Irrigating Africa: Can small-scale farmers lead the way?
Irrigating Africa: Can small-scale farmers lead the way?

We often hear that irrigation in Africa is too limited, and that the key to a "green revolution" on the continent is to expand to levels seen in Asia. But what if there is much more small-scale, informal irrigation in Africa than we thought? Could this be the basis for irrigating Africa?

By Ian Scoones 2 days ago

How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals
How load shedding compromises the survival of agricultural animals

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) have shared its concerns for the animals that depend on electricity for survival during Eskom's scheduled load shedding.

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SA wool market resilient despite China's suspension
SA wool market resilient despite China's suspension

Despite China's decision to suspend wool imports from South Africa in February following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease in January, the South African wool market remains resilient, underpinned by good demand from Europe.

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Nederburg included in World's Most Admired Wine Brand top 50 list
Nederburg included in World's Most Admired Wine Brand top 50 list

For the fourth consecutive year, Nederburg has been included in the top 50 list of The World's Most Admired Wine Brands by UK-based publication, Drinks International. The results were announced during an awards evening at Steigenberger Park Hotel in Düsseldorf in Germany. The ceremony also served as the inaugural party for ProWein 2019 - the top international trade fair for wine and spirits, which concludes today, 19 March.

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Prospects of South Africa's avocado exports

The South African avocado market faces a threat due to a possible future ban. South Africa is the major producer of avocados in Africa and the 12th global producer of the fruit. Avocados are a subtropical fruit and are grown mostly in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

By Gilberto Biacuana 3 days ago

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improves marginally in Q1 2019

After declining to the lowest level since 2009 in the last quarter of 2018, the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improved by four points in the first quarter of this year to 46. While the improvement in sentiment is a welcome development, the Index remains below the neutral 50-point mark, implying that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa.

By Wandile Sihlobo 18 Mar 2019

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Zokwana to launch small-scale fisheries sector in KZN

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana will on Tuesday launch the small-scale fisheries sector in KwaZulu-Natal which will see a total of 2,184 fishers in the province being declared as small-scale fishers in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act.

18 Mar 2019

#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East
#Gulfood2019: SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

The recently held Gulfood Trade Show 2019, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, saw the reopening of beef trade between South Africa and the Middle East.

18 Mar 2019

Skills development summit considers agriculture
Skills development summit considers agriculture

Food and agriculture came under the spotlight in discussions at the Haggai Education and Training Skills Development Summit, held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane.

By Deidre Louw 18 Mar 2019

Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture
Africa takes centre stage at Blue Belt Initiative Conference for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture

The Blue Belt Initiative Conference for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture meeting, held in Agadir, Morocco recently, welcomed representatives from 22 countries; including African delegates from countries like Norway, Spain and the Russian Federation, as well as international experts and members of FAO.

15 Mar 2019

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AGT Foods to sponsor Greenpop tree planting festivals

AGT Foods Retail & Food Ingredients has teamed up with Greenpop as sponsor for its tree planting festivals taking place in Africa. AGT is donating 200 kg of dry goods to the festivals, including sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, bulgur wheat, popcorn, lentils, chickpeas, split green peas, rolled oats and a variety of dry beans.

15 Mar 2019

Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 announces AgriTeach programme lineup
Agritech Expo Zambia 2019 announces AgriTeach programme lineup

The 2019 Agritech Expo Zambia, which takes place in Chisamba from 11-13 April, has launched its free AgriTeach workshop programme, aimed at addressing current farming challenges and offer practical, smart and innovative solutions to ensure quality farming and maximum production, season after season.

15 Mar 2019

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Status report: FMD outbreak

The foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak reported at the beginning of the year dismayed those in the red meat sector. On 7 January the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) reported and confirmed an outbreak of FMD in the high surveillance area of the FMD-free zone, adjacent to the protection zone, in Limpopo. Subsequently, South Africa lost its World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) recognised FMD-free without vaccination status.

15 Mar 2019