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Workshop invitation: Opportunities for business benefit through value add to organic residues & waste

GreenCape, the UCT Chemistry Department and the University of York Green Chemistry Centre, would like to invite you to their to their WASTE NOT, WANT NOT Workshop. The workshop will take place on Thursday 16 March 2017 in Stellenbosch (Landtschap) from... Read more about 'Workshop invitation: Opportunities for business benefit through value add to organic residues & waste'...


Letter addressed to all agricultural water users of the intergrated Wester Cape Water Supply System Scheme

The address applies to all agricultural water users supplied from the catchment areas, dams and river systems of the integrated Western Cape Water Supply System Scheme (WCWSS) that there is an implementation of... Read more about 'Letter addressed to all agricultural water users of the intergrated Wester Cape Water Supply System Scheme'...


As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up

Farmers in Kenya have taken advantage of alternative green tech opportunities. These include - solar-powered cold storage, and biological pest control - which help them protect their harvest against the effects of climate... Read more about 'As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up'...


Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Incentives

You can view the latest developments on incentives here as well as the uptake of these incentives per province for 2015/16. Agro-processing dominates uptake of incentives for the Western Cape. Note that the... Read more about 'Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Incentives'...


Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production

According to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, failure to make our food systems more resilient to climate change will "seriously compromise" food production in many regions and could doom international efforts to... Read more about 'Failure to help small farmers adapt will compromise future food production'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/02/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 13 February 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/02/2017'...


Wesgro Export Advancement Training

Wesgro is providing *free capacity development for export advancement*. It is aimed at businesses that have a unique product or service that they would like to export or are already exporting.  The program is runs for... Read more about 'Wesgro Export Advancement Training'...


Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable

One of the biggest obstacles to sustainable agriculture is the large amounts of organic waste produced by South African farms. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Limpopo is in the process of... Read more about 'Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable'...


Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

In 2012, Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development was launched by its Founding Partners to catalyze resources and focus attention on the lack of access by many farmers and agribusinesses in... Read more about 'Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development'...


Strong performance for South African BEE citrus project

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) projects in the South African agricultural sector has been approached in many different ways in hope of establishing a successful and sustainable project. Cedar Citrus Ltd has implemented a successful BEE... Read more about 'Strong performance for South African BEE citrus project'...


South African farmer develops ‘Tree Hog’ unit for more efficient irrigation

Efficient water use becomes key for farms as they experience hotter days resulting in the need for more irrigation which is coupled with increase electricity usage. The Tree Hog is a SA patented... Read more about 'South African farmer develops ‘Tree Hog’ unit for more efficient irrigation'...


Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them

Making a business work goes beyond just training and requires proper planning, management and commitment. This article providing insight into what one needs to sustain a successful hydroponics operation. Read more here.   can result... Read more about 'Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them'...


Steenberg Vineyards embraces #WaterlessWednesday

Various water saving techniques are being undertaken on farms and Steenberg Wine Estate is no different. This article explores how Steenberg is saving water from farm to their wine tasting facility.  Read more... Read more about 'Steenberg Vineyards embraces #WaterlessWednesday'...


Biochar could help clean polluted water

Biochar made from eucalyptus trees could be the solutions to SA's water pollution issues including the treatment of waste water created by processing facilities such as wineries and the food industry. This article... Read more about 'Biochar could help clean polluted water'...


Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South Africa's focus on adapting to risks is said to sharpen as people increasingly experience the impacts of changing climate. This will become more evident in global society's commitment to positive change. This... Read more about 'Why more than ever, sustainability is good business'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/02/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 06 February 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/02/2017'...


Biological wine farmer achieves twice regional average yield

A wine grape producer in the Robertson Valley, started farming biologically seven years ago. Today he is reaping the benefits by producing almost double the regional production average using the same inputs as neighbouring farmers. Read... Read more about 'Biological wine farmer achieves twice regional average yield'...


Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices

Ceres fruit growers have adjusted farming practices after experiencing drought and extremely high temperatures during the 2016 season. These practices include: Soil moisture probes Satellite-based technology Replacing sprinklers with micro systems (saving 3... Read more about 'Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices'...


Challenging times see farmers turning to smart agriculture

As arable land continues to shrink, smart agriculture is rising in the global agriculture industry with rural farmers and commercial establishments alike turning to smart agriculture to maximise yields with minimal agricultural inputs. By... Read more about 'Challenging times see farmers turning to smart agriculture'...


Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices

Ceres Fruit Growers have implemented a range of water-saving practices highlighting dependence on more scientific technology. Read about the various methods and technology used by Ceres Fruit Growers to ensure optimal irrigation with minimum... Read more about 'Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices'...


Precision farming, new technology and an eye for opportunity

Grain SA’s Grain Producer of the Year 2016 has implemented precision farming practices since the late 1990s. Over time, he has experienced a 40% improvement in both dryland and irrigated crop yields.  Read more... Read more about 'Precision farming, new technology and an eye for opportunity'...


World Wetlands Day: Agriculture can use wetlands sustainably

Agriculture can sustainably make use of wetlands; it is not a case of not utilising them at all, but rather using them wisely. This article also includes tips on how to protect wetlands. Read... Read more about 'World Wetlands Day: Agriculture can use wetlands sustainably'...


Western Cape Department of Agriculture receives planter

Research on conservation planting and farming methods by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will in future be considerably easier, thanks to the donation of a disc planter. Read more Read more about 'Western Cape Department of Agriculture receives planter'...


Can organic farming improve food security for SA's poor communities?

Producing crop yields that can provide food and income to families, require soils containing plenty of minerals and water. While commercial farmers use chemical fertilisers to add nutrients to the soil, these fertilisers... Read more about 'Can organic farming improve food security for SA's poor communities?'...


Precision Agriculture

With the Green Revolution running to an end, natural resource constraints and species loss occurring, will we be able to produce more, to feed the growing world population, on less land? Innovation in... Read more about 'Precision Agriculture '...


Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

Hydroponic and greenhouse technology is a technique of intensive plant production using minimal water, energy and land. Tomato yield comparison: Hydroponics technology produce more than 1 000t/ha VS South Africa’s average tomato yield of about 56t/ha Lettuce... Read more about 'Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 30/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 30 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 30/01/2017'...


Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills

Energy efficiency solutions provider Magnet Energy has developed, designed and manufactured the Lite-C wireless lighting control system, which allows for a reduction in electricity bills of up to 43%. Read more Read more about 'Lite-C sensors allow for reduction in electricity bills'...


Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF

Conservation organisation World Wide Fund (WWF) South Africa on Thursday warned that the West Coast rock lobster, commonly known as kreef, could disappear from menus altogether within the next five years unless radical action is taken to save... Read more about 'Lobster to disappear from menus in five years – WWF'...


Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information

Scientists at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) are using high-technologymethods to provide accurate information and research for the agriculture sector, such as the use of genomics to significantly and rapidly improve breeding of animals and plants, and using... Read more about 'Scientists use high-tech methods to deliver accurate agricultural information'...


How biorefineries can add value to forestry waste

Currently South Africa's forestry industry is recovering an average of only 47% of its potential timber yield for economic benefit. This has created great potential for the industry to explore the high-value opportunities presented by... Read more about 'How biorefineries can add value to forestry waste'...


Business Case: Solar PV on packhouses

In 2016, GreenCape conducted a study looking at the business case for solar PV on packhouses. The business case demonstrated 15% saving in electricity costs.  The modelling shows: Economies of scale are important,... Read more about 'Business Case: Solar PV on packhouses'...


Land Bank: Droogtelenings nog te kry

Land Bank het R400 miljoen vir droogtehulp vir die landbou sektor geoormerk. Aangesien nie al die fondse teen einde Desember 2016 toegeken is nie, is die aansoekings proses tot Maart 2017 verleng. Lees... Read more about 'Land Bank: Droogtelenings nog te kry'...


2KUZE: A digital platform for smallholder farmers

2KUZE project is a digital platform developed by Mastercard, connecting smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Through the use of mobile phones this app allows farmers to buy, sell... Read more about '2KUZE: A digital platform for smallholder farmers'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 23/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 23 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 23/01/2017'...


Using wastewater as an agricultural resource

Properly managed, wastewater can be used safely to support crop production — directly through irrigation or indirectly by recharging aquifers — but doing so requires diligent management of health risks through adequate treatment or... Read more about 'Using wastewater as an agricultural resource'...


Sustainable Energy Consumption and Production Training - Stellenbosch

Register for SWITCH Africa's SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION TRAINING - an interactive 1-day training session which will support the development of green agro-businesses and ecoentrepreneurship and equip MSMEs across the agriculture sector to... Read more about 'Sustainable Energy Consumption and Production Training - Stellenbosch'...


Why climate change is a threat to livestock production

Adapting to climate change issues will be key for livestock farmers. The frequent occurrence and changing period of new and existing livestock health issues may arise. This article highlights some of the issues... Read more about 'Why climate change is a threat to livestock production'...


Severe fire warning issued for Western Cape as blazes continue

The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre on Wednesday issued a severe fire warning, saying that extremely hot and dry windy conditions could be expected across the province. Read article Visit our Fire Protection page... Read more about 'Severe fire warning issued for Western Cape as blazes continue'...


Dreaming of sustainable farming in the land of wealth and wine

Boschendal farm focuses on integrating soil health, agriculture and community and developing an economically successful agriculture and hospitality project. Boschendal aims to be sustainable through focusing on improved soil quality, environmental restoration, social and... Read more about 'Dreaming of sustainable farming in the land of wealth and wine'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 16/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 16 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 16/01/2017'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 09/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 9 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 09/01/2017'...


SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion

Cape Town based, AgriProtein produces and licenses MagMeal, a high-protein feed made from larvae produced by Black Soldier flies, fed on existing organic waste. Apart from MagMeal AgriProtein produces a range of products including MagOil, a natural,... Read more about 'SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

The first conservation agriculture newsletter for 2017 is out and can be viewed through the link below. The January addition focuses on soil health as we celebrated World Soil Day on the 5th... Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


Monitoring soil salinity and waterlogging using satellite images

The consequences of incorrect management or incorrect selection of irrigation areas can be disastrous, causing irrigation areas to become waterlogged and/or salt-affected, thus making them unfit for continued sustainable irrigation. A new study, funded... Read more about 'Monitoring soil salinity and waterlogging using satellite images'...


Smallholder farmers need a leg-up to adapt to climate change

The effect of climate change on agriculture production are expected to intensify over time and vary across countries and regions. Unless action is taken now to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and resilient,... Read more about 'Smallholder farmers need a leg-up to adapt to climate change'...


Career Opportunities in Renewable Energy in the Wine Industry

This document is a diagram of the different opportunities in renewable energy in the wine industry. It illustrates among other qualifications and training requires and short courses available. View diagram Read more about 'Career Opportunities in Renewable Energy in the Wine Industry'...


Management of grapevines during drought periods

This document highlights a few practical guidelines for managing vineyards during drought conditions. Read document Read more about 'Management of grapevines during drought periods'...


2017 SAG-SEED Awards: Call for Applications NOW OPEN

*SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) - SEED Awards.* The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find... Read more about '2017 SAG-SEED Awards: Call for Applications NOW OPEN'...


Mussel farming on the West Coast

A total of 2000 tons of mussels are produced by companies in Saldanha Bay each year. Not only do these farms support sustainable supply but also plays a role in local empowerment. Read... Read more about 'Mussel farming on the West Coast'...


Why precision farming is here to stay

This article provides a brief insight into precision farming and why it is seen as a growing industry rather than just an idea. Read more here.  Read more about 'Why precision farming is here to stay'...


No-till in SA – The message spreads

Conservation agriculture is an increasing trend implemented by farmers worldwide. The three principles of conservation agriculture including maximum diversity in crops grown/cover crops, maximum soil cover and minimal soil disturbance. This article provides an... Read more about 'No-till in SA – The message spreads'...


Pulses and Climate Change

The changing climatic conditions will continue to put pressure on agricultural systems and populations dependent on produce especially vulnerable communities. This infographic shows how one can increase resilience to climate change through the introduction... Read more about 'Pulses and Climate Change'...


Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash

Is regenerative farming only good for the environment or does it make good business sense as well? Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared R102... Read more about 'Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash'...


Super-efficient irrigation: tips for crop farmers

To ensure agricultural sustainability in South Africa, it is crucial that more efficient irrigation systems be implemented. Read article Read more about 'Super-efficient irrigation: tips for crop farmers'...


Farm Management Practices to Foster Green Growth

This report looks at farm management practices with green growth potential, from farmer-led innovations (such as those directly linked to soil and water, Integrated Pest Management, organic farming) to science-led technologies (such as biotechnology... Read more about 'Farm Management Practices to Foster Green Growth'...


Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

Based on a research report titled ‘Biogas Technology Matrix’ conducted by German solutions provider Giz and the South African-German Energy Programme in July, specific approaches with a high relevance for the South African market and its special conditions have been considered. The report indicates... Read more about 'Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa'...


