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

Aïda El Kohen and Hamza Rkha Chaham

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... read
Smart farming technologies innovate on production quality
Data has long been likened to be the equivalent of oil in the digital age. For farmers, the ability to capture, analyse, and gain insights from it in as real-time a manner as possible, can be the difference between success and failure... read
Yanmar's robotic tractors bring autonomous vehicles out to farm

David Szondy

Osaka, JAPAN - We've had autonomous cars, autonomous trucks, and autonomous buses, and now Osaka-based diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar is introducing a new line of robotic tractors... read
Expect Western Cape drought to knock farm exports

Wandile Sihlobo

With agriculture having its fair share of challenges, Wandile Sihlobo continues the discussion surrounding both domestic and regional developments with a closer look at agricultural trade performance... read
Why the farm tyre market is weighed down globally
Even though the broader sluggishness in the farm equipment market continues to influence farm tyre sales globally, recent research shows that opportunities exist as global sales are likely to surpass 42 million... read
Are land reform and expropriation fears justified?
Much of the insecurity and fear over land reform and expropriation is based on misinterpretation and a serious lack of reliable data... read
AIU secures R150m Cape agribusiness investment
Although the drought in the Western Cape proved a challenging environment to land investment, the Agribusiness Investment Unit made it possible to sell the province as an agribusiness investment destination... read
Commodities & Fairtrade
Levy for soya beans allows access to new cultivars and technology
"For a long time, local soya bean producers did not have access to the latest GMO technology and genetics. This will now change as the soya bean industry has found a way to fund technology and cultivar developments." read
Climate change initiative to strengthen forest, farming communities
"Forest and farm producers are more powerful when organised. By building their capacity, the Forest and Farm Facility initiative will help more producers and their organisations withstand the effects of climate change." read
Research & Development
Rising rice protein market benefits the pharmaceutical industry
The rice protein market has been positively impacted by the rising consumer awareness about the intake of nutrition-rich food ingredients. The FDA in the U.S. has already implemented several favourable regulations pertaining to a wide range of rice protein applications, which in turn has led toward its high acceptance among consumers in the rice protein market... read
Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's food, beverage industries

Louise Scholtz

In an era of uncertainty, when it comes to both power supply and pricing, renewable energy sources can provide certainty in both supply and costs... read
Viticulture & Oenology
Good things happen in 3s - just ask Groot Constantia

Ilse van den Berg

Friday the 13th is a bit of an urban legend, eerie day for many. I remember my great-grandmother refused to set a foot out of bed on Friday the 13th. Perhaps she had a good reason... read
Meet the Maker: Pienaar and Son Distillery

Samantha Snedorf

What do the erstwhile indie band- Ashtray Electric and my favourite juniper spirit have in common? Andre Pienaar of course! read
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