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  • Yellow and white maize prices and soybean prices have increased significantly in the past two months. This is in line with industry expectations, the Rand drooped tremendously in the past 2 months which supporting maize exports, hence supporting prices.

  • Connected fields, autonomous and electric agricultural machines and advanced data analysis systems will contribute to more sustainable and profitable agriculture. RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden now starts a testbed for digitalized agriculture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Campus Ultuna in Uppsala, Sweden.

  • The global food system has a lot to answer for. It is a major driver of climate change, thanks to everything from deforestation to cows burping. Food production also transforms biodiverse landscapes into fields inhabited by a single crop or animal. It depletes valuable freshwater resources, and even pollutes ecosystems when fertilisers and manure washed into streams and rivers.

  • According to experts, the African population is expected to double by 2050, which means that food demand on the continent is expected to at least double by then.

  • After entering a technical recession in the second quarter of the year, the South African agricultural economy recovered in the third quarter, boosted by higher production of horticulture and animal products.

  • In a country where it’s common to find apples from South Africa, potatoes from India and carrots from Australia — all marked at a price to cover the import costs — in supermarkets, some farming initiatives in recent years are bringing to reality a new breed of green agriculture that seeks to produce more crops in less space and water, and is efficient, easier and kinder on the natural environment.

  • World total grains production is forecast to hit a three-year low, falling short of demand and keeping global trade strong, the International Grains Council said following its 48th Council Session on Dec. 4 in Paris, France.

  • The conditions will become more favourable for summer rainfall over the northeastern half of the country. Meanwhile sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean have exceeded El Niño thresholds for more than a month.

  • Agriculture – including crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry – absorbs around 26 percent of the total damage and losses of climate-related natural disasters, such as droughts and floods, in the developing world.

  • Soils support life. And without soils, many of the world’s living organisms will find it difficult to survive and thrive. Besides forests and grasslands, this includes economically important plants like rice, which feeds more than half of the world’s population.

  • Food and agriculture stand today at a crossroads, with an increasing population putting pressure on limited resources. With a number of initiatives, the United Nations is striving to promote sustainable agriculture and show the impact this can have on tackling the world’s greatest challenges.

  • In any process of change there will be forces that push change in radical and truly transformative directions, and there will be forces that do change things but are in fact regressive, and inadvertently or covertly reaffirm current patterns and processes.

  • The household expenditure for consumers increased and this support the market for domestic agricultural products. Equally important for primary producers is the fact that the secondary industrial sector’s growth increased by 4,5% in the third quarter.

  • According to experts, the drone is the most inexpensive method for fields smaller than 50 hectares. A drone can also detect problems early. The details, delivered by data, are accurate to a centimetre.

  • The present agricultural practice of growing crops for animal production and human food constitutes a major threat to the sustainability of the planet in terms of reactive nitrogen pollution. Microbial protein is considered as an important solution to safeguard feed and food supply.

  • Every meal you eat now costs the planet 10 kilos in lost topsoil.

  • Africa will play a defining role in meeting global hunger targets by mid-century. But maximising food production while protecting natural resources is no easy task.Professor Sir Gordon Conway is a Professor of International Development at Imperial College London, U.K. and a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel. 

  • Conservation practices like no-till that save soil are also good for water quality, right? In many ways that’s true, but not in the case of nitrates and no-till. In fact, largely because no-till increases infiltration—a good thing for reducing erosion and runoff—nitrate losses through underground leaching are higher with no-till than with conventional tillage.

  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050, and to feed that number of people, global food production will need to grow by 70%. For Africa, which is projected to be home to about 2 billion people by then, farm productivity must accelerate at a faster rate than the global average to avoid continued mass hunger.


  • Four ways robotics will influence agriculture in 2019-
    As ever, farmers are turning to technology to address a number of pressing problems, such as the growing global shortage of food and labor.

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