New open-source tool for agricultural water management

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched the AquaCrop-OS website, which provides an open-source tool for agricultural water management. The free software tool is an extension of FAO’s AquaCrop model, a crop... Read more about 'New open-source tool for agricultural water management'...


World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource

The UN has named 5 December ‘World Soil Day’! Soil health is a key component of any farm influencing produce and ultimate profitability. To read more about soil conservation and its health click... Read more about 'World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

The last edition for the year is out - You can view articles, events and useful links for conservation agriculture.  November edition Previous editions Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


Fine-tuning rotations in South Australia to increase the role of break crops in lifting productivity and profitability

A cropping evolution is gathering momentum across the Mallee region as growers increasingly fine-tune their rotations to increase the role of break crops in lifting productivity and profitability. Read article Read more about 'Fine-tuning rotations in South Australia to increase the role of break crops in lifting productivity and profitability'...


Switch to biological farming expected to bring significant savings and keep growers on the land

There is a trend of farmers moving from chemical to biological farming systems. Various factors drives this, including increasing consumer demand for biologically grown, or organic products and potential cost savings. There are however drawbacks.... Read more about 'Switch to biological farming expected to bring significant savings and keep growers on the land'...


The Future of Farming is in the Soil

Humanity is exerting intense pressure on our planet, and many agricultural practices are degrading soil stability and fertility over time. Worldwide, we’re losing soil about thirty times faster than it’s being replaced.  As... Read more about 'The Future of Farming is in the Soil'...


Fire Protection: Fire season has started!

We have launched the new 'Fire Protection' tip and tools page on the website. The page highlights landowner's legal duties regarding fires and the proactive role of Fire Protection Associations (FPAs). Important contact information is... Read more about 'Fire Protection: Fire season has started!'...


Super-efficient irrigation: tips for crop farmers

Water allocation for the agriculture sector has been capped. This together with increasing climatic temperatures are pressuring farmers to implement more efficient irrigation systems. This article explains how this can be achieved through lowering... Read more about 'Super-efficient irrigation: tips for crop farmers'...


Insect-killing fungi could soon be added to growers’ toolbox

With intelligent and targeted use, entomopathogenic fungi (EFs) or insect-pathogenic fungi can be deadly in the fight against crop pests. A fungus which is “entomopathogenic” is able to parasitize insects killing or seriously... Read more about 'Insect-killing fungi could soon be added to growers’ toolbox'...


Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

The impact of this year’s below-average rainfall and the drought not only highlights the South African agriculture sector’s vulnerability but also underscores its need for resilience planning. Read article  Read more about 'Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector'...


Young Nigerian awarded for food-saving innovation

The amount of food wastage throughout the world, including South Africa, is a shameful amount when you take into consideration that millions of people go hungry everyday. A software engineer from Nigeria has found... Read more about 'Young Nigerian awarded for food-saving innovation'...


EVENT: Potential for Clean Technology in South African

For the past three years, researchers from the University of Cape Town and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences collaborated to investigate the potential of cleaner technologies in South African agricultural food value chains. The... Read more about 'EVENT: Potential for Clean Technology in South African'...


Technology integral to global food production

Population growth, constrained input resources and climate change all contribute to the fact that we need to rethink agriculture production in order to stay sustainable. One of the key factors to more sustainable... Read more about 'Technology integral to global food production'...


Vertical farming in the U.S

One of the U.S largest retailer, Target, will be implementing vertical farms in a new way of producing and sourcing food. During recent in-store trials, consumers could harvest their own produce, or observe... Read more about 'Vertical farming in the U.S'...


Concerns about declining Western Cape dam levels

The Western Cape government and Agri Western Cape have expressed concern about the province’s dam levels falling to below 60%, while farm dam levels were on average 30% lower than the same time... Read more about 'Concerns about declining Western Cape dam levels'...


Countries share their recipes for adapting agriculture to climate change

Now that adapting agriculture to climate change is firmly on the agenda in the UN climate change discussions, attention has shifted to the question of how to move ahead.   Read more Read more about 'Countries share their recipes for adapting agriculture to climate change'...


Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture

Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must reduce to meet the new climate agreement to limit warming to 2°C in 2100. Read more Read more about 'Paris Climate Agreement Cannot Be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture'...


Workshop on solar heat in agri-processing

A workshop on solar heat in agri-processing will be held for role players in this space. Limited spaces are available so please RSVP to Nazirah Davids (ndavids@wwf.org.za).  *The provisional agenda can be viewed:* *08:30... Read more about 'Workshop on solar heat in agri-processing '...


Vegetables in crop rotations improve wheat yields

The benefits of crop rotation is well known to most farmers, such as breaking disease cycles and alleviating farming risk. Wheat farmers in the Southern Cape and Swartland, however, the choice of crops to... Read more about 'Vegetables in crop rotations improve wheat yields'...


Case study: ArcAqua

Over the past year, there have been many changes in the regulations relating to chemical usage in the agricultural and food processing markets within South Africa. Farmers and producers alike have been pushed... Read more about 'Case study: ArcAqua'...


Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector

The El Nino weather event has resulted in the driest calendar year nationwide since record keeping began in 1904. Read more about the effects on agriculture production, labour and investment statistics and what... Read more about 'Investing in climate resilience will be key to improving prospects for drought-prone farming sector'...


Vegetable crops improve wheat yield

Adding brassicas in the form of canola to crop rotation programmes is not so uncommon however adding vegetable brassicas, including broccoli and cauliflower is an alternative being explored. This unconventional crop rotation programme of... Read more about 'Vegetable crops improve wheat yield'...


Livestock diversity helps cope with climate change

All species and breeds of domesticated birds and mammals have adaptive traits for various climatic conditions. This infographic developed by UN:FAO shows how livestock/bird diversity can assist us to adapt to changing climatic conditions... Read more about 'Livestock diversity helps cope with climate change'...


Tillage vs no-till: a farmer’s cost comparison

Agricultural economist and part-time farmer, Dr Philip Theunissen, provides a detailed efficiency and cost comparison between conventional tillage and no-till maize crops.  Read article Credit: Farmer's weekly  Read more about 'Tillage vs no-till: a farmer’s cost comparison'...


Guar: A resilient and versatile crop

Alternative crops has been under the spotlight for sometime, specifically commodities that require fewer inputs, especially water,  as well as commodities that are resilient. A big driver for this is climate change causing severe... Read more about 'Guar: A resilient and versatile crop'...


The State of Food and Agriculture

In this infographic the UN: Food and Agriculture Organisation highlights how climate change may affect agricultural production. It further identifies the possible responses that can be adopted through sustainable agriculture practices. Click here to... Read more about 'The State of Food and Agriculture '...


