Archive: 31/05/2016

 

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'...