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Jan 30, 2015
Food affordability improved in nearly 75% of countries from September to November 2014, largely owing to a 2.8% decline in global food prices, which are forecast to fall further still. This is according to the results of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s)...
Jan 30, 2015
Kenya's government will inject 500-million shillings ($5.5-million) to bail out cash-strapped Mumias Sugar, Felix Koskei the agriculture minister said. The cash is meant to help turn around struggling Mumias, which accounts for close to a third of Kenya's annual...
Jan 26, 2015
Former South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel
SABMiller chairperson John Manser expects Trevor Manuel’s experience in advising multilateral organisations on emerging market development and sustainability to be a “great asset” to the soft drinks and brewing giant’s board. The JSE-listed company announced on...
Jan 23, 2015
GIRTH GEARS Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills
A flexible range of girth gears, used to assist with the transfer of drive torque from a gear motor to a rotary cylinder, has been developed by drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive.
Jan 22, 2015
Kenya’s raw sugar production is expected to rise 4% to 617,039 tonnes in 2015, buoyed by extra factory capacity and improved supply of cane, the industry regulator said on Wednesday. East Africa's biggest economy has an annual sugar deficit of around 200 000 tonnes,...
Jan 21, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller continued to achieve steady, net producer revenue (NPR) growth, despite varied local market performances, during its third quarter ended December 31, 2014, as it benefited from the breadth of its global portfolio of businesses, SABMiller CE Alan...
Jan 21, 2015
Uganda's three largest sugar refiners are expected to produce 11.5% more this year, helped by an expanded cane acreage, an industry official told Reuters on Wednesday. The east African country consumes about 350 000 tonnes of raw sugar a year and the government wants...
Jan 19, 2015
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South Africa’s commercial farmers have to start planning for the increased possibility of less-than-ideal climatic conditions by embracing sustainable farming practices, says Nedbank Capital Africa Business head of agricultural commodities Zhann Meyer. In a recent...
Jan 19, 2015
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Jan 14, 2015
Twenty trucks carrying more than 700 t of maize meal procured from emerging South African farmers are scheduled to leave a mill, in Nigel, Gauteng, on Wednesday for Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, to deliver the final consignment of maize meal for hunger relief...
Jan 13, 2015
A surge in illegal logging is devastating native forests in coastal Tanzania's Rufiji district, despite efforts by authorities to curb forest losses, officials said. Hundreds of tonnes of trees are being smuggled out of the district each month by timber traders to...
Jan 08, 2015
On a cold and rainy Friday afternoon, Steven Dring is tending his baby carrots in a somewhat unusual setting. The green shoots are in a try of volcanic glass crystals under LED lights - and the tray is in a tunnel 33 metres underneath a busy London street. Dring is...
Jan 08, 2015
Zambia Sugar, a unit of South Africa's Illovo Sugar, said on Thursday it had posted record production of 424 024 t during the milling season which ended in December. "This is the highest-ever tonnage produced by a single sugar factory on the African continent in any...
Jan 07, 2015
Wilde is one of Pacmar's fruit juice brands
Rhodes Food has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of fruit juice product manufacturer and distributor Pacmar for R165-million. The deal is expected to complement its parent company’s, Rhodes Food Group’s (RFG’s), strategy of...
Dec 12, 2014
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SARUSHEN PILLAY Sasol has proven the viability of composting to remediate its industrial sludges over the course of two years of testing
Petrochemicals giant Sasol’s industrial sludge bioremediation project aims to move into full commercial scale over the next two years to treat 200 000 t/y of industrial sludge. The project uses aerobic composting to convert the sludge from its Bioworks water...
Dec 09, 2014
Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency CEO Thozamile Gwanya
Rural development financier the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) CEO Thozamile Gwanya on Tuesday launched a three-year R100-million agroprocessing programme aimed at benefiting 996 landowners in the rural towns of Bizana and Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape.
Dec 08, 2014
Announcing the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA’S) 2013/14 financial year performance results, ECRDA CEO Thozamile Gwanya said on Monday that a second consecutive unqualified audit opinion was the result of ECRDA’s “determined resolve” to practice...
Nov 28, 2014
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
Nov 28, 2014
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has unveiled a draft version of the Agriculture Policy Action Plan (Apap), which is aligned with the National Development Plan's (NDP's) target of creating one-million agricultural-sector jobs by 2030. The...
 
