Inge Kuschke

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Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Feed-In Tariff Map

In SA, 10% of all installed solar PV (~60MWp) is in the agricultural sector. The business case for investing in solar PV is strengthened when excess energy produced can be sold to municipalities. The... Read more about 'Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Feed-In Tariff Map'...


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)'...


Startups aiming to improve the condition of agricultural soils

AgFunder News has put together a list of start-ups that are working on improving agricultural soils. These are in areas of: Microbiome Technologies; Cover Crops; Bio-Fertilisers; Soil Sampling Technologies; and Water-Saving Soil Technologies.... Read more about 'Startups aiming to improve the condition of agricultural soils'...


GIF funding opportunity for Blockchain projects

The Department of Science and Technology has a partnership agreement with the Global Innovation Fund (GIF).  GIF members will be visiting South Africa during 5 - 14 December 2018.  As one of the... Read more about 'GIF funding opportunity for Blockchain projects'...


Call for Applications: Research and Technology Fund 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils, other NRF Recognised Research Institutions and DAFF Provincial Research... Read more about 'Call for Applications: Research and Technology Fund 2019'...


Emerging climate-smart business opportunities: Conservation Agriculture

Conservation agriculture (CA) has multiple benefits for farmers, the environment and society and can be used for climate mitigation and adaptation. A study by WWF found the carbon sequestration impact of reduced tillage... Read more about 'Emerging climate-smart business opportunities: Conservation Agriculture'...


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'...


Using insects as animal feed

An article, covered by Farmer's Weekly, looks at the recent Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association symposium, where the production potential of insects as a protein source was discussed. According to an expert researcher:  On 1m² one feeds... Read more about 'Using insects as animal feed'...


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 '...


Hortfin: New blended finance available to horticultural producers

Funding will be provided by Land Bank, Jobs Fund and the industries with the loan book being managed by the Land Bank. Participants in the broader fruit industry are expected to play an... Read more about 'Hortfin: New blended finance available to horticultural producers'...


Summarised Incentive Booklet from Wesgro

Wesgro has summarised incentives available to businesses and includes various agencies, their incentive details and criteria and key contacts.  You can view and download the booklet at this link.  Read more about 'Summarised Incentive Booklet from Wesgro'...


Call for applications - French South African Tech Labs 4th cohort

The French South African Tech Labs (FSAT Labs) is an *incubator *and *accelerator *for French and South African tech start-ups, based in Century City, Cape Town.  Based on the partnership between *Seda *(Small Enterprise Development Agency) and *Methys*, the FSAT Labs is a... Read more about 'Call for applications - French South African Tech Labs 4th cohort'...


SmartAgri Newsletter

The latest SmartAgri newsletter is available and includes the following topics: Western Cape's LandCare programme Conservation Agriculture FruitLook Flyover census update  You can view this and previous newsletters by selecting this link.     Read more about 'SmartAgri Newsletter'...


Call for applications: Research and Technology Fund

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) invites applications from researchers at South African Universities, Science Councils, other NRF Recognised Research Institutions and DAFF Provincial Research... Read more about 'Call for applications: Research and Technology Fund'...


Cover Crop Powers First Transatlantic Flight Using Sustainable Biojet

A United Airlines plane powered by biojet fuel made a landmark non-stop voyage from San Francisco to Zurich (24 September 2018). Agrisoma Biosciences[http://www.agrisoma.com/], a Canadian agtech company that develops Carinata seeds to produce aviation biojet fuel,... Read more about 'Cover Crop Powers First Transatlantic Flight Using Sustainable Biojet'...


Farmland Investment Fund Quantifies Impact of Regenerative Practices at $21m

Reported by Agfunder news, Farmland fund manager Farmland LP[http://www.farmlandlp.com/] has released its 2017 impact report summarizing the social and environmental impacts of its funds and quantifying the positive impact its management practices have on the local and... Read more about 'Farmland Investment Fund Quantifies Impact of Regenerative Practices at $21m'...


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'...


