The COVID-19 recovery is a chance to transform global agriculture

Agriculture transformation

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the risks of unhealthy diets and the extreme fragility of the global food system. It disproportionately affects people who are overweight, diabetic, or suffer from cardiovascular disease – all of which are linked to poor diets. The economic reconstruction that will follow the pandemic is an opportunity to provide better…

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Why Container Management Matters

Container management

Plastic polymers such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are extremely valuable as packaging materials for a wide range of commodities because they are light (in mass), extraordinarily strong, durable (do not perish like steel), and can withstand a lot of punishment. It is unfortunately these attributes that are of concern because plastics like HDPE that become…

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Opportunities in Agro-Processing


The article intends to highlight the many opportunities within the agro-processing industry for agricultural engineers to assist small and medium scale agro-processing entrepreneurs with entering the agro-processing industry. The availability of information and training remain key factors, as well as identifying actual useful equipment requirements by both these sectors seeking to become a part of…

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Renewable Energy: An opportunity in a time of crisis

Renewable energy

South Africa’s total domestic electricity generation capacity is 51,309 MW from all sources. Approximately 91.2%, or 46 776 MW, comes from thermal coal power stations, while 4 533 MW is generated from renewable energy sources. Eskom, the state-owned utility, dominates the power sector. South Africa experienced scheduled power cuts for short periods in 2018 and…

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Farmer of the Month: Jimmy Zondagh

Belle-Vue Farm

The Farmer of the Month series features ordinary people, their farming enterprises, lifestyles and the special challenges they are faced with. It is also our objective to showcase the greater community and regions they represent as well as the diversity of farming practices to be found in South Africa. This month we visit Jimmy Zondagh…

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