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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines
South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning

Food prices steady, output in cereals expected to decline
April saw the FAO Food Price Index remain steady. Sugar prices continued to decline while prices for cereals and dairy products continued to rise... read
Strict biosecurity recommended as winter brings renewed risk of bird flu outbreak
Bird flu was thought to be largely under control. Reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West province and among seabirds along the Western Cape coastline, however, sparked fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again... read
SMMEs catalyst to growth, transformation and job creation in agriculture

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has earmarked 2018 as the year to take decisive action to realise the economic potential of the agricultural sector... read
Deteriorating fuel prices to hit consumers, farmers' profit margins

Paul Makube

The cost of distributing produce across the country is still highly depended on road transport - for example, about 80% of grain is transported by road... read
Commodities & Fairtrade
Key insights into global pineapple market
Global production of pineapples reached 26.9 million tonnes in 2016, with an upward dynamics over the last nine years... read
Food Security
Better governance can enhance an inclusive and just food system in South Africa

Mologadi Makwela

By understanding and working with different levels and spheres of government on, for example, land use, informal retailers and other food security issues, De Visser hopes to promote a more inclusive and just food system in South Africa... read
Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally
Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health... read
GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development
"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain." read
Viticulture & Oenology
2018 wine grape crop down 30% but predictions on wine quality outstanding
"It was definitely one of the most challenging harvesting seasons in recent years. But from what we can judge at this stage, the dry growing conditions seem to have had a relatively favourable impact on the quality of our premium quality grapes, depending on growing area." read
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