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#CitrusSummit: Fruitful opportunities in technology

At the recent Citrus Growers Association's conference in Port Elizabeth, the Citrus Academy's general manager, Jacomien De Klerk said the rapid advancement of technology and its potential to efficiently connect the planet and people is both thrilling and daunting...

By Carin Venter 18 hours ago

How MSC's ecolabelling is tackling seafood fraud
How MSC's ecolabelling is tackling seafood fraud

DNA barcoding of more than 1,400 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labelled products has shown that less than 1% were mislabelled, compared with a reported average global seafood mislabelling rate of 30%.

18 hours ago

Rooibos exports to Japan hit record high in 2018
Rooibos exports to Japan hit record high in 2018

More than 2,000 tonnes of rooibos was shipped to Japan in 2018 - the largest consignment since the South African indigenous tea was first introduced to the Japanese in the '80s...

13 Mar 2019

A look at Lourensford's wine harvest for 2019
A look at Lourensford's wine harvest for 2019

Lourensford Estate is mid-way through their 2019 harvest and while the winemaking team wait for the remaining grapes to reach perfect ripeness over the next three weeks, Cellarmaster Hannes Nel reports back...

13 Mar 2019

BI to unveil new products at NAMPO 2019
BI to unveil new products at NAMPO 2019

Bearings International (BI) will unveil a range of new products for the agricultural industry at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day from 14 to 17 May 2019 in Bothaville in the Free State

12 Mar 2019

Aerobotics named Best Tech Company of the Year 2019
Aerobotics named Best Tech Company of the Year 2019

The award recognises the technological achievements of a company's sound strategy, which ensures the successful delivery of its commercial advantages and shareholder value...

12 Mar 2019

Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay
Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay

Last week's statement of government support for the South African poultry industry does not end the industry crisis caused by dumped imports. But it could mark the start of a new era of co-operation...

12 Mar 2019

Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change
Citizen science helps farmers adapt to climate change

The selection of seed varieties adapted to a particular climate could be refined if farmers themselves assess their performance, using their plots as small, experimental laboratories...

By Cecilia Rosen 12 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April
Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

Ethiopia needs to improve production of its "golden crop" Teff. Here's how
Ethiopia needs to improve production of its "golden crop" Teff. Here's how

Teff is in demand because it has various health benefits. It's high in fibre and rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, and amino acids. But what's really contributed to its enormous popularity, is that it's gluten free...

11 Mar 2019

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Global hydroponic markets to reach estimated CAGR of 6.5% by 2025

With the advent of advanced agricultural infrastructures and procedures, hydroponics is gaining widespread popularity with its ability to address the need for green vegetables...

11 Mar 2019

Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch
Woolworths, partners launch community learning farm in Stellenbosch

Woolworths has partnered with Spier Wine Farm, the Sustainability Institute and its AgroEcology Academy to launch the Living Soils Community Learning Farm - a three-year pilot project with the aim to establish demonstrative ecologically-restorative methods to grow nutrient-rich foods...

8 Mar 2019

High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices
High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices

Digital approaches in farming are called "precision agriculture", which aims to measure the needs of crops or livestock as precisely as possible to be able to apply "the right amount at the right time". This has proven to be a valuable approach, particularly for crops...

8 Mar 2019

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The impact of Eskom's tariff increase on agriculture

The Eskom tariff increases announced for the next three years will impact the agricultural economy negatively by increasing the cost of production - pushing up electricity as one of the highest input costs for irrigation farmers...

By Dawie Maree 8 Mar 2019

One elephant dung gin coming up
One elephant dung gin coming up

Elephant dung may top the list as the most unusual place to forage for gin botanicals. But Dr Les Ansley and Professor Paula Ansley have been doing just this to create Indlovu Gin...

7 Mar 2019

How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy
How droughts will affect South Africa's broader economy

Climate change poses a threat to everyone. Governments, farmers and society, in general, need to take proactive steps to deal with the outcomes of changing weather patterns...

By Mmatlou Kalaba 7 Mar 2019

African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers
African seed companies shine in serving smallholder farmers

The Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation has placed two African seed companies at the top of this year's Access to Seeds Index for eastern and southern Africa, for playing a key role in raising smallholder farmer productivity...

7 Mar 2019

SA Wine Steward Programme boosts tourism opportunities for unemployed youth
SA Wine Steward Programme boosts tourism opportunities for unemployed youth

The objective of the three-year programme, which comprises of 30% theory and 70% practical training, is to upskill unemployed youth and ensure that they are employable within the hospitality and wine industry...

6 Mar 2019

Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province
Zambia: FMD outbreak in southern province

Foot and mouth disease has been reported in Monze, Zambia. So far, more than 20 cattle have been affected across the district...

6 Mar 2019

Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons
Seil-Safari navigates farmers through unchartered waters to new horizons

From 1-5 April 2019, Seil-Safari will bring together world-class speakers, agricultural experts and South Africa's farming community to share knowledge and know-how on the latest innovations and solutions in the sector...

Issued by Echo Produksies 5 Mar 2019

AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers
AFGRI commits R3m funding support to SA farmers

AFGRI has launched a not-for-profit company, the AFGRI Support Fund to assist those in the South Africa agricultural sector with their financial needs...

5 Mar 2019

Impact of petrol/diesel price increase on farmers
Impact of petrol/diesel price increase on farmers

The increase in the price of petrol at 74 cents a litre and diesel around 91 cents a litre, will have a severe impact on the cash flow of farmers...

By Dawie Maree 5 Mar 2019

Sovereign Foods merges with Cold Storage Group
Sovereign Foods merges with Cold Storage Group

Sovereign Foods, the third largest poultry producer in South Africa, announced its merger with the Cold Storage Group (CSG), an Eastern Cape wholesaler of poultry and value-added poultry products...

4 Mar 2019

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019
4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for FNB Agriculture, says agricultural technology innovation is evolving at an unprecedented pace, leaving farmers with no choice but to adapt and reinvent themselves...

4 Mar 2019

Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awards
Call for nominations for the 2019 #YAFF awards

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries invites stakeholders in the sector to nominate young top producers in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for the 2019 Youth in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Awards...

4 Mar 2019

Stellenbosch University's agriculture initiative to aid Malawi farming community
Stellenbosch University's agriculture initiative to aid Malawi farming community

The Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University will play a part in helping the Malawian economy move away from its dependency on tobacco farming towards other viable alternatives...

1 Mar 2019

Aerobotics expands its Series A funding with Paper Plane Ventures
Aerobotics expands its Series A funding with Paper Plane Ventures

South Africa startup Aerobotics has announced the expansion of its Series A funding round to $4m, through a signed deal with Paper Plane Ventures...

1 Mar 2019

Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa
Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa

The liquor industry has signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating on the African Continent...

1 Mar 2019

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Green & Gold Macadamias, Camellia form new marketing partnership

"We are delighted that Camellia has taken the decision to market their macadamia brand, Maclands through G&G. The addition of their produce now makes us responsible for selling 20% of the globe's kernel crop in all markets around the world."

28 Feb 2019

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A cut in summer crop output but not worse off

The rebound in production conditions from the beginning of January 2019 spurred farmers to catch up with plantings of summer crops, particularly maize whose planting window was almost closed...

By Paul Makube 28 Feb 2019

Kuzisa injects R11m into fully black-owned M'Hudi wine farm
Kuzisa injects R11m into fully black-owned M'Hudi wine farm

In the lead-up to the inaugural W12 Congress in Cape Town this May, economic development organisation Kuzisa has committed an R11m financial injection intended for job creation in the Bloekombos community of the Western Cape...

28 Feb 2019

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