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SA citrus suspension to safeguard critical EU market

By | October 31st, 2017|SA Industry News|

At the tail end of the South African citrus season, it was decided last week to voluntarily cease exports to the EU as a proactive measure regarding citrus black spot. EUROPHYT (the EU Notification System for Plant Health Interceptions) figures show that there were four interceptions of citrus black spot (Phyllosticta citricarpa) on South African [...]

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Solar-powered lasers may be effective at protecting crops from birds

By | October 31st, 2017|Global Industry News|

Birds decimate crops, costing farmers tens of millions of rand each year, but a new technology may help change that. To stop that from happening, farmers have employed all kinds of gimmicks, from traditional scarecrows to nets. But a combination of IoT, automation, and solar-powered lasers could be the golden ticket. Recently, Justin Meduri, Farm Operations Manager [...]

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Scientist discovers best way to wash off pesticides from fruit

By | October 31st, 2017|Global Industry News|

A common kitchen product could supercharge fruit-washing protocols. A new study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on Thursday, found that baking soda could remove far more pesticide from the surface of an apple than just tap water or a bleach rinse. “Generally speaking in the U.S., the amount of pesticides on apples [...]

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Western Cape drought threatens 50 000 agricultural jobs

By | October 31st, 2017|SA Industry News|

The Western Cape is facing a jobs crisis as 50 000 workers in the agriculture sector might get the sack due to the drought. A rise in prices for some vegetables and fruits may also be on the cards as farmers have been forced to cut production. During a presentation to Parliament on Wednesday‚ head of [...]

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Red makes consumers retain attention to food labels

By | October 31st, 2017|Global Industry News|

For many people, red means “stop,” and that’s what consumers are doing when they see that color on food information labels, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. Zhifeng Gao, a UF/IFAS associate professor of food and resource economics, led the study with former doctoral students Meng Shen and Lijia [...]

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