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Be innovative, farmers urged

Localised innovative strategies that can expand new markets regionally and internationally must be the guiding principle for both private and public stakeholders in agriculture. Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister, Cde Larry Mavhima made the call during the 78th annual Farmers Union Congress...

Important facts about Rabbits and Rabbit meat 

Important facts about Rabbits and Rabbit meat 1. Rabbits grow fast especially if fed well reaching maturity at 5 months and slaughter weight at 3 months. 2. They require less land (space) with diminishing land size; therefore can be kept at...

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 –...

Understanding Cigar End Rot Disease of Banana

Importance of the problem Cigar end rot is an important disease of banana. The disease is prevalent in almost all banana growing tracts. The disease affects the developing fingers. The tip end of the fingers gets dried up and...

farmer’s adopting green energy technology in local farms

  Here is a post by Donald Chipunza on his facebook wall as he demonstrates how he has adopted green technology"he said " This is a solar wind hybrid installed at my farm. Its not yet found in Zim(lm the first)...

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE CONTROL

LIVESTOCK TRANSPORT - VEHICLE CLEANDOWN PROCEDURES  The following is the procedure to be followed to prevent and eliminate Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus contamination of livestock transport vehicles.  This is done to prevent mechanical transmission of FMD virus. After transport of...

How S.A farmers’ Drone technology maximises macadamia production

Drone technology, combined with satellite images and soil samples, provides macadamia farmers with more precise orchard health data than ever before. Gerhard Uys spoke to Martin Taljaard and Jaco Prinsloo about how they’re helping producers cut input costs and...