Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is expected to announce a range of measures shortly, including incentives and other forms of support, for the beleaguered poultry industry. The measures emerge from the work of a task team involving the department, industry, and labour that was established in November 2016 to investigate the crisis facing the industry.
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Despite the Western Cape's extreme drought, the 2017 brandy grape harvest looks set to yield future award-winning brandies. On 6 February 2017, Distell - the International Wine and Spirit Competition's World's Best Brandy Producer of 2016 - took delivery of their first batch of base wine from independent farmers and started the first distillation soon after.
Developments in Eastern Cape aquaculture could offer the province's youth some unique opportunities in the near future. Speaking at an engagement with agriculture and business stakeholders in Port Elizabeth on Friday, rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane identified the Eastern Cape coastline as one of the agricultural sector's best assets.
Currently, more carbon is locked up in just the first metre of the planet's soils than can be found in the atmosphere and all terrestrial plant life combined said Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote during his keynote address at the Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon. Konkrote called for stronger management of this natural resource, warning of colossal negative impacts on the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in Earth's soils are released.
Independent South African wine and spirit producer, DGB, has been announced as the Best South African Producer at the annual wine award and trade tasting event, Mundus Vini International Award and Spring Tasting. In line with this award, DGB - producer of iconic wine brands such as Boschendal, Bellingham, Brampton, Franschhoek Cellars, Douglas Green, Tall Horse, The Beachhouse, amongst others - was honoured among the world's greatest on the first day of wine trade fair ProWein in Düsseldorf.
Following in the footsteps of Parmalat's six-month matured Gouda which won the title in 2006, the Mature Gouda (10 months) made especially for Woolworths was crowned as the 2017 SA Dairy Product of the Year at the Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Gala.
Climate change, severe drought, water scarcity and the invasion of Fall armyworm sees Africa's food security under threat, but technology tools are available to help solve the continent's food security problems. Lawrence Kandaswami, Managing Director, SAP South Africa says: "Smart farming solutions will become the cornerstone of global food production over the next decade. By using cloud-based computing, big data, analytics, and IoT devices, and bringing together key industry players, we are able to deliver new innovations across the entire agricultural ecosystem to boost food production in a sustainable manner."
The top eight finalists of the global agripreneur competition, the Future Agro Challenge, faced off on a global stage at the Sandton City Convention Centre, with South African agripreneur Clair Reid, founder of Reel Gardening, walking away with the grand prize - the Agripreneur of the Year Award. Reid will receive ongoing mentorship, partnership possibilities, and an opportunity to expand her business to different markets.
UCook, an online dinner kit delivery service, will be expanding its partnership with non-profit organisation Abalimi Bezekhaya, its preferred supplier of organic produce by contributing a portion of its gross profits to the organisation's upskilling urban farming project, Harvest of Hope. The funds allocated will go into further developing Abalimi's permaculture projects, increasing the variety of vegetables farmed, hiring new people and creating new gardens for the presently unemployed to care for and nurture.
A faceless group is lining its pockets with the profits made from tons of EU chicken that is dumped in South Africa, while thousands of chicken industry workers are stretching their families' meals with pap, after being retrenched.