Soils store & filter water: Resilience to floods and drought

Healthy soils are important in the supply of clean water and ensuring increase resilience to floods and drought. Healthy soils can store water, making it available for absorption by crops, and thus minimizing... Read more about 'Soils store & filter water: Resilience to floods and drought'...


Soils & Biodiversity

2015 Was the international year of soils. Soils host a quarter of our planets biodiversity. Have a look at the United Nation: Food and Agriculture Organisation's soil and biodiversity infographic and the importance... Read more about 'Soils & Biodiversity'...


Controlled Environment Agriculture

Have a look at our NEW Controlled Environment Agriculture page. The page highlights various forms of controlled environment agriculture with links to case studies. Click here[sitetree_link,id=291] Read more about 'Controlled Environment Agriculture'...


New section: Cover Crops

The importance and benefits of having cover crops is receiving an increasing amount of attention - especially in South Africa where solar radiation and so evaporation is very high and water resources are... Read more about 'New section: Cover Crops'...


SA farmers must embrace the new, water-constrained normal

Irrigated agriculture already accounts for more than 60% of SA’s total water usage, making it highly unlikely that farming is set to enjoy a higher allocation of this scarce, vital resource anytime soon.... Read more about 'SA farmers must embrace the new, water-constrained normal'...


Water Verification and Validation

The Water Verification and Validation process is well underway. You can visit a webpage created specifically for this process by the Department of Sanitation and Water Affairs here. The website includes contact details, frequently... Read more about 'Water Verification and Validation'...


Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses

In January 2016 the Western Cape Government published the ’Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses' booklet identifying a range of finance institutions, banks, companies and agencies focusing on the agriculture sector.  Click here to navigate... Read more about 'Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses'...


Converting to organic faming

Farmer's Weekly spoke to a commercial farmer who converted to organic farming after realizing the dangers that chemical farming poses to human and environmental health. The farmers discusses his soil type and rainfall... Read more about 'Converting to organic faming'...


Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans

In many countries milk is exclusively being produced by small and medium sized dairy farms. The milk is in many cases stored on farms and transported to collection facilities without cooling. Due to... Read more about 'Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans '...


Agri Investment Indaba

The African Agri Council in partnership with Wesgro and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII), taking place from the 28 – 30 November 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape... Read more about 'Agri Investment Indaba'...


Kenya to restore degraded land

Kenya recently announced it will be rehabilitating 5,1 million hectares of degraded land. The implementation of a land restoration programme would help farmers, who make up 75% of Kenyans, to achieve, and benefit from,... Read more about 'Kenya to restore degraded land'...


Farming off the grid

Farmer's Weekly visited Bushmanland's commercial livestock farmers, who rely on the sun and wind for their power. Businesses, including farmers, have seen their profits squeezed ever more tightly by escalating electricity costs, and energy efficiency... Read more about 'Farming off the grid'...


SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize

A citrus peel and avocado oil product has recently won first price at Google Science Fair in the US for being able to reduce the impact of drought on agricultural production. The product... Read more about 'SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize'...


Fighting fire with communities' support

With recent drought conditions and the predictability of more days which will exceed 35 degrees celsius in 2017, veld fires become an increasing cause for concern. Due to the extensive risks, fire management... Read more about 'Fighting fire with communities' support'...


SCF Capital Solutions

SCF Capital Solutions is a developmental financing company with sole focus on SMMEs who supply large businesses. In Sep 2015, together with the DBSA Green Fund and SEFA, they launched the a Fund... Read more about 'SCF Capital Solutions'...


Time to prioritize agroecology

Huffington Post states that "Agroecology challenges top-down approaches to research and policy making" and "Small farms are per area more productive than large-scale industrial farms and create a more resilient, diverse food system". Read... Read more about 'Time to prioritize agroecology'...


Waterwese doen opname van waterregte

Die staat bevestig tans histories toegekende waterregte wat met die oorgang na die huidige Waterwet geregistreer is. Die projek is tans onderweg in die waterbestuursgebiede van die Berg-en-Olifantsrivier in die Wes-Kaap, Mzimvubu-Tsitsikamma in die Oos-Kaap... Read more about 'Waterwese doen opname van waterregte'...


How global agri can mitigate climate change

Agriculture may be highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, but it can also be used to mitigate the effects of this alarming phenomenon. Prof Richard Eckard, director of Australia’s Primary Industries... Read more about 'How global agri can mitigate climate change'...


Presisie lewer positiewe resultate

Presisieboerdery kan kostes bespaar sowel as gehalte van produksie verhoog. Naauwkoes wynplaas, wenner van die VinPro en Winetech se jaarlikse wingerdblokevaluering het die wenblok deurlopend met korttermynpraktyke fyn gemeet en so aangepas. Lees meer oor die langtermynparktyke en implementering... Read more about 'Presisie lewer positiewe resultate'...


Low-tech solution to predation

A large threat to livestock farmers are natural predators living in surrounding areas. Dr. Neil Jordan from the University of New South Whales in Australia has been working with the Botswana Predator Conservation... Read more about 'Low-tech solution to predation'...


This startup will use drones to map forests and plant trees at 1/10th of the usual cost

Drones have enabled great advances to be made in both the agriculture and forestry sectors though precision agriculture. This article explores drone technology specifically for the forestry sector and how planned advances could further... Read more about 'This startup will use drones to map forests and plant trees at 1/10th of the usual cost'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter August

View the latest Conservation Agriculture newsletter here.  Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter August'...


Optimising conservation farming with technology

Andrew Jonker runs a wheat and livestock operation near Riversdale in the Western Cape. He explained to Glenneis Kriel from Farmer's Weekly how he combined conservation farming principles with the latest precision farming technology... Read more about 'Optimising conservation farming with technology '...


Aerial crop sprayer destroys 170 hives near Tulbach

Chemical pesticides do not only destroy the targeted pest and its negative environmental effects are well known. Biopestides is a growing industry, although not yet completely viable for South Africa. Integrated Pest Management is... Read more about 'Aerial crop sprayer destroys 170 hives near Tulbach'...


Natural crop resilience to pests, diseases and environmental challenges

Farmers who are concerned with both profitability and sustainability should strive to reduce their reliance on farm chemicals, and instead enhance the natural resilience of their crops. The goal is to produce a plant... Read more about 'Natural crop resilience to pests, diseases and environmental challenges'...


Factsheets: Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience

Agrobiodiversity plays a crucial role in food security and nutrition, as well as in the provision of environmental services and livelihoods. It is critical to the sustainability, resilience and adaptability of agricultural production systems. Read... Read more about 'Factsheets: Agrobiodiversity- the key to food security, climate adaptation and resilience'...


