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Disease identification app can boost food security

A team of researchers that has developed an app which will allow small-scale farmers in Africa to identify cassava diseases has won a US$100 000 (R1,4 million) grant to expand the tool for use on other root, tuber and...

The SmartSensor -soil testing tool

The SmartSensor is a handheld electronic device and works with an app on a smartphone. The farmer uses the handheld device on-the-spot at the field. After the SmartSensor is connected and communicating with the app, the farmer is instructed how...
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Weed-killing AI robot the future & pesticide disruption

Smart weed-killing robots are here to disrupt the pesticide industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw4p31gtX60 A slew of AI weed killers are on the horizon and have the potential to disrupt the multibillion dollar pesticides business. Among them is Swiss-company ecoRobotix and its weed-killing robot. It's...

Zinwa Water Agreement: a must read for irrigation farmers

What is a water abstraction agreement? A water abstraction agreement is a contract that any person, entity or organisation who needs a reservation for their use of   raw water from Zinwa managed or State dams enters into with Zinwa for...

Interesting facts about fertilisers every farmer must be aware of

One of the popular ways to increase crop yield is the application of fertilizers, either organic or inorganic or at times, the combination of both called organo-mineral. However, application of fertilizers has basic concept farmers must understand before starting...

Cow urine can be used as a low cost alternative to chemical pesticides and...

These days, when people are apprehensive of the negative impacts created by the use of chemical pesticides in agriculture, cattle urine can be a good solution. When fermented for 15 days along with neem (Azadirachta indica), cattle urine can be...

FARM SOIL MANAGEMENT: WAYS TO TEST YOUR SOIL PH -from homemade tools

Knowing the pH of a soil is very crucial before planting is done on such soil because it determines the type of crop that will grow well on the soil.Laboratory is the best place where this test can be...

Advice on lime for farmers

THE command agriculture programme kicked off in earnest these past two weeks as farmers started collecting the necessary inputs. Farmers were given vouchers to collect diesel, seed, lime and Compound D fertiliser.   While the collection process was smooth for diesel...