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John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growth
John Deere, Corteva sign MoU driving Africa's agriculture growthArticle

John Deere and Corteva Agriscience have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at accelerating Africa's agricultural sector and enriching the lives of farmers across the continent...

7 Jun 2019

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Why crop insurance is a vital tool in minimising risk for SA farmersArticle

With limited areas of arable land available for crop production, limited water resources and the constant risk of drought looming over the horizon, farmers have had to take more notice of the various types of risk that they face than ever before...

Phillip du Preez 6 Jun 2019

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Agricultural trader records 30% increase in pork pricesArticle

The price increase is on the back of an outbreak of African Swine Flu - which is harmless to humans, but fatal to pigs - in China, Mongolia, Vietnam and Cambodia, creating a global shortage of pork and the import parity of pork into South Africa.

5 Jun 2019

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SA agrarian development agency to be launchedArticle

Nation in Conversation kicked off its first session of day two at Nampo Harvest Day with a panel of experts discussing support and funding for a developing agricultural industry. The talks centred around the launch of a new agrarian development agency in South Africa...

21 May 2019

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EU-African task force proposes new way ahead for African rural developmentArticle

A European Commission task force, which included a researcher from the South African Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has released a series of recommendations on ways to unlock the economic potential of struggling rural Africa...

Morgan Morris 20 May 2019

New partnership provides free data and scouting services to SA farmers
New partnership provides free data and scouting services to SA farmersArticle

Yesterday, Agri SA and Aerobotics announced their partnership to provide South African farmers with access to free satellite farming data and the latest Aeroview In-Field Scouting Application...

15 May 2019

Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasket
Commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation to a global breadbasketArticle

Zhann Meyer, Africa Head of Global Commodity Finance for Nedbank CIB, delves into how commercialisation of small scale farmers is critical to Africa's transformation...

Zhann Meyer 10 Apr 2019

Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food supplies
Using Smart Agriculture-as-a-Service to secure tomorrow's food suppliesArticle

As the backbone of developing economies, agriculture not only serves to feed a nation but creates employment and, often, contributes significantly to the GDP...

9 Apr 2019

Skills development summit considers agriculture
Skills development summit considers agricultureArticle

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...

Deidre Louw 18 Mar 2019

Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource management
Agri SA, SAAFWUA signs MoU to enhance water resource managementArticle

Both organisations will collaborate on initiatives and projects that advance and facilitate the development of support mechanisms, for the Local Water Resource Management Institution to ensure the effective use of water by all South African farmers...

14 Mar 2019

Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to Africa
Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to AfricaArticle

The third One Planet Summit will make its debut in Africa this week, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya on 14 March...

13 Mar 2019

4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019
4 tech trends to shape agriculture in 2019Article

Dawie Maree, Head of Information and Marketing for FNB Agriculture, says agricultural technology innovation is evolving at an unprecedented pace, leaving farmers with no choice but to adapt and reinvent themselves...

4 Mar 2019

AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness market
AGCO is helping African farmers access the agribusiness marketArticle

AGCO's senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and Africa elaborates on the company's new Farm in a Box initiative and how it's helping African farmers...

Robin Fredericks 5 Feb 2019

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How agricultural innovation is helping Africa growArticle

Experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes...

1 Feb 2019

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AGCO unveils innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa's rural communitiesArticle

Capacity-building and agricultural mechanisation are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa...

21 Jan 2019

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NW MEC commits to addressing farmers' challengesArticle

North West MEC for Rural‚ Environment and Agricultural Development, Desbo Mohono, says she will speedily address farmers' challenges and prioritise the needs of emerging farmers in the province...

17 Jan 2019

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New Year's messages from agri leadersArticle

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.

11 Jan 2019

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

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

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Q&A: Transforming agriculture with tech scale-upArticle

Jennifer Blanke, vice-president of the African Development Ban, talks Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) and ways to transform African agriculture...

