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Warm winter and low demand lead to vegetable oversupply
Warm winter and low demand lead to vegetable oversupply

Across the country, there is an oversupply of most vegetables, a product of the warm winter as well as depressed buying power on the part of South African consumers.

19 hours ago

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Simple concoction found to halt Fall armyworm

A farmers' group in South Sudan says it has found a way to combat the dreaded Fall armyworm. The all-natural formula is designed to kill the armyworms while not harming the plants

By Dimo Silva 20 hours ago

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Government to scale up use of greenhouses for high-value crops

Rwanda's government is seeking to promote the use of greenhouses to harvest more from high-value crops in the forthcoming fourth Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation

By Emmanuel Ntirenganya 22 hours ago

Porto do Caio, Angola's new deepwater port
Angola's investment in non-oil sectors starts to pay off

With forecasts of rising commodity prices, investors must now bear in mind that we are moving towards a sellers' market

By Miguel Damião Gago 23 hours ago

#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

Avian influenza containment crucial for poultry markets
Avian influenza containment crucial for poultry markets

Poultry destined for exports now have to be absorbed in the South African market, which may also weigh in on prices

3 days ago

Conference calls for greater land ownership rights for women in Africa
Conference calls for greater land ownership rights for women in Africa

Influential women from across Africa shared their findings on land policy initiatives, including women's rights to own land

3 days ago

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Niger to boost poultry farming with mobile kits

Niger State government is set to boost poultry production through the introduction of mobile kits. The mobile poultry is part of the youth empowerment scheme with agriculture entrepreneurship as the driving force

By Ahmed Tahir Ajobe 18 Aug 2017

Profitability the prerequisite for sustainable agricultural production
Profitability the prerequisite for sustainable agricultural production

“The single most important factor that determines the sustainability of agricultural production to provide food security to any country is the fact that it can only be achievable if the production of food is profitable."

17 Aug 2017

The Cradle of Food & Wine Festival celebrates female wine and spirit makers
The Cradle of Food & Wine Festival celebrates female wine and spirit makers

In celebration of Women's Month, the Cradle of Food & Wine Festival, in conjunction with Wine Menu, features some of the country's best craft wine and gin made by female wine and spirit makers

17 Aug 2017

Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain
Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil

By Lisa Jack 17 Aug 2017

A woman's place in agriculture
A woman's place in agriculture

Agriculture is traditionally regarded as a male profession, but those in the industry know that women are playing an influential role in developing the growth of agriculture in Africa

17 Aug 2017

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Nigeria to save N300bn annually from rice import

Nigeria will be saving about N300bn it spends annually on importation of rice as local production of the commodity has now reached 15 million metric tonnes

By Bayo Amodu and Ruth Tene Natsa 16 Aug 2017

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'Recovery lending' helps disaster-stricken farmers get back on track

Accessing credit has long been a major hurdle for small-scale farmers in Africa, who produce some 70 percent of the continent's food

By Robert Kibet 16 Aug 2017

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New study: Pesticides increase extinction risk for bumblebee populations

Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that are used on agricultural crops to control insect pests. Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that they can also damage beneficial insects like bumblebees

By Mark Brown 16 Aug 2017

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Land audit still not completed

The land-reform programme has generally been tardy, which has created uncertainty in the agricultural sector. The biggest challenge for the land reform programme remained

15 Aug 2017

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How some African farmers are responding to climate change and what we can learn from them

Here are three novel ways African farmers are using adaptive strategies to thrive

15 Aug 2017

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Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries update report on HPAI H5N8 outbreak in South Africa

Recently detected outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks to 16. The department has applied for additional funding to deal with the disease control measures, including compensation where applicable

15 Aug 2017

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Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany

15 Aug 2017

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The decrease in honey production and its impact on local producers and consumers

Six questions and answers around the decrease in production of honey and the hive of concern around its impact on local producers and consumer markets

15 Aug 2017

Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problem
Why title deeds aren't the solution to South Africa's land tenure problem

The conventional view is that insecurity of land tenure results from the lack of a registered title deed which records the property rights of occupants of land or housing

By Ben Cousins 15 Aug 2017

#UrbanAgri: Getting a head start on the growing season
#UrbanAgri: Getting a head start on the growing season

Spring is around the corner and Let It Grow Foundation shares some advice on how to begin preparing and planning your soil mix for seed planting

14 Aug 2017

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Western Cape Department of Agriculture on possible incidence of bird flu in Western Cape

The WC Department of Agriculture is investigating possible incidences of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza, type H5N8, on two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Both farms have been placed under quarantine

14 Aug 2017

Transforming agricultural education through technology
Transforming agricultural education through technology

When it comes to training and agri-education, technology is the perfect catalyst. Just as progress is being made in farming techniques, so is the use of similar advances to drive skills and education

By Howard Blight 14 Aug 2017

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FAO official: China's presence in South-South Cooperation transforming Africa's agriculture

Africa has derived enormous benefits in agricultural transformation from China through its South-South Cooperation says FAO official

11 Aug 2017

Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people
Forest conservation approaches must recognise the rights of local people

Until the 1980s, biodiversity conservation in the tropics focused on the “fines and fences” approach: creating protected areas from which local people were forcibly excluded

By Sarobidy Rakotonarivo and Neal Hockley 11 Aug 2017

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Amid drought and conflict, women try new livestock - bees

As climate change worsens drought and erratic rainfall, competition for water and grazing is growing, stoking rivalry and theft between livestock herders. But an unusual kind of livestock is helping: bees

By Moraa Obiria 11 Aug 2017

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What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

The use of food crops by elephants threatens the livelihoods, food security and well-being of rural communities. Elephant forays into farmland sometimes results in

By Josephine B. Smit 10 Aug 2017

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Avian flu adds more woes to poultry sector

It spreads fast, is deadly to poultry and is potentially extremely costly, especially for an industry that is already reeling from the pressures of competing in global markets

By Mark Allix 10 Aug 2017

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