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Feb 12, 2016
Updated 2 hours 57 minutes ago JSE-listed Pioneer Foods expects a muted first half, largely owing to an exceptional performance in the first half of the prior year, where adjusted headline earnings a share for continuing operations grew by 39%. The company was currently dealing with a weak rand...
Feb 12, 2016
The Philippine Department of Trade and Investment (DTI) aims to position Mindanao as the country’s rubber product manufacturing hub. Mindanao currently supplies 99% of the country’s national rubber production. DTI region 9 director and national coordinator for the...
Feb 08, 2016
Sub-Saharan African sugar producers will shift sales to growing regional and domestic markets when exports to the European Union become less attractive after production quotas are dismantled in 2017, industry sources and analysts said on Friday. EU sugar production...
Feb 05, 2016
Sole supplier of Lion detection systems Alco-Safe recently completed the testing of its Lion Detection System (DS-20), which will soon be available for commercial use. The system was tested on privately owned vehicles to resolve any issues before it is made available...
Feb 05, 2016
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects
Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa...
Feb 04, 2016
Chemicals and pharmaceuticals company Bayer has joined forces with the Howick-based Future Farmers Foundation to show its support for the Future Farmers initiative. This reinforced Bayer’s commitment to local agricultural development through sustainable food...
Feb 04, 2016
South Africa must formally declare a national disaster for the government to release relief funds to help farmers through the worst drought in a century, the country's largest grain producer group said on Wednesday. While higher than expected January plantings saw...
Feb 03, 2016
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Department of Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant
The minimum wage for the agriculture and forestry sectors will increase as from March 1, to ensure that workers’ salaries keep up with the rising cost of living, the Department of Labour (DoL) announced on Wednesday. The decision followed extensive consultations...
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Jan 29, 2016
KTA19 NATURAL GAS POWER UNIT Although the capital cost of a natural-gas genset can be up to two times, the operational cost is substantially lower over a five-to-ten-year period
Technology manufacturer and service provider Cummins Africa has made natural- gas-powered generator sets (gensets) available for the South African market as a more sustainable solution than the standard diesel solution most commonly used.
Jan 29, 2016
ATF20 MEERKAT The locally manufactured ATF20 Meerkat is an all-terrain forklift, designed for harsh South African conditions
Pretoria-based materials handling equipment company Wuhlf is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet local demand and ease reliance on imported equipment and components, says Wuhlf director Johan Grobler.
Jan 28, 2016
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Agriculture was becoming a preferred investment destination, said financial services group Standard Bank secondary agriculture senior manager Bertie Hamman this week. “By investing in agriculture, you lay the cornerstone of all economic and social upliftment...
Jan 26, 2016
The ongoing drought conditions in the Western Cape will reduce animal, crop and horticultural production by as much as 10%, which will have a significant impact on the price of consumer goods, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde warns. At a...
Jan 25, 2016
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Three years of intense collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) resulted in record South African citrus exports in 2015. Given that the EU is the biggest export market for South African citrus, the...
Jan 25, 2016
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A Democratic Alliance(DA) MP has called Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana’s recent press briefing on the drought crisis, evidence of his “lack of understanding of the impact the drought has South Africans”. DA shadow minister of the same...
Jan 22, 2016
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South Africa has reviewed its yield expectations because of the current drought affecting one of Africa’s biggest economies, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Friday. “Food security will be heavily affected by drought because we will not harvest the yield...
Jan 22, 2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) has welcomed government’s commitment to work with business in ensuring an impactful relief and recovery from the country’s drought crisis. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana noted...
Jan 22, 2016
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture would on Monday visit farms affected by the recent fires in the region to start assessing what impact the wildfires have had on the agriculture sector. The area, including Scarborough, Fish Hoek, Signal Hill, the Winelands,...
Jan 22, 2016
Zimbabwe has secured a $200-million loan from Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank) to import maize following a drought that will see 10% of the population facing hunger, the central bank governor said on state radio on Friday. The Southern African nation of...
 
