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Drones improve your security

The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by 2020, organisations across all verticals stand to gain by harnessing the new capabilities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deliver.

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More jobs created in agriculture

Jobs in the Western Cape’s agriculture sector have increased by 17%, according to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released recently, showed that 250 000 people were employed in the province’s agriculture sector.

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Tech that fruit

The lack of rainfall in the Western Cape is starting to have a knock on effect, not just in the sustenance for plants and drinking water, but also for animals and small businesses. It is only a matter of time before these effects are felt on a wider field in larger business and in our homes, where already there are significant efforts to reduce overall water consumption, says John Valentine, Director at Real Telematics.

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Improvement in feed costs to lead to more favourable feed: milk price ratio

The latest Crop Estimate Committee report (CEC) showed that a total of 14.5 million tons of maize is likely to be produced in 2017. The estimated maize crop is 87% higher than the crop in 2016. As a result, maize prices have declined. This bodes well with the feed intensive industries as it suggests a decline in the cost of feed from the high levels seen during the past season. Lower grain prices have resulted in an improvement in the milk: feed price ratio. Ultimately, the decline in the grain prices as well as possible increases in the producer prices will support improved milk: feed price ratio, thereby increasing the profitability of milk production.

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