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27th July 2017
 Improved breeds to boost poultry production in Nigeria Improved breeds to boost poultry production in Nigeria

A team of experts from the African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACCG) in Nigeria has developed a new disease-resistant breed of chicken with higher egg output

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 Macadamia nut processing facility in progress in South Africa Macadamia nut processing facility in progress in South Africa

Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC) has undertaken to build South Africa’s biggest macadamia nut processing facility with phase one of two, set for completion in 2018

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 Save energy costs with WEG IE3 motors SPONSORED Save energy costs with WEG IE3 motors

Energy costs are set to continue increasing with little respite for the agricultural sector. These high costs pose several different issues for the farmer depending on the size of the farming operation

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 SACAU Young Agripreneurs Forum gets hands-on training at AGCO Future Farm SACAU Young Agripreneurs Forum gets hands-on training at AGCO Future Farm

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, welcomed delegates from 11 countries attending the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions’ (SACAU) Young Agripreneurs Forum to its Future Farm in Zambia for an in-depth three-day programme covering farm mechanisation and the business of agriculture

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 Microinsurance to help Ethiopian farmers protect against drought Microinsurance to help Ethiopian farmers protect against drought

Farm Africa is piloting the use of microinsurance to help pastoralists in the Ethiopian lowlands protect their livestock

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 IFC, WFP collaborate to finance smallholder farmers in Rwanda and Tanzania IFC, WFP collaborate to finance smallholder farmers in Rwanda and Tanzania

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) are collaborating with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to launch smallholder farmer financing programs aimed at improving food security among vulnerable people in Rwanda and Tanzania

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 Poor rainfall worsens hunger in east Africa: FAO Poor rainfall worsens hunger in east Africa: FAO

In an alert released on 14 July 2017, FAO stated that poor rainfall across the east African countries worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead

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 BASF launches new long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets against malaria BASF launches new long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets against malaria

BASF has received a recommendation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Interceptor G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr, a new insecticide class for combating mosquitoes for public health

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 Sustainable agriculture to fight climate change and involuntary migration Sustainable agriculture to fight climate change and involuntary migration

FAO and IOM call for renewed focus on rural development and sustainable agriculture to mitigate climate disasters that are displacing one person every second

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 Spatial database to improve rice production Spatial database to improve rice production

The RiceAtlas is a spatial database that collects information on where, when and how much rice is grown globally

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 Case IH enters Nigerian tractor market through partnership with Dizengoff Case IH enters Nigerian tractor market through partnership with Dizengoff

Case IH has announced its entry into the Nigerian market and has unveiled the range of tractors that will be sold and serviced by its exclusive distributor and after-sales service supplier, Dizengoff Nigeria

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 IoT is accelerating the globalisation of food production and processing IoT is accelerating the globalisation of food production and processing

A new Internet of Things (IoT) research study from Inmarsat reveals that the use of IoT for environmental monitoring is helping businesses meet import requirements in more countries than ever

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 Countries discuss for responsible fisheries practices across Indian Ocean Countries discuss for responsible fisheries practices across Indian Ocean

Countries from the Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa met on Mahe Island in Seychelles on 27-28 June 2017, to discuss the fisheries transparency initiative (FiTI) for developing strategies to tackle illegal fishing and increase accountability in fisheries practices in the region

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 SA's Western Cape Minister says that we must be vigilant in the face of bird flu SA's Western Cape Minister says that we must be vigilant in the face of bird flu

The Democratic Alliance, Western Cape Provincial Parliament, SA, notes with concern the confirmation of a suspected case of the H5N8 bird flu virus in the Free State’s Villiers district just last week which jeopardised some 24000 chickens

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 Omex Agrifluids set for soluble fertiliser plant Omex Agrifluids set for soluble fertiliser plant

Omex Agrifluids has announced the construction of a new soluble powders plant at the company’s King’s Lynn headquarters in eastern England, to manufacture fully soluble powder NPK products for the international market

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 USDA: China agrees to allow imports of U.S. rice for first time USDA: China agrees to allow imports of U.S. rice for first time

Reuters have reported that China officials have agreed to allow imports of U.S. rice for the first time ever, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Thursday 20 June

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South Africa to organise gas conference in October 2017 South Africa to organise gas conference in October 2017

South Africa will organise a conference in Durban from 9-11 October 2017, to explore the country’s aspirations to build an energy hub for gas cooperation with international partners along the value chain

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 Sapiens to leverage Microsoft’s two new data centres for its cloud-based Services in South Africa Sapiens to leverage Microsoft’s two new data centres for its cloud-based Services in South Africa

Sapiens' partnership with Microsoft Azure, robust presence in South Africa, and innovative technology will enable local insurers to benefit from end-to-end, cloud-based solutions

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