Hydroponic farming: Managing disease in hydroponic systems

Certain diseases can wreak havoc in hydroponic systems – guard against them by following this advice. Plants grown in hydroponic systems are susceptible to many of the diseases affecting field-grown vegetable crops. But because hydroponic systems are grown under shelter (plastic tunnels/shade net), fungal and bacterial diseases of the above-ground parts…

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“Livestock sector is critical to increase food production”

Improving animal health and welfare standards is key to increasing food production in ways that protect the environment and enhance resilience of livestock farmers, says the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). “Animal health and welfare are two cornerstones for the future of globally diversified livestock production,” said Monique Eloit,…

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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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Africa regional technology center puts cutting-edge tech in farmers’ reach

The international seed and agricultural products group DuPont recently opened a new technology center with the largest privately-owned insectarium in Africa, near the town of Delmas in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The company says the center will accelerate new product development across various crops for farmers and assist in helping the…

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