Unitrans Africa, which has been involved in agricultural innovations across Africa over the past 50 years, recently announced the acquisition of a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones.
The company said in a statement that its purchase of seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones, which were developed at a cost of more than R400 million, was set to become a game-changer for the agriculture sector across Africa, in general, and the Southern African Development Community region in particular.
The environmentally friendly T30s are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique. Unitrans said the results achieved by the drones had already exceeded expectations in the areas of spraying precision and the optimal utilization of chemicals, thereby reducing costs.
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The value of pollinators for seed production
In a study to provide a global estimate of the importance of pollinators for plants in natural ecosystems, researchers from Stellenbosch University, led by Dr James Rodger, a postdoctoral fellow in mathematical sciences, found that, without pollinators, one-third of flowering plant species wouldn’t produce seeds at all.
The cost of labour
Bill Kerr suggests some labour-saving methods and a way of ensuring that your workers are more productive.
How much money you make from your farm depends on how profitable it is, and this is often the result of efficiency and productivity. In short, you need to get more out of every hour, says Roelof Bezuidenhout.
Preventing a sugar crash
The future of the country’s sugar cane sector has never been more uncertain and, as a result, the livelihoods of many thousands of people hang in the balance. Could the South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan be the lifeline that the industry has been waiting for? Susan Marais reports.
Nissan Navara single cab: a capable, well-priced workhorse
Nissan has introduced a new range of South African-built Navara single cabs that are sure to prove popular. These robust bakkies are a fine match of functionality, handling and comfort. Pieter Dempsey reports.
Maize production: the first 40 days
In this article, the first in a two-part series, Magda du Toit speaks to experts about the different growth stages of a maize plant in the vegetative phase, as well as the crucial management practices to follow during this time to achieve optimal yield. Advice on weed control is also included.
Getting the work done with TGB's quad bikes
TGB recently launched its Blade 600 range of all-terrain vehicles in South Africa. The range includes models for recreational and commercial use, and could be a wonderful on-farm helper. Janine Ryan reports.
Cows and cars should not be conflated in climate change debate
Discussions about, and analyses of, the impact of livestock as emission polluters often fail to distinguish between different farming systems. According to Ian Scoones, professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK, intensive and extensive production systems have different effects on the environment.
This week’s article in the series looks at factors that cause sunburn and ways to reduce the problem, such as the use of irrigation and shade nets.
Attention to detail: the key to broiler production
Poultry production has significant challenges, with high input costs and narrow margins being near the top of the list. However, Dale Shepherd, owner of Plaston Chicken Farms in Mpumalanga, has found that meticulous management and keeping a close eye on finances can bring business success. Lindi Botha reports.
AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH QUIM FÀBREGAS
THE CHILDHOOD OF THE BAKA PYGMIES The childhood of the Baka pygmies is a photographic report made in the jungle of Cameroon. This report exhibits the childhood life of the pygmies, their freedom, their way of spending hours in the middle of nature, and the toughness of living in a habitat that rains for many months of the year, and It's extremely tough to get food. You can see the faces of the happy and cheerful children, but you can also see the hardness of the mothers.
We Are All Indigenous Global Citizens
WAKANYI HOFFMAN is a Global Education Specialist and founder of the African Folktales Project. Here, she speaks with SARA BUBBER about the value of storytelling and passing down wisdom through generations, her Kikuyu culture, and how all of us are indigenous people contributing to the world.
South Africa Faces an Energy Dilemma
POWER FAILURES have become routine in South Africa. At the same time, the country wants to wean itself off the coal that generates more than 80% of its electricity and makes it the world’s 12th-biggest source of greenhouse gases.
Plentiful Plants Await
Three must-see stops within Montreal’s botanical garden.
The story of Africans on this continent is longer and more varied than the version I was taught in school.
National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin
There are many ways to improve motorcycle rider comfort, covering everything from bar risers to footpegs. Having done almost all of them, I decided to switch out my stock windscreen to see if it made a difference, especially on long trips.
Africa Tries Free Trade
Economic nationalism has plagued Africa since decolonization. In 2021, that is set to change.
Southern Continents Reveal Uncommon Giants
A Massive Mineral Marked by Christmas- Like Color and Appeal
Pittsburgh's August Wilson African American Cultural Center
LOCATED IN THE HEART of downtown Pittsburgh, on Liberty Avenue close to Union Station and the David Lawrence Convention Center, the sleek and elegant but unpretentious August Wilson African American Cultural Center (awaacc) cannot fail to capture the eye and the imagination of anybody who is visiting Pittsburgh or, for that matter, of anybody who lives in the city.