Baraka Rateng' 7 Jan 2019

Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?
Can South Africa's sorghum industry be revived?Article

South African farmers planted 28,800 hectares of sorghum in the 2017/18 production season - the smallest area on record in a dataset starting from 1936/37. This is a disappointing picture, given that sorghum was once seen as key to the development of the biofuel industry in South Africa...

Wandile Sihlobo 2 Jan 2019

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Medium-scale farms are on the rise in Africa. Why this is good newsArticle

Within the past decade, the amount of agricultural produce that medium-scale farms contribute to countries' national output has risen rapidly. In some countries, medium-sized farms now account for roughly 40% of the country's marketed agricultural produce...

Thomas Jayne and Milu Muyanga 18 Dec 2018

A brief history of South Africa's maize production
A brief history of South Africa's maize productionArticle

A recently published research paper by agricultural economists Jan Greyling and Philip Pardey in the Agrekon Journal brings home some key points about South Africa's maize production in terms of commercial and smallholder share contribution...

Wandile Sihlobo 3 Dec 2018

Macro matters impacting SA's farmers
Macro matters impacting SA's farmersArticle

Multiple macroeconomic factors are currently converging amidst a persistently weak economy to make times tough for everybody, including our farmers...

Johan van den Berg 24 Oct 2018

Sugar Industry Regulations gazetted
Sugar Industry Regulations gazettedArticle

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry has welcomed the gazetting of the Sugar Industry Regulations...

15 Oct 2018

FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiency
FAO, AU launch new framework to increase agriculture efficiencyArticle

The framework offers a detailed look at the history of machinery in Africa and points the way towards addressing challenges and creating new opportunities to assure the successful adoption of mechanisation...

5 Oct 2018

Making African agriculture more attractive for investors
Making African agriculture more attractive for investorsArticle

While global population growth slows, Africa's population is set to double over the next three decades, reaching around 2.2bn people by 2050...

4 Oct 2018

Turning around the failure of South Africa's land reform projects
Turning around the failure of South Africa's land reform projectsArticle

Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha of Unisa SBL outlines some key production and marketing strategies to be considered for emerging black smallholders...

Cyril Nhlanhla Mbatha 1 Oct 2018

Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globally
Sesame oil market continues to see positive growth globallyArticle

The global sesame oil market reached 1,917k tonnes in 2016, expanding strongly over the last four years...

12 Sep 2018

AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmers
AFASA and DAFF must work together to help black farmersArticle

The African Farmers' Association of South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries needed to collaborate to build on AFASA's work to support black farmers in accessing markets, land, water and energy...

5 Sep 2018

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverage
Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe planning nationwide coverageArticle

Ghanaian agritech startup Cowtribe hopes to cover all 10 regions of the country in the next 18 months with its solution that helps farmers access animal vaccines quickly and reliably...

Tom Jackson 27 Aug 2018

Weekly wrap on local #AgriMarkets
Weekly wrap on local #AgriMarketsArticle

This week (ending 10 August 2018) there were no major data releases in the South African agricultural market. The weaker Rand against the US Dollar, coupled with higher Chicago grain prices provided support to the domestic grain and oilseed market...

Wandile Sihlobo 10 Aug 2018

Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscape
Farming innovations changing the South African agricultural landscapeArticle

As South Africa establishes itself ever more securely in the modern world, so South African farmers must adapt to a set of new challenges...

Bruce Hakutizwi 7 Aug 2018

Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneurs
Africa goes green and digital with a consortium of 30 agritech entrepreneursArticle

Compared to other industries, agriculture has been slow to adopt the leading edge of technologies from the Digital Revolution. The time has come for Africa to experience its own Green Revolution thanks to better access to financing information and technology...

Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham 17 Jul 2018

AFASA's Young Farmers Summit is a contribution to food security for the future
AFASA's Young Farmers Summit is a contribution to food security for the futureArticle

The African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) invites young farmers to attend its third annual AFASA Young Farmers Summit (AAYFS) and interact with stakeholders from 28 to 29 August 2018...

