Jana Jordaan

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Drought Policy Brief 2018

Drought Policy Brief 2018 The Drought Policy Brief identifies the macro economic impact of the drought on Western Cape agriculture sector. The study was done by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the... Read more about 'Drought Policy Brief 2018'...


Open Innovation Challenge

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


Hope and despair in Gamtoos

Gamtoos River Valley is a large production area supplying a variety of produce to retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers. Many farmers are severely feeling the impact of water restrictions in... Read more about 'Hope and despair in Gamtoos'...


Event: Environmental Law Hot Topics

 Stay up to date with changes to the law: Environmental Law Hot topics  When: 13 March 2018 Time: 08H30 for 09H00 – 16h00 Venue: Belmont Square, Cape Town Read more about the event here Read more about 'Event: Environmental Law Hot Topics '...


Ultrasonic sound used in drip irrigation line cleaning

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


Land Bank secures a substantial loan facility

The Land Bank has secured R740 million loan facility through the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support farmers in strengthening their capacity to prepare, adapt and become resilient to the impacts of a... Read more about 'Land Bank secures a substantial loan facility'...


Mobile app to help pastoralists find pasture is here

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


Which carbon emissions calculator to use?

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


The Growing Impact of Hyperspectral Imagery on AgriFood Tech

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


Crop Spraying Drone Software Skyx Raises Seed Round

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


Drought Fact Sheet - December 2017

Drought Fact Sheet for Agriculture - December 2017 The Fact Sheet includes information on the climatological and hydrological situation, and impacts on the vegetation, crop and livestock farming, jobs, the food system, and social... Read more about 'Drought Fact Sheet - December 2017'...


IDC SEEKING NEW, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES!

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


CapeNature’s permitting system goes online

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


OVERBERG: PREPARE FOR A TOUGH FIRE SEASON

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


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

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


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

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


BIOGAS TRAINING, Cape Town, South Africa

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


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

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


Fully subsidized: Emerging farmer carbon calculator workshop

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


GreenCape Drought Business Support - 3 November 2017

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


Seven ways wine farms can protect SA's natural resources

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


Companies Powering The Future Of Farming And Agribusiness

The Ag Tech market map was developed with CB Insights data and identifies more than 100 private companies in agriculture tech. These companies have been identified as they increase efficiency on farms.  View these companies... Read more about 'Companies Powering The Future Of Farming And Agribusiness'...


INVITATION: Workshop on amendments of environmental law

Cullinan & Associates are running a workshop on environmental/green business hot topics - specifically those areas with recent legal amendments and important implications for businesses. They are going to cover: impact assessment, climate change, water,... Read more about 'INVITATION: Workshop on amendments of environmental law'...


A new life for olive oil waste

Water reuse is becoming imperative in the agriculture industry. Research in the reuse of waste water by the *olive oil industry* was conducted and resulted in a process of converting olive mill wastewater into... Read more about 'A new life for olive oil waste'...


The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged a Costa Rican forest

A formerly overgrazed, nutrient poor region in Costa Rican is now a lush, overgrown forest after orange peels were applied more than sixteen years ago. The article highlights how industrial impact on land... Read more about 'The story of how discarded orange peels turbocharged a Costa Rican forest'...


Drought in Agriculture

GreenAgri has developed a new page housing the latest presentations provided in response to the drought in agriculture. The page will also provide a direct link to upcoming events for the sector.  See the... Read more about 'Drought in Agriculture'...


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'...


Wetting Front Detector (WFD)

When irrigating, water infiltrates into the soil forming a wetting front, this represents the boundary between wet soil above and drier soil below. A wetting front detector (WFD) is able to detect the... Read more about 'Wetting Front Detector (WFD)'...


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'...


Kenya's herders swap livestock for chillies as drought bites

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


Makadamia en Avokado Inligtingsdag

Makadamia en Avokado Inligtingsdag Datum : 24 Augustus 2017 Plek : Outeniqua Navorsingsplaas, George RSVP voor 11 Augustus 2017 Tel.: 044 803 3748 / E-pos: Christaw@elsenburg.com Program available here.  Read more about 'Makadamia en Avokado Inligtingsdag'...


Solar panels lower cooling costs

In 2013 Ceres Fruit Growers installed a solar system which has resulted in savings of up to R1.3 million a year. The company installed solar as a means to reduce dependence on the... Read more about 'Solar panels lower cooling costs'...


