Pesticides

Climate change is a reality whether one believes it is a cosmic occurrence or the effects of human society on earth. Fact is that we live in challenging times with weather patterns that are abnormal, extreme weather events and a bleak look for the future. The earth is warming up at an alarming rate, dry…

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A roadmap to resilience for Western Cape agriculture

The Western Cape has been prone to numerous climate-related extremes such as droughts, heavy rain, floods, storms (with strong wind and hail), wildfires and plant and animal pest and disease outbreaks over the last number of years. These are a natural feature of the climate of the Western Cape and will continue as part of…

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Water scarcity

“Water scarcity is the next big threat we face in the coming months as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, particularly in our country where there is a wide gap between ‘first’ and ‘third’ worlds. Not having access to water to frequently wash hands, could mean the difference between life or death for some.” There is another…

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Agriculture

The President, in elaborating on his declaration of a state of disaster to curb the spread of COVID-19, identified agriculture as one of the essential sectors. This reaffirms the strategic value of this sector as it continues to feed the nation and maintain food security during the state of disaster. The safety of the sector…

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Organic certification

The organic industry is fast growing. No wonder many want to join this trend. For some it is time to change their farming system, some have changed it already or were, as they say, always farming naturally organic. Some are after higher prices and possibly more profits. Currently there is a great undersupply to the…

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