Why African rural development strategies must depend on small farms

The Institute of Poverty Land and Agrarian Sciences (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape did a study on the importance of resource productivity for small holder farmers to attend rising food needs.  Read... Read more about 'Why African rural development strategies must depend on small farms'...


Participate in holistic planned grazing study

Proper veld management is directly linked to the stocking rates and overall condition of livestock but is high-density grazing allowing farmers to increase stocking rates and improve veld and animal production? Or is... Read more about 'Participate in holistic planned grazing study'...


Hydro-electricity as a energy alternative in agriculture?

Read a case study about a farmer north of Tulbagh, making use of hydro-electricity for his farming operations and by doing so drastically cut his energy expenditure.  Read case study Read more about 'Hydro-electricity as a energy alternative in agriculture?'...


Drought forecasting tool

A Free State lecturer was awarded for developing a drought forecasting tool for small-scale farmers. She states that she wants to ensure that the tool is available to small-scale farmers in South Africa and... Read more about 'Drought forecasting tool'...


Vertical Farming - less space, less water, higher yield

Climatic uncertainties, dwindling resources and increasing pressure on land is shifting more and more fresh produce farmers worldwide to turn to undercover farming. Continually improving technologies are enabling great advances in this space. Vertical... Read more about 'Vertical Farming - less space, less water, higher yield'...


Using Smart Technology to Improve Animal Profitability

A world-class meat traceability platform is under development at the University of the Free State which enables farmers to track the growth and measurements of their livestock. The platform is to assist the... Read more about 'Using Smart Technology to Improve Animal Profitability'...


Wine Farm has its Ducks in a Row

Sustainability certification is increasingly encouraging farmers to explore alternative farming techniques, especially through the growing desire from the export market. This has led many wine farms, such as Vergenoegd Wine Estate, to think implement... Read more about 'Wine Farm has its Ducks in a Row '...


Appels in Grabouw uit oor verwarming?

Minder winterreënval, wat ook tot later in die jaar verskuif, en ʼn kwaai afname in koue-eenhede kan ernstige gevolge vir die appelbedryf in Grabouw en Villiersdorp inhou. Lees meer hier oor wat klimaatmodelle,... Read more about 'Appels in Grabouw uit oor verwarming?'...


Investing in land for water: The converging legal regimes

A more sustainable production environment is linked to institutions, especially government creating smart, relevant policies that enables an environment for investment whilst conserving natural resources for agriculture production, as this links to food security.  The... Read more about 'Investing in land for water: The converging legal regimes'...


Conservation Agriculture July Newsletter

View the Western Cape's Conservation Agriculture Newsletter for July, which includes studies done on the cost benefits of cover crops, useful links and upcoming events. Read Newsletter Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture July Newsletter'...


Fire Protection

On 21 July 2016 WWF held a Fire Management Workshop at Boschendal Wine Estate. The event provided producers and partners with information presented by specialists in the fire management sector. In preparation for... Read more about 'Fire Protection '...


From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened a new space in the agricultural sector including dramatically accelerating certain tasks including stock analysis and high-level inspection. Although rules and regulations in its operations do... Read more about 'From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact'...


Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation

The 6th International Biofumigation Symposium was recently held at Stellenbosch were top researchers in the field spoke on the latest developments and trends. Read more Read more about 'Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation'...


Solar energy for aquaculture

Read more about the use of solar energy in aquaculture in an article by Farmer's Weekly. Read article Read more about 'Solar energy for aquaculture'...


Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards

Mail and Guardian's Greening the Future Awards, held on July 28 2016, showed the best environmental projects of the year as selected by their judges. The GreenAgri website was a runner up in... Read more about 'Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Awards '...


Edible, biodegradable bale wrap a world-first

This biodegradable, edible, bale wrapping has been developed by UK chemistry students and has won an award for innovation at the Imperial Innovations Competition. This new innovation is in aim of addressing the... Read more about 'Edible, biodegradable bale wrap a world-first'...


Citrus Growers Association: From the Desk of the CEO

The latest Citrus Growers Association Newsletter speaks about citrus greening and why it has been identified as a "perfect storm" disease, the Sundays River Citrus Company in Kirkwood and the operational issues at... Read more about 'Citrus Growers Association: From the Desk of the CEO'...


Citrus Growers Association Newsletter: From the Desk of the CEO

The last summer's heat and dry conditions has influenced both citrus packouts as well as crop loads. The southern hemisphere citrus export volumes for 2015 together with predicted figures are provided in the... Read more about 'Citrus Growers Association Newsletter: From the Desk of the CEO'...


Greenhouse farming at Dube Tradeport AgriZone

Trucking fresh produce long distances to markets is difficult, expensive and an ongoing challenge for producers. This article explores how David and Derrick Baird made greenhouse farming profitable while reducing their impact on the... Read more about 'Greenhouse farming at Dube Tradeport AgriZone'...


Solar power to energise KZN agriculture

An article by Farmer's Weekly talk about developing farmers in northern KZN’s uMkhanyakude District Municipality that will soon be harnessing solar energy to boost their agricultural production. Read article Read more about 'Solar power to energise KZN agriculture'...


Is Urban Farming Only for Urban Hipsters?

Urban farming is becoming ever more popular, especially in 1st world countries, however is it truly benefitting all income groups? This article explores various urban agriculture techniques and if urban agriculture is in... Read more about 'Is Urban Farming Only for Urban Hipsters?'...


Greenhouse in the Sky: inside Europe’s biggest urban farm

The article explores how unused urban spaces have been transformed into urban farms. The article focuses on the disused office space in The Hague which has been revamped as a sprawling rooftop greenhouse... Read more about 'Greenhouse in the Sky: inside Europe’s biggest urban farm'...


Next-gen Urban Farms: 10 Innovative Projects from around the world

Identified as the next-generation urban farms, various initiatives in urban agriculture are underway world-wide. The article provides a brief insight into 10 urban farm projects applying various techniques in aim of achieving successful urban... Read more about 'Next-gen Urban Farms: 10 Innovative Projects from around the world'...


A New Buzz – Word: Drones—cultivating new solutions for farmers

Drones or Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are playing an increasing role in agriculture as technologies develop. This article explores the various benefits UAV provides to farmers including time and cost saving as well... Read more about 'A New Buzz – Word: Drones—cultivating new solutions for farmers'...


South Africa builds its own vineyard robot

Robot X is part of the industry’s vision of making viticulture more sustainable through the use of advanced technology. Read article *Watch a video of a farming robot concept:* Read more about 'South Africa builds its own vineyard robot'...