 
 
 
Nov 28, 2014
All development policies in Mozambique are focused on two major issues: poverty reduction and social and economic infrastructure development. This was recently affirmed by the Rector of Mozambique's Higher Institute of International Relations, Dr Patricio José....
Nov 25, 2014
Omnia CEO Rod Humphris
Specialised chemicals provider Omnia was expecting to see financial gains from its new underground charging unit, which enables it to take its emulsion into the underground mining space, during the next financial year, MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. Speaking at a...
Nov 20, 2014
South African Breweries (SAB) would aim to put 5 000 smallholder farmers, to supply its South African operations, into production by 2020, corporate affairs and transformation director Monwabisi Fandeso said on Thursday. He explained that this initiative formed a...
Nov 17, 2014
Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has boosted year-on-year headline earnings from R165.1-million for the previous year to R329.7-million for the 2014 financial year, largely owing to a continued turnaround in the profitability of the group’s poultry division....
Nov 14, 2014
The international sugar price remained depressed over the past year, with high month-on-month volatility, Imara Africa Securities (IAS) said in its 2014 sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Sugar Sector Report, which was released on Friday. IAS stated that, as at the end of...
Nov 14, 2014
Global agribusiness company Syngenta officially unveiled the expansion of its Brits Formulation, Fill & Packaging Plant (FF&P) site in the North West last week, which added an automated herbicide filling line to its sit
Nov 10, 2014
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude
The encouraging half-year results for Tongaat Hulett have been attributed to the various improvements in the agriculture and agriprocessing business’s sugar operations at a time when revenue was being negatively affected by lower international sugar prices. For the...
Nov 10, 2014
Pulp and paper producer Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, have increased 25% to $658-million for the year ended September 30, on the back of a strong fourth quarter. Special items included a...
Oct 31, 2014
One tiny Australian wasp is killing another tiny Australian wasp in South Africa’s commercial forests – and it is a good thing. Leptocybe invasa, the bad guy in this story, was first spotted in Eucalyptus trees outside its native Australia in 2000, in Israel, says...
Oct 31, 2014
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already...
 
 
 
 
Oct 28, 2014
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Africa’s underdeveloped agrochemicals market has presented AECI’s agrochemical solution business, Nulandis, with a double-digit growth opportunity to cement its place in the agriculture sector, particularly within the smallholder farmer industry. This emerged at...
Oct 21, 2014
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has reiterated his department’s support for agroprocessing, saying on Monday that it had injected some R1.2-billion into the industry since 2009. Government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan had identified the agroprocessing...
Oct 17, 2014
DESIGNED FOR ADVERSE CONDITIONS The saturated, muddy sludge that can characterise Asia’s arable land presents unique performance challenges for electrical and mechanical components
An agricultural industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) from engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed...
Oct 17, 2014
Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above...
Oct 16, 2014
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Thursday took a hardline stance against the European Union’s (EU’s) threat of a ban on South African citrus fruit by tabling the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The EU had been threatening to refuse entry to...
Oct 10, 2014
The Land of Green Gold: Some History of Natal and Zululand is a book that highlights the history of KwaZulu-Natal and the role of ancient geology in making the province’s coast suitable for sugar cane farming.
Oct 01, 2014
DENNIS JÖNSSON Dairy will become a more globalised business in the next 10 years
Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis...
Sep 30, 2014
Forestry and forest products group York Timber Holdings on Tuesday reported earnings of R49.76-million for the year ended June 30, down 53% from the R106.86-million achieved during the prior year, with the decline mainly the result of reduced sawmill profitability...
Sep 19, 2014
Innovation and science solutions company DuPont has committed to invest R62-million in its research and development (R&D) hub in Delmas, in Mpumalanga, by 2017. The R&D hub was established by DuPont’s commercial and research business DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred and is...
Sep 19, 2014
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications
Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system.
 
 
 
 
Sep 18, 2014
JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday announced that its chairperson Don MacLeod would retire with effect from the close of the company’s one-hundredth annual general meeting on July 15, 2015. The Illovo board thanked MacLeod, who had been a board member since 1983,...
Sep 17, 2014
Ian Donald and Sullivan O’Carroll
Nestlé South Africa announced plans on Wednesday to invest a further R2-billion over the coming five years to grow its domestic manufacturing base, which would increasingly be used as a platform to supply into fast-growing sub-Saharan African markets. The Swiss food...
Sep 12, 2014
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique
Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its...
Sep 05, 2014
JSE-listed Pioneer Foods on Friday announced that it would now proceed with long-term plans to unbundle from its portfolio Quantum Foods and list it as separate entity on the JSE by October 6. Pioneer initiated the restructure of its portfolio a year ago and had...
Sep 05, 2014
FARMING KNOWLEDGE Knowledge and information flows improve farming, land use diversification and more robust agricultural value chains
The World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture initiative is helping to develop support for small-hold farmers and larger farmers along existing infrastructure corridors in Africa to stimulate efficient agricultural value chains to support growth in local...
 
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