Category: Agri Tech

 

Cultura Fresh has success with hydroponics (Western Cape)

The Franschoeker reports on farm near Klapmuts, WC, Cultura Fresh, that has the capacity to grow 1 500 000 heads of Iceberg lettuce annually. Demand has exceeded production and Cultura Fresh reached an Outgrower... Read more about 'Cultura Fresh has success with hydroponics (Western Cape) '...


Aerobotics launches new product

  A new agritech innovation launched by Aerobotics, will give farmers access to AI, which will detect the exact problems impacting their trees: The drone captures high-resolution images of stressed trees (through NDVI), which then run... Read more about 'Aerobotics launches new product '...


Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge

Brought to you by Winetech and Launchlab. Share your ideas ideas/technologies that will ensure a sustainable wine industry into 2025. View all details here,   Read more about 'Applications open for SA Wine Industry Innovation Challenge'...


First solar-powered desalination plant launched in WC

The Western Cape government and France has on Monday launched the first solar powered desalination plant in the Hessequa Municipality. The plant will initially provide 10,000 litres of water per day to the residents... Read more about 'First solar-powered desalination plant launched in WC'...


Nedbank bets on drones reshaping agri-finance

Nedbank's venture capital fund has made an undisclosed investment in aerial data analytic company, Aerobotics. Emerging technologies are perceived as carrying high risks, resulting in major funding challenges for start-ups. Commercial banks are particularly... Read more about 'Nedbank bets on drones reshaping agri-finance'...


The Internet of Things in Agriculture - what does it mean?

Agfunder unpacks what the Internet of Things (IoT) means for agriculture. In short it refers to the use of sensors, cameras, and other devices to turn every element and action involved in farming into data. The... Read more about 'The Internet of Things in Agriculture - what does it mean? '...


The business case of vertical farming (US)

Indoor vertical farming is seen as the future of agriculture, but there are plenty barriers. These are listed below Tricky Economics: Current high capital and operating cost means a massive price gap in retail... Read more about 'The business case of vertical farming (US)'...


Case study: Autonomous irrigation tech decreasing input costs

This case study from the US, shows how a farm decreased their input costs through using autonomous irrigation. The organic vegetable producer nearly doubled its vegetable field yield, reduced water usage by 6% and... Read more about 'Case study: Autonomous irrigation tech decreasing input costs'...


Fourth Industrial Revolution Report (4IR)

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture commissioned a study through the University of Stellenbosch Business School, to develop a view on agriculture in the province in the context of the 4IR. Technologies discussed includes: The... Read more about 'Fourth Industrial Revolution Report (4IR)'...


Israel Agritech-skou: Belangrike tegnologie vir SA landbou

Lanbouweekliks kyk na landbou tegnologie wat uitgestal was by die onlangse Agritech-skou in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Lees meer hier Read more about 'Israel Agritech-skou: Belangrike tegnologie vir SA landbou'...


South African smallholder farming app

*GreenFingers Mobile* is a mobile first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology platform, to manage and finance large groups of smallholder farmers. Developed by a team of agricultural value chain experts, the platform easily adapts to different... Read more about 'South African smallholder farming app'...


What's happening globally in agriculture technology?

GreenAgri would like to share the Agfunder website with its readers. Here you can find the latest news and views on the global agriculture technology market. Sign up to their newsletter to receive weekly... Read more about 'What's happening globally in agriculture technology?'...


ICT improving market efficiencies in agriculture

The vast potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to solve for market inefficiencies in becoming increasingly evident. Start-up Twigga Foods from Kenya raised $10 mil in Series A funding. Its mobile platform brings together food producers, pack houses... Read more about 'ICT improving market efficiencies in agriculture'...


Open Innovation Challenge

Open innovation challenge:  ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA,Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Silicon Cape and RIIS have partnered in order to run an open innovation challenge to address the water challenge facing the agriculture sector. Submissions from entrepreneurs, SMMEs, companies and other interested parties... Read more about 'Open Innovation Challenge'...


Agtech in Africa on the rise

Disrupt Africa takes a look at how technology helps overcome barriers in African agriculture, particularly fragmented value chains. According to Disrupt Africa’s recently released African Tech Startups Funding Report 2017[http://disrupt-africa.com/funding-report/], agri-tech startups across the continent raised a... Read more about 'Agtech in Africa on the rise'...


Ultrasonic sound used in drip irrigation line cleaning

Irrigation efficiency is key to ensuring a successful farming operation and ultimately increasing profitability. Read more about the unique ultrasound cleaning technology for drip irrigation systems.  Read more here.   Read more about 'Ultrasonic sound used in drip irrigation line cleaning'...


Mobile app to help pastoralists find pasture is here

The Afriscout App, launched on 1 February 2018,  provides pastoralists with satellite maps showing the density of vegetation and availability of water in fields. A great example of how indigenous knowledge and modern tech can complement each other... Read more about 'Mobile app to help pastoralists find pasture is here'...


