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Agriculture News

South Africa's maize output seen rising 84% in 2017

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 South African farmers are expected to harvest 84% more maize this season compared with last season as yields were boosted by increased rains, a Reuters survey of five traders and market analysts showed on Friday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its second... 

High pressure clean-in-place pump now available

     24th March 2017 Peristaltic hose pump provider Brubin Pumps – a division of pumping solution provider Letaba Pumps – has set the benchmark in developing a solution for easier and better clean-in-place (CIP) pumps, says Brubin GM Hannes Liebenberg. 

High pressure  clean-in-place  pump now available
CLEAN-IN-PROCESS PUMP The Brubin BA Clean-In-Process (CIP) pump has a patent pending designed pump-wheel that will allow the pressing shoes to retract for efficient CIP

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

Local supply company expands product offering
INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS Every Abel pump can be adapted to meet the individual requirements of the application

Manufacturer launches water campaign

     24th March 2017 Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the launch of its ‘Who Runs the Water That Runs America’ initiative last month, which was created to help water and wastewater utilities raise public awareness of the many challenges in the water sector. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in  Las Vegas
Photo by Duane Daws
PUTZMEISTER Putzmeister presented innovations and new products over 20 800 ft2 for the duration of the expo

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge
STEFANO TESTI Modern-day renewable energy plants require technologically-advanced systems

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps make water treatment easier

     24th March 2017 Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency
BEFORE REFURBISHMENT The increased call for product refurbishment has resulted in a significant growth in Mather + Platt’s refurbishment department

Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

Namibian President calls for land expropriation

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority. Speaking at Namibia's 27th independence celebrations, President Hage Geingob said the government should evoke part of the Constitution... 

Namibian President calls for land expropriation
Photo by Creative Commons
Namibian President Hage Geingob

Climate change could have devastating effect on citrus crops

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 Climate change could have a drastic effect on South Africa’s citrus crops, as pests, such as the Asian citrus psyllid, which causes the citrus greening disease, emerge in Africa. Speaking at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, on Friday, Agricultural Research Council (ARC)... 

DAFF to assist agricultural sector increase production  

By: Anine Kilian     17th March 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) plans to boost agricultural production, which was severely affected by the drought in recent years. Addressing delegates at the Agricultural Research Symposium 2017 in Centurion, Gauteng, on Friday, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags
HITEC GRAIN STORAGE BAGS The seven-layered Hitec grain bag is one of many agricultural products supplied by Rhino Plastics

Fall Armyworm reported in maize fields in two provinces

     17th March 2017 Last month, independent grain producers' support organisation Grain SA said that reports from KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape mentioned that the Fall Armyworm – also known as the Spodoptera Frugiperda – has established itself mainly in maize but also in sorghum, cotton, some vegetables and... 

Fall Armyworm reported in maize  fields in two provinces
THE FALL ARMYWORM If the outbreak cannot be contained, it can affect maize production by almost 80%

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Food processing, involving baking flour, soup powders, milk powder, spices, flavourings and sugar for instance, can cause highly explosive organic dust, and industrial equipment company Envirox sales manager Anton Hertenberger says its Nederman filtration systems are designed to mitigate... 

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector
ANTON HERTENBERGER Manufacturers are often not aware that their environments are extremely explosive

Inflation, competition and rand volatility challenges for industry

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Unstable inflation and rand volatility, coupled with global competition, have been the biggest challenges for the food and beverage industry in South Africa in recent times, says derivatives brokerage Intrepid Capital derivative dealer head Tarryn Wright. 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 Austria-based engineering group Christof Industries has partnered with waste-to-nutrient company AgriProtein to build up to 25 fly farms a year. AgriProtein rears fly larvae (on an industrial scale) on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal feed products.  

