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Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholders
Sweet potato 'ideal dual-purpose crop' for smallholdersArticle

Sweet potato could solve nutritional deficiencies and aid food security in poor households...

Munyaradzi Makoni 14 Jun 2019

AMIE calls on government to keep poultry prices in reach of all South Africans
AMIE calls on government to keep poultry prices in reach of all South AfricansArticle

"The right of South Africans to access a prime source of dietary protein must outweigh the factional interests of sectors of the poultry producing industry."

14 Jun 2019

AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in Morocco
AGCO expands footprint in Africa with new office in MoroccoArticle

The new premises are to serve as the company's regional sales office for West and North Africa...

12 Jun 2019

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SA's first shipment of citrus arrives in ChinaArticle

The historic shipment of 5,200 tonnes of citrus in a breakbulk vessel has arrived at Shanghai Port in the People's Republic of China...

12 Jun 2019

Spinach is more prone to carrying bacteria and pathogens, study finds.
Careful with spinach, no matter where you buy itArticle

A collection of studies on the hygiene of spinach, conducted under the auspices of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has come up with some surprising findings...

Mologadi Makwela 11 Jun 2019

Cut the greenwash. Get the facts straight about paper and recycling
Cut the greenwash. Get the facts straight about paper and recyclingArticle

"If everyone said no to a receipt just for one month, we would save 45 trees." This is a classic example of greenwashing: making unsubstantiated or misleading claims about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice...

Samantha Choles 10 Jun 2019

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

Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economy
Agriculture among key sectors that contributed to contraction of the economyArticle

The South African economy, the most industrialised economy on the African continent, has been struggling to gain momentum and has not grown by more than 2.5% a year since 2013...

Tebogo Mashabela 5 Jun 2019

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Free State Agriculture calls for strong action against anthrax outbreakArticle

"Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses serious concerns about the outbreak of anthrax in Lesotho. This could have catastrophic consequences for the meat industry in the province."

31 May 2019

Farmer-to-farmer programme launches in Zimbabwe
Farmer-to-farmer programme launches in ZimbabweArticle

The Farmer-to-Farmer Programme will focus on horticulture, legumes and livestock/dairy value chains due to their potential to benefit many farmers and earn high returns on investment...

31 May 2019

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SA bans livestock imports from LesothoArticle

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has banned livestock imports and their products from Lesotho into South Africa, following a report of a susceptible anthrax outbreak.

30 May 2019

Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to Africa
Econet, Yara launch Generation Africa, brings youth entrepreneurship to AfricaArticle

The partnership initiative will support a cohort of 12 budding young agri-food entrepreneurs to scale and prosper their ventures...

30 May 2019

Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries management
Penguins' behaviour could aid fisheries managementArticle

The foraging behaviour of African penguins could provide useful information to aid fisheries management, a study conducted in South Africa suggests.

Stephanie Achieng' 30 May 2019

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The maize price, risk and insuranceArticle

Risk is synonymous with farming, and in the grain industry it is even higher, considering current conditions...

30 May 2019

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FMD outbreak officially overArticle

While control measures remain in place in the high surveillance area of foot-and-mouth disease, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has declared the end of the outbreak...

29 May 2019

Why it is crucial that the FMD-free status is restored
Why it is crucial that the FMD-free status is restoredArticle

China recently announced that it would resume the imports of hides, livestock skins and wool from SA, following a suspension on these and all beef products exported to the Asian country from SA because of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth-Disease earlier this year...

27 May 2019

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Drone technology helps EC farmers reduce overheads, strengthen securityArticle

More and more farmers are starting to use drones to do quick spot-checks on their farming operations without having to waste time trekking to remote areas on foot...

24 May 2019

Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, Seaward
Spier launches new coastal inspired wine range, SeawardArticle

To pay homage to the benefits of growing grapes along the coast, Spier Wine Farm has a new wine range titled Seaward which comprises a lightly-wooded Chardonnay and a layered, spicy Shiraz.

24 May 2019

How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformation
How over-regulation, lack of understanding cause poverty and lack of transformationArticle

The DAFF recently published amended regulations for Act 36 of 1947 for comment. Should these amendments be enacted, the impact on food security and the sustainability of the entire livestock value chain, especially small-scale stockholders, will be severely impacted...

Peter Oberem 23 May 2019

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Winetech winner to compete in Africa CupArticle

The SA Innovation Summit, Africa's biggest start-up event, has announced that the winner of the Winetech Pitching Den will gain automatic entry to the finals of the Africa Cup. Entries for the Winetech Pitching Den close on 3 June 2019...

22 May 2019

New stewardship project equips smallholders against climate change
New stewardship project equips smallholders against climate changeArticle

"The intention of the project is that at least 20 small-scale farmers undergo extensive training in Climate Wise Agriculture (CWA). They will test out climate wise approaches to farming in trial plots on local farms that will be set up for evaluating and monitoring alternative practices...

22 May 2019

Backyard farming key to food security in cities
Backyard farming key to food security in citiesArticle

Revising regulations to increase backyard gardening in cities could be key to sustainable food production in sub-Saharan Africa...

21 May 2019

SA student excels in global award for wood-based project
SA student excels in global award for wood-based projectArticle

The research projects, presented in Vancouver, Canada to industry executives at the ICFPA-hosted international CEO Roundtable, were judged against the theme of disruptive technologies that can revolutionise the future of forest-based products and services...

20 May 2019

Revised guidelines for aquaculture programme
Revised guidelines for aquaculture programmeArticle

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines of the Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme...

