For decades, indigenous people have observed biophysical animate and inanimate beings for weather forecast and climate predictions about current and future weather variables that cannot be sensed by humans. However, the dispossession of land and natural resources from South African natives under the previous regime resulted in generational degradation or complete loss of the use…

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Technology in a bottle: the story of C4L tech

Think of what matters more to you than anything else in the world. It is likely to be someone, not something. People matter more than anything. The story that I want to tell you today is about the future of humans, but more importantly the future of the little one you now hold dear. Your…

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The use of cocopeat buffering for hydroponics crop production

Hydroponics crop production relies on soilless substrates, like growth media, to support plants and facilitate water and nutrients uptake. Growth media has a direct impact on the growth and development of the plants. Generally, growers prefer organic growth media such as cocopeat and sawdust. This is due to their light weight and good water retention…

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Water Heritage

Heritage Day is celebrated annually on 24 September in South Africa, particularly to celebrate and mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage. Water is regarded as part of our heritage. We need to celebrate and highlight the importance of water for the planet, and hence, for our lives. Celebrating water as heritage A book “Water…

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How to grow herbs and vegetables more efficiently

Every plant grower knows the need to achieve optimum productivity, whether in a greenhouse, field, garden, hydroponics, or aquaponics system. So how can you do better? How can you improve on tried and tested growing practices? The answers concern the better understanding, working with, improving on, and managing the growing conditions of your plants. It…

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Nile Tilapia the preferred freshwater Aquaculture species for Africa

(Oreochromis niloticus) The culturing of fish is a very old practice in Africa, although commercial production of fish is still developing throughout the continent. Some fish species and strains are particularly suitable for commercial production. The Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is one of these very important fish species, introduced from Africa and the Middle East…

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The importance of crop health to sustainable crop production

The productivity of crops relates directly to their health. But what is a healthy crop? A healthy crop is a crop that receives sufficient water, nutrients, and light for photosynthesis. Healthy crops are also void of injuries from biotic or abiotic factors. Such crops, growing under optimal conditions, are less susceptible to pests and diseases…

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Is Climate Change a Reality?

The Mangaung Metro Municipality experience Whether or not climate change is a reality is a dilemma faced by many within the farming community and poses different questions. For example, why have the onset date and duration of seasonal rainfall changed? Why are we noticing the intensification of prolonged dry spells that can last up to…

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Solar-powered irrigation systems

Solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) are increasingly in demand as they can provide a cost-effective and “clean” solution to increase agricultural productivity. Access to water for irrigation is key to farmers, particularly to sustain their livelihoods and food security. However, operating irrigation systems efficiently often calls for the adoption of local irrigation techniques and this in…

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Elements of Agroecology

Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems. Today’s food and agricultural systems have succeeded in supplying large volumes of food to global markets. However, high-external input, resource-intensive agricultural systems have caused massive deforestation, water scarcities, biodiversity loss, soil depletion and high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Despite significant progress in recent times, hunger…

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