Using airtight bags to prevent post-harvest crop loss

The summer season is upon us and brings along heat, humidity and insects - not a good combination for stored grain. The Purdue Improved Storage (PICS) bag, is an airtight storage bag that provides a solution for smallholder farmers to extend the storage time for their seeds and crops. The…

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Swopping crops to improve food production and water use

By suggesting and rearranging where and what type of crops farmers plant globally, scientists have calculated that crop production can be increased to feed an extra 825 million people. Scientists have calculated that global crop production can be increased to feed an extra 825 million people through rearranging the locations…

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“Be on lookout for fake news on fall armyworm”

It is unnecessary to spray as preventative measure against fall armyworm, says Dr Johnnie van der Berg, entomologist from the North-West University. He warned members of the KwaZulu-Natal No-till Club at the annual conservation farming conference to constantly be on the lookout for the plague. However, they should not be…

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Dreaded crop and animal diseases moving closer to South Africa

The South African agricultural industry must change its approach to potential crop and livestock diseases completely. This according to Prof. Darell Abernethy, dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Pretoria, during a congress by Croplife and the South African Animal Health Forum in Johannesburg. Abernethy was…

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