eat our fish and fight climate change too
We can eat our fish and fight climate change too

Fish and other seafood needs to be included in conversation in order to build more sustainable and climate-friendly food systems...

By Philip A Loring and Ratana Chuenpagdee 28 Nov 2018

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Food security: Africa should be the answer

The focus that agriculture currently enjoys is a golden opportunity for science and skills transfer to position Africa as the solution to the food security conundrum, argues Peter Oberem...

By Peter Oberem 28 Nov 2018

Aquaculture key to food security and nutrition?
Aquaculture key to food security and nutrition?

"As the pressure grows on the world's arable land, aquaculture must play a bigger role in food production if we are to feed a population of 9.8 billion by 2050."

By Helen Swingler and John Bolton 27 Nov 2018

Woolies pies the first SA food to use certified sustainable palm oil
Woolies pies the first SA food to use certified sustainable palm oil

Woolworths ready-made, frozen and hot counter pies are the first South African-made food products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

27 Nov 2018

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Market access sustains SA's fresh fruit industry

It's the time of year when we tap into our affinity for relationships, which we hardly view alongside billions of rands or the creation of thousands of much-needed jobs. Well, when it comes to market access, SA's R44bn fresh fruit industry does just that...

By Konanani Liphadzi 27 Nov 2018

Import regulations: What traveller's to SA should know
Import regulations: What traveller's to SA should know

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has called all international travellers, who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

26 Nov 2018

Steps rural communities can take to protect their water resources
Steps rural communities can take to protect their water resources

For rural communities in the highlands of eastern Africa, water for domestic use is not piped. They have to collect, or use it from springs or rivers and it's accessible to anyone. Increasingly, highland communities in Tanzania and Ethiopia face challenges when it comes to water quantity and quality...

By Jeremias Mowo 26 Nov 2018

Clayton Reabow, Rudger van Wyk take top honours at 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards
Clayton Reabow, Rudger van Wyk take top honours at 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards

The 2018 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Awards recipients were recently announced at the La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek...

26 Nov 2018

New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250m
New paperless system saves SA fruit export R250m

After a successful pilot introduction and implementation by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the roll-out of a new e-Certification IT platform to the fruit industry in 2019 will save the industry at least R250m over the next five years...

26 Nov 2018

Meet the Maker: Andrew Rall of Distillery 031
Meet the Maker: Andrew Rall of Distillery 031

Distillery 031, as the dialing code inspired name would suggest, is a Durban based distillery run by Andrew Rall - the founder and master distiller. Here, Samantha Snedorf finds out more...

By Samantha Snedorf 23 Nov 2018

Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods
Kenyans can celebrate food price relief, but they are not out of the woods

Celebrations were in order when Kenya recovered from the 2017 drought, when food price inflation was at double digits, causing political tension during the general election, however...

By Wandile Sihlobo 23 Nov 2018

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First steps to tackling South Africa's abalone poaching

South Africa faces the possible collapse of several inshore fisheries, particularly certain species of linefish, abalone and West Coast Rock Lobster...

By Marieke Norton 23 Nov 2018

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Kelp: How sea weed stimulates plant growth

From 15 November to 16 November, Afrikelp hosted an introductory tour for the agricultural writers of South Africa to learn more about how kelp is used in the agriculture and food industry...

23 Nov 2018

Cognitive robots impact poultry sector
Cognitive robots impact poultry sector

Scientists have clinched funding from a €3m pot to develop cognitive robots for flexible agro-food technology, which could make a real difference in the poultry meat sector...

22 Nov 2018

PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers
PEFC endorses sustainable forest management initiative for SA's rural farmers

As the demand for sustainably produced and certified forest products increases, both abroad and locally, certification is becoming a trade barrier to small-scale forestry units and emerging timber growers...

22 Nov 2018

How Pick n Pay and WWF-SA are collaborating to transform seafood procurement
How Pick n Pay and WWF-SA are collaborating to transform seafood procurement

A report titled 'A decade of impact', released yesterday by WWF-SA and Pick n Pay, demonstrates how partnerships in the seafood supply chain can help secure responsible fisheries...

22 Nov 2018

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to know

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

By Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

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