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uses of IoT Applications in Agriculture

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the capability to transform the world we live in; more-efficient industries, connected cars, and smarter cities are all components of the IoT equation. However, the application of technology like IoT in agriculture could have the...

Farmers warned to be on the oookout for dry weather pests

“As the temperatures begin to rise, pests become more active, feeding on crops, hence farmers should be on the lookout for these pests,” he said.Farmers must be wary of pests that thrive with rising temperatures that are being recorded,...

African universities urged to focus on farming technology

The African Development Bank has urged academic institutions to adapt their curriculum to enable technology-driven farming, saying there is no reason why Africa should be spending $35bn a year importing food. According to the bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, the rapid...

What is a water abstraction agreement? Why is it required?

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...

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...

Why do fruits crack? Read about a challenging problem of fruit industry

Introduction A disorder where fruit surface cracks mainly due to heavy irrigation or rain after long dry spell. This may occur due to varietal characters, orchard soil management, inappropriate levels of water at maturity stage, light, temperature and...

Scientists race to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe...

Scientists in developing countries are scrambling to find a cure for a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out the global banana trade and plunge millions of farmers into poverty. Around the world, banana farmers are fighting a losing...

Pests and diseases of an avocado tree that you should be aware of before...

Root rots – Root rots generally appear in areas with poor drainage or in trees that are chronically over watered. If conditions can be improved, the tree may be able to be saved. Sometimes, digging around the tree...

UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

he United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value –...