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential 

     16th March 2017 The vegetable garden on the roof of the Kotze street shelter, in Braamfontein, is part of a pilot project series of urban gardens to improve food security for the more vulnerable people in the city. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential
Urban agriculture pilot project hints at potential

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 JSE-listed York Timbers on Thursday posted lower earnings for the six-month period to December 31. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share declined from 11c in the comparable prior period to 10c in the six months under review, while profit for the period was down from the R35.4-million... 

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th March 2017 Two South African innovators in the agriculture industry, Reel Gardening and Meat Naturally, will on Wednesday battle it out against 48 other agripreneurs for the title of Agripreneur of the Year. As part of agriculture innovation hub Future Agro Challenge’s (FAC’s) Global Championships, held in... 

Global agriculture innovators vie for top honours at Future Agro Challenge awards
FAC co-founder Carla Tanas speaks about the background of the awards. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd 13/03/17

Tongaat’s sugar, maize output to rise on improved rainfall

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th March 2017 Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production is expected to increase significantly over the next two years, as the company recovers from the adverse conditions, including drought, in the past two years. Based on good rainfall, the agriculture and agroprocessing business’s South African division is expected... 

Tongaat’s sugar, maize output to rise on improved rainfall

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production
Photo by Duane Daws
COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION The high pressure die-casting process allows fast, precise cost effective production of components

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Diversified manufacturing facility Frankwen Forge is now offering a unique tailor-made salt-bath hardening technique, the company states, explaining that the surface of the item is run through heated molten salt and then undergoes a water quench. 

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally
INCREASED PRODUCTION The facility will be able to produce ingots of up to 12 t in various grades of carbon and alloy steels

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Foundry process developer expands wafer-fabrication facility

     10th March 2017 Specialty foundry process developer and fabricator Noel Technologies has expanded its wafer-fabrication facility in Silicon Valley by adding square footage and installing additional equipment that boosts its production capacity by 25%. 

Foundry process  developer expands  wafer-fabrication facility
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE CAPABILITIES The foundry’s extensive process capabilities enable short manufacturing lead times while improving device yield and performance

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Pumps range optimal for conveying acidic substances

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Pumps supplier Verder South Africa notes that its range of centrifugal mag drive pumps, VERDERMAG, operates “exceptionally well” when conveying abrasive and corrosive substances, making it ideal for the chemicals and petrochemicals industries. “One of the many applications Verder specialises in... 

Pumps range optimal  for conveying  acidic substances
VERDERMAG The cast iron pump casing is bonded with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene lining that has a minimum thickness of 3 mm

There will be no Brexit ‘cliff edge’ in UK-SA relations

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 Outgoing British High Commissioner to South Africa Dame Judith Macgregor says there will be no “cliff edge” in the trade and investment relationship between the UK and South Africa when Britain leaves the European Union (EU), arguing that there is even potential to strengthen the relationship... 

There will be no Brexit ‘cliff edge’ in UK-SA relations
Photo by Duane Daws
Dame Judith Macgregor

Sawmilling sector’s resource shortages need urgent attention

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2017 South Africa needs to urgently respond to the resource shortages within the sawmilling sector to unlock the benefits of job creation and growth. The shrinking of resources in forestry was one major challenge that needed to be dealt with by both government and the private sector, said Sawmilling... 

Brexit set to change SA’s bilateral economic relationship with the UK

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 Last month, during the debate regarding the 2017 State of the Nation Address in Parliament in Cape Town, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies highlighted that “[a]s the UK Government prepares to trigger exit negotiations from the EU [European Union], we need to prepare for a new trade... 

Brexit set to change SA’s bilateral economic relationship with the UK

Responsible water use habits a focus for the long term

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 The water use strategies currently being adopted in South Africa to manage water shortfalls and prevent further drought damage must become long-term water use habits for all citizens, says South African advisory services provider KPMG associate director Antonino Manus. 

Responsible water  use habits a focus  for the long term
ANTONINO MANUS South Africa cannot afford a retraction in economic growth stemming from unjustifiably high water use
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