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Could macadamia nuts be the dark horse in SA agriculture?
Could macadamia nuts be the dark horse in SA agriculture?

According to Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB, the demand for suitable land for macadamia nuts production has increased sharply, with orders almost two years ahead at nurseries for plant supplies. He believes macadamia nuts are, without a doubt, the dark horse in South African agriculture.

1 day ago

Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture
Dangote emphasises diversification of African economies, importance of agriculture

In a packed room at the headquarters of global law firm Shearman and Sterling LLC, Nigerian entrepreneur and business leader, Aliko Dangote told investors: "Agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world." High-level business leaders and international diplomats were invited by the Corporate Council for Africa to hear Aliko Dangote, and Rwandan president Paul Kagame, openly converse on Africa's opportunities and challenges.

2 days ago

American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control
American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates from nine countries on avian influenza during a two-day seminar in Pretoria and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control.

2 days ago

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Promoting youth employment in agriculture by investing in rural transformation

FAO, at a high-level forum, Harnessing Skills for Rural Transformation and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, stressed that farming and rural non-farm-based activities still have untapped potential to generate employment opportunities for the rising youth population in Africa. Predicted to double by 2050, the continent has the youngest and fastest growing population in the world which has a major impact on the employment market.

2 days ago

Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms
Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms

Quantum Foods became the latest major South African poultry producer to report a bird flu outbreak when it said on Wednesday that a highly contagious strain had affected at least two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape. "The outbreak has only been confirmed at two layer houses but as a preventative measure, management has decided to depopulate the two sites in totality," Quantum Foods said in a statement.

By Andries Mahlangu 3 days ago

Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser
Innovative business in Seychelles to turn seaweed into fertiliser

A new factory on Praslin, the second-most populated island in Seychelles, is launching a new and innovative way to manage and make better use of seaweed: turning it into agricultural fertiliser.

3 days ago

Automatic laser technology deters birds from crops
Automatic laser technology deters birds from crops

Birds and damage in grain breeding trials are synonymous, and each breeder will have his or her unique way to tackle it. Some will go on the offense and others on the defense. The first usually leads to the culling of birds. It's a last resort action that only brings reprieve for a season or two, and not an acceptable option for bird lovers.

3 days ago

NJR ZA via  - cattle grazing on Jeffreys Bay wind farm
Agriculture 'will change province's economy'

Agriculture will be the game-changer for the Eastern Cape's economy, while also cementing the province as the breadbasket of South Africa. This is Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane's vision for the agricultural sector in the Eastern Cape.

By Riaan Marais 3 days ago

The digester at Elgin Fruit Processors that converts fruit and other waste to electricity. (Image Supplied)
How Tru-Cape cuts down on food waste along the value and supply chain

While the World Wildlife Fund, in conjunction with the CSIR and Department of Science and Technology as part of the International Climate Initiative, report that a third of available food is wasted is and should be lauded, it ignores the work of many in the agriculture industry today, who strive for zero food waste.

3 days ago

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How safe is the food on your plate?

A new feature published on the University of Pretoria's (UP) Research Matters website focuses on the work by a team of researchers led by Professor Lise Korsten, who leads the food safety research programme at the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security (CoE), which is co-hosted by UP and the University of the Western Cape.

19 Sep 2017

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Western Cape deciduous fruit farmers under pressure, looks at drought strategy

Deciduous fruit farmers are considering contingency plans for the coming season as the drought in the Western Cape, and parts of the Eastern Cape, shows no signs of abating. It has been one of the driest winters in recent history, with unprecedented low dam levels and pressure on the water infrastructure servicing Cape Town and other municipal areas in the region.

18 Sep 2017

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Measuring Africa's agricultural takeoff is set to make billionaires from ‘poor men's fields'

Asked where the next crop of African billionaires will come from, the president of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, without batting an eyelid, declared that they will be farmers. And he is not the only person in his class endorsing agriculture as the next frontier. Technology success Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwean businessman and entrepreneur, has indicated more than once that if he was to start over, he would go into farming.

By Boaz Blackie Keizire 18 Sep 2017

Val Thomas, founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp
#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

TheTreeApp, which functions much like Google but for trees, was launched recently. The app, with extensive tree information, beautiful illustrations and GPS location and search capabilities, allows South Africans - whether they are students, conservationists, botanists or avid nature lovers - to investigate, search and identify and learn about trees. We chat to the founder and co-creator of one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas, to find out more.

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 2017