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#BestofBiz 2017: Agriculture
#BestofBiz 2017: Agriculture

Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Agriculture, Horticulture & Forestry site over the past year below

1 day ago

AgriColleges international gets accredited
AgriColleges international gets accredited

The Agriculture Sector Education Training Authority, AgriSeta, has granted online agriculture education platform, AgriColleges international, accreditation as an education and training provider in agriculture

1 day ago

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Wines and their labels: Crafting narratives that speak to us

If wine brands want to signify their differences and tell a story, be it real or fictional, about their product, they do so primarily through label design

By Franck Celhay 2 days ago

Sweet n Dried founder Mercy Mwende at the processing factory with dried mangoes. (Image Supplied)
Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers

Over 500 smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya have found ready market for their horticultural produce, thanks to an automated air drier

2 days ago

Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs
Creating a new generation of entrepreneurs

Black empowerment has not worked as well as it should. What we have not really succeeded in doing is create a substantial number of black-owned, entrepreneurial businesses that have the potential, in time, to rival Anglo American, Discovery and the rest of the JSE giants

By Sinethemba Mafanya 2 days ago

SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies
SA Competition Tribunal approves acquisition of maize milling companies

The acquisitions of two maize milling companies by a consortium comprising DH Brothers Industries trading as Willowton Group and Louis Dreyfus Company Africa has been approved

2 days ago

Sipho Pilime, Associate Programme Officer at E²
E² Elevator: Accelerating entrepreneurial success for small businesses

Impact investment company E² continues to play a leading role in empowering and upskilling responsible entrepreneurs to unleash

3 days ago

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SADC needs armyworm control funds

SADC member states and stakeholders were challenged to make strong commitments by allocating more funding, developing programmes and putting in place infrastructure for the management of the Fall armyworm

By Elita Chikwati 3 days ago

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Listeriosis outbreak: What you need to know

Although the food-borne disease, Listeriosis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease, as the 37 fatalities (and over 550 lab-confirmed cases) across the country attest, there are some simple hygiene precautions you can take to help you avoid infection

3 days ago

Stellenbosch celebrates a year of wine, food and tourism success
Stellenbosch celebrates a year of wine, food and tourism success

Thanks to a consistent string of local and international awards for wines and winemakers of the region, recognition of its food offering and destination marketing magic, Stellenbosch will again be on display as

3 days ago

Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code
Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code

Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the Amended AgriBEE Sector Code for implementation by entities in both public and private sector. Davies says that the sector code will serve as guidelines for the transformation of the agricultural sector

12 Dec 2017

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Smallest wine grape harvest in a decade

The South African wine industry is bracing itself for what might be the smallest wine grape harvest in more than a decade. Drought, a shrinking area under vines and frost damage will have the greatest effect on the crop size

12 Dec 2017

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Datacentrix hosts smart farming Indaba, takes a look at emerging tech set to disrupt farming

Datacentrix recently held its first Agri Indaba in Limpopo to discuss the many ways in which emerging technologies are transforming farming and food production

12 Dec 2017

FairPlay urges enquiry into unsafe labelling of chicken imports
FairPlay urges enquiry into unsafe labelling of chicken imports

The FairPlay anti-dumping movement says it was dismayed to discover bulk packs of chicken for sale at a Makro store with a label claiming nine possible countries of origin

11 Dec 2017

East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security
East Africa region urged to adopt GMOs to boost food security

Despite the technology being seen as key to tackling low crop yields, climate change and emerging diseases, many countries remain averse to GM technology over safety and trade-related concerns

By Johnson Kanamugire 11 Dec 2017

Top 12 major issues in agriculture
Top 12 major issues in agriculture

John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, gives an overview of the major issues that are currently affecting agriculture in South Africa

By Ursula Human 11 Dec 2017

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Pomegranate PhDs: Research into the super fruit's quality, packaging and shelf life

Dr Arendse and Dr Belay have received their PhDs for research on pomegranates - including a non-destructive quality control method and optimal packaging conditions to extend the fruit's shelf life

11 Dec 2017

Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade
Changing face of retail presents opportunity for the wine trade

Embrace the chaos brought by the mobile phone-fueled digital age and look to Portugal for a road map to success in the USA

8 Dec 2017

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Festive season will see higher egg prices due to avian flu

Due to the avian influenza outbreak that hit the poultry industry as it was starting to recover from drought, the price of eggs is set to increase further. This after a significant jump in the past few months

8 Dec 2017

Nicholas.gosse via  - Olive tree plantation in Tunisia. Olive oil is Tunisia’s largest agricultural export.
Africa's top 10 most food-secure countries

Finding enough to eat has been an ages-old challenge for Africans. Against a physical environment often hostile to agricultural and pastoral activity

8 Dec 2017

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Kraft Heinz extends 100% cage-free egg commitment to Africa and Asia

Kraft Heinz extended their cage-free egg policy commitment to Asia and Africa, commits to global 100% cage-free egg supply chain by 2025

8 Dec 2017

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SAPA calls for investigation into Brazil's chicken producers

A recent report exposed horrific working conditions at some Brazilian poultry producers that amount to slave labour. If the report is correct, it shows totally unacceptable working conditions at facilities supplying a huge amount of chicken meat to SA

7 Dec 2017

Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger
Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger

By Calestous Juma 7 Dec 2017

Dr. Nkululeko Nyangiwe. Image: Sonja Matthee
Dr Nyangiwe's doctoral studies shed light on distribution and ecology of ticks

Dr Nyangiwe has been studying the ecology of ticks that are of economic importance to cattle farmers. In his latest paper, he sets out how the alien pantropical blue tick has slowly but surely expanded its range across South Africa

7 Dec 2017

Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world
Smart data yields big harvests to feed the world

To manage the coming swell, robots that harvest crops and digital farming are joining green revolution and time-held traditional farming techniques. Digital farming is garnering lots of interest

By Simon Carpenter 7 Dec 2017

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Who knew pee was valuable?

Liquid gold has been discovered at the University of Cape Town

By Dave Chambers 7 Dec 2017

Women in rural Tunisia mix hot sauce with business
Women in rural Tunisia mix hot sauce with business

These Tunisian women have some sauce, pooling their resources and a seasoned culinary expertise handed down the centuries from mother to daughter

By Eleonore Voisard 7 Dec 2017

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture ()
#GlobalFoodSecurity: How Africa can feed itself and the world

Professor Adipala Ekwamu, executive secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RuForum), gave an inspiring keynote presentation at the third International Conference on Global Food Security held in Cape Town this week.

By Sindy Peters 7 Dec 2017

Vera Songwe, European Union Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary
Africa needs energy to grow

Africa's underdeveloped energy infrastructure and growing demand could be the catalyst to attract private sector investment and thereby actually fast-track energy development

7 Dec 2017

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil

6 Dec 2017

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