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AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in Morocco
AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in Morocco

The new premises are to serve as the company's regional sales office for West and North Africa...

1 day ago

Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholders
Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholders

Sweet potato could solve nutritional deficiencies and aid food security in poor households...

By Munyaradzi Makoni 1 day ago

Hatch Mansfield CEO, Patrick McGrath; Sommelier Wine Awards' Micaela Martins Ferreira; director of Taittinger, Clovis Taittinger; and Kleine Zalze proprietor, Kobus Basson.
Celebrating Kleine Zalze's second straight win as best New World Producer

On a grey day with begging-to-be-photographed trees waving a Winter-coloured welcome, I was part of a media group that found the conditions just perfect for sampling delicious wintery food at Kleine Zalze's Terroir...

By Leigh Andrews 10 Jun 2019

John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth
John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth

John Deere and Corteva Agriscience have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating Africa's agricultural sector and enriching the lives of farmers across the continent...

7 Jun 2019

Nederburg's noble late harvest wins Old Mutual's 2019 dessert wine trophy
Nederburg's noble late harvest wins Old Mutual's 2019 dessert wine trophy

Nederburg has won the Old Mutual Trophy for Best Dessert Wine (Unfortified) at the 2019 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The trophy was earned for The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2018...

7 Jun 2019

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Why crop insurance is a vital tool in minimising risk for SA farmers

With limited areas of arable land available for crop production, limited water resources and the constant risk of drought looming over the horizon, farmers have had to take more notice of the various types of risk that they face than ever before...

By Phillip du Preez 6 Jun 2019

Financial incentives could spur cities and landowners to protect wetlands
Financial incentives could spur cities and landowners to protect wetlands

With partnerships between landowners, the government and businesses, South Africa can invest in its wetlands and boost the country's potable water reserves...

By Alanna Rebelo 6 Jun 2019

Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economy
Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economy

The South African economy, the most industrialised economy on the African continent, has been struggling to gain momentum and has not grown by more than 2.5% a year since 2013...

By Tebogo Mashabela 5 Jun 2019

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Agricultural trader records 30% increase in pork prices

The price increase is on the back of an outbreak of African Swine Flu - which is harmless to humans, but fatal to pigs - in China, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, creating a global shortage of pork and the import parity of pork into South Africa.

5 Jun 2019

Food grade machinery line launched reducing contamination risks
Food grade machinery line launched reducing contamination risks

"The use of registered food-grade lubricants and grease products are critical in preventing foodborne hazards from occurring."

4 Jun 2019

Three-pronged partnership to upskill SA's black farmers
Three-pronged partnership to upskill SA's black farmers

In a unique approach to transformation and development, commercial farmers involved in primary and secondary agricultural who receive grants from the Department of Agriculture are being given the opportunity to hone their skills both on and off their farms...

4 Jun 2019

How Fair Cape Dairies made its packaging more recyclable
How Fair Cape Dairies made its packaging more recyclable

When Cape Town-based dairy farm Fair Cape Dairies decided to package its Single Origin EcoFresh milk in white plastic bottles it seemed like a good idea - white PET bottles are technically acceptable for recycling...

3 Jun 2019

New stewardship project equips smallholders against climate change
New stewardship project equips smallholders against climate change

"The intention of the project is that at least 20 small-scale farmers undergo extensive training in Climate Wise Agriculture (CWA). They will test out climate wise approaches to farming in trial plots on local farms that will be set up for evaluating and monitoring alternative practices...

3 Jun 2019

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Free State Agriculture calls for strong action against anthrax outbreak

"Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses serious concerns about the outbreak of anthrax in Lesotho. This could have catastrophic consequences for the meat industry in the province."

31 May 2019

Farmer-to-farmer programme launches in Zimbabwe
Farmer-to-farmer programme launches in Zimbabwe

The Farmer-to-Farmer Programme will focus on horticulture, legumes and livestock/dairy value chains due to their potential to benefit many farmers and earn high returns on investment...

31 May 2019

Cleaver Awards 2019 honour SA's best butcheries
Cleaver Awards 2019 honour SA's best butcheries

The country's best butcheries were recognised at the 14th annual Cleaver Awards...

31 May 2019

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SA bans livestock imports from Lesotho

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has banned livestock imports and their products from Lesotho into South Africa, following a report of a susceptible anthrax outbreak.

30 May 2019

Do you have a frog in your orchid?
Do you have a frog in your orchid?

A new approach that could transform agriculture in the region is gaining traction. Jorisna Bonthuys takes a look at regenerative agriculture and how it relates to the horticultural sector in the article: Rooting for a sustainable future - Unlocking regenerative farming...

30 May 2019

Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to Africa
Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to Africa

The partnership initiative will support a cohort of 12 budding young agri-food entrepreneurs to scale and prosper their ventures...

30 May 2019

Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries management
Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries management

The foraging behaviour of African penguins could provide useful information to aid fisheries management, a study conducted in South Africa suggests.

By Stephanie Achieng' 30 May 2019

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The maize price, risk and insurance

Risk is synonymous with farming, and in the grain industry it is even higher, considering current conditions...

30 May 2019

Wine & Food Tourism Conference extends award nomination deadline
Wine & Food Tourism Conference extends award nomination deadline

Currently, in its fourth year, the annual Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference will now be known as the Wine & Food Tourism Conference. This year's event, which will take place 18 September 2019 at Spier near Stellenbosch, will introduce the inaugural...

30 May 2019

The future of AI in agriculture
The future of AI in agriculture

Thinking of a future with no farmers in the farms?

29 May 2019

Le Lude makes South African MCC history at Decanter Awards
Le Lude makes South African MCC history at Decanter Awards

The 2012 Vintage Cuvée from Franschhoek-based wine farm Le Lude received a platinum award at the 16th Decanter World Wine Awards - making it the first SA MCC to receive such a high accolade...

29 May 2019

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FMD outbreak officially over

While control measures remain in place in the high surveillance area of foot-and-mouth disease, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has declared the end of the outbreak...

29 May 2019

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Water crisis detrimental to Astral's poultry operations

Astral is actively seeking alternative water supply solutions in an attempt to mitigate any further cost impacts under the ongoing water supply interruptions. All possible avenues are being explored...

29 May 2019

Threat of new strike at Robertson Winery
Threat of new strike at Robertson Winery

Wage talks leave workers unsatisfied...

28 May 2019

How design thinking united Malawian researchers and farmers
How design thinking united Malawian researchers and farmers

Local based approaches from farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs prove successful for innovation in Malawi...

By Kurt R. Richter and Bill Heinrich 28 May 2019

Results from new study on penguins could help inform fishery management
Results from new study on penguins could help inform fishery management

According to a recently published study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, how adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance...

28 May 2019

Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries
Nestlé launches innovation challenge in 6 African countries

Nestlé has launched a Research and Development (R&D) innovation challenge in sub-Saharan Africa to provide a platform for startups and universities to contribute to local sustainable growth...

28 May 2019

South Africans spend more on beer and wine than on coffee
South Africans spend more on beer and wine than on coffee

SA households spend more on wine than on coffee, but beer still comes out tops as South Africans' most preferred beverage, said Stats SA...

28 May 2019

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Should South Africa explore the cannabis market?

The growing emphasis that agriculture should be amongst the key sectors driving the South African economy and job creation has mainly leaned on potential expansion in hectares of labour-intensive, and globally sought-after horticulture products...

By Wandile Sihlobo 28 May 2019

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