 
 
 
Jan 22, 2016
The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a...
Jan 21, 2016
Climate impacts like increasing heat and water constraints are prompting VinPro, a service organisation for wine producers and cellar members, to look for cultivars and roots which are more heat resistant and use less water. According to Francois Viljoen, manager of...
Jan 21, 2016
Despite reporting a strong third quarter ended December 31, 2015, beer and soft drinks company SABMiller’s results were materially impacted by the significant depreciation of its key operating currencies against the US dollar. Group net producer revenue (NPR) growth...
Jan 15, 2016
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South Africa will have to import between five-million and six-million tons of white and yellow maize, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said during a media briefing on Friday. National Agricultural Marketing Council CEO Ronald Ramabulana...
Jan 15, 2016
The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) listed on the JSE on Friday morning. The secondary inward listing on the stock exchange’s mainboard was completed by way of introduction and comprised all AB InBev’s issued ordinary shares without nominal...
Jan 15, 2016
MACADAMIA NUT FACTORY Eliminating wasteful production processes and driving additional revenue streams provide positive environmental impacts
Reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, called ecological intensification, is most effective when it involves the entire agricultural value chain, rather than just the primary producers. This was proven by the results achieved by South African...
Jan 14, 2016
Global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) subsidiary Anheuser-Busch InBev Finance has completed the pricing of $46-billion in principal bonds to fund a portion of the purchase price for the acquisition of counterpart SABMiller. The remainder of the net proceeds...
Jan 14, 2016
Meeting the March 15 deadline for the import of US poultry into the South African market or risk losing some of the country’s duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), is a key priority for all agricultural industry stakeholders,...
Jan 14, 2016
Forward-thinking farmers in drought-hit Zambia are planning to trim the amount of maize they plant, switching to faster-growing crops such as beans that can better survive erratic weather. "I will have to stop growing maize and find other crops to sustain our...
Jan 13, 2016
Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called on South Africans to work together to build the economy, as the country was facing a “potential perfect storm”. “South Africa is a tinderbox at the moment, with various risks playing out.
 
 
 
 
Jan 12, 2016
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US President Barack Obama
South Africa has received a March 15 deadline to ensure the entry of US poultry within 60 days or lose some of its duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa); however, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday assured that the...
Jan 11, 2016
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Project Hope Grass sought donations of clean grass trimmings that were processed into animal feed pellets
Agricultural industry association Agri SA has called for assistance in meeting the response to its Project Hope Grass drought relief programme. The association has called for companies and volunteers to help it cope with the surge in calls to the project’s contact...
Jan 08, 2016
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Jan 07, 2016
Mali's State-run cotton company will suspend ginning in most regions after unseasonable rains, the latest setback for the West Africa nation's crop in a season hit by unusual weather, the company said on Thursday. Mali should be in its dry season but two days of...
Jan 07, 2016
Old Mutual has revealed that it was investing millions of rand on a dairy farm project in a joint venture with the Swaziland government’s agencies. The Times of Swaziland on Thursday reported that Old Mutual’s local division was partnering with the Swaziland National...
Jan 06, 2016
South Africa may need to import as much as 5-million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of its requirements, because of its worst drought in three decades, the country's largest producer group said on Wednesday. The drought in the continent's biggest maize...
Jan 04, 2016
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Jan 04, 2016
Former Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare
JSE-listed Tiger Brands envisages the appointment process of its new CEO to be completed by the end of March. On Monday, the company said its chairperson had confirmed “good progress” with regard to the search for its new CEO.
Dec 18, 2015
Mounting jitters about a searing drought pushed South African white maize prices to record highs on Friday and traders said the ceiling had not been reached as farmers fail to plant in the Free State province. The rand's plunge to record lows has also spurred the...
Dec 14, 2015
South Africa's Tiger Brands said it would sell its 65.7% stake in its loss-making Nigerian division to Dangote Industries Limited for $1. Tiger Brands, South Africa's biggest consumer foods maker, said Dangote Industries will give Tiger Brands an immediate cash...
 
 
 
 
Dec 09, 2015
A perfect storm of subdued local economic growth prospects, financially constrained consumers, as well as weather, policy and labour uncertainty is likely to continue to challenge farmers and agribusinesses into the new year, the Agbiz Outlook 2015 has cautioned. “In...
Dec 09, 2015
South Africa is laying the groundwork in case it needs to import as much as 4-million tons of maize after successive seasons of drought threaten the crop in Africa's top producer of the grain, which is usually a net exporter. State-run ports and rail company Transet...
Dec 08, 2015
The Land Bank has stepped in to provide financial relief to drought-hit farmers who are facing a bleak Christmas. "Farmers genuinely need more state support right now," the Land Bank said in reply to a question in Parliament on what it would do to help farmers facing...
Dec 07, 2015
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Dec 04, 2015
Emerging market investor Actis is investing R760-million to acquire a substantial minority stake in pan-African food retailer Food Lover’s Market. Food retail, the largest retail subsector in the South African economy, was valued at R471-billion, having grown...
 
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