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AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network
AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network

Vertical farming has many benefits such as year-round production, increased profitability, fewer space requirements and a reduced carbon footprint, but it is not without its challenges, some of which include the cost of infrastructure, reliable electricity supply and knowledge and skills...

17 Apr 2019

Gondwana Game Reserve launches new fynbos conservation experience
Gondwana Game Reserve launches new fynbos conservation experience

Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route will launch a Fynbos Conservation Experience this month, which includes a guided nature walk lead by their resident botanist...

12 Apr 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

Hortgro's Nicholas Dicey named new WAPA president
Hortgro's Nicholas Dicey named new WAPA president

Nicholas Dicey, chairman of Hortgro, has been elected president of the World Apple and Pear Association (WAPA)...

19 Feb 2019

Global seed companies address climate change, nutrition needs
Global seed companies address climate change, nutrition needs

The Access to Seeds Index 2019 - Global Seed Companies, published by the Amsterdam-based Access to Seeds Foundation, evaluates the activities of the 13 leading global seed companies...

7 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

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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

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

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AGCO unveils innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa's rural communities

Capacity-building and agricultural mechanisation are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa...

22 Jan 2019

Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus
Bizcommunity Recruitment in Africa Focus

A comprehensive B2B Recruitment Focus from December 2018 to February 2019 will ensure that Bizcommunity is the go-to destination for all the B2B news you'll need to plan your HR and recruitment strategies in 2019...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Oct 2018

The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!
The best Biz summer holiday (content) package ever!

Feeling a bit state-capsized, swept along by more waves than a cryptocurrency chart? Here are some life-saving festive content ideas...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 15 Oct 2018

To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?
To what extent will agriculture contribute to the reduction in unemployment in South Africa?

On Thursday, October 4, the National Economic Development Labour Council convened the Presidential Jobs Summit whose renewed mission is to combat the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate...

By Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya 10 Oct 2018

Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals
Study in Ethiopia links healthy soils to more nutritious cereals

Large fields, predictable rainfall and favourable temperatures have meant that farmers in Arsi Negele, a town in southeastern Ethiopia, have benefited from good crop yields. Their production of wheat and maize, two of the main food staples in Ethiopia, have also increased over time. But there are worrying indicators...

By Frédéric Baudron 9 Oct 2018

GDP shocker, and a further drop in agriculture output
GDP shocker, and a further drop in agriculture output

Following a stellar performance in 2017, South Africa's agriculture output shrank by massive 29.2% in the second quarter of 2018 and contributed -0.8 of a percentage point to GDP growth. This follows a contraction of 24.2% quarter-on-quarter in the first quarter of 2018...

By Paul Makube 7 Sep 2018

AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmers
AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmers

The African Farmers' Association of South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries needed to collaborate to build on AFASA's work to support black farmers in accessing markets, land, water and energy...

6 Sep 2018

'Farm-to-school' movement takes root in Canada
'Farm-to-school' movement takes root in Canada

Farm-to-school programs aim to bring healthy, local food into schools, foster food literacy and enhance community connectedness...

5 Sep 2018

Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market
Kenya's 'fruitless years' in South Africa come to an end with avocados re-entering the market

The return of avocados from Kenya to the South African market will be a significant period for both subsistence and commercial farmers in the country...

17 Aug 2018

Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?
Is East African agriculture at risk of playing second fiddle to oil wealth?

The World Bank economist was in Uganda and spoke to Charles Mpagi on the prospects for the sector in the face of oil discoveries in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan...

6 Aug 2018

Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry
Big jump in employment in South Africa's aquaculture industry

Within the aquaculture space, a notable uptick in jobs was in fish hatcheries and fish farms, with a modest uptick in ocean and coastal fishing jobs...

By Wandile Sihlobo 6 Aug 2018

Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding
Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $500k funding

The funding comes in the form of a $250,000 convertible grant from the FMO MASSIF Fund and a $250,000 loan from the Rabobank Foundation, which Apollo Agriculture chief executive officer (CEO) Eli Pollak said would allow it to expand its lending reach and greatly accelerate its rate of learning...

By Tom Jackson 12 Jul 2018

Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline
Agribusiness Confidence Index: SA agribusiness remains optimistic albeit index decline

With the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index results still above the neutral 50-point, although having declined marginally from 58 to 54 index points, the agribusiness sector remains optimistic about business conditions in South Africa...

18 Jun 2018

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Repositioning family farming in global agriculture

The UN has officially declared 2019 to 2028 as the decade of family farming - aiming to reposition family farming at the centre of agricultural, environmental and social policies in the national agendas by identifying gaps and opportunities to promote a shift towards a more equal and balanced development...

By Ntswaki Motaung 14 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture
FAO's how-to guide to transforming food and agriculture

FAO's set of 20 interconnected actions offers a practical guide for countries on how to strengthen food security, generate decent employment, spur rural development and economic growth, conserve natural resources and respond to climate change...

8 Jun 2018

Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops
Keeping tabs on genetically modified crops

"Improving the nutritional quality of sorghum and pearl millet is important, but it is equally vital to determine whether altering the composition of these cereals may lead to unforeseen and/or undesirable consequences that may not be immediately obvious..."

By Dr Alec Basson 7 Jun 2018

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EAC tea consumption to increase in the next decade

East African countries could lead the world in growth in consumption of tea during the next decade, even as they occupy top positions in exports of the commodity...

By Maryanne Gicobi 6 Jun 2018

Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced
Winners of the 2018 Shiraz Challenge announced

This year's Shiraz Challenge, presented by Shiraz SA for the sixth time, saw three Shiraz blends and 12 Shiraz - out of a total of 192 wines - stealing the limelight...

1 Jun 2018

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Kwanalu, AgriSA meet with KZN farmers ahead of EWC hearings

To keep farmers informed and to gather their feedback, Kwanalu, together with AgriSA, hosted a workshop for the heads of all KZN farmers' associations and leaders of local commodity groups ahead of the Expropriation without Compensations hearings in mid-July...

31 May 2018

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What is driving the rise in global tea consumption and production?

Tea consumption has grown particularly rapidly in China, India and other emerging economies, driven by a combination of higher incomes and efforts to diversify production to include speciality items such as herbal teas, fruit fusions and flavoured gourmet teas...

30 May 2018

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