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Global potassium supplies

Potassium in our soil is running low, threatening global food security – new study proposes a way out

Will Brownlie, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology; Mark Maslin, UCL, and Peter Alexander, The University of Edinburgh Soils around the world are running low on potassium, a key nutrient needed for plants to grow. This ultimately means we may not be able to grow enough food for everyone. But it’s not too late: we have just published research identifying six things we must do to safeguard potassium supplies and food production. Potassium is required for plant growth alongside nitrogen and phosphorus (known as kalium in latin, potassium is the K in NPK fertilisers). While nitrogen and phosphorus sustainability issues are widely known, potassium remains in the shadows. Yet around 20% of agricultural soils worldwide grapple with potassium deficiency, especially in east Asia, south-east Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Globally, more potassium is being extracted in

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Tobias Doyer: New Grain SA CEO

The Grain SA Group of Entities, the voluntary industry organisation that provides commodity strategic support and services to the grain and oilseed producers of South Africa, today announced the appointment of Dr Tobias Doyer as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 08 January 2024. Recognised as an accomplished and forward-thinking leader, Doyer brings a wealth of expertise and capability to the Grain SA Group of Companies. With a proven track record of driving growth, strategy, and innovation within the agricultural, insurance and academic sectors, Doyer is well-positioned to lead Grain SA towards a new era of success. “We are pleased to welcome Dr Tobias Doyer as our new CEO. His exceptional leadership skills, strategic acumen, and in-depth industry knowledge position him as the ideal choice to lead the Grain SA Group of Entities. We have full

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No need for panic buying of eggs, says Didiza

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has assured that the avian influenza outbreak is under control, with 70% of farms not infected by the disease and continuing to produce eggs and chickens. In a statement issued by the department, Didiza said the egg stock levels are replenishing steadily and there is no need for panic buying at this stage. “We have increased fertilised eggs from 1.9 million to 9 million in less than one month. These eggs will be chickens in less than four months,” Didiza said. Didiza said the department has a few open import permits for eggs and poultry products from a few countries. The Minister noted that the import of table eggs, including fertilised eggs, pasteurised eggs, egg powder and liquid eggs, has been on-going for many years in South Africa,

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