The Growing Impact of Hyperspectral Imagery on AgriFood Tech

With increased developments of hyperspectral imagery it is poised to have a big impact on industries including agriculture and food. In the agriculture and food sectors, hyperspectral imagery is used to measure among other temperatures, moisture,... Read more about 'The Growing Impact of Hyperspectral Imagery on AgriFood Tech'...


Crop Spraying Drone Software Skyx Raises Seed Round

The Isreal drone company, Skyx has received funding to commercialise software which will enable crop spraying to be done with a fleet of drones controlled by one operator. Read more about the development... Read more about 'Crop Spraying Drone Software Skyx Raises Seed Round'...


Top 10 farm tech deals of 2017

In this article, Agfunder News explores the top 10 farm tech deals of 2017. Technologies include vertical farming. precision farming, biotech and ICT. Read article here Read more about 'Top 10 farm tech deals of 2017'...


Access to capital is biggest challenge to indoor farms

AgFunder News reports that 25% of indoor farmers say that access to capital is their biggest growth hurdle. The article further explores the diversity in the sector according to technology and operation type,... Read more about 'Access to capital is biggest challenge to indoor farms'...


IDC SEEKING NEW, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES!

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES IN: Clean energy solutions / Natural products / Industry 4.0 technologies *WHEN: *24 January 2018 *WHERE: *IDC, 19 Fredman Drive, Sandown (Map) *WHO: *Anyone with new and innovative technologies in the categories listed, seeking funding to accelerate... Read more about 'IDC SEEKING NEW, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES!'...


Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers

The local Kenyan company, Sweet 'N Dried Enterprise has been able to provide jobs to more than 500 smallholder farmers in Eastern Kenya through the establishment of an automated air drier.  Although the... Read more about 'Ultra-modern fruit drying machine opens export markets for hundreds of Kenyan smallholder farmers'...


The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape

The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape report showcases 5 of the 21 biogas projects currently in existence or being planned. General requirements for success was identified:  Guarantee... Read more about 'The business case for biogas from solid waste in the Western Cape '...


BIOGAS TRAINING, Cape Town, South Africa

The IBBK (Germany) is hosting a 3 day seminar BIOGAS#TRAINING in Cape Town, South Africa from 11-13 December 2017.  The  3 day training seminar focuses on the biogas market in Africa with attention to the local characteristics... Read more about ' BIOGAS TRAINING, Cape Town, South Africa'...


Fully subsidized: Emerging farmer carbon calculator workshop

Fully subsidized: Emerging farmer carbon calculator workshop: CCC is presenting their last workshops for the year.  Please do not miss the opportunity to attend - there are still a few spaces! Do not miss out and... Read more about 'Fully subsidized: Emerging farmer carbon calculator workshop'...


SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

South African launched big data company, Aerobotics has secured R8-million in seed funding from 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund to expand their presence into new regions. The data analytics platform Aeroview, uses satellites,... Read more about 'SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund'...


Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands

30% Of farmland in South Africa has been lost due to water scarcity in the last two decades and technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in safeguarding future losses. The Department of... Read more about 'Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands'...


VIDEO: Department of Agriculture: Researching the benefits of drones for agriculture sector

On 19 July the SABC News reported on the research done by The Western Cape Department of Agriculture regarding the benefits of drones for the agriculture sector.  Access the news report here.  Read more about 'VIDEO: Department of Agriculture: Researching the benefits of drones for agriculture sector '...


Drones reshaping aviation industry

According to PwC the global market for drones could be worth $127 billion with the largest opportunities seen in infrastructure followed by agriculture. Drone's have not only impacted on work done previously by... Read more about 'Drones reshaping aviation industry'...


Optimising storage and logistics for fresh produce

Food waste in fresh produce industry is influenced by a number of factors which ultimately comes down to airborne contaminates, microbial matter and ethylene. The new Bluezone™ technology is now used around the... Read more about 'Optimising storage and logistics for fresh produce'...


Smart technology revolutionises fruit farming

With the use of satellite data farmers no longer have to estimate how much water their crops need. Online applications such as Fruitlook can provide up to nine different types of information to... Read more about 'Smart technology revolutionises fruit farming'...


Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply

The growth of Witlof happens in two stages. As a result of poor soils, impacting on the growth potential of Witlof in stage 1, Bronaar Farms have transitioned to importing of frozen roots... Read more about 'Ceres grower imports, cultivates Witlof roots to increase supply'...


Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr

Here is an Aljazeera documentry looking at the current drought situation in the Western Cape, the agriculture sector and how Fruitlook and research in plant resilience plays a role.   Hier is 'n Aljazeera dokumentêr... Read more about 'Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr '...


Sunshine power for Graham Beck Wines

At the end of 2016 Graham Beck installed 1200 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Madeba Estate in Robertson. The high solar irradiation experienced in the region together with the correct positioning of... Read more about 'Sunshine power for Graham Beck Wines'...


BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops

A new report describes certain plants that possess a trait known as biological nitrification inhibition (BNI). The trait allows the plants to suppress the loss of nitrogen (N) from the soil and improve... Read more about 'BNI trait could improve nitrogen-efficiency of crops'...


Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box

Kheyti, a farming technology startup has developed the Greenhouse in a Box a modular, low-cost greehouse specifically targeted for low-income farmers. The Greenhouse in a Box was developed to protect crops from harsh elements. It... Read more about 'Introducing the Greenhouse In a Box'...


Robust pump delivers water on dry days

Franklin Electric has developed a high-output solar-powered pumping system called the Fhoton SolarPAK. It is unique in its use of standard borehole equipment while backed up by industry logistics and support. The investment payback period is said to be around 12... Read more about 'Robust pump delivers water on dry days'...


High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

The SUNfarming Food & Energy project which is undertaken by the North-West University (NWU) has received support from Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for promoting the growing of affordable and nutritious food in municipalities. The project effectively deals with the issue of climate... Read more about 'High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept'...


SUNfarming technology: solar powered vegetable production

The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership between SUNfarming and the University of Potchefstroom in 2013, establishing the first Solar Training Centre in South Africa. The project began production in June... Read more about 'SUNfarming technology: solar powered vegetable production '...


Vrugteboere dink drasties nuut oor water

Mikrospruitjies help Ceres vrugteboere heel seisoen besproei. Die nuwe waterwysheid mikrospruitjies uit Isreal word al seder laas jaar deur Ceres-boere gebruik en wys besparings van 2000 tot 3000 m3/ha. Lees meer oor die verskeidenheid water... Read more about 'Vrugteboere dink drasties nuut oor water'...


Tap Technology for Your Next Move

Farming proactively rather than re-actively is becoming ever more advanced through drone technology. Aerial imagery has most commonly been used by farmers to identify curious looking spots on an image, such as stress from weeds,... Read more about 'Tap Technology for Your Next Move'...


Farming Drones: The Future Of Agriculture?

Drones are not new to agriculture but the various applications to 'smart farming' is constantly evolving. This article describes how and where drones can be used on farms to assist in improved resource... Read more about 'Farming Drones: The Future Of Agriculture?'...


New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

The WaPOR is a new tool said to be helping farmers achieve improved agricultural yields and optimise irrigation. The tool measures how efficient water is used in agriculture through use of satellite data. The... Read more about 'New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity'...


Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

Using biological farming methods in farming to increased productivity, decreases input costs and so higher profits are becoming more common. Building the organic matter in soils and limiting the use of chemical fertilisers, using cattle... Read more about 'Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success'...


New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day

Two-a-Day has invested in a new packing facility which allows them to better manage the increasing volume of fruit from growers whilst reducing water use by more than 60% compared to other sorting facilities.... Read more about 'New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day'...


Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme of SA invites local SME's and start-ups with innovative, cutting-edge clean technology solutions to submit applications for the 2017 competition and business accelerator. Read more here.  Read more about 'Global Cleantech Innovation Programme '...


Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project

Changing waste to energy and rebuilding depleted agricultural soils to high humus soils. Corona Farm in the Paarl region has been given the go-ahead to turn organic waste into energy through the development of a... Read more about 'Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project'...


McCain adapts to drought with changing business model, water strategy

The impact of the drought has been immense for farmers, producers and consumers and the need for adaptation along the value chain has been realised by McCain. Through changing their business model McCain... Read more about 'McCain adapts to drought with changing business model, water strategy'...


Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A Macadamia farmer in Mpumalanga has devised an innovative solution to utilise advantages of solar energy and to reduce the risk of cable and solar panel theft. Read article    Read more about 'Solar technology applied in an ingenious way'...


Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities

In recent years, there’s been a gradual increase in the number of vertical farming enterprises, especially in North America and Asia. As the trend continues, vertical farming is expected to be valued at US$5.80 billion by... Read more about 'Africa needs its own version of the vertical farm to feed growing cities'...


Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

Ceres Fruit Growers sees the environmental and financial benefit of implementing best environmental practices. Investing in solar powered energy has enabled Ceres Fruit Growers to save nearly R5 million. Read more about Ceres Fruit... Read more about 'Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit'...


Solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers

Small dairy farms, which form the bulk of milk producers, are suffering from low production as a result of lack of cooling systems and animal feeds.  Now, researchers at Germany's University of Hohenheim have... Read more about 'Solar-powered milk cooling refrigerators for small dairy farmers'...


Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields

Smart agriculture, according to Frost & Sullivan's science team, is rapidly rising in the global agriculture industry as arable land continues to shrink at an alarming rate. Farmers in rural areas and commercial establishments in cities are... Read more about 'Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields'...


We've calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about it

A third of total greenhouse gas emissions comes from food production. It has been proven that more than half of the environmental impact caused by a loaf of bread arises from the production... Read more about 'We've calculated the environmental cost of a loaf of bread – and what to do about it'...


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?'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...