Crop Rotation

Crop rotation has numerous benefits, including less or no use of chemicals and synthetic fertilisers, but done incorrectly can have disastrous consequences. Read a case study featured by Farmer's Weekly on crop rotation... Read more about 'Crop Rotation'...


The dangers of overgrazing

An article by Farmer's Weekly highlights the dangers of overgrazing. Read article here. Read more about 'The dangers of overgrazing'...


Western Cape Government identifies priority areas for drought mitigation

Following a successful two-day drought dialogue, the Western Cape government has compiled a list of priority areas that will drive the province’s drought mitigation strategies into the future. From the 32 priority challenges a... Read more about 'Western Cape Government identifies priority areas for drought mitigation'...


Managing a farming business in financial distress

An article featured in Farmer's Weekly states that It is not uncommon for farmers to find themselves in financial distress at some point in their careers - especially given the recent drought. They continue... Read more about 'Managing a farming business in financial distress'...


Pedi sheep in Piketberg

There are numerous advantages to farming with crops and livestock that are better adapted to South Africa's climate, especially indigenous species. These include less water, feed and fertilizer requirements and less losses in... Read more about 'Pedi sheep in Piketberg'...


Farming by Satellite competition

A €13 000 "Farming by Satellite Prize" is open to students and young farmers across Europe and Africa. The competition is about how to use satellite technology in agriculture to improve efficiency and to... Read more about 'Farming by Satellite competition '...


Bioberoking as deel van 'n geïntegreerde benadering

'n Artikel van landbou.com wys uit dat bioberoking (biofumigation) en die sekondêre voordele van die benadering kan help om volhoubare voedselproduksie te verseker.  U kan die artikel hier lees  'n Bioberoking symposium sal gehou word... Read more about 'Bioberoking as deel van 'n geïntegreerde benadering'...


National Agro-meteorological Committee Advisory on the 2016 winter season

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has released a Statement from Climate and Disaster Management 01 July 2016. Broad advisory guidelines are also suggested depending on the particular region. The basic strategy... Read more about 'National Agro-meteorological Committee Advisory on the 2016 winter season'...


Drought Dialogue 2016

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture presented a Drought Dialogue on the 23 and 24th of June 2016 at Elsenburg, Stellenbosch to invited stakeholders of the agricultural sector. The outcome of this dialogue was... Read more about 'Drought Dialogue 2016'...


New tool: Western Cape Dam Levels

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has developed a "dam level status" function on their website. On the tool you can click on the blue dots to see the dams and their status and... Read more about 'New tool: Western Cape Dam Levels'...


Droogte nog met ons

Sien Netwerk24 artikel oor byna 800 boere in die Wes-Kaap wat sedert begin vanjaar weens die droogte deur die provinsiale regering gehelp is om te verseker dat plase nie tot niet gaan nie... Read more about 'Droogte nog met ons'...


Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

The article explores the increasing role of agricultural technologies in the agricultural landscape. Identifying a new green revolution which will focus on the use of new farming technologies.  Read Article Read more about 'Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds'...


Going Green: A Necessity Not an Option

The article looks at the need for transition to greener investment by agribusinesses highlighting reduction in energy consumption as one way in reducing their carbon footprint. It provides guidance to identifying the feasibility of... Read more about 'Going Green: A Necessity Not an Option'...


Kenya’s smart greenhouse text when your tomatoes need watering

Award-winning greenhouses designed by two Kenyan students allow farmers to control temperature, humidity and soil moisture on their mobile phones. This not only ensures precision agriculture but could further reduce costs farmers incur.  Read... Read more about 'Kenya’s smart greenhouse text when your tomatoes need watering'...


Hortgro ScienceTechnical Symposium Summary report

This year's annual symposium focused on efficiency through the value chain. Topics included climate change, the drought, intelligent irrigation and biological control. Read summary report Read more about 'Hortgro ScienceTechnical Symposium Summary report'...


Bredasdorp Open Training Day

An invitation to all conservation-minded landowners and practitioners, and all Conservancy members and their senior staff to attend the Bredasdorp Training Day on 5 July 2016. There are still a few places available,... Read more about 'Bredasdorp Open Training Day'...


Heavy rain leading to localised flooding expected 10 June 2016

Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, Overberg District and Southern parts of the Cape Winelands of Western Cape in the morning. Heavy... Read more about 'Heavy rain leading to localised flooding expected 10 June 2016'...


Strong winds expected

Strong winds are expected over the southern parts of the Northern Cape, over the Central Karoo and in places over the Cape Winelands of the Western Cape as well as over the western... Read more about 'Strong winds expected'...


Heavy rain expected

Heavy rain is expected in places over the mountainous areas of the Cape Metropole, Overberg District and southern parts of the Cape Winelands early Friday morning. Click here for more information on suggested advisory... Read more about 'Heavy rain expected'...


Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

You can view a video on Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture here.  Read more about 'Life Cycle Assessment and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture'...


Canola symposium scheduled for July

Among the national and international speakers are Dr John Kirkegaard, head research scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, Australia; Rob Wilson, canola market development manager, DuPontPioneer, Australia; Rick Horbury, technical adviser, Bayer CropScience, Australia; and Prof Ferdi... Read more about 'Canola symposium scheduled for July'...


CCC workshop dates 2016

There are 3 different types of industry engagements that the Confronting Climate Change project is offering; each with a specific target audience and intended outcome. Read more & see dates Read more about 'CCC workshop dates 2016'...


Cover Crop Chart

The Cover Crop Chart represents a compendium of information from multiple sources in the U.S. and Canada. Primary sources of information included the Midwest Cover Crops Council, USDA-SARE, USDA-NRCS PLANTS database, and relevant peer-reviewed... Read more about 'Cover Crop Chart'...


WWF : "Thinking for the Future" project

WWF completed a project created for developing scenarios for risk resilience in the South African agri-food value chain. You can view output documents of this project below, including the final report (planning for... Read more about 'WWF : "Thinking for the Future" project'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

Read the latest news in Conservation Agriculture including case studies, latest research and upcoming events here. For previous issues click here. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


SA's farmers take flight at drone school

Farmers in the Western Cape are getting a bird’s-eye view of their fields, thanks to a new industry buzzing through the province’s airways. Legislation to normalize South Africa’s drone operations went into effect in... Read more about 'SA's farmers take flight at drone school'...


Water Facts and Futures: Rethinking South Africa's Water Future

South Africa’s water security depends on the sustained supply from our water resources. These are the natural capital on which all our investments into the water sector depend. It is imperative that they are conserved, restored, maintained,... Read more about 'Water Facts and Futures: Rethinking South Africa's Water Future'...


