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Kaap Agri lists on JSE in speciality retailer sector

Kaap Agri Limited, specialising in retailing and trading in agricultural, fuel and related retail markets in southern Africa, has listed in the “Speciality Retailer” sector of the JSE's Main Board

10 hours ago

EC farming communities battling unemployment with innovative small businesses

Amid the pared down farming units focused on food security, Agri Eastern Cape members have become innovative in battling the spiralling unemployment rate in their communities

11 hours ago

Drought and jobless, hopeless youth, fertile grounds for extremism

"Millions of rural young people face an uncertain future due to the lack of decent rural jobs and continuous loss of livelihoods due to land degradation and falling yields"

By Ips World Desk 8 hours ago

Silos ready for record maize harvest

As farmers in SA get down to harvesting a record maize crop, operators of grain storage facilities say there is enough space to accommodate the bumper haul

By Reitumetse Pitso 9 hours ago

Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak confirmed in SA

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian influenza H5N8 - a strain of avian influenza which is believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds - has been confirmed in the Villiers area in the Free State

3 days ago

The sustainability of organic wine production

Several wine estates in SA are following the trend of converting to organic wine producing and processing, in the footsteps of its major export markets. However, is organic wine production as financially sustainable as it is environmentally?

3 days ago

Pulse flour spikes in popularity

According to research by TMR, an increasing awareness among consumers about the importance of a protein-rich diet has had a positive influence on the growth of the pulse flour market

3 days ago

UP joins global fight against diseases threatening tropical and subtropical crops

The University of Pretoria is partnering with the H2020 project Tropicsafe to fight three economically important insect-transmitted diseases affecting citrus, grapevine, and palms

3 days ago

Three big wins for Stodels Nurseries at SANA awards

At the recent South African Nursery Association (SANA) awards, Stodels Nurseries achieved a hat trick, winning the coveted Gold Medal for Nick Stodel

3 days ago

Agriculture confidence keeps sprouting

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago remarked that the country's current fundamental economic problem is weak confidence But some sectors of the economy continue to provide green shoots

3 days ago

From funders to partners: The changing face of commercial agri-finance in South Africa

Over the past three decades, the South African agriculture financing landscape has undergone some significant shifts, the two most apparent of which have been

By Zhann Meyer 22 Jun 2017

FAO distributes seeds and fertilisers to a million people in north-east Nigeria

"Investing in agricultural assistance today will provide food for tomorrow; and can ensure people have a source of food even when they are cut off from other forms of humanitarian aid."

22 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

Niche grapes and innovative winemaking: The Young Guns of 2017

Roland Peens and James Pietersen of Wine Cellar reveal their top picks for rising stars in the wine industry who should most definitely be on your radar - the Young Guns of 2017

22 Jun 2017

Report: Communal farmers top maize yield

Zimbabwe - Communal farmers are leading in maize production for the 2016-17 farming season, as their output increased by 364 percent

By Elita Chikwati 22 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Making agriculture a viable career choice for the African youth

The shortage of skilled people in the sector is growing, while the number of students enrolling in agriculture-related training continues to decrease

By Howard Blight 21 Jun 2017

Development programme empowers small-scale farmers with agricultural knowledge

The Farmer Development Programme aims to provide all farmers in rural SA with agricultural knowledge regarding good planting practices, sustainable farming, business plans, planting techniques and the use biotechnology

21 Jun 2017

Africa could help feed the world - if its fertile land doesn't vanish

According to the UNCCD, two-thirds of the African continent is desert or drylands. This land is vital for agriculture and food production, but nearly 75 percent is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees

By Younouss Youn 21 Jun 2017

Reliance Compost earns gold at Eco-Logic Awards

Reliance Compost, provider of 100% Certified Organic Compost produced from green garden refuse, won a gold Eco-Logic Award in the Recycling and Waste Management category

21 Jun 2017

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International

AGT Foods CEO scoops EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 title

President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, was picked from 59 individuals representing 49 countries and named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He was chosen not only for his success in building a business empire focused on providing vegetable protein to the developing world, but also for helping to feed refugees.

20 Jun 2017

Disrupted agriculture, high food prices deepens food insecurity in Africa

While large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are booming for global food supply, protracted fighting and unrest are increasing displaced and hungry people elsewhere. This according to the new FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation report which shows that 37 countries - 28 of which are in Africa - require external assistance for food.

12 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

NEW YORK, US - The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. Working with IBM, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is testing the technology system on mangos in the United States and pork in China.

6 Jun 2017

Highly contagious disease can decimate tilapia populations

A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world's most important fish species for human consumption. According to a special alert issued by FAO's Global Information and Early Warnings Systems, the outbreak should be treated with concern and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk management measures by intensifying diagnostics testing, enforcing health certificates, deploying quarantine measures and developing contingency plans.

29 May 2017

Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

In recent years, global warming has lead to a rapidly changing climate in India, temperatures across the country have reached soaring highs, negatively affecting the crops of many farmers. In fact, farmer suicides in India reached over 8,000 in 2015 as a result of this. Now, a farming technology startup named Kheyti is hoping to remedy this with their Greenhouse in a Box (GIB).

16 May 2017

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