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Invasive alien plants and their impact on water use

Experts warn that in addition to the energy crisis, South Africans face another looming disaster in the form of severe water scarcity. The Department of Water and Sanitation warned that unless urgent actions are taken, South Africa will experience a water shortage of approximately 3,000 billion litres by 2030...

By Louise Stafford 28 Oct 2019

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Growing demand for natural honey from happy bees

The demand for certified organic honey is rising rapidly worldwide and supply cannot keep up with demand...

24 Oct 2019

Philippi land to be sold is not useful for farming, court told
Philippi land to be sold is not useful for farming, court told

Farm workers packed the back rows of the courtroom on the second day of the campaign by Philippi farmers against the City of Cape Town and the MEC for Local Development, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning...

By Madison Yauger 17 Oct 2019

Philippi farmers challenge City on development of agricultural land
Philippi farmers challenge City on development of agricultural land

Farmers and workers held posters and sang on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. They were protesting against plans to rezone part of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) in Cape Town for development...

By Madison Yauger 16 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries
Total working to close the gender gap in SA's agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries

In South Africa, the agriculture, forestry, fishery and mining industries are categorised as the primary economic sectors. These are essentially industries that rely on South Africa's natural resources to function...

Issued by Total 30 Aug 2019

Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa
Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa

The DOEN Foundation and Seedstars have joined forces to launch the DOEN Land Restoration Prize...

16 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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CoCT develops methods to combat invasive tree beetle infestation

The City of Cape Town has developed best practice methods for the removal and disposal of trees infested with the invasive PSHB. Horticulturists, landscapers, arborists or contractors assisting residents with the removal of dying, or dead trees are urged to follow this protocol...

11 Jun 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

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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

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

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