Climate adaptation: SACAU supports global call for agriculture insurance

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


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

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


Organic farming gains popularity

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


Carbon calculator makes footprint on SA fruit industry

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


Drones reshaping aviation industry

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


Optimising storage and logistics for fresh produce

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


Smart technology revolutionises fruit farming

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


Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes

Bewaringsboerdery kan nie net die impak van klimaatsverandering versag nie, maar ook opbrengs verhoog en inset koste verlaag. Mielie proewe in 2014/15 wys hoer opbrengs vir bewaringsboerdery in Noordwes. Die opbrengs van mielies onder bewaringsboerdery proewe... Read more about 'Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes'...


Smallholder farmers in Kenya in the race against climate change

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


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'...


Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study

A recent study has shown that 60% of land currently used for the production of coffee in Ethiopia can become unsuitable due to impacts of climate change. This will require timely and well planned... Read more about 'Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output: study'...


Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr

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


Sunshine power for Graham Beck Wines

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


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'...


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

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


WESTERN CAPE WATER SECURITY INDABA 2017

On Tuesday 16 May 2017 The National Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, responsible for Water and Sanitation and Provincial Minister, Anton Bredell, responsible for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning hosted a Western Cape Water... Read more about 'WESTERN CAPE WATER SECURITY INDABA 2017'...


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'...


Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

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


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'...


Farmers Worldwide Recognize Soil’s Importance

Healthy soils provide great benefits during changing climatic conditions. This article reflects on real life farmers around the world who have changed their practices and are seeing the benefits. Read more here.  Read more about 'Farmers Worldwide Recognize Soil’s Importance'...


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'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 10/04/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 10 April 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 10/04/2017'...


Confronting Climate Change 2017 Industry Engagements

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. The workshops are presented at a subsidised fee... Read more about 'Confronting Climate Change 2017 Industry Engagements'...


New packhouse technology increasing productivity at Two-a-Day

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


Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

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


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 03/04/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 3 April 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 03/04/2017'...


Farmers need to develop agility to prosper despite uncertainties

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


Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project

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


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'...


Western Cape agriculture under threat

The Western Cape agriculture sector is said to brace itself for increased heat, water stress on crops and livestock, and droughts as a result of climate change. The Western Cape government together with UCT... Read more about 'Western Cape agriculture under threat'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 27/03/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 27 March 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 27/03/2017'...


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

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


Addressing the risk of polluted irrigation water

The Water Research Commission (WRC) and DAFF recently published a report after 5 years research on the quality of irrigation water. The report highlights the high microbial contaminant loads and the need for on-farm... Read more about 'Addressing the risk of polluted irrigation water'...


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

Management of soil carbon plays a critical role in achieving healthy soils, increasing production volume as well as resilience to climate change. It is estimated that implementing practices to conserve soil organic carbon can increase... Read more about 'Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation'...


Maximising the potential of wastewater in agriculture

Many countries are already using treated wastewater for irrigation in agriculture and sees it as a resource and not a problem. It is estimated that 22% of the unsustainable resource, phosphorus can be... Read more about 'Maximising the potential of wastewater in agriculture'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 20/03/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 20 March 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 20/03/2017'...


Founder of Reel Gardening walks away with Agripreneur of the Year Award

South African entrepreneur wins global agripreneur competition, the Future Agro Challenge. Clair Reid designed and developed a biodegradable seed tape for vegetable and herb gardens using 80% less water than conventional techniques. Read more about... Read more about 'Founder of Reel Gardening walks away with Agripreneur of the Year Award'...


Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year

With the new partnership AgriProtein plans to roll out 100 turnkey fly factories by 2024 and another 100 by 2027. AgriProtein's mission is to find a better way to feed the world, reducing... Read more about 'Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/03/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 13 March 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/03/2017'...


Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

Urban agriculture can bring many positive aspects to the city and address challenges such as food insecurity and unemployment. Although social and environmental benefits exist many obstacles to implementation of urban gardens still need... Read more about 'Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living'...


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'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/03/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 6 March 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/03/2017'...


Department of Trade and Industry BBB-EE regulations

Department of Trade and Industry delivered a powerpoint presentation highlighting the amended codes of good practice for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBB-EE). The powerpoint presentation can be found here.   Read more about 'Department of Trade and Industry BBB-EE regulations '...


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

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


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 27/02/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 27 February 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 27/02/2017'...


