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Which carbon emissions calculator to use?

Agri-supply chains are increasingly required to measure the carbon footprint of their products. This article written by Blue North, provides some guidelines on selecting the correct carbon footprint calculator for your products, region and business... Read more about 'Which carbon emissions calculator to use?'...


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!'...


CapeNature’s permitting system goes online

 Fynbos harvesters and landowners who allow harvesting on their properties can now apply for new licences, or renew current licences online. Read more about the process here.  Read more about 'CapeNature’s permitting system goes online'...


OVERBERG: PREPARE FOR A TOUGH FIRE SEASON

The Overberg District and the Overstrand Local Municipalities are preparing for a challenging fire season. Read more about their proactive activities here.  And learn what you can do as a landowner or manager... Read more about 'OVERBERG: PREPARE FOR A TOUGH FIRE SEASON'...


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'...


Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in South Africa

The South African Government has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 (National Climate Change Response Policy 2011). Part of the strategy to drive this is enforcing... Read more about 'Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in 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'...


GreenCape Drought Business Support - 3 November 2017

GreenCape water team is having a drought business support event at the GreenCape offices on Friday 3 NOV 2017.  It will be an informal and interactive session on the current drought. The session will... Read more about 'GreenCape Drought Business Support - 3 November 2017'...


Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources

Cavalli wine estate has implemented a number of activities to protect the natural resources of the land including water conservation, energy efficiency measures and waste management. Read more here.   Read more about 'Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources'...


Water Use Validation and Verification: Berg and Ollifants rivers catchment deadline 31 October 2017

Due to project extension, the Berg and Ollifants rivers catchment areas water use verification application will be accepted until *31 October 2017*.  Farmers who has not yet applied for verification should contact Annemie Mynhardt asap... Read more about 'Water Use Validation and Verification: Berg and Ollifants rivers catchment deadline 31 October 2017'...


Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

As a mean to secure income whilst enhancing their resilience to drought conditions many former herders in Kenya have started to grow chillies. The FAO assisted in negotiating a three-year agreement between 200... Read more about 'Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites'...


Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance

A global call has been made to make agriculture insurance available as a means to assist farmers in adapting to climate change. Various global organisations are involved and have identified key hurdles requiring coordinated efforts... Read more about 'Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance'...


Organic farming gains popularity

This article explores the origins of organic farming and the developments that have taken place in Tanzania as a result of increasing pressure for organically produced crops. Read more here.    Read more about 'Organic farming gains popularity'...


Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry

In aim of addressing climate change in the fruit and wine industry, the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) and Hortgro, together with Winetech established the Confronting Climate Change project. The project, which includes... Read more about 'Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry'...


Research is crucial for agricultural growth – ARC

With Africa’s population explosion, and the ever-pressing need to accelerate food production, more research is needed to improve agricultural outputs. Research outcomes have been shown to have a significant impact on growth and development, according to Agriculture Research Council (ARC)... Read more about 'Research is crucial for agricultural growth – ARC'...


Wheat farmers urged to scout for fall armyworm

Grain SA has strongly advised local wheat farmers to be on the lookout for fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) after unconfirmed reports were received of the pest being found in wheat production areas in... Read more about 'Wheat farmers urged to scout for fall armyworm'...


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'...


Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change

Farmers around the globe are looking for ways to increase resilience against climate change whilst increasing profits. A smallholder farmer community in Kenya have been able to do so through implementing agroforestry and... Read more about 'Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change'...


The sustainability of organic wine production

Several wine estates in South Africa are following the trend of converting to organic wine producing and processing, in the footsteps of its major export markets: the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK),... Read more about 'The sustainability of organic wine production'...


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 '...


$300m term loan facility to boost agriculture in South Africa

Standard Chartered Bank and the Land Bank has signed a $300 million Term loan facility, which secures long-term USD funding for Land Bank at competitive terms. This will assist in reduced overall cost of... Read more about '$300m term loan facility to boost agriculture in South Africa'...


Sustainability underscores new branding for Sun World

Sun World, a California based table grape grower and marketer will start publishing sustainability reports in response to research looking at consumer demand and factors influencing their purchase. Read more about their activities and... Read more about 'Sustainability underscores new branding for Sun World'...


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 '...


Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties

Although the macroeconomic environment of the agriculture sector is likely to remain uncertain in the short-medium term, farmers can still prosper if they develop a road map for their business through focusing on... Read more about 'Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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!'...


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'...


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 '...


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'...


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'...


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'...