SA Industry News

/SA Industry News

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 [...]

Comments Off on Government to announce water allocation before month’s end

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 [...]

Comments Off on New partnership to bring agri growth

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, [...]

Comments Off on SA’s Aerobotics launches 5 new precision agriculture products

“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 [...]

Comments Off on “Southern African citrus reached record production volume in 2018”

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 [...]

Comments Off on Dept of Labour to invest R800m in agriculture

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 [...]

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

Full list of Prestige Agri Awards regional winners

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

After months of criss-crossing the province, looking for the Western Cape’s best agri-workers, all 16 regional winners have now been chosen. The competition, sponsored by Shoprite since 2012, aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of the province’s agricultural workforce. The full list of winners: Swartland: Isak Bartman, foreman at Kloovenburg Overberg: Alfred Dyantyi [...]

Comments Off on Full list of Prestige Agri Awards regional winners

SA mandarin wrap

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

The citrus season is over in South Africa. The largest volumes go to the UK, Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Indian Ocean Islands, and the Middle East. In a difficult season, the small citrus performed better than other categories. That was certainly the case in Asia and the Far East. The UK is, once again, [...]

Comments Off on SA mandarin wrap

Targeting food waste in SA

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

Dearman’s liquid nitrogen refrigeration technology is to be used in a project to reduce the waste from fruit and vegetable harvests in South Africa. Food waste in South Africa is estimated to be worth £4.7bn annually, half of which occurs in the fruit and vegetable sector. Low farmer income makes access to cooling technology difficult. [...]

Comments Off on Targeting food waste in SA

Hortgro calls for meaningful and economically sustainable land reform

By | August 22nd, 2018|SA Industry News|

The deciduous fruit industry organisation, Hortgro, said in a statement today that it recognises and supports meaningful, sustainable and economically viable land reform in the agricultural sector as a means to include previously disadvantaged agriculturists. “It is vital that previously disadvantaged individuals get the opportunity to fully participate in the economic growth of our sector [...]

Comments Off on Hortgro calls for meaningful and economically sustainable land reform