New growth opportunities for eco-friendly pesticides

25 June 2019. Farmers have begun to adopt the recommended practices issued by regional regulatory bodies regarding the use of crop protection chemicals (pesticides) to meet the growing demand for food safety in developed and developing nations. The use of alternative crop protection measures and implementation of best practices have become a priority, and in turn, have enhanced efficiency in agricultural income. Read more…


Phylloxera Outbreak Puts Aussies on Edge

20 May 2019. Growers and wineries in Australia’s Yarra Valley are struggling to contain an outbreak of the deadly bug. Read more…


South Africa: A tiny beetle is killing the trees and there is no solution

3 April 2019 – A black beetle is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. It arrived from Southeast Asia about four years ago; now, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has spread a thousand miles across South Africa, from the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, where it was discovered in 2017, to indigenous forests on the west coast near Cape Town. Read more…


Cape Town farmers plead with SA government to ban glyphosate

2 April 2019 – In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC) reported that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen”; the uncertainty of its use has dominated international news headlines daily. Read more…


South Africa slashes false codling moth occurrences

12 December 2018 – South Africa has seen some major successes in addressing one of its most detrimental agricultural pests, the False Codling Moth (FCM). Read more…


Honey bees, already at risk, face a new threat from a common herbicide

11 December 2018 – Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide. Because it’s considered safe for animals, it’s extensively used not only in agriculture, but also for weed control in urban areas and home gardens. Read more…


Two banana diseases pose a risk to southern African production

26 June 2018 – Fusarium TR4 still contained in northern Mozambique. Read more…


Insecticides banned in Europe

13 June 2018 – The European Commission has banned three of the most widely applied insecticides due to the risk to bees and other pollinators. The April ban on thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin, expected to come into force this year, covers all outdoor uses in Europe. The chemical use will, however, be permitted in permanent greenhouses where exposure to bees is unlikely. Read more…