Biological products in SA agriculture: how to distinguish between reliable products and snake oil salesmen

The global demand for biological products has increased by 18% in 2017. The awareness of the benefits of healthy soil, as well as, market pressure to produce with less chemical inputs are large... Read more about 'Biological products in SA agriculture: how to distinguish between reliable products and snake oil salesmen '...


Vraag oorskry aandbod vir organiese wyn

Volgens 'n artikel deur lanbouweekblad.com, is daar groot geleenthede in organiese wyn produksie. Die vraag na organiese wyn het in 2015 vir die eerste keer aanbod oorskry.  Lees artikel hier Read more about 'Vraag oorskry aandbod vir organiese wyn'...


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'...


AfDB and FAO commit to agriculture investment in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have committed to raise up to $100m over five years, to support joint partnership activities aimed at growing agriculture investments in Africa. The... Read more about 'AfDB and FAO commit to agriculture investment in Africa '...


FoodForward introduces digital platform to decrease food waste in SA

This is done through linking retail stores and food outlets to local beneficiary organisations.  Read article here.  Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has the ability to deliver timeous information to address market inefficiencies. Globally, agriculture... Read more about 'FoodForward introduces digital platform to decrease food waste in SA'...


IRP draft open for comments

The Department of Energy has released the draft Integrated Resource Plan. Renewable energy will be the key focus over the next decade and plans to expand SA's nuclear capabilities are off the table... Read more about 'IRP draft open for comments'...


Electric orchard tractors: Emerging climate-smart business opportunities

This WWF study investigates the business case of using electric tractors in orchards: Electric orchard tractors could replace up to 8 000 small tractors on horticultural farms, to undertake a diverse array of low-energy... Read more about 'Electric orchard tractors: Emerging climate-smart business opportunities'...


Sustainable production initiatives

The GreenAgri team illustrates sustainable initiatives currently running in the Western Cape. These are tools that assist farms in producing in a sustainable manner and include: Woolworth's Farming for the Future (FFF) Blue... Read more about 'Sustainable production initiatives'...


Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's agri-processing sector

Solar thermal technology is not yet a major consideration for agri-processing industries, but it is a growing opportunity in the food and beverage industry in SA. Most of the energy used in agri-processing is... Read more about 'Solar thermal: an opportunity for SA's agri-processing sector'...


Maximising profitability of biogas plants

Read an article by Bizcommunity on the factors influencing the profitability of biogas. Read article here. Read more about 'Maximising profitability of biogas plants'...


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'...


Sustainable agriculture market intelligence report

GreenCape published their 3rd annual agriculture market intelligence reports, which looks at  key opportunities for sustainable production. These include drone applications, renewable energy and controlled environment agriculture. This and other sector reports (water, waste and energy) can be... Read more about 'Sustainable agriculture market intelligence report'...


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 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)'...


SmartAgri Newsletter #5

The first SmartAgri Newsletter of 2018/19 is here! In his edition you'll find: the Conservation Agriculture Western Capes’ annual conference in August, listen to “Die Kwik Styg”, explore the CCC carbon calculator to manage... Read more about 'SmartAgri Newsletter #5'...


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'...


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)'...


LandCare programme at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture

LandCare is a national movement aimed at restoring sustainability to land and water management in both rural and urban areas. It encompasses integrated sustainable natural resource management where the primary causes of natural resource... Read more about 'LandCare programme at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture'...


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'...


Call for community project applications: WWUA & TMF

The Wolseley Water Users Association, in partnership with the Table Mountain Fund is pleased to announce a call for project applications for small community based environmental projects. We herewith invite Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s); Community... Read more about 'Call for community project applications: WWUA & TMF'...


Woolworths’ Farming for the Future programme expands

Read this Farmer's Weekly article on the expansion of Woolworth's Farming for the Future initiative. Farmers who are part of the programme are evaluated according to sustainability criteria each year‚ including soil management‚ water use‚... Read more about 'Woolworths’ Farming for the Future programme expands'...


2018 Report on the testing and validation of the Biotrans Pole Sleeve for Livestock Feedlots

Livestock feedlots present the most aggressive service conditions that cause preserved wooden poles to rot. Feedlot owners know only too well that replacing the rotten poles is an expensive and time-consuming problem. The... Read more about '2018 Report on the testing and validation of the Biotrans Pole Sleeve for Livestock Feedlots'...


