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Young Africans create new roads for agriculture

Young Africans are seeking to transform agriculture by using new technologies while contributing to food security and employment

By Pius Sawa, Reuters 1 day ago

SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

The project began production in June 2016, producing tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower and other herbs. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation

1 day ago

Protector targets suspected fraud at AgriSeta

The Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSeta) has become the latest training authority to be embroiled in allegations of maladministration, corruption and inefficiency

By Bekezela Phakathi 1 day ago

Achieving sustainable land reform through partnerships

In order to drive conversations on land reform in South Africa, Vumelana recently hosted the second of a series of roundtable discussions which focused on partnerships for land reform as well as the role of the private sector

3 days ago

Six ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet

Reducing consumption of animal products is essential if we are to meet global greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets

By Francis Vergunst and Julian Savulescu 3 days ago

SA to harvest second biggest maize crop on record

Farmers are likely to harvest an estimated 14.53-million tonnes of maize in 2017, the second-biggest maize crop on record

By Andries Mahlangu 3 days ago

Ancient apple tree found on Table Mountain may be SA's oldest

After a three-year search, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing has found an ancient apple tree at the top of Table Mountain, and it may be the oldest apple tree in South Africa

25 Apr 2017

Eastern Cape cooperative launches livestock feed and maize meal processing facility

In a quest to enter the commercial agro-processing and meat production market, the Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative launched a processing facility which produces livestock feed and maize meal

25 Apr 2017

From maggot to the dining table

"With maggot protein produced in Namibia, we will save farmers a lot of money on imported feed and bring more affordable food to our consumers."

By Theresia Tjihenuna 25 Apr 2017

Agri Securitas funding steps up rural security

In an attempt to assist the farming community in their rural safety protection efforts, the Agri Securitas Trust Fund recently again provided financial support for security projects

25 Apr 2017

ECDC invests millions into potato producing cooperatives

R3,357m went to seven potato producing cooperatives in the OR Tambo District Municipality last year - the funds were used to buy agricultural inputs such as fertilisers, seeds, and pesticides

24 Apr 2017

Summer winners of #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram comp announced

The winners of the summer category for Lourensford Estate's #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition has been announced. The competition features the beauty of the farm as it transforms throughout the seasons

24 Apr 2017

New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech

24 Apr 2017

Technology and big data are helping Cameroonians protect their forests

A project conducted by the African Conservation Foundation and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation shows that emerging technologies and big data can take conservation to a new level

By Arend de Haas 24 Apr 2017

Govt unveils crop disease quarantine

MLN is a destructive disease capable of causing overwhelming damage to maize crops and has already caused significant damage in Central Africa and Western Africa

By Runyararo Muzavazi 24 Apr 2017

Minister Zokwana reaches out to agri colleges

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana is set to visit agriculture colleges as part of Government Imbizo Focus Week

21 Apr 2017

Weaner calf prices on upward trend

According to the latest Agri Trends report from Absa's AgriBusiness unit covering livestock and fibre, weaner calf prices have followed an upward trend over the past three months

21 Apr 2017

Vergelegen celebrates research this Earth Day

On Saturday, 22 April, Earth Day, 317-year-old Vergelegen will celebrate over a decade of hosting field researchers undertaking ground-breaking work on the estate

21 Apr 2017

Crop-killing armyworm caterpillar reaches Rwanda, Kenya

Rwanda's government announced on Wednesday, 19 April, it had discovered Fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya.

21 Apr 2017

How Zambia could achieve breadbasket status

According to Jervis Zimba, president of the Zambia National Farmers' Union (ZNFU), “The only way we can achieve the status of being a breadbasket is to zero rate agriculture.”

20 Apr 2017

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