Agriculture Trends 2020

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Overview of the African fertiliser market

The international fertiliser market had a slow start in 2020 and the upcoming Lunar New Year in February might result in a quieter month. Higher freight rates will also have a possible impact on global producer netbacks...

21 Jan 2020

Microwaving sewage waste may make it safe to use as fertiliser on crops
Microwaving sewage waste may make it safe to use as fertiliser on crops

The solids from wastewater plants are usually dumped into landfills because they are contaminated with heavy metals. Now there is a way to remove the metals so the waste can be used as fertiliser...

By Gang Chen 15 Jan 2020

Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads
Red grass phenomenon has farmers scratching heads

"Climate change is a reality and its effects will be harsh. For that reason, we need to ensure we have all the weapons in our arsenal to combat it. And healthy veld is a very important weapon in this fight."

By Izak Hofmeyr 2 Jan 2020

Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change - but we're fast running out of it
Soil is our best ally in the fight against climate change - but we're fast running out of it

Areas of the UK may lose their topsoil in little over a century according to new research...

17 Dec 2019

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health
Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

By Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'
Europe-banned insecticide 'threatens Africa's food security'

Scientists are calling on African policymakers to act urgently to control the use of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which threaten the wider ecosystem and food security, and have been banned by the European Union.

By Munyaradzi Makoni 25 Nov 2019

Dangote, Togo partner to transform phosphate into fertiliser
Dangote, Togo partner to transform phosphate into fertiliser

Under the partnership, Togo will provide access to phosphate resources and the Dangote Group will provide access to ammonia and to the Nigerian market...

12 Nov 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

Keeping agrochemicals safe
Keeping agrochemicals safe

Incorrectly used and in the wrong hands, agrochemicals can have serious consequences for the health of users, the public, and the environment...

Issued by Pyrotec 1 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

Have your say on Feeds and Pet Food Bill
Have your say on Feeds and Pet Food Bill

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has invited members of the public to participate in the consultation workshops on the Feeds and Pet Food Bills, and Fertiliser Bill...

26 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

Subsidies are key to better fertiliser access, study shows
Subsidies are key to better fertiliser access, study shows

Subsidies for manufacturing companies could help improve access to fertiliser in developing countries without increasing environmental stress, a team of international researchers has proposed...

By Inga Vesper 22 Aug 2019

Restoring soil can help address climate change
Restoring soil can help address climate change

It's time to take soil seriously. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states with very high confidence in its latest report, land degradation represents "one of the biggest and most urgent challenges" that humanity faces...

By David R. Montgomery 14 Aug 2019

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Soil health: Feeding the world, protecting the earth

Studies by scientists have shown that soil health in South Africa is declining more and more every year. Looking at specific soil biological indicators that are linked to root health and nutrient mineralisation in around 10,000 soil samples over the past five years, it has been found that more than 70% have not had optimal soil biological life...

By Venessa Moodley 8 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

Soil-dwelling worms threatening farmers' livelihoods
Soil-dwelling worms threatening farmers' livelihoods

As soil-dwelling worms threaten smallholders' livelihoods, governments should act fast, writes Wilson Odhiambo...

By Wilson Odhiambo 22 Jul 2019

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New growth opportunities for eco-friendly pesticides

Farmers have begun to adopt the recommended practices issued by regional regulatory bodies regarding the use of crop protection chemicals to meet the growing demand for food safety in developed and developing nations...

19 Jun 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

By Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful
Wealth from waste - three ways pollution can be turned into something useful

Solving environmental problems usually just means cleaning up the mess people have made. But scientists are increasingly interested in creating something valuable from pollution...

By Maria Sotenko 11 Apr 2019

Cutting nitrogen fertiliser amounts raise rice yields
Cutting nitrogen fertiliser amounts raise rice yields

The amount of nitrogen in fertilisers could be reduced to achieve high rice yields and boost food security in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Paul Adepoju 29 Mar 2019

Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture
Boosting R&D capacity for sustainable agriculture

Africa's over-reliance on external institutions is undermining the continent's capacity to strengthen agricultural research and development for improving the livelihoods of millions of people...

By Nteranya Sanginga 10 Dec 2018

Living Soil: A documentary for all of us
Living Soil: A documentary for all of us

Our soils support 95% of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years...

6 Dec 2018

Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide
Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide

Glyphosate is the world's most widely used herbicide. Because it's considered safe for animals, it's extensively used not only in agriculture, but also for weed control in urban areas and home gardens.

By Sue Nicolson 5 Dec 2018

Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies
Bayer to offer access to its glyphosate studies

Bayer will soon include safety study summaries of glyphosate on its dedicated transparency platform. This next step will mark the first anniversary of the company's transparency initiative, having been launched on 7 December 2017...

29 Nov 2018

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Kelp: How sea weed stimulates plant growth

From 15 November to 16 November, Afrikelp hosted an introductory tour for the agricultural writers of South Africa to learn more about how kelp is used in the agriculture and food industry...

23 Nov 2018

Crops, soils and fungus are a tricky mix. ,
'Soil probiotics' promise bigger, healthier crops, but there's a downside

More than half the world's plant-derived energy intake comes from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize...

By Adam Frew 26 Oct 2018

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops
Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops

The crops we rely on today have been bred over thousands of years to enhance certain characteristics...

By James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis 25 Oct 2018

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

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