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'...


500 skape op 5 ha?

Netwerk24 kyk na 'n intensiewe skaapboerdery en hidroponiese voergars verbouing in Noordwes. Lees artikel hier Read more about '500 skape op 5 ha?'...


Blue North: May newsletter

Blue North's May newsletter explores: Why is climate neutrality important Understanding agricultural, natural resource management and rural development interventions. Select the links above to access articles.  Read more about 'Blue North: May newsletter'...


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?'...


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? '...


How to reduce power costs for wineries

A comprehensive guide to alternative energy options for winemakers published by winetitles media. Read more     Read more about 'How to reduce power costs for wineries'...


Western Cape Funding Fare 8 May 2018

The Western Cape Funding Fair is a joint initiative between Deloitte Western Cape and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. It is an exhibition and conference styled platform aimed at creating awareness... Read more about 'Western Cape Funding Fare 8 May 2018'...


Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

PFAN has launched a call for proposals for climate and clean energy projects and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Selected projects will receive no-cost coaching by professional consultants and, once they are investment-ready,... Read more about 'Call for Proposals for Climate & Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia'...


Agro-Processing Support Scheme: Third Window now open

The DTI opened the 3rd application window for the Agro-Processing Support Scheme this week. This incentive is a cost sharing cash grant of between 20% and 30% of qualifying costs up to a maximum of R20 million. Core sectors which... Read more about 'Agro-Processing Support Scheme: Third Window now open'...


Omnia buys bio-product supplier Oro Agri

Traditionally chemical group Omnia, purchased 100% of Oro Agri SEZC an 52% of Oro Agri SA. According to Omnia, Agri bio-science is changing the future of agriculture.  Read article here (Afrikaans) Read more about 'Omnia buys bio-product supplier Oro Agri'...


Long term benefits of biological farming

Landbou.com published an article on vegetable giant ZZ2, who made the decision of changing there conventional farming practices to farming with nature 16 years ago. Key results has been: Increase in soil carbon... Read more about 'Long term benefits of biological farming'...


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'...


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'...


Soil health day presentations

See presentations for the second annual soil health day held at Morgensrust, 22 March, at this link.  Read more about 'Soil health day presentations'...


Big data drives more finance to African agribusiness

Timeous data being delivered at the farmers finger tips, enabling them to farm more precisely with inputs such as seed, water, fertiliser and pesticides is becoming the new norm for farming.  Data driven... Read more about 'Big data drives more finance to African agribusiness'...


Apply to the GCIP-SA Business Accelerator

TIA’s Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs and start-ups (GCIP-SA) assists entrepreneurs in turning their smart cleantech innovations into successful businesses through its industry leading business accelerator programme.  *What you can expect:* A ground-breaking mentoring... Read more about 'Apply to the GCIP-SA Business Accelerator'...


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'...


Biodiversiteit en grondgesondheid

Landbou.com kyk na die belangrikheid van biodiversiteit, spesifiek mikrobiese aktiwiteit en bio-indikatore, soos aalwurms, wat jou kan help om jou grondgesondheid te ontleed en so beter kan boer.  Lees artikel hier.  Read more about 'Biodiversiteit en grondgesondheid'...


GreenCape Industry Brief: Solar PV for business in the Western Cape

In the Western Cape Province, there has been an exponential increase in the installation of solar PV by the retail, commercial, industrial and agricultural business sectors. Installations are driven by supportive local government policy... Read more about 'GreenCape Industry Brief: Solar PV for business in the Western Cape'...


Agro-Processing Support Scheme’s Application Window Period

The Agro-Processing Support Scheme’s next designated application window for the receipt of applications will be 1 September 2017 until 31 January 2018. You are requested to kindly submit accurate and completed applications with all relevant supporting documentation... Read more about 'Agro-Processing Support Scheme’s Application Window Period'...


Webinar on greenhouse production | 25 January 2018

The webinar will give you a chance to speak to experts from the Netherlands, the world's second largest exporter of agricultural products, on greenhouse production.  You can register for free at this... Read more about 'Webinar on greenhouse production | 25 January 2018'...


