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Agriculture News

Land Bank to be placed under the department of agriculture

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago The African National Congress (ANC) has resolved to move the Land Bank to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries after it was placed under the Treasury, the party said on Tuesday. “It is moving to agriculture, where it belongs. The bank was transferred to national Treasury to stabilise... 

Sugar drags down record performance of other Tongaat divisions

By: Tracy Hancock     30th May 2016 JSE-listed sugar producer Tongaat Hulett’s cash flow from operations took a significant blow in the year ended March 31, owing to its sugar production reducing by a further 291 000 t to 1.023-million tons from 1.314-million tons and 1.424-million tons in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Tongaat Hulett... 

Sugar drags down record performance of other Tongaat divisions
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Famous Brands yields growth amid adverse trading environment

By: Tracy Hancock     30th May 2016 While the current adverse trading environment is widely acknowledged and reported on, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it remains optimistic and enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the food service industry in South Africa. The company advised shareholders on Monday that South Africa... 

Famous Brands yields growth amid adverse trading environment

Drought persists despite May rainfall

By: Reuters     30th May 2016 South Africa's is still suffering the effects of a drought despite increased rainfall in May, leaving dam water levels low and crop supplies scant, the agricultural ministry said on Monday. The persistence of a severe drought across southern Africa will result in widening cereal deficits due to... 

Drought persists despite May rainfall

Nigerian billionaire pledges to transform agriculture in Africa 

By: African News Agency      27th May 2016 Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu on Friday pledged his support to transforming the agricultural sector in Africa, saying entrepreneurs in agriculture should be up-skilled with more focus given to vocational and technical education. Elumelu, chairperson of Heirs... 

Nigerian billionaire pledges to transform agriculture in Africa

Calls to reuse water treatment waste take centre stage at WISA 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 While the cost-effective and environmentally compliant disposal of water treatment residue (WTR) is a challenge for water treatment practitioners worldwide, WTR management has taken centre stage in the local water industry amid increasing water demands, deteriorating raw water quality aggravated... 

Calls to reuse water  treatment waste take  centre stage at WISA 2016
MEGAN SCHALKWYK Findings suggest that there has to be a change in mind-set across the water industry value chain, with stakeholders treating WTR as a reusable commodity rather than waste

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel

     27th May 2016 Last month, tooling manufacturer Dormer Pramet launched a new range of turning, milling, and support tools for machining stainless steel, including larger diameter cutters,  and wiper inserts. Dormer Pramet application specialist Ricky Payling explains that the exponential growth of stainless... 

Company launches new range for machining stainless steel
CARBIDE BURRS Dormer Pramet has introduced a new range of carbide burs for machining stainless steel

CSIR launches new facility to support biomanufacturing

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) at the CSIR’s main campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise... 

Joburg Market Day highlights agroprocessing, product export potential

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 To highlight export possibilities for the agriculture and agroprocessing sectors, and target entrepreneurs, the City of Johannesburg (CoJ), the Joburg Market and various partners collaborated to host the Joburg Market Day for local and international stakeholders. Held last month at the Joburg... 

Joburg Market Day highlights agroprocessing, product export potential
Photo by Bloomberg
MARKET CONTRIBUTOR About 1.3-million tonnes of fruit and vegetables a year are sold at the Joburg market, which yielded a R5.3-billion turnover for the 2014/15 financial year

New service centre helps to improve regional service

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently opened its regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley – one of Durban’s rapidly growing industrial hubs – in KwaZulu-Natal. 

New service centre helps to improve  regional service
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES The service centre enables young students to learn basic engineering skills

Famous Brands buys Western Cape potato processor

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2016 Although the South African potato processing industry is growing rapidly to meet increasingly strong demand fuelled by the brisk growth in food services and the convenience market, JSE-listed Famous Brands says it lagged its peer industries in developed countries, illustrating the growth... 

Famous Brands buys Western Cape potato processor

China the promised land for South African winemakers

By: Reuters     26th May 2016 South African tycoon Koos Bekker sells wine from his vineyard all over the world, but a small detail offers a clue as to where his priorities may lie - all the bottles are labelled in Mandarin. Other producers along the Stellenbosch wine routes where his 

China the promised land for South African winemakers

Quantum Foods reports H1 loss

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2016 Citing unfavorable trading conditions and a challenging economic environment, JSE-listed Quantum Foods reported a loss in headline earnings a share decreased to 15c for the six months ended March 2016, down 11c from the 26c a share reported in 2015. Cash outflow from operations amounted to... 

Quantum Foods reports H1 loss

Taste Holdings takes knock as it aims for growth 

By: Tracy Hancock     25th May 2016 JSE-listed Taste Holdings reported an operating loss of R78.7-million for the year ended February 29, compared with a R31.6-million profit in the year ended February 28, 2015. In 24 months, Taste Holdings had become the licensee of the worlds’ leading pizza delivery and ecommerce brand, Domino’s... 

Taste Holdings takes knock as it aims for growth

Anglo American Zimele, Jobs Fund support agricultural entrepreneurs

     24th May 2016 Anglo American’s enterprise development arm Zimele has collaborated with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund to support the establishment of 490 agricultural entrepreneurs through projects such as the Lambasi agricultural initiative – a jointly owned farming operation trading as Fundirite, in the... 

Dürsot Food Corporation opens R100m tomato processing plant

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2016 Eastern Trading Company, trading as Dürsot Food Corporation, the controlling shareholder of AH-Vest, which produces All Joy products, on Monday launched a R100-million tomato processing plant in Modjadjiskloof, Tzaneen, to meet rising demand for tomato paste in South Africa. South Africa was... 

