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Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports
Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports

The South African transport and port company, Transnet, recently confirmed that activities at the container terminals in Durban and at Ngqura near Port Elizabeth were being affected by industrial action...

20 hours ago

CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate change
CUT professor helps Africa farmers adapt to climate change

Drought remains the number one disaster in Africa, and of all the people affected by all types of disasters, drought is responsible for over 88% of them...

18 hours ago

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CTICC to host over 100 international conferences by 2026

Over 100 international conferences, which are expected to bring over 127 000 delegates to Cape Town, has been confirmed to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre up until 2026...

10 Jul 2019

Move over coffee! Tea is the new 'it' drink
Move over coffee! Tea is the new 'it' drink

Tea may no longer be the lesser cousin to coffee. Social media is slowly increasing the appeal of the aromatic beverage as more people look for a healthier, caffeine-free drink to enjoy...

10 Jul 2019

Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies
Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies

As climate change alters temperature and rainfall patterns, yields of some crops are increasing while others decline. The net result: less food, especially where it's most needed.

10 Jul 2019

South African grapefruit season to end earlier
South African grapefruit season to end earlier

A very marketable crop of grapefruit, with a size distribution peaking on counts 40 and 45 and a higher percentage of class 1 exports over last year, will end earlier this season, which may cause some markets to run short of fruit...

10 Jul 2019

ECDC invests R500,000 into BAT-backed tobacco producer
ECDC invests R500,000 into BAT-backed tobacco producer

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation has invested an additional R500 000 into a tobacco production operation which has been expanded to 10 hectares in Balfour outside Fort Beaufort in the Kat River Valley.

9 Jul 2019

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New report: 10-year outlook on global agriculture and fish commodity markets

Global demand for agricultural products is projected to grow by 15%, while agricultural productivity growth is expected to increase slightly faster, causing inflation-adjusted prices of the major agricultural commodities to remain at or below their current levels...

9 Jul 2019

Grobank appoints new CEO
Grobank appoints new CEO

Grobank is pleased to announce the appointment of Bennie van Rooy as CEO with effect from 1 July 2019...

Issued by Grobank 8 Jul 2019

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'Heat stress to become greater threat to agricultural workers'

The agriculture sector in Africa could lose up to 14 million jobs by 2030 due to heat stress. This was according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation titled, 'Working on a warmer planet: The impact of heat stress on labour productivity and decent work'...

By Siyanda Sishuba 8 Jul 2019

Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture
Tap digital solutions to transform Africa's agriculture

Governments and developers should actively engage farmers to promote their use...

By Laura Owings 8 Jul 2019

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Ongoing conflicts take toll on food insecurity in Africa

Persisting conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people...

8 Jul 2019

Global food price index steady in June
Global food price index steady in June

Global food prices declined marginally in June, as lower prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset a significant jump in maize quotations, and are now very close to their level of a year ago...

5 Jul 2019

PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa offers programmes to attract, develop and retain industry talent
PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa offers programmes to attract, develop and retain industry talent

30 and 31 July 2019 have been set for the PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town...

Issued by Produce Marketing Association 5 Jul 2019

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SCA halts fracking exploration in the Eastern Cape

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled in favour of Agri Eastern Cape and other stakeholders, that no fracking shall be allowed for the time being...

5 Jul 2019

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Using citrus and grape by-products to preserve food

According to an interdisciplinary study at Stellenbosch University, large amounts of citrus and grape by-products that are normally treated as waste and generally disposed of in landfills could potentially be used in the production of natural food preservatives...

4 Jul 2019

International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy
International, pan-African organisations commit to collaboration on blue economy

Fishing, aquaculture, shipping, ports, energy and finance industries all came under the spotlight at the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF2019) held in Tunis, Tunisia late last month...

4 Jul 2019

Smallholder crop farming is on the decline in South Africa. Why it matters
Smallholder crop farming is on the decline in South Africa. Why it matters

The abandonment of crop farming fields isn't new. But some researchers say it's accelerated in the last two decades...

By Charlie Shackleton 4 Jul 2019

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Grabouw farm workers take Oak Valley Farm to equality court

The three-month strike at Oak Valley Farm carries on due to attempts by employers to negotiate in bad faith...

3 Jul 2019

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Vinpro's viticultural consultation service is under new leadership

Conrad Schutte has assumed the position of Vinpro consultation service manager, taking over from Francois Viljoen who was at the helm of this division for the past 20 years...

3 Jul 2019

Renewable energy, the key to sustainable agriculture in SA
Renewable energy, the key to sustainable agriculture in SA

In South Africa access to reliable and affordable power is becoming increasingly problematic, resulting in farmers switching to alternative power sources from renewable energy...

3 Jul 2019

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Campaign initiated following African swine fever outbreak

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development will as of Wednesday, 3 July 2019 embark on roadshows and awareness campaigns to meet with farmers and affected communities after African swine fever was reported in four provinces...

2 Jul 2019

Distell, Separation at Source launch Khayelitsha-based recycling programme
Distell, Separation at Source launch Khayelitsha-based recycling programme

Distell, in partnership with waste beneficiation and implementation partner, Separation at Source (S@S), launched GreenUp, a recycling programme based in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, during the recent ninth annual Sustainability Week...

1 Jul 2019

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Global demand for avocado has local farmers firmly focused

Agricultural company, Laeveld Agrochem advises avocado farmers to surround themselves with experts in orchard planning and crop cultivation. In addition, precision farming technology can be used to help producers ensure sustainable yields...

28 Jun 2019

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CoCT calls for suspension on octopus fishing

The City of Cape Town is calling on the National Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries to place a ban on the Exploratory Octopus Permit until such time as a sustainable solution is introduced...

28 Jun 2019

Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmers
Government relaxes water allocation restrictions for EC farmers

The easing of restrictions comes on the back of discussions between the Department of Water and Sanitation, Kouga Dam custodians the Gamtoos Irrigation Board and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 25 June 2019...

27 Jun 2019

PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa bringing together the entire fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain in Cape Town
PMA Fresh Connections: Southern Africa bringing together the entire fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain in Cape Town

The Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show is the only annual event in southern Africa connecting the entire fresh produce supply chain...

Issued by Produce Marketing Association 26 Jun 2019

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Key insights into Africa's wheat market

IndexBox's new report: Africa - Wheat - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights has revealed that the revenue for Africa's wheat market amounted to $15.5bn in 2017, rising by 11% against the previous year...

26 Jun 2019

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Kenyan smallholder farmers to benefit from $56m financing scheme from EU

Smallholder agribusinesses in Kenya are set to benefit from the European Union (EU)'s $56m financing scheme. Through the Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Facility, farmers will now be able to gain easier access to credit...

25 Jun 2019

Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers
Western Cape farmers urged to join business chambers

"Involvement of every farmer and business owner is imperative. We should stand united to cooperate with our municipalities, the province, business leaders and our communities."

25 Jun 2019

New report: Digital services to transform African agriculture
New report: Digital services to transform African agriculture

More than 90% of the market for digital services that support African smallholders remain untapped and could be worth more than €2bn (US$2.26bn), according to a new report...

24 Jun 2019

Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health
Integrated approach needed to aid conservation, health

There is no doubt that Africa is grappling with numerous challenges such as climate change, low agricultural productivity, poor health standards, rapid growing population and poverty...

21 Jun 2019

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