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'...


SmartAgri December Newsletter

The latest SmartAgri newsletter covers the following topics: Western Cape Government makes global commitment on climate change in 2017 – how can your sector assist us in making this happen? Update on... Read more about 'SmartAgri December Newsletter'...


New 'agripreneurs' dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops

The soaring "Chamber of Mines" building in central Johannesburg, a hub for South Africa's mining industry, is a symbol of a bygone era when pioneers began flocking here in the late 19th century... Read more about 'New 'agripreneurs' dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops'...


Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), cactus pear should be considered as a valuable asset, especially for food and livestock feed in dryland areas. FAO gathered cactus pear experts to pool their knowledge... Read more about 'Upgrading the cactus pear from a weed run wild to an essential crop'...


The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

Read an article by Bizcommunity on the key note speech by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the Chatham House think tank. He addressees current inefficiencies in food systems and key interventions, particularly reducing food waste. Read... Read more about 'The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive'...


Sustainable Land Management in the Nama Karoo

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Drylands Conservation Programme (EWT-DCP) recently embarked on a five-year project in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Environmental Affairs to promote sustainable land management (SLM)... Read more about 'Sustainable Land Management in the Nama Karoo'...


Organic/Food Waste: Opportunities for businesses through separation at source

By separating food or organic waste from your business’ general waste stream, you can save on logistics and landfilling costs, operate more sustainably and comply with new waste management regulations and inhouse policy.  Additionally,... Read more about 'Organic/Food Waste: Opportunities for businesses through separation at source '...


Entrepreneurs working in the green economy invited to grow their businesses at one of SA’s top business schools

Entrepreneurs and small business owners that have set up and are running green businesses are invited to take part in a 10-month scholarship opportunity at one of South Africa’s top business schools. The... Read more about 'Entrepreneurs working in the green economy invited to grow their businesses at one of SA’s top business schools'...


Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Farmers could generate additional income from introducing biorefining into their value chains, and sustainably produce new products for consumers. Read article Read more about 'Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture'...


Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

The farmer acknowledges that he was fortunate enough to have access to as much water as he uses during a normal year, but said it was far more difficult to maintain optimal soil moisture... Read more about 'Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought'...


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'...


Invite for companies: Agri Investment Indaba

The African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) is the only deal-making platform for agribusiness, where profitable businesses that need to raise capital for expansion are linked to qualified investor partners. AAII offers extensive one-on-one business... Read more about 'Invite for companies: Agri Investment Indaba'...


Climate variability versus climate change

The recent (and still ongoing in certain areas) drought has heated up the climate change debate. Changes in production seasons and increases in the number of hot days have been experienced by farmers... Read more about 'Climate variability versus climate change'...


How Tru-Cape cuts down on food waste along the value and supply chain

Recent research has shown shocking statistics about food waste in South Africa, but ignores the work of many in the agriculture industry today, who strive for zero food waste. Read more about how Tru-Cape... Read more about 'How Tru-Cape cuts down on food waste along the value and supply chain'...


Call for Applications: Call for Energy Entrepreneurs

  *Enterprise Development Programme in association with the City of Cape Town* SAREBI supports viable energy entrepreneurs who trade in the Renewable and Energy Efficiency sector. We turn energy entrepreneurs into better business people by offering business... Read more about 'Call for Applications: Call for Energy Entrepreneurs'...


Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

Climate change is taking a severe toll on farmers, as they watch their livelihoods disappear with the onslaught of floods, droughts and rising sea levels and temperatures. With agriculture currently employing over 1.3... Read more about 'Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security'...


SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard

The motivation for the initiative is to secure PV installations for South Africa and to supply a database of reliable installers. It has three key focus areas: A database of installers Training... Read more about 'SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard'...


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?'...


WC Farmers get R70M+ to mitigate drought impact

A total of R73 million has been allocated to farmers over the past year, to mitigate the impact of the ongoing [http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Western-Cape-drought]drought in the Western Cape.  Read article Read more about 'WC Farmers get R70M+ to mitigate drought impact'...