As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up

Farmers in Kenya have taken advantage of alternative green tech opportunities. These include - solar-powered cold storage, and biological pest control - which help them protect their harvest against the effects of climate... Read more about 'As solar refrigerator keeps mangoes cold, farmers' profits heat up'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/02/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 13 February 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 13/02/2017'...


Wesgro Export Advancement Training

Wesgro is providing *free capacity development for export advancement*. It is aimed at businesses that have a unique product or service that they would like to export or are already exporting.  The program is runs for... Read more about 'Wesgro Export Advancement Training'...


Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable

One of the biggest obstacles to sustainable agriculture is the large amounts of organic waste produced by South African farms. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Limpopo is in the process of... Read more about 'Renewable organic waste system to help make agriculture sustainable'...


Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

In 2012, Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development was launched by its Founding Partners to catalyze resources and focus attention on the lack of access by many farmers and agribusinesses in... Read more about 'Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development'...


Strong performance for South African BEE citrus project

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) projects in the South African agricultural sector has been approached in many different ways in hope of establishing a successful and sustainable project. Cedar Citrus Ltd has implemented a successful BEE... Read more about 'Strong performance for South African BEE citrus project'...


South African farmer develops ‘Tree Hog’ unit for more efficient irrigation

Efficient water use becomes key for farms as they experience hotter days resulting in the need for more irrigation which is coupled with increase electricity usage. The Tree Hog is a SA patented... Read more about 'South African farmer develops ‘Tree Hog’ unit for more efficient irrigation'...


Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them

Making a business work goes beyond just training and requires proper planning, management and commitment. This article providing insight into what one needs to sustain a successful hydroponics operation. Read more here.   can result... Read more about 'Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them'...


Steenberg Vineyards embraces #WaterlessWednesday

Various water saving techniques are being undertaken on farms and Steenberg Wine Estate is no different. This article explores how Steenberg is saving water from farm to their wine tasting facility.  Read more... Read more about 'Steenberg Vineyards embraces #WaterlessWednesday'...


Biochar could help clean polluted water

Biochar made from eucalyptus trees could be the solutions to SA's water pollution issues including the treatment of waste water created by processing facilities such as wineries and the food industry. This article... Read more about 'Biochar could help clean polluted water'...


Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South Africa's focus on adapting to risks is said to sharpen as people increasingly experience the impacts of changing climate. This will become more evident in global society's commitment to positive change. This... Read more about 'Why more than ever, sustainability is good business'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/02/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 06 February 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 06/02/2017'...


Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices

Ceres Fruit Growers have implemented a range of water-saving practices highlighting dependence on more scientific technology. Read about the various methods and technology used by Ceres Fruit Growers to ensure optimal irrigation with minimum... Read more about 'Ceres fruit growers benefit from water-saving practices'...


Precision farming, new technology and an eye for opportunity

Grain SA’s Grain Producer of the Year 2016 has implemented precision farming practices since the late 1990s. Over time, he has experienced a 40% improvement in both dryland and irrigated crop yields.  Read more... Read more about 'Precision farming, new technology and an eye for opportunity'...


Precision Agriculture

With the Green Revolution running to an end, natural resource constraints and species loss occurring, will we be able to produce more, to feed the growing world population, on less land? Innovation in... Read more about 'Precision Agriculture '...


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?'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 30/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 30 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 30/01/2017'...


How biorefineries can add value to forestry waste

Currently South Africa's forestry industry is recovering an average of only 47% of its potential timber yield for economic benefit. This has created great potential for the industry to explore the high-value opportunities presented by... Read more about 'How biorefineries can add value to forestry waste'...


Business Case: Solar PV on packhouses

In 2016, GreenCape conducted a study looking at the business case for solar PV on packhouses. The business case demonstrated 15% saving in electricity costs.  The modelling shows: Economies of scale are important,... Read more about 'Business Case: Solar PV on packhouses'...


Land Bank: Droogtelenings nog te kry

Land Bank het R400 miljoen vir droogtehulp vir die landbou sektor geoormerk. Aangesien nie al die fondse teen einde Desember 2016 toegeken is nie, is die aansoekings proses tot Maart 2017 verleng. Lees... Read more about 'Land Bank: Droogtelenings nog te kry'...


2KUZE: A digital platform for smallholder farmers

2KUZE project is a digital platform developed by Mastercard, connecting smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Through the use of mobile phones this app allows farmers to buy, sell... Read more about '2KUZE: A digital platform for smallholder farmers'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 23/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 23 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 23/01/2017'...