Dürsot Food Corporation opens R100m tomato processing plant

Tanzania to start building $3bn fertiliser plant this year

By: Reuters     20th May 2016 Tanzania plans to start work this year on a $3-billion fertiliser plant, which it said on Friday will be Africa's largest, as part of an effort to increase its agricultural production. The factory, which Tanzania is building along with a consortium from Germany, Denmark and Pakistan, will use... 

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The European Union (EU) has announced plans to partially relax citrus black spot (CBS) regulations on fruit exported from South Africa from June 1. The European Commission decided earlier this month that South African citrus exports destined exclusively for industrial processing into juice would... 

EU eases black-spot rules on South African citrus destined for juicing

DTI identifies first five companies in industrialist programme 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 Government had identified the first five companies that would benefit from its Black Industrialists (BI) programme, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incentive development and administration division deputy director-general Malebo Mabitje-Thompson on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering... 

Demand for Land Bank drought-relief loans surging

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 Demand for State-owned land and agricultural financial services provider Land Bank’s recently announced drought relief concessional loans is surging as South Africa’s record-breaking drought conditions continue to cause widespread devastation to agricultural crops and livestock. The bank stated... 

Demand for Land Bank drought-relief loans surging

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

SA grain group says may challenge government land policy in court

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 South Africa's largest grain producers' group may challenge government efforts to expropriate land for redistribution to blacks if the compensation offered falls below market prices, its chief executive said on Tuesday. "If there is expropriation taking place without proper compensation then we... 

SA grain group says may challenge government land policy in court

IFRC promises $110m for drought relief in Southern Africa

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has pledged $110-million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken Southern African countries. In South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe, last year's poor rains have been... 

IFRC promises $110m for drought relief in Southern Africa

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

By: Tracy Hancock     16th May 2016 JSE-listed Astral Foods stated on Monday that the decrease in headline earnings from R387-million for the previous year's first six months to R299-million for the period under review was attributable to lower profits from the poultry division following mainly drought-related increases in feed... 

Astral Foods’ HEPS falls on lower poultry profits

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Deal struck for disposal of SABMiller’s Panamanian business

By: Tracy Hancock     13th May 2016 Multinational brewing and beverage company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has agreed to transfer JSE-listed SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Latin-American brewing company Ambev, should its merger with the South African beer and soft drinks company be successful. In exchange, Ambev agreed to... 

Deal struck for disposal of SABMiller’s Panamanian business

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 As South Africa struggles with rising food prices, the effects of the worst drought in 20 years and water shortage, the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) highlighted how the country’s agricultural industry could address some of the challenges from an agricultural... 

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity
Photo by Bloomberg
EMPHASISED DELIBERATION Considerations at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development included promoting the preference for sustainable, labour-intensive farming systems

Record macadamia nut prices forecast for 2016 season

By: Tracy Hancock     12th May 2016 Hit by tumultuous market conditions in 2015, macadamia nut farmers are expected to see record prices for the 2016 season, owing to a combination of the drought in South Africa and Malawi, consistent production levels elsewhere in the world, increased demand from the US and China, and the weak... 

Record macadamia nut prices forecast for 2016 season

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs

     12th May 2016 The City of Johannesburg in conjunction with a range of partners collaborated to facilitate the Joburg Market Day for Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors. This focused on targeting entrepreneurs and export possibilities for fresh produce. 

Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs
Joburg Market Day focuses on Agro-processing business opportunities, supporting entrepreneurs

Limpopo receives R940m investment for renewable energy from US, Chinese companies

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing Singling Technology Centre said on Tuesday that they had discovered a... 

World Bank suggests new measure to address effects of drought in African dry-lands

By: African News Agency      11th May 2016 The World Bank says irrigation, improved crop production technologies, soil fertility management and adding trees to current farming systems could help reduce the impact of drought in Africa’s dry-lands by half and help save an estimated 5.5-million people annually from food insecurity. In a new... 

World Bank suggests new measure to address effects of drought in African dry-lands

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies formally announced on Monday the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a “post-2020 Automotive Master Plan”, which would guide support for the sector beyond the current Automotive Production and Development Plan (APDP). Speaking during... 

Technical team set up to craft post-2020 automotive master plan
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies at Ipap 2016 launch

Eastern Cape development agencies’ R113m forestry project nets 2 700 ha new afforestation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 A R113-million community-based forestry commercialisation drive has resulted in 2 700 ha of new afforestation across five projects in the OR Tambo district of the Eastern Cape. Backed by a 2013 R83-million grant from the Development Bank of Southern Africa Jobs Fund, the Eastern Cape Development... 

Eastern Cape development agencies’ R113m forestry project nets 2 700 ha new afforestation

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016
JACOB QUICK CONNECT CLAMP Roff Industries says the use of the JQC clamp halves installation time and reduces labour costs and downtime

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Extrusion technology manufacturer CFAM Technologies will return to Nampo this year to exhibit its cost-saving food- and feed-processing technologies. CFAM director and North West University (NWU) Faculty of Engineering dean Professor LJ Grobler says the company will showcase its range of twin... 

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo
THE FUTURE OF FEED CFAM Technologies believes that their twin-screw extruders produce higher quality feed

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Power Products (GPP) – which has been supplying equipment to the agricultural industry for several years –  will for the first time, showcase its comprehensive and affordable product range at the Nampo Harvest Day event, held from May 17 to 20. “As... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles  at Nampo 2016
RATO FERTILISER PUMP One of the many products that Goscor Power Products will have on display

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier MultiOne SA is looking to impress agriculture stakeholders by showcasing and demonstrating its top of the line range of agricultural loaders and its agricultural specific attachments at Nampo Harvest Day 2016. The company notes that Nampo – one of the largest... 

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo
CREAM OF THE CROP MultiOne SA believes its 10 Series mini loader offers performance and capabilities far beyond anything currently available
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