Turning pig waste into energy

Zandam cheese and piggery, in partnership with the green energy company, Ibert, recently established a biogas plant to convert waste from piggery into electricity and heat. Read article Read more about 'Turning pig waste into energy'...


Waste to Food: PnP cutting down on food waste through innovative project

Pick n Pay, with assistance from the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation, has invested R2m in the social enterprise project, which diverts waste from landfill to the Waste to Food project. The Philippi-based project... Read more about 'Waste to Food: PnP cutting down on food waste through innovative project'...


Deciduous fruit industry signs charter to protect honey bees

At the Hortgro Science Technical Symposium 2017, deciduous fruit grower bodies falling under the Hortgro umbrella signed a Bee & Pollination Charter which aims to address the plight of bees in South Africa.... Read more about 'Deciduous fruit industry signs charter to protect honey bees'...


PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy to create a cohort of emerging farmers

The R3m PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy, established in the precinct of the Philippi Fresh Produce Market, has recently been launched. This urban farmer training academy showcases a ground-breaking organic vegetable growing system that optimises... Read more about 'PEDI Urban Agriculture Academy to create a cohort of emerging farmers'...


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'...


Citrus farmers face R600m loss

Sundays River Valley citrus farmers are set to lose up to R600m as half of their navel production has been lost due to abnormal weather patterns. Initial reports from farmers indicated that 40%... Read more about 'Citrus farmers face R600m loss'...


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'...


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'...


Sustainable technologies in agriculture - First Thursday event invitation 3 Aug 2017

The Ministry of Economic Opportunities, GreenCape and the Department of Agriculture invites you to a First Thursday "Smart Agri" event on 3 August 2017.  Come and experience the latest developments in smart technologies for... Read more about 'Sustainable technologies in agriculture - First Thursday event invitation 3 Aug 2017'...


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"'...


Agri-Processing Supplier Development Programme (Western Cape)

The Agri-processing Supplier Development Programme aims to facilitate the development of businesses with growth potential in the agri-processing sector. Businesses will be developed through a structured process – business turnaround or business improvement –... Read more about 'Agri-Processing Supplier Development Programme (Western Cape)'...


Appropriate financing needed to unlock agriculture's potential

According to Simpiwe Somdyala, general manager of Corporate Affairs at Old Mutual: "Innovation, technology, and economies of scale are critical in today’s farming environment to ensure sustainability and competitiveness. These new challenges and complexities... Read more about 'Appropriate financing needed to unlock agriculture's potential'...


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 '...


Klimaat se verandering soos tydbom

Verskeie onlangse natuurverskynsels dui aan op aardverwarming. Die voorkoms van onderandere die herfs-kommandowurm en die tamatieblaarmyner is aan aardverwarming verbind. Die landbou moet nóú reeds beplan en kan nie wag vir môre nie. Dit sluit die identifisering van... Read more about 'Klimaat se verandering soos tydbom'...


New online tool: Green Compliance

The Green Compliance tool enables you to learn more about legislative processes, what they entail and how they are triggered. This legislation includes Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Water Use Licenses, Water Use Validation and Verification,... Read more about 'New online tool: Green Compliance'...


Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation

Soil carbon is a valuable, vulnerable resource. Carbon is sequestered underground after being "fixed" from the atmosphere via plants or organic residues and then incorporated into soils through largely natural processes. Soil carbon content consists... Read more about 'Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation'...


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'...


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'...


Conservation Agriculture Western Cape Newsletter Feb

In this newsletter you can read relevant articles, research and developments in conservation agriculture, as well as, links to further reading.  Read newsletter. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Western Cape Newsletter Feb'...


Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation

Climate change, severe drought, water scarcity and the invasion of Fall armyworm sees Africa's food security under threat, but technology tools are available to help solve the continent's food security problems. These technologies include... Read more about 'Africa's food security challenges driving technological innovation'...


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'...


Call for Agricultural Technology (Ag Tech) Innovations March 2017

Do you have a big idea that could transform agriculture and agribusiness in Southern or Central Africa? GAIA is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for... Read more about 'Call for Agricultural Technology (Ag Tech) Innovations March 2017'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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?'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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?'...


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'...


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 '...


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'...


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 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?'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...


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'...