Why climate change is a threat to livestock production

Adapting to climate change issues will be key for livestock farmers. The frequent occurrence and changing period of new and existing livestock health issues may arise. This article highlights some of the issues... Read more about 'Why climate change is a threat to livestock production'...


Dreaming of sustainable farming in the land of wealth and wine

Boschendal farm focuses on integrating soil health, agriculture and community and developing an economically successful agriculture and hospitality project. Boschendal aims to be sustainable through focusing on improved soil quality, environmental restoration, social and... Read more about 'Dreaming of sustainable farming in the land of wealth and wine'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 16/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 16 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 16/01/2017'...


City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 09/01/2017

This document provides the dam storage levels for major and minor dams for the City of Cape Town as recorded on 9 January 2017. It further provides the weekly dam level change and... Read more about 'City of Cape Town Water Dashboard - 09/01/2017'...


SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion

Cape Town based, AgriProtein produces and licenses MagMeal, a high-protein feed made from larvae produced by Black Soldier flies, fed on existing organic waste. Apart from MagMeal AgriProtein produces a range of products including MagOil, a natural,... Read more about 'SA fly-farm venture secures funding for global expansion'...


2017 SAG-SEED Awards: Call for Applications NOW OPEN

*SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) - SEED Awards.* The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find... Read more about '2017 SAG-SEED Awards: Call for Applications NOW OPEN'...


Mussel farming on the West Coast

A total of 2000 tons of mussels are produced by companies in Saldanha Bay each year. Not only do these farms support sustainable supply but also plays a role in local empowerment. Read... Read more about 'Mussel farming on the West Coast'...


Why precision farming is here to stay

This article provides a brief insight into precision farming and why it is seen as a growing industry rather than just an idea. Read more here.  Read more about 'Why precision farming is here to stay'...


No-till in SA – The message spreads

Conservation agriculture is an increasing trend implemented by farmers worldwide. The three principles of conservation agriculture including maximum diversity in crops grown/cover crops, maximum soil cover and minimal soil disturbance. This article provides an... Read more about 'No-till in SA – The message spreads'...


Pulses and Climate Change

The changing climatic conditions will continue to put pressure on agricultural systems and populations dependent on produce especially vulnerable communities. This infographic shows how one can increase resilience to climate change through the introduction... Read more about 'Pulses and Climate Change'...


Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash

Is regenerative farming only good for the environment or does it make good business sense as well? Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared R102... Read more about 'Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash'...


World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource

The UN has named 5 December ‘World Soil Day’! Soil health is a key component of any farm influencing produce and ultimate profitability. To read more about soil conservation and its health click... Read more about 'World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource'...


Fire Protection: Fire season has started!

We have launched the new 'Fire Protection' tip and tools page on the website. The page highlights landowner's legal duties regarding fires and the proactive role of Fire Protection Associations (FPAs). Important contact information is... Read more about 'Fire Protection: Fire season has started!'...


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'...


EVENT: Potential for Clean Technology in South African

For the past three years, researchers from the University of Cape Town and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences collaborated to investigate the potential of cleaner technologies in South African agricultural food value chains. The... Read more about 'EVENT: Potential for Clean Technology in South African'...


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'...


Vegetable crops improve wheat yield

Adding brassicas in the form of canola to crop rotation programmes is not so uncommon however adding vegetable brassicas, including broccoli and cauliflower is an alternative being explored. This unconventional crop rotation programme of... Read more about 'Vegetable crops improve wheat yield'...


Livestock diversity helps cope with climate change

All species and breeds of domesticated birds and mammals have adaptive traits for various climatic conditions. This infographic developed by UN:FAO shows how livestock/bird diversity can assist us to adapt to changing climatic conditions... Read more about 'Livestock diversity helps cope with climate change'...


The State of Food and Agriculture

In this infographic the UN: Food and Agriculture Organisation highlights how climate change may affect agricultural production. It further identifies the possible responses that can be adopted through sustainable agriculture practices. Click here to... Read more about 'The State of Food and Agriculture '...


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'...


Soils & Biodiversity

2015 Was the international year of soils. Soils host a quarter of our planets biodiversity. Have a look at the United Nation: Food and Agriculture Organisation's soil and biodiversity infographic and the importance... Read more about 'Soils & Biodiversity'...


