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Government to announce water allocation before month’s end

By | November 11th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Capetonians will have to wait several weeks to hear if water restrictions are to be further relaxed. Farmers, also waiting to hear if they will be allocated more irrigation water, are getting worried about the effects of the delay. Rashid Khan, regional head of the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation, said on Monday officials [...]

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DogBot an affordable solution to labour deficit?

By | November 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

These days many growers are looking for solutions to reduce labour in the fields and packhouses, robotics is one of the ways to do this, but replacing pickers of delicate fruit such as strawberries with a robotic picker is very challenging, the technology is not yet available and would not be affordable for many growers. [...]

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Zimbabwe to flush out multiple farm owners

By | November 11th, 2018|Global Industry News|

Zimbabwe’s government has started a land audit to cut farm sizes, flush out multiple farm owners and correct some of the mistakes from its chaotic land reform programme. The effort is an attempt by the government to redress the damage caused by its land seizures that started in 2000. Recently lands, agriculture, rural resettlement, water [...]

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Lesotho’s commercial apple industry to manage warming climate risk

By | October 27th, 2018|Global Industry News|

On 16 October the CEO of the Lesotho National Development Bank, Mohato Seleke, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Stargrow Group and the World Bank to establish a commercial fruit industry in the country. Phase one of the project will comprise 140ha of commercial orchards envisioned to extend to 1,000 ha of mostly apple, [...]

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New partnership to bring agri growth

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The international agriculture sector is a dynamic world and South Africa an esteemed player. In this global village, agri-businesses rely on the latest technology, science, and research to compete and produce top-quality products for maximum profit. Equally so, agri-businesses also have to survive the socio-economic rapids created by international politicians, trade-wars and natural disasters. One [...]

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SA’s Aerobotics launches 5 new precision agriculture products

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Cape Town based aerial-data analytics startup Aerobotics has launched five new innovative precision agriculture products that aim to help fruit and wine farmers to detect pests and diseases. The startup launched the new products at a recent event in Franschhoek. The event was also live-streamed to 11 satellite locations in South Africa (these were in: Kirkwood, [...]

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“Southern African citrus reached record production volume in 2018”

By | October 27th, 2018|SA Industry News|

Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), tweeted that Southern African citrus reached a record volume of product packed for export in 2018. The current figure exceeds 1.9 million tons (128 million cartons). With just 5 million cartons still to be packed (mostly oranges) the season will end up just shy of 2 [...]

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Argentina: Increased lemon exports to Russia

By | October 12th, 2018|Global Industry News|

"The season has been similar in terms of total volumes exported compared to last season. However, the weather has made the season quite unsure. We experienced a warm fall, followed by lots of rain and then even light frost in our areas. It didn´t damage the production itself, however it, caused some delays and difficulties [...]

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Dept of Labour to invest R800m in agriculture

By | October 12th, 2018|SA Industry News|

The Department of Labour has announced its intention to invest R800 million in agriculture and related business over the next year. The announcement of the investment comes on the heels of commitments made by social partners at the Jobs Summit. The investment will be handled through the department's entities in partnership with the Public Investment [...]

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China to train African scientists as part of $60-billion funding

By | October 8th, 2018|SA Industry News|

China wants to train Africa’s next generation of scientists. Its goal is to improve African science in fields from agriculture and climate change to quantum physics and artificial intelligence. The training is one element of a much larger plan adopted by Chinese and African leaders at the third Summit of the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation [...]

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