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Gene editing: a precise approach to crop and animal breeding

Recent breakthroughs in gene editing technology mean that advancements in the industry can be brought to the farm faster, cheaper and more accurately than before. The result is plants and...

Farming smarter can reduce methane emissions from livestock

The argument against beef production is gaining momentum, with the industry being accused, often inaccurately, of significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions. However, climate-smart farming and improving productivity can reduce emissions.
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Designing an irrigation system according to soil type

Dr Willem de Clercq, a researcher at the Water Institute at Stellenbosch University, says that all farmers, and especially those who practise conservation agriculture, need to approach irrigation in a...

New system shows benefits of deep root irrigation

A locally developed irrigation system designed to transport water directly to plants’ roots and thus eliminate evaporation has achieved outstanding success in trials.
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Latest trends in greenhouse technology

The designs and purposes of greenhouses have come a long way. Lloyd Phillips speaks to Shaul Rabin about the greenhouse technologies currently available, and what the future holds.
Accessing Africa’s food markets

Accessing Africa’s food markets: Insights from three experts

Agriculture employs 70% of the workforce in Africa and constitutes 30% of total GDP. Yet the continent relies heavily on imports and food aid. Lindi Botha spoke to three leaders...
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New fruit-sorting technology helps curb food waste

In 2018, Compac Sorting Equipment, part of TOMRA Food, launched its Field Research Unit, which can be deployed on lands to research the fresh produce industry’s most challenging issues. James...
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Improving tunnel production using even less water

Ezigro Seedlings in Mpumalanga grows a wide range of seedlings all year round, thanks to resource-efficient tunnel production in an ideal climate. The tunnels provide another advantage: they allow for...
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City rooftops: the next frontier for farming

You don’t have to have green fingers to grow lush vegetables and herbs. But you do have to have a head for heights if you want to join the brigade...
Saving our land: the importance of wetlands

Saving our land: the importance of wetlands

A wetland, whether smaller than a hectare or covering a vast area, is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. We urgently need to conserve them.
Climate change: it’s happening faster than you think

Climate change: it’s happening faster than you think

The average temperature increase in Southern Africa due to climate change is taking place at twice the global rate. The resulting lower rainfall figures and increase in the number of...
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Dutch company’s success in turning food waste into feed

A Dutch company that produces animal feed from food waste says this is the only way in which agriculture can remain sustainable. Gerhard Uys spoke to Karel van der Velden...

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Lucerne shortage and high prices weigh on farmers

The ongoing drought has resulted in a shortage of lucerne across the country, with increased prices making it unaffordable for many producers.

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