SA wine praised at International Association of Sommeliers Cape Town session
SA wine praised at International Association of Sommeliers Cape Town session

South African Sommelier Association leads the way in Africa, says Association de la Sommellerie International...

6 Feb 2019

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Finance institutions invest in blueberry farm expansion

International financial institutions recently announced a United Exports investment that will support a 180ha blueberry farm expansion and infrastructure upgrade...

6 Feb 2019

Sea Harvest in bid to buy up Australian-listed Mareterram
Sea Harvest in bid to buy up Australian-listed Mareterram

South African fishing and food company Sea Harvest International has entered into a bid implementation agreement with its 56.3% held Australian subsidiary, Mareterram...

6 Feb 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

By Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

Nestlé enhances supply chain transparency by sharing list of suppliers
Nestlé enhances supply chain transparency by sharing list of suppliers

Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestlé will accelerate its journey to reach full supply chain transparency by disclosing its list of suppliers alongside a variety of data of its 15 priority commodities...

5 Feb 2019

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FMD spill-over contained

South Africa and her trading partners took concerned notice of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease spill-over reported in January 2019. Rapid and coordinated action from government and industry followed reports of the outbreak...

By Marike Brits 5 Feb 2019

Clover receives R4.8bn buyout offer from Milco consortium
Clover receives R4.8bn buyout offer from Milco consortium

Clover has received a buyout offer from the newly-formed consortium called Milco, which has plans to delist the dairy business from the JSE and expand it across sub-Saharan Africa...

4 Feb 2019

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How agricultural innovation is helping Africa grow

Experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes...

4 Feb 2019

How drought affects freshwater fish
How drought affects freshwater fish

When we think of a river, dark, cool rushing water - full of energy and life - comes to mind. Yet, in the face of climate change, we are frequently witnessing almost entirely dry river beds with barely enough water to support fish and other aquatic life...

4 Feb 2019

Agritech Expo Zambia returns, adds new features
Agritech Expo Zambia returns, adds new features

"Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 promises more agro-technology and innovation advancements as the event continues to unveil the future for our agriculture."

1 Feb 2019

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Agri-Vie Fund acquires 36% of local FMCG manufacturer

While the beverage industry is dominated by global brands, good investment opportunities still exist in companies with excellent management, a good product offering and strong distribution channels...

1 Feb 2019

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How vegan-friendly is your wine?

Wine is made from grapes so all wines must be vegan-friendly, right? Not necessarily...

1 Feb 2019

Bridgestone extends 5-year warranty on selected agricultural tyres
Bridgestone extends 5-year warranty on selected agricultural tyres

Tyres purchased from 14 May 2018 fall within the new warranty; however, any agricultural tyre purchased before this date will fall under the existing five-year warranty...

31 Jan 2019

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Agriculture Minister enjoys rare exposure to fruit industry

In January, Minister Senzeni Zokwana's first-ever visit to the fresh fruit industry made for a historic event on the industry calendar...

By Konanani Liphadzi 31 Jan 2019

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Good performance in SA agricultural exports despite the drought

Wine is one of South Africa's largest agricultural exports, therefore the growth in its exports contributes positively to the country's agricultural trade balance...

By Wandile Sihlobo 31 Jan 2019

Blockchain systems are tracking food safety and origins
Blockchain systems are tracking food safety and origins

When a Chinese consumer buys a package labelled "Australian beef", there's only a 50-50 chance the meat inside is, in fact, Australian beef. It could just as easily contain rat, dog, horse or camel meat...

By Nir Kshetri 30 Jan 2019

Brambles makes progress towards 2020 Sustainability Goals
Brambles makes progress towards 2020 Sustainability Goals

Brambles show ongoing improvements in making customers' supply chains more efficient, safer and sustainable...

30 Jan 2019

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Agri EC president urges Eastern Cape farmers to remain resilient

Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern has called on the province's farmers to stay on their land despite facing the triple financial threat of unrelenting drought, raging veld fires and land expropriation without compensation...

30 Jan 2019

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Summer crop down but better than earlier market expectations

The latest National Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) report indicates that farmers have planted 2.27 million hectares of maize this season, which is slightly down by 2.2% year-on-year. Of the three major producing provinces, the biggest decline is in the Free State with a 5% drop in the planted area...

By Paul Makube 30 Jan 2019

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Agribusiness: Driving firm performance in Africa agriculture

According to the World Bank, Africa's economic performance over the last decade has been significant, registering an average growth of 5%. If this growth is maintained, projections indicate that Africa's current GDP of 4.1% will increase by an estimated threefold by 2030 and sevenfold by 2050...

By Patience Panashe 29 Jan 2019

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El Nino uncertainty in 2019

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says there is positive news for rainfall conditions, at least during February, for most of the summer rainfall area.

29 Jan 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SA
Drought survey shows severe crisis conditions in rural SA

Agri SA conducted a survey in December 2018 among its members to accurately assess the impact of the drought on farming and job creation...

29 Jan 2019

If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste
If Constantia could be captured in a bottle, this is how it would taste

Something big is about to happen in the South African wine industry and it is led by none other than top wine connoisseur and negociant, Wade Bales...

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Jan 2019

How we can "bank" water underground for use later on
How we can "bank" water underground for use later on

Since groundwater was developed as a science 150 years ago by Henry Darcy, several ideas using engineering and technology have cropped up on how best to manage it...

By Gaathier Mahed 28 Jan 2019

COCT, PEDI sign MoA to train Philippi's urban farmers in organic farming
COCT, PEDI sign MoA to train Philippi's urban farmers in organic farming

A group of 22 urban farmers will be trained in organic farming methods in the next 12 months. They will further be assisted to achieve Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) status on their farms...

25 Jan 2019

UFS tea farming project gets financial boost
UFS tea farming project gets financial boost

Two South African government departments have granted the University of the Free State's Department of Pharmacology a combined amount of R15m for the establishment of four tea farms in disadvantaged communities in the North West and Eastern Cape...

25 Jan 2019

New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa
New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa

It's estimated that by 2050, global aviation could account for over 22% of all global carbon dioxide emissions due to rapid growth in air traffic...

25 Jan 2019

Wool market trades higher
Wool market trades higher

The wool market ended higher at this weeks' auction, with the Cape Wools Merino Indicator increasing by 2,7% and by 578 points to close at a value of R221,02 (clean)...

25 Jan 2019

Why citrus essential oil sees growing demand in food, beverage sector
Why citrus essential oil sees growing demand in food, beverage sector

According to a study by Fact.MR, citrus essential oil sales increased by over 3,000 tonnes in 2018 over 2017.

24 Jan 2019

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