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Boost for black farmers

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Emerging black farmers in South Africa are set to benefit from a multibillion-Rand fund set up by businessman Patrice Motsepe. Motsepe said this during the African Farmers Association of SA (Afasa) agribusiness transformation conference in Bloemfontein over the weekend, where he also added that the fund will focus on assisting those in agriculture, agribusiness and [...]

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Agri SA new board

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Agri SA congratulates its board who have been elected at the 2019 Congress. The board is representative of the entire agricultural value chain, including Agri SA’s provincial affiliates, commodity organizations and corporate members. “It has been a tough year, but the agricultural sector is resilient,” said Dan Kriek, re-elected Agri SA President. “The Board is [...]

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New state of the art cooling facility

By | October 15th, 2019|SA Industry News|

The month of June saw the commissioning and opening for business of the latest cold storage facility from SAFT (Southern African Fruit Terminals) a subsidiary of the Belgium owned SEA-invest Group. The 5 500 pallet capacity facility occupies 17 105m2 under roof on one section of a 70 120m2 site in Abland’s rapidly developing Atlantic [...]

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SA firm on road to commercialise beneficial nematodes

By | October 9th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Throughout South Africa fruit and vegetable crops are experiencing the effects of drought and a concomitant vulnerability to stress factors. In the absence of more water or fertilisers, farmers are increasingly looking at harnessing the positive power of beneficial nematodes, which have for a long time only had a bad reputation. Tylenchulus semipenetrans, a parasitic [...]

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Identifying plant genes to ensure food security

By | October 9th, 2019|Global Industry News|

An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach that enables researchers to more efficiently identify the genes that control plant traits. This method will enable plant breeders and scientists to develop more affordable, desirable, and sustainable plant varieties. The application will be most valuable for the fruit, [...]

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Citrus Australia launches protective screenhouse to prevent HLB

By | October 9th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Auscitrus has strengthened its capacity to protect the nation’s budwood supplies from disease, focusing specifically on any future incursion of HLB, with the completion of its new protective screenhouse. Grower levies, through Hort Innovation, funded the new climate-controlled structure, which will house budwood trees under insect-screened conditions, ensuring a source of HLB-free budwood for Australian [...]

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Funding will secure research on PSHB and deadly fungus

By | September 24th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Hortgro is in the final stages of securing funding for a new research project that will look at the ability of the fungus carried by the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle to infect deciduous fruit trees as well as common windbreak tree species. The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) with its deadly fungus (Fusarium euwallaceae) [...]

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Spain loses ground to South Africa and Turkey in global citrus trade

By | September 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

According to data from the Statistics Division of the United Nations (UN), in recent years Spain has been constantly losing ground to South Africa and Turkey in the global citrus trade. Although Spain remains the world's largest exporter, its citrus shipments have been reduced by 15.18% since 2015, going from 4,184.56 million kilos back then [...]

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Transnet focuses on transporting export citrus

By | September 24th, 2019|SA Industry News|

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is once again responding to one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa which is the export of citrus fruit. A new service was introduced from Musina in partnership with Musina Intermodal Terminal. The first Musina train that departed on 5 August loaded 250 wagons indicated how the private sector [...]

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A $10 Japanese grape

By | September 24th, 2019|Global Industry News|

Among other things, Japan is known for its crazily expensive fruit. In 2016, a bunch of about 30 grapes sold for 1.1 million yen (US$10,190) in Japan, and since then the same variety of grapes has been hitting record highs every year. A bunch at this year’s first wholesale market auction was actually selling for [...]

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