New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion
New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion

Colsen BV has developed a technology that overcomes the challenges of the high ammonia concentrations such that the value of poultry manure can be enhanced by creating renewable energy and fertilisers.

1 day ago

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Distell launches new Libertas Vineyard and Estates wine company

Distell has launched Libertas Vineyards and Estates - a new stand-alone company with ownership of all the premium wine brands. Libertas Vineyards and Estates' managing director, Kay Nash says the move is a "significant shift" from Distell's previous approach where premium wines were managed as a division within the global company's multi-category portfolio.

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BizTrendsLIVE! Avoid the FOMO!
BizTrendsLIVE! Avoid the FOMO!

If you haven't got around to booking for the BizTrendsLIVE! yet, here's some info so you avoid FOMO. The face-to-face version of BizTrends, Bizcommunity's annual first-to-market trend report, is not to be missed!

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Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers
Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

The year 2019 will be a challenging one for South African beef cattle farmers. One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings, and thus leading to an increase in agricultural commodity prices, particularly maize.

By Wandile Sihlobo 2 days ago

FMD: Minimal impact on wool exports
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, meeting with the state veterinarian.

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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, a scientist says.

By Nelson Mandela Ogema 3 days ago

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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.

The foundation is to extend its influence by opening a second office in Paarl in the Western Cape. The current office in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, has been the base from which the foundation has provided a service to young people country-wide. "It is often difficult to work over long distances and we've wanted to expand for quite a while now," says Stuart. The challenge was to find the right place and the right people.

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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.

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SA dairy championships: Enter now

Agri-Expo has invited all dairy producers to enter the 2019 South African dairy championships, the biggest, oldest and most prestigious dairy event in the country. The championships have been hosted by Agri Expo since 1834 to promote excellence in the dairy industry. The Qualité mark is recognised as the only mark of quality for dairy products in SA. Any producer with products available in public trade may enter.

11 Jan 2019

African countries should turn to lower risk solutions to fight fall armyworm
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. In the Americas it's known as a serious pest. It destroys crops of maize, rice, sorghum, sugar cane, peanuts, soybean and non-food crops such as cotton. In maize, fall armyworm feeds on the developing leaves and then the grains, damaging the plant and reducing yield

By Melanie Bateman 11 Jan 2019

Global food prices steady in December
Global food prices steady in December

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations' (FAO) latest food price index has revealed global food prices holding stable in December 2018, with rising international cereal prices offsetting declining sugar and dairy quotations. The index averaged at 161.7 points in December, compared to a revised level of 161.6 points in the previous month.

10 Jan 2019

Honey bees are the most important single species for crop pollination.
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

Startups turn waste into opportunity
Startups turn waste into opportunity

Global food waste is a problem that weighs 1.3 billion tonnes a year. A third of all food produced never gets eaten; a fact that has launched a food rescue movement.

10 Jan 2019