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Improved water prospects bodes well for fresh produce growers
Improved water prospects bodes well for fresh produce growers

The water level of South Africa's storage dams, which supply the fruit export industries, are generally much higher now than at any time during the past three years. This, and a cold, wet winter in most of the deciduous fruit regions, indicate that a good harvest is in the offing...

By Fred Meintjes 3 days ago

Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa
Entrepreneurs called to tackle land restoration in Africa

The DOEN Foundation and Seedstars have joined forces to launch the DOEN Land Restoration Prize...

16 Aug 2019

Investing in the future of food and agriculture - farm better, not bigger
Investing in the future of food and agriculture - farm better, not bigger

It is no secret that food security, health and sustainability are concerns around the world. The knock-on effect to this is the need to address hunger, lifestyle diseases and climate change...

By Mark Hassenkamp 14 Aug 2019

Irna van Zyl, Clement Pedro join the Galliova Food and Health Writers' Awards' judging panel
Irna van Zyl, Clement Pedro join the Galliova Food and Health Writers' Awards' judging panel

2019 marks 30 years since the Galliova Food and Health Writers' Awards was first introduced to the food and health-writing world...

13 Aug 2019

Western Cape agriculture honours female entrepreneurs
Western Cape agriculture honours female entrepreneurs

On the eve of Women's Day 2019, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture held its annual Female Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector...

12 Aug 2019

Nedbank announces R25m boost to safeguard water, biodiversity and job security
Nedbank announces R25m boost to safeguard water, biodiversity and job security

Nedbank has committed R25 million towards safeguarding critical water source areas, biodiversity hotspots and rural livelihoods with a strong focus on the Eastern Cape...

7 Aug 2019

Innovative support towards a brighter future in agriculture
Innovative support towards a brighter future in agriculture

"Agriculture is facing several challenges both locally and internationally, which include a reduction in the number of farmers, a decrease in the size of land that is suitable for agricultural production and finding innovative ways to combat the effects of climate change..."

6 Aug 2019

AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in Zambia
AGCO expands Future Farm training investment in Zambia

The second phase of the Future farm will include upgrades to the existing road and farm infrastructure and digitizing the mechanisation and agronomy training material...

5 Aug 2019

Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agriculture
Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agriculture

According to Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, certain criteria that measure the effectiveness and sustainability of your farm can help to either sustain or even impede your financial growth, depending on how you utilise it...

2 Aug 2019

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FSA responds to advisory panel report on property rights

According to Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture, FSA remains opposed to expropriation without compensation and issues surrounding it will also be discussed at the annual FSA congress, which takes place between 7 and 8 August 2019 in Bloemfontein...

1 Aug 2019

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Agricultural sector creates jobs despite unemployment rate rising

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey results released by Statistics South Africa shows that the official unemployment rate in South Africa jumped to 29% in the second quarter of the year, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from the rate of 27.6% in the first quarter of 2019...

By Tebogo Mashabela 31 Jul 2019

How SAB (almost completely) localised its supply chain
How SAB (almost completely) localised its supply chain

The South African Breweries sources nearly all of its raw materials - used in the brewing process - from local South African suppliers...

31 Jul 2019

Illovo Sugar Africa and partners launch LandAssess Tool
Illovo Sugar Africa and partners launch LandAssess Tool

In order to implement its land rights policies and commitments, Illovo Sugar Africa has collaborated with Landesa and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the development of a new Landesa LandAssess Tool...

31 Jul 2019

SAPA responds to AMIE broiler chicken study
SAPA responds to AMIE broiler chicken study

The South African Poultry Association has responded to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters study on the South African chicken industry, which has claimed that a decision to increase tariffs will have dire consequences for consumers.

31 Jul 2019

Captive lion breeding in South Africa: the case for a total ban
Captive lion breeding in South Africa: the case for a total ban

A new report by global NGO, World Animal Protection, provides a damning indictment on the captive predator breeding industry.

31 Jul 2019

The AFDA guide to Open Day 2019
The AFDA guide to Open Day 2019

Ready to arrive for Open Day at your nearest AFDA campus? We've put together a guide so that you can get the very best out of your AFDA Open Day experience...

Issued by AFDA 30 Jul 2019

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FMD ban lifted in selected South African provinces

Based on the results of recent risk assessments, the Veterinary Authority of China has stated that the ban due to foot-and-mouth disease has been lifted in selected South African provinces...

29 Jul 2019

Advisory panel releases final land reform report
Advisory panel releases final land reform report

The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances...

29 Jul 2019

Interest rate cut positive for SA agriculture
Interest rate cut positive for SA agriculture

The recent cut in interest rates, coupled with a reduction in petrol prices and a stronger Rand, while marginal, will go a long way to provide relief to farmers who are currently struggling considering the tough economic environment...

25 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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Taking farmer development to new markets key to agricultural success

Without struggle, there is no progress. Agricultural development in South Africa has been a gigantic struggle; one that has left many aspiring farmers in the dust and not to the promised land...

22 Jul 2019

Tertius Carstens, CEO of Pioneer Foods, and Eugene Willemsen, CEO, PepsiCo sub-Saharan Africa.
PepsiCo eyes growth in Africa with $1.7bn Pioneer Foods acquisition

Multinational snack foods and beverage giant PepsiCo has entered into an agreement to acquire South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group for approximately $1.7 billion...

19 Jul 2019

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Family farmers are needed to enhance agricultural sustainability, says FAO

"Family farmers are the ones who produce healthy foods. They can save us from the epidemic of obesity, and we need them for healthy diets."

19 Jul 2019

New technologies key to transforming SA's agriculture sector
New technologies key to transforming SA's agriculture sector

"If South African agriculture loses its competitiveness, this will ultimately lead to even more job losses and an increase in the price of food for consumers."

18 Jul 2019

Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports
Industrial action has negative impact on citrus exports

The South African transport and port company, Transnet, recently confirmed that activities at the container terminals in Durban and at Ngqura near Port Elizabeth were being affected by industrial action...

16 Jul 2019

Young South Africans want to farm. But the system isn't ready for them
Young South Africans want to farm. But the system isn't ready for them

Agriculture appears to carry a stronger set of negative stigmas than other careers, but this is only half the story...

By Luke Metelerkamp 16 Jul 2019

How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers
How digital technologies can help Africa's smallholder farmers

There have been some positive strides made in getting smallholders involved in digital agriculture in Africa...

15 Jul 2019

Kenya social entrepreneur wins Commonwealth secretary-general's innovation award
Kenya social entrepreneur wins Commonwealth secretary-general's innovation award

John Oroko, a Kenyan social entrepreneur whose company, Selina Wamucii is connecting smallholder farmers has won the Commonwealth Secretary-General's Innovation Award for Sustainable Development...

12 Jul 2019

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CTICC to host over 100 international conferences by 2026

Over 100 international conferences, which are expected to bring over 127 000 delegates to Cape Town, has been confirmed to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre up until 2026...

10 Jul 2019

South African grapefruit season to end earlier
South African grapefruit season to end earlier

A very marketable crop of grapefruit, with a size distribution peaking on counts 40 and 45 and a higher percentage of class 1 exports over last year, will end earlier this season, which may cause some markets to run short of fruit...

10 Jul 2019

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