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Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year
Growing extra trees, shrubs raises smallholders $50/year

When smallholder farmers mix trees and shrubs into their lands it increases their revenues by almost $50 per person per year, a study has revealed...

By Gilbert Nakweya 23 Jan 2020

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East Africa agri-industry director honoured for role in agricultural transformation

Elgon Kenya's director, Bimal Kantaria has received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International for his efforts at promoting the agriculture sector in East Africa...

20 Jan 2020

FMD: Update on the outbreak in Limpopo
FMD: Update on the outbreak in Limpopo

Four further cases of foot-and-mouth disease were reported since mid-December 2019, with three cases reported in December and one case reported in the first week of January 2020...

15 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020
#BizTrends2020: Sustainability to drive coffee growth in 2020

Coffee has fuelled people's mornings for hundreds of years, and like other fuels, it comes with its own unique environmental issues...

By Jonathan Robinson 9 Jan 2020

Tiger Brands boosts smallholder farmers
Tiger Brands boosts smallholder farmers

Tiger Brands has launched its enterprise supplier development fund to support smallholder farmers, processors and distributors in the food-processing value chain.

By Ursula Human 3 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

Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too
Three ways farms of the future can feed the planet and heal it too

We're not powerless to change the future of food. Nature and technology can combine to nourish both the earth and its inhabitants...

By Karen Rial-Lovera 24 Dec 2019

Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape
Oriental fruit fly eradicated in the Northern Cape

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has confirmed the successful eradication of the invasive fruit fly species Oriental fruit fly in the Pixley ka Seme and ZF Mgcawu District Municipalities in the Northern Cape...

23 Dec 2019

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CEC releases 5th forecast of 2019 winter cereal crops

The Crop Estimates Committee or CEC has just released its estimate and fifth production forecast for winter cereal crop production in 2019...

20 Dec 2019

Livestock owners urged to remain vigilant for FMD clinical signs
Livestock owners urged to remain vigilant for FMD clinical signs

Although no further cases offoot and mouth disease have been reported in the past week, livestock owners and the general public have been advised to remain vigilant for clinical signs of FMD in their animals.

17 Dec 2019

EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its toll
EC farmers apply for government aid as 'worst drought in living memory' takes its toll

As the Eastern Cape is gripped by one of the "worst droughts in living memory", about 1,500 commercial farmers have applied to the government for drought relief in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat...

13 Dec 2019

Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?
Can African smallholders farm themselves out of poverty?

Smallholder farming might not be able to generate enough value on its own, but farmers still need support...

12 Dec 2019

FMD-outbreak spotlights need to safeguard SA's beef industry
FMD-outbreak spotlights need to safeguard SA's beef industry

"We need to take responsibility and accountability as an industry collective to prioritise the health of the herd. While it is easy to point fingers at government to do more, the crisis can be overcome, if all role-players - farmers, auctioneers, feedlots and everyone in the beef supply chain - work together."

9 Dec 2019

Global food prices up 2.7% in November
Global food prices up 2.7% in November

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils...

6 Dec 2019

South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do
South Africa is missing out on fresh fruit export growth. What it needs to do

South Africa's urgent need to create jobs requires that the country take advantage of opportunities in the global economy that it can convert into quick wins. The fruit industry presents such an opportunity...

6 Dec 2019

FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spread
FMD: Nationwide live auction ban to curb further spread

On 4 December 2019 the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published an update on the new prescribed regulatory control measures relating to foot-and-mouth disease in the Government Gazette. This was done in a bid to curb further spread of the disease throughout the country...

By Claudi Nortjé 5 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

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Farmers advised on foot and mouth disease

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has advised farmers and livestock owners that all parties transacting with cloven-hoofed animals should observe the utmost caution...

21 Nov 2019

Local nut production continues to increase
Local nut production continues to increase

South Africa's diverse climatic conditions are suited to the production of most nuts, including groundnuts (peanuts) and tree nuts. Macadamia and pecan nuts are the predominant tree nut crops grown in the country.

20 Nov 2019

These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019
These are Shoprite's standout suppliers for 2019

The Shoprite Group honoured its most innovative and reliable suppliers at its annual Supplier Awards this past weekend...

19 Nov 2019

Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'
Daylight and not rains 'drives vegetation growth onset'

According to the research conducted from 2014 to 2018, the analysis across different regions of Africa consistently found the amount of time that a plant or animal is exposed to light in a 24-hour period as the dominant factor controlling the onset and end of vegetation growing seasons...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 18 Nov 2019

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Progress: Foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

Farmers across South Africa are advised to practise strict biosecurity measures...

18 Nov 2019

Why online trading is benefitting SA agriculture
Why online trading is benefitting SA agriculture

In the pig farming industry, specifically, technology is transforming how pigs are raised, fed, housed and traded. Automatic livestock processes such as online monitoring of herds and automated feeding are aimed at delivering better animal care, improving efficiencies and boosting productivity and profitability for farmers...

14 Nov 2019

Foot and mouth disease confirmed in Molemole
Foot and mouth disease confirmed in Molemole

A herd of cattle on a farm in the Molemole district of Limpopo has tested positive for foot and mouth disease...

8 Nov 2019

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Global food prices rise in October

Export prices rise for wheat, maize, sugar and palm oil, but decline for cheese, poultry and sunflower oil...

7 Nov 2019

Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation
Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation

"The masterplan is an industry framework that will ensure that chicken, which has become a staple protein in millions of local homes, will retain its place as South Africa's favourite food."

7 Nov 2019

Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry market
Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry market

South Africa's imports of chicken meat continue to increase as the local market is affected by high feed costs...

By Natalie Berkhout 5 Nov 2019

Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa
Nestlé launches Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa

Nestlé and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people...

4 Nov 2019

Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade
Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade

The Khoi-Khoi and San communities are set to benefit from the commercialisation of Rooibos, following the signing of a historic Access and Benefit-sharing agreement...

4 Nov 2019

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