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Digital solutions to help in the fight against fall armyworm

Digital solutions to help in the fight against fall armyworm

The Fall Armyworm Agri Tech Prize, aimed at finding digital solutions to identify, track and protect crops in Africa against fall armyworm, has attracted more than 200 entries.
Zimbabwean cannabis production: only a few to benefit

Zimbabwean cannabis production: only a few to benefit

It appears that only a handful of farmers will be able to cash in on the new opportunities generated by Zimbabwe’s legalisation of cannabis production for medicinal and scientific purposes.
Increase in rabies outbreaks among Namibian kudus

Increase in rabies outbreaks among Namibian kudus

The decimation of Namibia’s kudu population due to rabies, especially on game-fenced farms, poses a severe and long-term threat to the country’s game industry.
Africa blocks SA processed meat products due to listeriosis

Africa blocks SA processed meat products due to listeriosis

Fifteen African countries have recalled certain processed meat products as a result of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
Huge livestock losses may worsen food security in Somalia

Huge livestock losses may worsen food security in Somalia

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that large-scale livestock losses as a result of drought have severely impacted the livelihoods of farmers, which could exacerbate Somalia’s food...
Botswana contravening UN declaration on agricultural funding

Botswana contravening UN declaration on agricultural funding

Farmers in Botswana have expressed concern about that country’s government continuing to allocate low budgets to the agricultural sector.
Donkeys put out of their misery in Zimbabwe

Donkeys put out of their misery in Zimbabwe

A total of 78 donkeys have been euthanised over a four month period at what would have been Zimbabwe’s first abattoir for these animals, after inspectors found that they were...
Malabo Report stresses need to manage climate change

Malabo Report stresses need to manage climate change

The first Malabo Biennial Report on the Malabo Commitment to accelerate agricultural growth and transformation in Africa was released last month.
Zimbabwe’s maize crops under threat

Zimbabwe’s maize crops under threat

The maize crop in Zimbabwe's south-western Matabeleland region is suffering serious moisture stress that could result in permanent wilting if the dry spell continues, farmers in the region have said.
African swine fever claims thousands of pigs in Zambia

African swine fever claims thousands of pigs in Zambia

Since its outbreak in the northern parts of Zambia in April 2017, African swine fever has resulted in the culling of more than 20 000 pigs.
Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda has banned imports of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa as a result of the recent outbreak of the foodborne disease, listeria, across the country.
African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

While many African agribusinesses are keen to expand their operations into other countries on the continent, they reportedly remain wary of doing so.

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DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

The director general of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Mike Mlengana, has conceded that the department has spent more than R27,3 million on legal services which the...

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