Guide to verification of water use

Verification is a process to check the volume of water registered by existing users and its lawfulness under previous legislation, so as to certify the extent of Existing Lawful Use (ELU). The guide explains: ... Read more about 'Guide to verification of water use'...


Smart farming solutions

More than 100 products were presented at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. Denene Erasmus (Farmer's Weekly) looks at some of the inventions that can improve efficiency on smaller farms. Read... Read more about 'Smart farming solutions'...


Analysis of Licensing and Permitting Processes for Biogas Development in South Africa

Cape Environmental Assessment Practitioners (Cape EAPrac) has been appointed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to provide an analysis of the licensing and permitting processes required for biogas development in South Africa. In doing... Read more about 'Analysis of Licensing and Permitting Processes for Biogas Development in South Africa'...


Case Study: Applying drones to add value for potato growers

Buying a drone and putting it to work on your farm is a big investment. Read this case study by DroneDeploy showing how agriculture drones are being put to work by real... Read more about 'Case Study: Applying drones to add value for potato growers'...


WWF Water Stewardship Web Tool

WWF South Africa has developed and launched a practical water stewardship web tool. This interactive self-assessment website is intended for both commercial businesses and small-scale farmers who wish to improve their water usage and... Read more about 'WWF Water Stewardship Web Tool'...


Apps for earth

You can help protect our planet — simply by purchasing great apps and games. The App Store and WWF have teamed up with 24 developers for Apps for Earth, a fundraising effort that... Read more about 'Apps for earth'...


CapeFarmMapper - new version

A new version of CapeFarmMapper has been released on the 1st of April 2016.  CapeFarmMapper is an online mapping application developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.  The old version has been... Read more about 'CapeFarmMapper - new version'...


Multi-million rand fund for emerging farmers

Emerging Western Cape fruit farmers are set to receive R120 million in funding to boost their businesses. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said 20 black deciduous fruit farmers in the province would benefit... Read more about 'Multi-million rand fund for emerging farmers'...


Conservation Agriculture Western Cape March Newsletter

Read the latest conservation agriculture newsletter, which covers topics from hemp farming to holistic pasture management. Read here Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Western Cape March Newsletter'...


Conservation Agriculture Western Cape

Conservation Agriculture Western Cape (CAWC) is a non-profit association formed in 2011 as a forum for all matters concerning conservation agriculture. On this forum farmers, researchers and industry can get together and discuss matters... Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Western Cape'...


Survey reveals yield benefits of cover crops

Results from a survey by the Conservation Technology Information Center showed a mean increase of 3.66 bu / acre for maize and a 4.2% bu / acre for soybeans. Read article Read more about 'Survey reveals yield benefits of cover crops'...


Small Grains Production Guidelines 2016

The ARC's 2016 production guidelines are now available. It aims to provide small grain producers access to the most relevant information to ensure long term sustainability and profitability. The booklets contain the latest technology, research... Read more about 'Small Grains Production Guidelines 2016'...


What you need to become a drone pilot

Drone technology has various applications in livestock and crop production. Listen to an interview by CapeTalk with UAV Industries' chief pilot Greg Donaldson. Listen here. You can also visit our Tips & Tools section... Read more about 'What you need to become a drone pilot'...


Climate Smart Agriculture

An article by Farmer's Weekly explains how undercover farming can be a possible solution for climate change. Links to articles on hydroponic farming and how to get your livestock through the drought are... Read more about 'Climate Smart Agriculture'...


AgriProbe Article on GreenAgri

AgriProbe, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's magazine, featured an article on the GreenAgri website. Read article Read more about 'AgriProbe Article on GreenAgri'...


Agri SA drought report Feb 2016

Agri SA have released a drought report. The report looks at  the current drought in terms of climatic conditions and seasonal outlook, the broader impacts on the economy, the effect of the drought... Read more about 'Agri SA drought report Feb 2016'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has a monthly newsletter on conservation agriculture. Read the latest issue here. For previous issues click here. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


New soil health support centre of South Africa

Sheila Storey owner of Nemlab, (the Cape based nematology laboratory and research facility) and Willie Pretorius owner of Soil Health Solutions (the Cape based soil health analytical and consulting service) have joined forces... Read more about 'New soil health support centre of South Africa'...


Water infrastructure and opportunities for agriculture in the WC

A report on water infrastructure and opportunities for agriculture and agri-processing in the Western Cape has been published by The Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning. Read report. Read more about 'Water infrastructure and opportunities for agriculture in the WC'...


Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine

Recent fires in the Western Cape has wreaked havoc with wine grape production. A guideline document to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine was written by Stellenbosch University's Department of Viticulture and... Read more about 'Guidelines to reduce smoke taint in grapes and wine'...


Gebruik kunsmis beter

Om erenstige skade aan die omgewing te voorkom, sê kenners dat die gebruik van kunsmis drasties moet verander. Stikstofdoeltreffendheid is 'n maatstaf wat meet hoeveel stikstof 'n gewas gebruik teenoor  hoeveel agtergelaat word as... Read more about 'Gebruik kunsmis beter'...


Klop voertekorte met drie alternatiewe

Die huidige droogte sien veeboere groot verliese ly. Garingboom, doringlose turksvy en oumansoutbos kan benut word om voer tekorte te bekamp. Lees artikel.  Read more about 'Klop voertekorte met drie alternatiewe'...


Interest high in solar PV

There was palpable interest in the alternative and solar PV project presentations at the recent Agri SA commodities conference in Somerset West. A number of benefits presented by alternative energy forms has farmers... Read more about 'Interest high in solar PV'...


Invasive plant biomass for energy?

Invasive species are a fire risk and compete with agriculture for land and water resources. A study funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs aims to see how much invasive alien plant biomass... Read more about 'Invasive plant biomass for energy?'...


Beating the drought with conservation farming

Michael Dippenaar a farmer from the Swellendam area shares about conservation agriculture. Read full article here. Read more about 'Beating the drought with conservation farming'...


Useful tips on healthy soils

See what's new under GreenAgri's useful tips on soil health[sitetree_link,id=218]. We have included a section on soil health tests and analysis.  Read more about 'Useful tips on healthy soils'...


New Online Tool

  A new online tool added to the GreenAgri website developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.  Agri-Outlook[sitetree_link,id=212] Read more about 'New Online Tool'...


Alpacas protecting sheep

Happy New Year to all our GreenAgri users. Here's a great article to start the year with: Alpacas protecting sheep. Read more about 'Alpacas protecting sheep'...


