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R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass waste
In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based
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Top five robotic systems to watch in agriculture

Nate Dorsey

There are already several companies that have made significant strides in creating robotic systems for use in agriculture that are either in field-testing stages or already entering the
From Hook to Cook: Bistro Sixteen82, Abalobi partners on first restaurant-supported fishery
From Hook to Cook: Bistro Sixteen82, Abalobi partners on first restaurant-supported fishery
The partnership between traditional fishers Abalobi, WWF-Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Bistro Sixteen82, provide fishing communities on the western and southern Cape coast with a better price for their fish and livelihood for their
Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods

Esther Ndumi Ngumbi

Agriculture needs a way to manage harmful insects without destroying the ecological balance of the environment... read
Health and wellness should become part of agricultural employers' long-term strategy
The looming challenges associated with an unhealthy or dissatisfied labour force requires urgent attention. "To achieve longer-term prosperity in agriculture, we must make the health and financial security of workers of all levels a priority." read
Scientists to turn chicken feathers into socks
Nearly one billion broiler chickens were slaughtered locally in 2013, leaving behind a pile of nearly 240 million kg of feathers every year that was mainly dumped in landfill sites. To turn this mountain of feathers into something more valuable... read
Listeriosis: Food safety expert highlights need for clear government regulations

Michael Acott

Food safety expert Dr Lucia Anelich says the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa has shown the urgent need for appropriate microbiological regulations for processed meats... read
Commodities & Fairtrade
Crème de la crème in SA Dairy Championships announced
Out of the 945 dairy products from 83 producers that vied for the attention of the 84 judges, only 18 were honoured with the Qualité mark of excellence... read
Expert: Cape farmers lose 25% of orchards, vineyards as result of drought
Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This has had a knock-on effect on rural employment... read
Research & Development
Impacts of missing livestock data in Africa

Gilbert Nakweya

The continent's livestock sector has the potential to transform the lives of smallholders but inadequate, unreliable and unavailable data in some instances is a major challenge in the sector... read
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

Chris West, Bob Doherty & Tony Heron

With profit-making still at the top of the food industry agenda - and the environmental costs of many food products hidden by complex supply chains - we need more than consumer power alone to achieve a truly sustainable food system... read
Climate change a top concern for agribusinesses
The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that climate change or increasing volatility of weather is a top concern for agribusinesses. Farming is a high-risk industry faced with uncontrollable threats like hailstorms, floods, disease outbreaks and drought... read
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