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04 Sep 2018
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Eating apples is good for you, ongoing research carried out by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Edith Cowan University (ECU) has reaffirmed. The science behind how apples assist human health by improving cardiovascular health was presented this week at Western Australian Horticulture Update by UWA senior research fellow Michael Considine and adjunct research fellow Catherine Bondonno, a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University. Considine said the work began about 10 years ago with the aim of trying to validate the health benefits of apples to add value to varieties…
28 Aug 2018
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Two women are having great success as farming entrepreneurs in the sugar cane industry – one being a farmer, the other leading a cooperative. Nomusa Gwala used to be a teacher. Now she is a sugar cane farmer, a brick maker and a haulage contractor. And her hard work and drive have made her one of the leading forces in her farming community in the Swayimane region of KwaZulu-Natal. During her teaching days, Gwala had a dream to build her family a home and decided to start a brick-making project. Every day coming back from school, she would make bricks…
26 Aug 2018
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Fertilizer is environmentally taxing to make and use, but is essential for large-scale farming. One possible alternative—or maybe supplement—is in biosolids, which are, basically, heavily processed human poop. Human waste is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the key ingredients of most fertilizers, and for hundreds of years, with varying levels of success, farmers have been using it as fertilizer. But what if it can be more? Typically, biosolids are processed into, well, solids; they look like most any other black fertilizer. But a new study from the University of Illinois looks at something a little bit different: wastewater. When…
25 Aug 2018
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It is nearly 25 years since South Africa became a democracy, yet the promise of that historic achievement has not yet been fully realised by the millions of people who are unemployed and live in poverty. Despite significant progress, many of the economic disparities of the apartheid era persist. After a decade of slow growth, the South African government has embarked on a big investment drive to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs. It has begun to tackle the obstacles to growth by working towards greater policy certainty, shifting resources towards infrastructure investment, reducing bureaucratic inefficiency and stabilising public…
24 Aug 2018
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Across the U.S. Farm Belt, the balance of power is swinging away from multibillion-dollar agribusinesses. For over a century, companies such as Cargill Inc. held sway over markets for U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat, quoting prices to farmers who trucked their crops to company grain elevators. Cargill and its peers would then market crops to food and beverage makers across the country.Now farmers are increasingly calling the shots. Running expanded, consolidated farms, big farm operators are pushing grain giants for better prices or striking their own deals to directly supply manufacturers, cutting out the middleman.On his farm near Tuscola, Ill.,…
22 Aug 2018
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I will never forget how shocked my friends were when I boldly announced my intention to study Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University. And how their shock echoed back at me in twinges of apprehension as I arrived, on that very first day in 1995, at JS Marais Building at Stellenbosch University, to be greeted by a not terribly welcoming tannie who told me: "Young lady you are in the wrong department! Check on your registration form which course you have registered for!" I was baffled because I had visited the department before I signed up. I had, in fact, met…
21 Aug 2018
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The Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU) ‘believes the expropriation of land without compensation is tantamount to theft’ and farmers must resist. “There is no need for panic” is Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha’s message to farmers nationwide, adding that the TAU’s call to fight expropriation of farms without compensation is disappointing. Over the weekend, the union called on farmers whose land has been targeted for expropriation not to budge when it finally happens. A decision to expropriate land without compensation was taken by the ANC during the party’s elective conference in December 2017. Last week, a report indicating that 139 farms had…
19 Aug 2018
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The suspension of Argentina's export duty reductions on soymeal and oil is likely to have a major negative impact on the domestic crushing industry and see over half the country's capacity idled, Gustavo Idigoras, the head of the country’s oilseed industry chamber Ciara, told Agricensus Wednesday. The chamber expects the average idle capacity could reach 50% or higher, compared to a current average idle capacity of 40%. “This measure will paralyse new investments in the crushing industry and would also lead to the shut down of crushing plants,” Ciara said in a statement. In the first half of the year,…
17 Aug 2018
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Great excitement in the run-up to Future Energy East Africa as the co-located Utility CEO Forum: East Africa has already confirmed the attendance of 12 utility and IPP CEOs for key discussions on the financial viability of the sector, PR strategies and collaborations between utilities and IPPs. Future Energy East Africa takes place in Nairobi from 12-13 September.The Utility CEO Forum: East Africa is an exclusive, by invitation only, gathering of regional utility CEOs within the power and energy sector providing a unique, safe space for discussion and debate the modern day challenges of their roles in running African utilities…