10 Jul 2018

FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in Africa
FAO, Pennsylvania State University develops new app to combat crop pest infestation in AfricaArticle

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation and Pennsylvania State University have developed and launched, Nuru - an app that uses technologies involving machine learning and artificial intelligence to curb the spread of the Fall Armyworm - a crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Jun 2018

It's time for Malawi to quit tobacco
It's time for Malawi to quit tobaccoArticle

While World No Tobacco Day generally focuses on the health risks of smoking, the harms the tobacco industry inflicts are even broader. It has benefited from exploiting farmers in low-income countries like Malawi...

Julia Smith 4 Jun 2018

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How Nando's creates shared value for farmers in southern AfricaArticle

Sam Hirst, Nando's Peri-Peri Farming Initiative manager shared how Nando's creates shared value for small farmers in southern Africa who farm their unique African Bird's Eye Chillies used in the Peri-Peri flavour Nando's is famous for...

28 May 2018

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Which climate-smart technologies will pay off for African farmers?Article

Hunger still stalks the continent, and climate change is a key culprit for low productivity. Africa's ability to feed itself hinges on investment in adapting to these conditions and minimsing agriculture's own contribution to climate change...

Caroline Mwongera 17 May 2018

Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmers
Reforms to diesel tax refund system could hold welcome relief for struggling SA farmersArticle

"Government has an immediate and obvious avenue to ease the burden of farmers, and help cash-flow and profit generation and we hope that the coming months will see speedy legislative reforms that introduce a practical and more lenient approach to diesel rebates so that farmers are able to fully benefit."

9 May 2018

Gamtoos Irrigation Board will commence its annual maintenance of the canal system, which supplies agricultural water users in the Gamtoos Valley, in May. This upkeep is vital in preventing water losses, as the Kouga Dam which feeds the system is currently at 10.5% capacity (Image supplied)
Desperate times for farmers as seasonal forecast indicates little rainfallArticle

Farms are teetering on the brink of collapse as the drought in the Western and Eastern Cape tightens its grip...

20 Apr 2018

South African wheat production under the spotlight
South African wheat production under the spotlightArticle

Wheat production in South Africa is one of the segments worst affected by the economic realities faced by the industry. Crucial plans have therefore been put into practice to elevate wheat's status as a competitive crop...

Andries Gouws 18 Apr 2018

The finalists in the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2018 competition are from left: Hendrik Theron, Wessel Hattingh, Nelius Ferreira (the winner) and Reece Dedwith. Photo: 3'kie's Photography
Free State Agriculture Young Farmer 2018 of the Year announcedArticle

Nelius Ferreira has been announced as this year's Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year 2018. According to Ferreira, it was a privilege to share the stage with other young farmers...

16 Apr 2018

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New maize seeds impress farmers as yields improveArticle

Tanzania - A new maize variety is expected to combat food scarcity in Geita where pests and drought ravage crops...

Elias Msuya 12 Apr 2018

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China's appetite for macadamias fuel SA industryArticle

The demand for macadamia nuts in China is on the rise and has local farmers feeling optimistic. And for good reason...

12 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from AfricaArticle

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

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Scaling up game-changing agricultural innovations and technologies in AfricaArticle

The increasing occurrence and severity of extreme weather events linked to climate change necessitate all stakeholders involved in agriculture to ramp up their efforts of making sure that newer agricultural innovations and technologies are available to farmers...

Esther Ngumbi 29 Mar 2018

ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreement
ARC, Culdevco signs 10-year deciduous fruit commercialisation agreementArticle

In a 'best practice step to commercialise homegrown cultivars' locally and internationally, a new agreement has been signed between Culdevco and the Agricultural Research Council for a further 10-year period...

27 Mar 2018

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods
Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methodsArticle

Agriculture needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance of the environment...

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi 22 Mar 2018

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