Category: Water

 

2019 Agricultural water allocations (WCWSS)

The allocations, done in November every year, calculate how much water will be allocated to the agricultural sector, depending on dam levels. Agriculture in the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) will receive... Read more about '2019 Agricultural water allocations (WCWSS)'...


Wine industry support to save water

Following the prolonged drought, Vinpro has collaborated with the Wine Industry Network for Expertise and Technology (Winetech) on projects that will help the industry to monitor and manage water more efficiently. These include remote sensing and... Read more about 'Wine industry support to save water'...


Cover crops for dry land crop production

Scientific trial results in the North West, with 289 different plant combinations, has delivered guidelines on cover crop production for dry land crop farmers. Read article by Landbou.com here. (Article in Afrikaans) Read more about 'Cover crops for dry land crop production'...


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'...


Case Study: Reducing Carbon Emissions on Farms with Improved Water Management

Electricity consumption for irrigation is the largest source of farm-level carbon emissions. Therefore, improving water management on farms not only has the potential to save water, but also helps reduce operating costs and... Read more about 'Case Study: Reducing Carbon Emissions on Farms with Improved Water Management '...


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'...


Presentation: Current water situation in WC

This presentation shows the current water situation in the Western Cape, looking at the major dams in the supply system as well as historic rainfall trends and the drought impact on agriculture. Click on... Read more about 'Presentation: Current water situation in WC'...


SA wine industry increases research in climate change adaptation

This article by Bizcommunity shows what the SA wine sector is focusing research on in order to make the industry more resilient to climate change. This includes research into:  smart-agri tools drought... Read more about 'SA wine industry increases research in climate change adaptation'...


How will climate change impact agricultural water requirements in the Berg WMA?

This sector brief by GreenCape explores the value of water in the agriculture sector, the quantity of water the agricultural sector needs and the impact of climate change on the future of agriculture. Read... Read more about 'How will climate change impact agricultural water requirements in the Berg WMA? '...


Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems

This article by Bizcommunity explores the viability and options available for solar powered irrigation systems (SPIS). It also includes several links to further information, including an online Toolbox on Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The best... Read more about 'Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems'...


Technology aids farmers amid water crisis

An article by Bizcommunity explores how farmers in drought stricken areas of South Africa are increasingly turning to technology to adapt to decreasing water allocations.  Read article Read more about 'Technology aids farmers amid water crisis'...


How the world needs to change as regions get drier

The University of Cape Town[http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/] is working with partner organisations in southern, west and east Africa as well as India to investigate how to adapt to climate change in semi-arid regions. In examining various approaches that have already... Read more about 'How the world needs to change as regions get drier'...


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'...


Hortgro Irrigation Seminar

HORTGRO Science recently held an Irrigation Seminar at Allée Bleue in Groot Drakenstein. The seminar was held to address the current drought conditions in the Western Cape, and to provide producers with coping... Read more about 'Hortgro Irrigation Seminar'...


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'...


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'...


Desalination: necessary but not feasible?

Read two articles by Engineering News that takes a look at the barriers of desalination technology and why it could be necessary to mitigate SA's water problems. Desalination could be the answer, but... Read more about 'Desalination: necessary but not feasible?'...


Mine water management policy open for public comment

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has gazetted the Draft Mine Water Management Policy for public comments for a period of 60 days, from 14 July to 14 September 2017. The gazette is available... Read more about 'Mine water management policy open for public comment'...


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 '...


Western Cape drought holds serious implications for deciduous fruit industry

The current drought, as well as the predicted long-term drying trends in the Western Cape, has serious implications for the farming of deciduous fruit says HORTGRO. According to HORTGRO's Executive Director, Anton Rabe, the... Read more about 'Western Cape drought holds serious implications for deciduous fruit industry'...


Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why

Chad has been identified as the most vulnerable country to climate change in a study involving 186 countries. Over the past 50 years, 90% of Lake Chad has disappeared due to droughts and... Read more about 'Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why'...


Premier declares WC a disaster area – initiates project “Avoiding Day Zero"

Premier Helen Zille has officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area in response to the current drought crisis – the worst since 1904.   “The disaster declaration will accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management... Read more about 'Premier declares WC a disaster area – initiates project “Avoiding Day Zero"'...


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'...


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'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 17/04/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 17 April 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 17/04/2017'...


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'...


South Africa: ZZ2 ‘Nature Farming’ takes compost to new level

ZZ2 applies 'natuurboerdery' or nature farming practices from their choice of rootstocks, using predator insects, leaf extracts and a variety of composts depending on soil type and commodity needs. ZZ2's composting is said... Read more about 'South Africa: ZZ2 ‘Nature Farming’ takes compost to new level'...


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'...


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'...


Maximising the potential of wastewater in agriculture

During World Water Day (22 March), FAO highlighted the opportunity that treated wastewater represents for agriculture, improved food security, and nutrition. Treated and reused wastewater can be a cost-effective and sustainable solution to water... Read more about 'Maximising the potential of wastewater in agriculture'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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?'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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''...