Agriculture Trends 2019



Last chance to enter the FSA's 24th Young Farmer of the Year competition

Free State Agriculture is looking for its 24th winner of the prestigious competition. The organisation appeals to all young farmers, their friends and family to make sure the best candidates are finalists this year. Entries close on 31 January 2019.

11 hours ago

Spinning up a data annotation team

Modern tech companies' core defensibility is often in rapidly building proprietary datasets. These are generally niche datasets...

By Benjamin Meltzer 1 day ago

Uncertainty about rainfall remains high

In his latest newsletter on climate and agricultural conditions, Johan van den Berg of Santam Agriculture says the far western and south-western parts of the country are still suffering severe drought conditions...

1 day ago

Foot-and-mouth disease task teams formed

Following a meeting between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Animal Health Forum, three task teams have been set up to deal with the current FMD outbreak, and the management of the disease going forward...

By Marike Brits 2 days ago

FMD: Minimal impact on wool exports

Leon de Beer, general manager of the National Woolgrowers Association (NWGA), has shared information on the impact of the current FMD outbreak in Limpopo...

3 days ago

Devastating pest threatens Africa's citrus industry

East Africa could soon be facing the threat of a citrus fruit sap-sucking pest with the potential to collapse its regional fruit industry...

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 14 Jan 2019

Future Farmers expands to Paarl

The Future Farmers Foundation, founded in 2006 by Judy Stuart, has made a tremendous impact on the lives of aspiring young farmers...

14 Jan 2019

New Year's messages from agri leaders

The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of drought looming, 2019 will be every bit as challenging. According to leaders in the sector, farmers will have to be resilient and partner with the right role players to face the trials that await.

14 Jan 2019

SA dairy championships: Enter now

Agri-Expo has invited all dairy producers to enter the 2019 South African dairy championships...

11 Jan 2019

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

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

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

Global food prices steady in December

Cereal prices have offset declining sugar and dairy quotations...

10 Jan 2019

Managed bees versus wild bees? It's not that simple in South Africa

There's widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services...

By Tlou Masehela 10 Jan 2019

Foot-and-mouth disease confirmed in cattle in Limpopo's Vhembe

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has confirmed that laboratory results have tested positive for Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) in the Vhembe District of Limpopo...

9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends 2019: Land reform - the year that was, as we look ahead to 2019

Throughout 2018, the conversation on land reform became a national talking point, even making it to Google's most popular word of the year...

By Peter Setou 7 Jan 2019

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