Tracking systems can help farmers combat the outbreak of FMD
Tracking systems can help farmers combat the outbreak of FMD

Eastern Cape farmers are on high alert to prevent any cases of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) breaking out in the region. "The Eastern Cape cannot afford yet another setback," says Doug Stern, Agri EC president.

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#Budget2020: R500m set aside for restitution could result in resolution of more land claims
#Budget2020: R500m set aside for restitution could result in resolution of more land claims

Given the extremely difficult economic climate in which this Budget Speech was delivered, the immediate feeling is fairly positive. The fact that the minister focused on wasteful expenditure and cost savings from a government perspective shows the government's intent, but implementation will be key.

By Dawie Maree and Paul Makube 2 days ago

Kenya National Agriculture Summit under way
Kenya National Agriculture Summit under way

Kenya is hosting a two-day National Agriculture Summit as industry players look at innovative ways of invigorating agricultural growth and bolstering commitments across the value chain. The summit comes in the wake of mounting challenges ranging from weak value chain linkages that have taken a toll on food producers to conflicting policies that have limited the agriculture transformation agenda.

3 days ago

Nigeria to implement special agro-industrial processing zones
Nigeria to implement special agro-industrial processing zones

The African Development Bank, in collaboration with the government of Nigeria, held a workshop in Abuja from 17 to 18 February to discuss details around the categorisation and location of special agro-industrial processing zones (SAPZ).

3 days ago

On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town
On its 100th birthday, Jungle Oats opens R208m mill in Cape Town

Iconic South African brand Jungle Oats celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Remaining a firm fixture on the household breakfast rotation, the brand has just revealed a new mill in Cape Town and a refreshed communication strategy and packaging design.

By Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Feb 2020

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Chair in Crop Health initiative to upskill students and qualified agriculturalists

Thanks to funding of R10.5m provided by Villa Crop Protection - one of South Africa's leading suppliers of crop protection solutions - the new year rang in with the establishment of a Chair in Crop Health at Stellenbosch University (SU). The initiative, led by Professor Nick Kotza, chair of the SU Department of Agronomy, seeks to focus on research which is driven by the needs of industry, the education and financial support of students and the provision of further skills training for employees in the agricultural sector.

25 Feb 2020

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Key insights into the global oil crop market

According to a report published by IndexBox, the global oil crops market revenue amounted to $394.4bn in 2018, picking up by 7.6% against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price).

24 Feb 2020

'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers
'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers

Amid the worry over the loss of honey bees, a far quieter but just as devastating loss is occurring among lesser-known native bee populations. Wild native bees are vital to pollinate plants. Their populations are declining due to a warming climate, pesticide poisoning and lack of flowers and other environmental pressures.

By Lila Westreich 24 Feb 2020