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High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practices
High-tech agriculture: Farmers risk being 'locked in' to unsustainable practicesArticle

Digital approaches in farming are called "precision agriculture", which aims to measure the needs of crops or livestock as precisely as possible to be able to apply "the right amount at the right time". This has proven to be a valuable approach, particularly for crops...

8 Mar 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm
African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armywormArticle

The caterpillars of the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), an invasive moth, can potentially feed on over 350 different species of plants...

Melanie Bateman 10 Jan 2019

Creepy-crawlies reared in CT to root out alien plants
Creepy-crawlies reared in CT to root out alien plantsArticle

Based in Westlake, the Cape Town Invasive Species Unit's Insect Mass Rearing Facility has reared more than 243,000 insects for release across the city to help root out alien invasive plants (AIP).

28 Jun 2018

Rhodes University Centre of Biological Control wins R68m contract
Rhodes University Centre of Biological Control wins R68m contractArticle

The Department of Environmental Affairs has awarded Rhodes University's newly established Centre for Biological Control (CBC) a R68m contract for the research and implementation of biological control for 54 weed species in South Africa...

7 Jun 2018

How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate changeArticle

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

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The secret agents protecting our crops and gardensArticle

Predatory insects and spiders control pests with none of the health and environmental risks of chemicals. So when we kill these species with insecticides, we are shooting ourselves in the foot...

Lizzy Lowe & Manu Saunders 15 May 2018

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods
Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methodsArticle

Agriculture needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance of the environment...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 22 Mar 2018

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From foe to friend: How carnivores could help farmersArticle

Our new study showed that far from causing problems for farmers, carnivores could actually be beneficial by controlling rodent pests...

Sam Williams, Lourens Swanepoel & Steven Belmain 6 Mar 2018

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Fighting FAW: Guide to help Africa tackle Fall armyworm head-onArticle

FAO has launched a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of Fall armyworm (FAW) on maize to help farmers, particularly smallholder farmers, in Africa faced with the relentless spread of the pest...

19 Feb 2018

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Top 10 research projects in agri for 2018Article

A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects being started or completed in 2018...

13 Feb 2018

Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SA
Insect mass-rearing workshop held in SAArticle

Just as cattle, fish and other livestock are reared in large numbers for meat or dairy production, so too insects are reared for various purposes...

16 Nov 2017

Elijah Langat, passion fruit farmer (Image Supplied)
Reviving passion fruit production in KenyaArticle

Kenya exported passion fruit in the 90s and early 2000s, however, due to pest management challenges, the country has seen a decline in the production of the highly profitable crop...

14 Nov 2017

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Mealybug can destroy your citrus cropArticle

The damage caused by mealybugs is closely associated with the time and degree of infestation. Symptoms can render fruit entirely non-marketable, while severe infestations can lead to fruit drop and yield loss...

Gys Helm 2 Nov 2017

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AfDB to invest $24 billion in agriculture in Africa - AdesinaArticle

The AFDB president said the bank was committed to turning agriculture into a business across Africa and to ensure that the continent fed itself within the next 10 years...

27 Jul 2017

SASPA chair, Andre Smit, and Hortgro Science Advisory Council Chair and SAAPPA board member, Stephen Rabe, signed the Bee Charter. At the back Pieter Theron, Nelson de la Querra, Lynette Barnes, Hugh Campbell and Willem van der Pypekamp
Deciduous fruit industry signs charter to protect honey beesArticle

Deciduous fruit grower bodies falling under the Hortgro umbrella signed a Bee & Pollination Charter which aims to address the plight of bees in South Africa...

9 Jun 2017

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As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat upArticle

Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya's mangoes from climate change...

Leopold Obi 22 Feb 2017

TRB warns farmers of new destructive pest
TRB warns farmers of new destructive pestArticle

The Tobacco Research Board has warned of a threat posed by Tuta absoluta, a new invasive and highly destructive pest, to the tobacco industry...

Conrad Mwanawashe 1 Dec 2016

South Africa teams up with India on bio pest control
South Africa teams up with India on bio pest controlArticle

Deciduous fruit growers are set to benefit from a collaboration which has been initiated between Stellenbosch University insect biological control researcher...

6 Sep 2016

L-R: Purity Kabuba, Koppert; Jennifer Githaiga, Koppert; John Orwa, forester at Karura Forest
Koppert, Karura Forest collaborate to control diseaseArticle

Koppert Biological Systems collaborated with Karura Forest in ongoing trials to control soil-borne diseases in tree seedlings at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute nurseries in Kiambu County...

29 Mar 2016

Working-for-Water creates 181,000 jobs says Molewa
Working-for-Water creates 181,000 jobs says MolewaArticle

At least 181,000 full time jobs have been created through the Working-for-Water Programme claims Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

3 Oct 2014

SA tightens alien species regulation
SA tightens alien species regulationArticle

PRETORIA: The Department of Environmental Affairs has set aside R200m to further regulate invasive alien species.

6 Aug 2014

WeedBuster awareness campaign visits Grahamstown
WeedBuster awareness campaign visits GrahamstownArticle

The WeedBuster campaign is an initiative led by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), and part of its Working for Water programme, which is the largest public-funded initiative aimed at managing invasive alien plants in the world.

21 Oct 2013

Hartbeespoort becomes 'water desert'
Hartbeespoort becomes 'water desert'Article

Pollution from 2.7m people living in areas surrounding the Harbeespoort Dam is turning the dam into a "water desert".

11 Oct 2013

Role of women in resource management
Role of women in resource managementArticle

Deputy minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi led a Women Empowerment dialogue with Working for Water Programme female beneficiaries as part of Women's Month celebrations in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, 20 August 2013.

21 Aug 2013

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