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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...

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 –...

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

The 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 – to...

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...

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...

Black tomatoes. Have you seen them before?

Black tomatoes. Have you seen them before? It delivers a complex flavor that is succulent, sweet, and slightly tart. And no, the tone is not due to genetically modified whatsoever. Looking at the black tomatoes , also known as...

Molasses shortage in zimbabwe

MOLASSES procurement by stockfeed manufacturers on the local market has tumbled from a peak of 1 474 metric tonnes per month in 2015 to 774 metric tonnes per month in 2017, it has emerged. By Tinashe Kairiza The bulk of the...