Controlled Environment Agriculture

Have a look at our NEW Controlled Environment Agriculture page. The page highlights various forms of controlled environment agriculture with links to case studies. Click here[sitetree_link,id=291] Read more about 'Controlled Environment Agriculture'...


Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses

In January 2016 the Western Cape Government published the ’Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses' booklet identifying a range of finance institutions, banks, companies and agencies focusing on the agriculture sector.  Click here to navigate... Read more about 'Sources of Finance for Agricultural Businesses'...


Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans

In many countries milk is exclusively being produced by small and medium sized dairy farms. The milk is in many cases stored on farms and transported to collection facilities without cooling. Due to... Read more about 'Solar Milk Cooling with Insulated Milk Cans '...


SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize

A citrus peel and avocado oil product has recently won first price at Google Science Fair in the US for being able to reduce the impact of drought on agricultural production. The product... Read more about 'SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize'...


Fighting fire with communities' support

With recent drought conditions and the predictability of more days which will exceed 35 degrees celsius in 2017, veld fires become an increasing cause for concern. Due to the extensive risks, fire management... Read more about 'Fighting fire with communities' support'...


Presisie lewer positiewe resultate

Presisieboerdery kan kostes bespaar sowel as gehalte van produksie verhoog. Naauwkoes wynplaas, wenner van die VinPro en Winetech se jaarlikse wingerdblokevaluering het die wenblok deurlopend met korttermynpraktyke fyn gemeet en so aangepas. Lees meer oor die langtermynparktyke en implementering... Read more about 'Presisie lewer positiewe resultate'...


Low-tech solution to predation

A large threat to livestock farmers are natural predators living in surrounding areas. Dr. Neil Jordan from the University of New South Whales in Australia has been working with the Botswana Predator Conservation... Read more about 'Low-tech solution to predation'...


This startup will use drones to map forests and plant trees at 1/10th of the usual cost

Drones have enabled great advances to be made in both the agriculture and forestry sectors though precision agriculture. This article explores drone technology specifically for the forestry sector and how planned advances could further... Read more about 'This startup will use drones to map forests and plant trees at 1/10th of the usual cost'...


Participate in holistic planned grazing study

Proper veld management is directly linked to the stocking rates and overall condition of livestock but is high-density grazing allowing farmers to increase stocking rates and improve veld and animal production? Or is... Read more about 'Participate in holistic planned grazing study'...


Vertical Farming - less space, less water, higher yield

Climatic uncertainties, dwindling resources and increasing pressure on land is shifting more and more fresh produce farmers worldwide to turn to undercover farming. Continually improving technologies are enabling great advances in this space. Vertical... Read more about 'Vertical Farming - less space, less water, higher yield'...


Using Smart Technology to Improve Animal Profitability

A world-class meat traceability platform is under development at the University of the Free State which enables farmers to track the growth and measurements of their livestock. The platform is to assist the... Read more about 'Using Smart Technology to Improve Animal Profitability'...


Wine Farm has its Ducks in a Row

Sustainability certification is increasingly encouraging farmers to explore alternative farming techniques, especially through the growing desire from the export market. This has led many wine farms, such as Vergenoegd Wine Estate, to think implement... Read more about 'Wine Farm has its Ducks in a Row '...


Appels in Grabouw uit oor verwarming?

Minder winterreënval, wat ook tot later in die jaar verskuif, en ʼn kwaai afname in koue-eenhede kan ernstige gevolge vir die appelbedryf in Grabouw en Villiersdorp inhou. Lees meer hier oor wat klimaatmodelle,... Read more about 'Appels in Grabouw uit oor verwarming?'...


Fire Protection

On 21 July 2016 WWF held a Fire Management Workshop at Boschendal Wine Estate. The event provided producers and partners with information presented by specialists in the fire management sector. In preparation for... Read more about 'Fire Protection '...


Edible, biodegradable bale wrap a world-first

This biodegradable, edible, bale wrapping has been developed by UK chemistry students and has won an award for innovation at the Imperial Innovations Competition. This new innovation is in aim of addressing the... Read more about 'Edible, biodegradable bale wrap a world-first'...


Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

The article explores the increasing role of agricultural technologies in the agricultural landscape. Identifying a new green revolution which will focus on the use of new farming technologies.  Read Article Read more about 'Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds'...