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  • On September 19, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University presented an update of its seasonal weather outlook, which remained somewhat unchanged from the previous month’s outlook. By this, I mean there is over 60% chance of El Niño developing over the 2018-2019 summer season. This corroborated the message shared on September 11 by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology which indicated a 50% chance of El Niño developing. 

  • I spent the last Saturday of the month in Rayton – a small town located in north-eastern Gauteng. I attended a farmers’ day where I was asked to present on the upcoming 2018-2019 summer crop production season in the context of rising farm input costs, changing climate and land reform.

  • Many of the farmers Aaron Bobeck works with see a return-on-investment from using precision technology. But the 31-year-old says he also encounters many who are frustrated and on the verge of turning their backs on it.

  • Agricultural technologies could help to obviate the effects of climate change and ensure the planet’s population growth doesn’t lead to a global hunger epidemic. 

  • In Augustus 2018 het die Suid-Afrikaanse suiwelindustrie in terme van massa 14 639 ton uitgevoer, terwyl invoere 4 872 ton beloop het. Dit beteken dat die netto uitvoere vir Augustus 9 767 ton beloop het, teenoor 8 346 ton in Julie. Dit verteenwoordig ʼn styging van 17% in Augustusmaand en teen die agtergrond van die swak rand in September word verwag dat netto uitvoere verder sal styg.

  • Global agricultural food commodity prices fell in September due to growing inventories of key staples. The FAO Food Price Index declined 1,4% from August and is now 7,4%below its level during September 2017.

  • South African agriculture is comprised of mainly two categories of farmers -- the subsistence farmers in the former homeland areas and the large-scale commercial  farmers. This is in contrast with the situation in many other countries in the world where one would find a whole range of farm sizes, ranging from the very small or subsistence farmer to the very large farmer/agribusiness. 

  • South Africa is divided into a number of farming regions according to climate, natural vegetation, soil type and farming practices.

  • “Agriculture holds the key to the future of this country. It has the potential to resolve and unlock many of our most pressing problems, such as land reform, food security, job creation, and how to manage climate change, to name but a few.

  • Perth, October 2018 – Demonstrating their commitment to transformation and diversity, United Exports Group has appointed two A-team business women to lead their strategic initiatives on sustainability and transformation. Core to this strategy is the OZblu Academy which will focus on education on many levels. 

  • The international agriculture sector is a dynamic world and South Africa an esteemed player – with world-class products complying with the strictest quality and food safety standards for very discerning consumers.

  • We  will never forget how shocked my friends were when I boldly announced my intention to study Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University.

  • November 1, 2018 - Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions, recently focused on the topic of digital adoption within the local agriculture sector, at its second annual Agri Indaba held at Zebula Golf Estate in Limpopo.

  • Africa’s demographic changes and pressures are immense.

    Over the next generation the continent is projected to double its population to 2.5 billion. Jobs, already at a premium, will depend on Africa creating more opportunities, by training its people with more than just rudimentary skills, providing necessary infrastructure, and creating an attractive value proposition to investors.

  • The nitrate sensor developed by TNO may be used for monitoring nitrogen mineralisation in soil. Nitrogen is important for grass growth and the development of proteins in grass.

  • To better support farmers poised to become the commercial farmers of tomorrow, AFGRI Group Holdings (AGH) and its invested company focused on agriculture, AFGRI, have enhanced on a concept that has made a massive impact over the past five years in farmer development.

  • The most appropriate thing to write today, given that I am currently gazing over the beautiful wine farms of Stellenbosch, would indeed be wine. Instead, I will be blogging about good old maize, as I have just received the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for major grains and oilseeds.

  • Farmers face a dual challenge. How can they produce the food required to feed the world, while protecting the planet at the same time? The solution will rest on finding effective ways to minimize the losses of energy, water and nutrients associated with farming.

  • When thinking of careers to pursue most of us don’t consider a career in the agricultural sector, but it is one of the most important industries when it comes to any country’s development and food security.

  • Every year, agricultural writers working in different parts of South Africa (SA) nominate their local candidates for farmer, agriculturist and new entrant into commercial farming as regional winners.

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