Alternative Waste Treatment Guide

  New online tool to use. The Alternative Waste Treatment Guide explains the processes to follow when dealing with waste and help understand the legal implications thereof. Read more about this tool under online tools[sitetree_link,id=193]. Read more about 'Alternative Waste Treatment Guide'...


RSG Uitsending

In November 2015 was daar twee RSG uitsendings gewees. Een oor GreenCape, wie hul is en wat hul in die groen ekonomie doen. Die ander oor die GreenAgri webwerf en hoe dit... Read more about 'RSG Uitsending'...


Droogte: Boere se planne met vee

Uitstekende planne wat boere maak om hul vee te laat oorleef in droogte tye. Lees die volle artikel deur mnr Charl van Rooyen op Landbou.com     Read more about 'Droogte: Boere se planne met vee'...


CSIR Climate Change Warning

The CSIR have issued a warning to Sub-Saharan Africa to expect disproportionate temperature changes due to global warming. Agriculture in Southern Africa is vulnerable to climate change, particularly upcoming commercial and subsistence farmers. Listen... Read more about 'CSIR Climate Change Warning'...


The State of Food and Agriculture 2015

Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty is the 2015 State of Food and Agriculture addition provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Read more Download PDF Read more about 'The State of Food and Agriculture 2015'...


Soil Carbon Restoration

A short video talking about Soil Carbon Restoration. Watch the video here Read more about 'Soil Carbon Restoration'...


RSG Landbou - uitsending oor GreenCape

Skakel in by RSG Landbou 100-104 FM 4.30 am Vrydag 20 November om na 'n praaitjie te luister oor GreenCape se landbou sektor.  Alternatiewelik sal die uitsending beskikbaar wees op Elsenburg se webblad.... Read more about 'RSG Landbou - uitsending oor GreenCape'...


Disaster bill passed in Parliament

The bill aims to streamline the country's approach to planning for and responding to disasters, including the drought currently gripping many parts of the country. Read more. Read more about 'Disaster bill passed in Parliament'...


The Science of Soil Health: Cover Crops and Moisture

There are things farmers can do to mitigate the effects of a dry year. View a clip on cover crops and soil moisture here. Read more about 'The Science of Soil Health: Cover Crops and Moisture'...


RSG Elsenburgforum - Fruitlook

Luister Saterdag 14 November  om 11:45 na Dr Andre Roux, wanneer hy meer gesels oor die Fruitlook[sitetree_link,id=49] projek. U kan inskakel  by 100-104 FM. Read more about 'RSG Elsenburgforum - Fruitlook'...


No-till farming experiences

Mr Reynolds is a farmer from Lincolnshire (UK) who has been practicing Conservation Agriculture for more than 10 years. You can view an interview on his experience in no-till farming here[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSKtJBkhGrc&feature=youtu.be].  Read more about 'No-till farming experiences'...


Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management

Read the National Agro-meteorological Committee's Advisory on the 2015/16 summer season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management here. Read more about 'Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management'...


Carbon that counts

In this article by Dr Christine Jones, founder of Amazing Carbon, she speaks to the over emphasis that is put on the status of phosphorous (P) and nitrogen (N) in soil and... Read more about 'Carbon that counts'...


Monitoring, control & eradication plans

The Department of Environmental Affairs released a guideline document to assist land owners in documenting, monitoring, controlling and managing invasive species. The guidelines were developed as part of the legislative requirements of the National... Read more about 'Monitoring, control & eradication plans'...


Droogte kring uit na plaaslike ekonomieë

'n Artikel deur Landbou Weekblad, beeld uit hoe die droogte in die Swartland, wat een van die ergste drie droogste winters in 70 jaar is, onderandere dorpe beïnvloed wat afhanklik is van die... Read more about 'Droogte kring uit na plaaslike ekonomieë'...


2015/16 Summer Season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management

Climate change statement for 2015/2016. A great document to read on the current weather situation in SA. Read full document Read more about '2015/16 Summer Season Statement from Climate Change and Disaster Management'...


Boere moet planne maak vir hernubare energie

Netwerk24 skryf in 'n artikel dat boere planne moet maak vir hernubare energie. Lees artikel. Read more about 'Boere moet planne maak vir hernubare energie'...


Droogte ‘gaan domino speel in Wes-Kaap'

Min reën die afgelope winter kan baie skade vir boere veroorsaak. Lees die die volle berig op Lanbouweekblad se webblad. Read more about 'Droogte ‘gaan domino speel in Wes-Kaap''...


SAIREC 2015: Biomass & Biogas in South Africa

The upcoming SAIREC conference is focusing on biomass & biogas on Sunday the 4th of October. Read full articles by following the links: Biomass & Biogas Read more about 'SAIREC 2015: Biomass & Biogas in South Africa'...


Conservation tillage is not conservation agriculture

A lot of confusion arise with all the concepts and definitions out there. To understand the deference between conservation tillage and conservation agriculture read the full article on the Journal of Soil and... Read more about 'Conservation tillage is not conservation agriculture'...


Training in Biodynamic Agriculture in South Africa

The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of South Africa is offering a two year farm based training programme. For more information visit their website at BDAASA.  ADVERT-TRAINING-SEPT-2015.pdf [assets/Uploads/ADVERT-TRAINING-SEPT-2015.pdf] BDAASA-TRAINING-IN-A-NUT-SHELL.pdf[assets/Uploads/BDAASA-TRAINING-IN-A-NUT-SHELL.pdf] Read more about 'Training in Biodynamic Agriculture in South Africa'...


Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible

Great news for the agriculture sector with a new biogas plant fully operational. Read the full article on Engineering News here. Read more about 'Cape biogas power plant breaches 1.5 GWh milestone, but far more possible'...


GreenAgri Portal for Agriculture is Launched

The article of the GreenAgri portal launch as it is published on the 110% Green's website. To read the full article click on the link provided. GreenAgri Launch Read more about 'GreenAgri Portal for Agriculture is Launched'...


Eco-Innovators Investment Readiness Programme

Impact Amplifier, with funding from the DOEN Foundation, is offering a comprehensive investment readiness programme that will position your business for growth and to secure funding. If you are a business working on... Read more about 'Eco-Innovators Investment Readiness Programme'...


Drone Regulations for Commercial Use

Drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is a new hot topic in agriculture, but it's been around for some time.  In South Africa there is a huge opportunity for drone application in various... Read more about 'Drone Regulations for Commercial Use'...


Nedbank Farmers Incentives

An article by Engineering News shows Nedbank's new incentive for SA farmers to invest in solar and alternative energy. Read Article. Read more about 'Nedbank Farmers Incentives'...