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Drone technology helps EC farmers reduce overheads, strengthen security

The Eastern Cape farming community has implemented the use of drone technology, as a means to improve security, boost productivity and help reduce escalating costs. According to farmers' organisation Agri Eastern Cape, the use of drones will play an integral part in farming operations moving forward.

2 days ago

Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, Seaward
Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, Seaward

To pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast, Spier Wine Farm has a new wine range titled Seaward which comprises a lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.

2 days ago

How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation
How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) recently published amended regulations for Act 36 of 1947 for comment. Should these amendments be enacted, the impact on food security and the sustainability of the entire livestock value chain, especially small-scale stockholders, will be severely impacted - all in the name of bureaucracy.

By Peter Oberem 3 days ago

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Winetech winner to compete in Africa Cup

The SA Innovation Summit, Africa's biggest start-up event, has announced that the winner of the Winetech Pitching Den will gain automatic entry to the finals of the Africa Cup. There they will compete for R5 million in investment funding.

22 May 2019

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EU-African task force proposes new way ahead for African rural development

A European Commission task force, which included a researcher from the South African Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has released a series of recommendations on ways to unlock the economic potential of struggling rural Africa.

By Morgan Morris 21 May 2019

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SA agrarian development agency to be launched

Nation in Conversation kicked off its first session of day two at Nampo Harvest Day with a panel of experts discussing support and funding for a developing agricultural industry. The discussion was led by Leona Archary, deputy director general Rural Infrastructure and Youth Development at Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The talks centred around the launch of a new agrarian development agency in South Africa.

21 May 2019

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Cape Winemakers ushers in the next generation of SA winemakers

The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme has taken on five new oenology protégés, who will spend three years under the mentorship of members of the Guild. In addition to this, a viticultural protégé will also take part in a two-and-a-half year internship under the Cape Winemakers Guild/ VinPro Viticulture Protégé Programme.

20 May 2019

SA student excels in global award for wood-based project
SA student excels in global award for wood-based project

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) has announced the three global winners of the 2018-2019 Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. University of Pretoria Masters student Martin Wierzbicki along with Elina Pääkkönen (Finland) and Chinmay Satam (USA) were lauded for their novel wood-based research projects.

20 May 2019