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Distell eyes acquisitions

Acquisitions are key to fortifying growth prospects and duty-free access to China could be a game changer for the local wine market, liquor conglomerate Distell

By Marc Hasenfuss 7 hours ago

SADC farmers call for urgent regional action to help control Fall armyworm infestation

“The Armyworm is known to have a negative impact on agriculture, food security, and trade, making Sub-Saharan Africa more vulnerable due to its high dependence on agriculture.”

9 hours ago

Research and study fostering the adoption of new techniques in biotech agriculture

Technological advancements have played an influential role to supplement the growing adoption of modern and high-yielding techniques

7 hours ago

Operation Phakisa to transform agricultural sector

The Operation Phakisa segment that focuses on agriculture, land reform and rural development is meant to enhance and transform the agricultural sector

3 days ago

Agriculture budget should focus on attracting young farmers, increasing productivity

“From an agricultural perspective - the R30 billion spending on agriculture, rural development, and land reform over the medium term is appreciated, provided it will serve the purpose of what it is intended for."

3 days ago

20 years after Dolly: Everything you always wanted to know about the cloned sheep and what came next

It's been 20 years since scientists in Scotland told the world about Dolly the sheep, the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult body cell

By George Seidel 3 days ago

Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms

By Jared Ferrie 3 days ago

The value of the global affair that is the Cape Winelands

The South African wine industry is hardly a homegrown affair. Its first vines came with Jan van Riebeeck. It profited from Simon van der Stel's written guidelines for grape-farming as well as

By Michael Fridjhon 3 days ago

Challenging times for SA wine industry with excise hikes

While the South African wine industry understands the government's economic challenges, the above-inflation hikes in wine and brandy excise will be challenging for producers and cellars to absorb

23 Feb 2017

New FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme to boost women in biosciences

An acceleration programme aimed at supporting women in biosciences was launched by the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences on Tuesday, 21 February 2017

23 Feb 2017

Agriculture spend to increase to R30 billion in next three years

Government allocated R26.5bn towards agriculture, rural development, and land reform in the 2017/18 budget. Spending in this sector will increase at an average of 4.7% annually and is expected to

23 Feb 2017

Agriculture dept targets creating 60,000 jobs

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries plans to spend over R1.7bn and create 60,000 jobs, according to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech

23 Feb 2017

The 2017 Budget Speech from an agribusiness perspective

According to Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase this year's budget speech, from an agribusiness perspective, comes against the backdrop of high food price inflation, a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence, and

23 Feb 2017

Free State records progress in land redistribution

"We have made some progress in relation to the allocation of land to our people. We have acquired and allocated about 8,149 hectares of land."

23 Feb 2017

Mobile weather platform unveiled for emerging markets

A weather app, designed for developing countries to assist users in predicting severe weather events or disasters, has been launched…

23 Feb 2017

GE technology helps power Cameroon poultry hatchery

Poultry hatchery Agrocam, located in Douala, Cameroon, has purchased one of GE's Jenbacher J316 gas engines to address the fundamental challenges related to long-term power outages

22 Feb 2017

Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns

22 Feb 2017

As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up

Solar-powered cold storage and biological pest control are helping protect Kenya's mangoes from climate change

By Leopold Obi 22 Feb 2017

KZN in control of Fall armyworm

KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Themba Mthembu has assured farmers and the people of that province that the department is in control of the Fall armyworm

22 Feb 2017

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