14 May 2019

Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in Kenya
Oserian enhances carbon-free footprint, launches new solar power plant in KenyaArticle

Integrated with the existing geothermal power, the Oserian Development Company will now produce sufficient renewable energy for consumption by tenants and residents of the Two Lakes Industrial Park.

13 May 2019

Pesticide research must stay transparent and independent
Pesticide research must stay transparent and independentArticle

Most studies on the use of pesticides are funded by those that produce the chemicals but only independent research can inform us about the best agricultural practices.

Sébastien Sauvé 13 May 2019

Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture trade
Chocolate puts Ivory Coast on top in Africa's agriculture tradeArticle

Chocolate can certainly get one some brownie points, and no way is this truer than in Ivory Coast which in 2018 reported the largest agricultural trade balance in value terms in Africa, an amount of $5.1bn...

Wandile Sihlobo 10 May 2019

African Swine Fever update
African Swine Fever updateArticle

Veterinary services together with the industry are conducting follow-up investigations to trace the origin of the disease and to identify other farms that may possibly be affected...

9 May 2019

2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record low
2018/19 SA wine harvest hits record lowArticle

Climate change, shifts in production and demand and financial pressures have led to the South African wine industry becoming smaller, which has resulted in producers and wineries having to rethink the way that they do business...

9 May 2019

SA agriculture learning to dance with the wind
SA agriculture learning to dance with the windArticle

The industry remains resilient despite major challenges and limitations...

Paul Makube 6 May 2019

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Fruit industry transformation, all hands on deckArticle

We need to get past the futile debate as to whether transformation is a key performance area for government, the industry or both. It's a collective responsibility...

Konanani Liphadzi 6 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will notArticle

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

Peter Setou 6 May 2019

AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investors
AfDP's agro-industrial processing zones will drive agriculture in Africa, says investorsArticle

Nigerian government officials and key investors have endorsed the African Development Bank's Special agro-industrial processing zones initiative, describing it as a pathway to Africa's agricultural revolution...

2 May 2019

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Aerobotics launches new mobile crop scouting appArticle

The app is the latest agritech development that aims to actively increase productivity, saving farmers hundreds of hours that are usually spent detecting and documenting problems in the field...

Fundisiwe Maseko 2 May 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patternsArticle

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

Why rooftop farms may be the next big thing
Why rooftop farms may be the next big thingArticle

Signium Africa has predicted that city-wide hydroponic rooftop farming cooperatives have the potential to become the next big thing in commercial agriculture...

30 Apr 2019

Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industry
Sugar imports leave a bitter taste in local industryArticle

There is a need for the local sugar industry to consider diversifying its product offering if it is to remain a viable industry that is able to create jobs, says the Department of Trade and Industry...

30 Apr 2019

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Food inflation likely to go up due to expected lower maize outputArticle

The maize output and price are major drivers of food prices as maize is also used as a major ingredient in animal feed. Therefore, given concerns that maize supplies could be limited for the 2018/19 production season...

Gilberto Biacuana and Tebogo Mashabela 28 Apr 2019

Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019
Applications now open for Pitch AgriHack 2019Article

Selected finalists will pitch their innovations to ICT4Ag and business experts at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Accra between 3 and 7 September 2019...

26 Apr 2019

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IPC releases new guidelines to enhance food insecurity, malnutrition analysisArticle

The guideline by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative is set to further hone food security and nutrition analysis processes for better and more actionable information during humanitarian crises...

26 Apr 2019

Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SA
Vodacom's female farmer programme empowers small scale farmers in rural SAArticle

To date, the programme, which is focused on empowering smallholder female farmers within the country's agriculture sector, has trained 350 small-scale female farmers in rural areas of Limpopo province...

26 Apr 2019

Business called to lead transformation in fishing industry
Business called to lead transformation in fishing industryArticle

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has urged all players in the fishing industry to come to the party to ensure that the sector's transformation agenda is realised during the 2020 Fishing Rights Allocation Process...

25 Apr 2019

Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agriculture
Building efficient and sustainable operations for SA agricultureArticle

We talk to Gerhard Pienaar, BI Business Development Leader, Agriculture, to find out more about what Bearings International is looking to achieve at this year's Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day, as he shares insights into on the importance of new technologies and more...

Robin Fredericks 24 Apr 2019

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Study identifies Nigeria's leading seed hub in Western, Central AfricaArticle

Nigeria's Value Seeds has topped the Access to Seeds Index 2019 ranking for Western and Central Africa...

23 Apr 2019

AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network
AAVF creates platform for vertical farming networkArticle

Vertical farming has many benefits such as year-round production, increased profitability, fewer space requirements and a reduced carbon footprint, but it is not without its challenges, some of which include the cost of infrastructure, reliable electricity supply and knowledge and skills...

17 Apr 2019

SA's black farming community needs sustainable agribusiness support, says AFGRI
SA's black farming community needs sustainable agribusiness support, says AFGRIArticle

According to AFGRI, access to finance, training and entrepreneurship is critical to building SA's black farming community...

16 Apr 2019

Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoods
Researchers help Eastern Cape farm explore new opportunities to improve livelihoodsArticle

UWC's Professor Ndiko Ludidi has shown that the knowledge generated in university laboratories can make a very tangible difference in the real world...

15 Apr 2019

Smallholders benefitting from digitised agriculture
Smallholders benefitting from digitised agricultureArticle

A project in Uganda that uses information and communication technologies in agriculture is transforming the livelihoods of smallholders...

Nelson Mandela Ogema 15 Apr 2019

AFT Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness in Africa
AFT Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness in AfricaArticle

Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and seven other African countries

11 Apr 2019

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