Jean Bosco Nzeyimana's company, Habona Ltd, employs 25 young people who collect garbage, separate out the plastic and metal, and use the organic waste to produce fuel briquettes for cooking. With the remains from the briquette process, they make organic fertiliser, which is sold to farmers. This according to Pius Sawa, Reuters.
Pius Sawa, Reuters 1 day ago
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables. The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday.
When we hear about the horrors of industrial livestock farming - the pollution, the waste, the miserable lives of billions of animals - it is hard not to feel a twinge of guilt and conclude that we should eat less meat.
Francis Vergunst and Julian Savulescu 3 days ago
In order to drive conversations on land reform in South Africa, the Vumelana Advisory Fund (Vumelana) recently hosted the second of a series of roundtable discussions which focused on partnerships for land reform as well as the role of the private sector and other stakeholders in fulfilling the targets of the National Development Plan (NDP) in the land reform programme.
In a quest to enter the commercial agro-processing and meat production market, the Mount Frere-based Matyeni Agricultural Co-operative in the Alfred Nzo district of the Eastern Cape, launched a processing facility which produces livestock feed and maize meal with the backing of a R500,000 grant from development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation's (ECDC) Imvaba Co-operatives Fund.
After a three-year search, Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing has found an ancient apple tree at the top of Table Mountain, and it may be the oldest apple tree in South Africa.
Namibia - After visiting his farm recently to find out how potential fly farming producers are trained, The Namibian asked Netcor founder Johan van der Merwe to explain in detail what this type of farming entails, and how beneficial it is to the animal feed industry. "It is not magic. It is hard work," he says when asked how quickly one can expect a return on investment from the business. "It takes about 41 days from the time of the first production to your first worm harvest."
Theresia Tjihenuna 25 Apr 2017
According to Japie Grobler, chairman of the Agri Securitas Trust Fund, the farming community has been subject to violent farm attacks in recent months, often resulting in murder and serious trauma. "For his reason, it is becoming increasingly difficult to explain to those who are or had been directly exposed to crime that the Agri Securitas Trust Fund, with the financial resources at its disposal, was making every effort to make a difference to the safety of farmers and farm workers.”
Deforestation is still increasing exponentially in tropical regions. Some of the worst regions in the world are the Amazon rainforest, South East Asia and Central Africa. Between 2010 and 2015 there was an annual loss of 7.6 million ha of forest leading to changes in rainfall patterns, loss of biodiversity and contributing to local and global climate change.
Arend de Haas 24 Apr 2017
With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech. The new tool taps into satellite data to help farmers achieve reliable agricultural yields and allows for the optimisation of irrigation systems.
The winners of the summer category for Lourensford Estate's #SeasonsOfLourensford Instagram competition has been announced. The competition features the beauty of the farm as it transforms throughout the seasons with three seasons still up to shoot and win!
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says that, through its Imvaba Co-operatives Fund, it has disbursed a total of R80,7m to 153 cooperatives in the Eastern Cape - mainly to enterprises in agriculture, manufacturing, and services sectors.