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Aug 27, 2015
State-owned entity Land Bank has posted a 9.3% drop in profit from continuing operations year-on-year, citing a decline to R352.5-million in the 2015 financial year from R388.6-million in the 2014 period. The bank’s net cash position improved from R1.47-billion to...
Aug 21, 2015
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The long-standing health of South Africa’s agricultural sector depends on the sustainability of farming methods, which need to take into account long-term productivity, the impact on the environment, as well as profitability. However, sustainable agriculture in the...
Aug 21, 2015
ENSURING FOOD SECURITY The CSIR believes that new traits in the production of GM maize will impact positively on the country's economy
Significant developments in genetically modified (GM) crops have been made in South Africa’s agriculture sector , including increased crop yield, which has a direct impact on food production and food security, and a decrease in the use of pesticides and herbicides in...
Aug 21, 2015
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Ammeraal Beltech's Peak range of PTFE and Silicone coated belts were developed for the food sector
It is critical in modern food processes that only high-quality coating materials, suitable for packaged food conveying and direct contact with foodstuffs, are used to ensure hygienic, safe processing and efficient logistics, says engineering solutions provider...
Aug 21, 2015
TRAILER TRACKING SOLUTION The Qic-T12 device can be fitted to trailers, compressors, power generators and lighting plants, among other applications
Asset management solutions provider QCIC’s Qic-T12 trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft and effectively optimises trailer use and performance, says QCIC director Brian McKenzie. "The Qic-T12 device is a rechargeable trailer tracking solution...
Aug 21, 2015
The erratic implementation of load-shedding schedules is costing the local food production industry millions of rands every month, says energy solutions provider Energy Partners.
Aug 18, 2015
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Aimed at alleviating poverty and uplifting the rural communities of central Eastern Cape, 145 ha of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency’s (ECRDA) Ncora rural enterprise development (Red) hub were harvested for a second year, on Tuesday. The ECRDA had planted 1...
Aug 18, 2015
Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory. Drafted by senior figures from Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola and other large firms, along with...
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Aug 07, 2015
SUBSISTENCE FARMERS PROTECTED The intention of farmers’ privilege is to protect subsistence farmers from having to buy seed every year
Following Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana’s January announcement that he intended to introduce the Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) Bill in the National Assembly, public hearings were held in Parliament in May to discuss the amendments...
Aug 07, 2015
AGRICULTURE SECTOR DEBATED Agriculture contributes 2.4% to the gross domestic product, which makes it the smallest economic sector in South Africa
While the future of the agriculture sector is often debated at farmers’ conventions, during general council meetings, in the media and in the political arena, it is now becoming a pertinent topic among investors and agriculture companies says First National Bank...
Aug 07, 2015
SPECIALISED HARDWARE SUPPLIED Dacom develops and supplies specialised hardware, software and online advisory services to arable farms and global agribusiness
Farmers can share crop information and continuously monitor and fine-tune their production process throughout the growing season using the information provided by connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets, says arable agriculture yield management systems...
Aug 07, 2015
EFFECTIVE WATER STORAGE Reservoirs provide many benefits, including sufficient water supply, floodwater control, power generation capacity, irrigation and recreational use
Local authorities need to realise that even small concrete water reservoirs, if strategically placed, can play a vital role in sustaining struggling rural communities, avers cement and concrete industry technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD...
Aug 07, 2015
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system
International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company...
Aug 07, 2015
QIC-SUR TELEMETRY PESTICIDE SYSTEM This solution enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries
Asset management solutions provider QCIC relaunched its Qic-Sur telemetry pesticide system earlier this year, which enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries. The product relaunch forms part of QCIC’s aim to hone in...
Aug 07, 2015
Nelspruit-based agricultural processing equipment manufacturer Dryers for Africa is in the final stages of testing its SD300 solar dryer at an environment control solutions company, in the Western Cape, says GM Catherine de Villiers-Burgers.
Aug 07, 2015
RESPONSE TO GROWING DEMAND Renttech South Africa generators are manufactured by handpicked ISO-accredited suppliers in China
In response to a growing demand in the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho for quality, affordable industrial equipment to rent or buy, Southern Africa welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) opened its new branch in...
Aug 04, 2015
To decrease South Africa’s R21-billion trade deficit in agroprocessed goods, production in this area needs to grow in the country, which traditionally uses foreign suppliers to process its produce, adding to the cost of final product for local consumers. Western Cape...
Aug 03, 2015
The Department of Labour (DoL) will on Tuesday start hosting a series of national public hearings to review the farming and forestry sectors’ minimum wages and conditions of employment as prescribed in Sectoral Determination (SD) 13. The department explained in a...
Aug 03, 2015
Lien Visage, a community development worker at Donkerbos, near Rietfontein, has won the Witzenberg regional of the 2015 Farmworker of the Year competition, an initiative celebrating excellence in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector. “South Africa has earned a...
Aug 03, 2015
Eastern Trading, the controlling shareholder of AH-Vest, known as All Joy Foods, has acquired Winplas Packaging to add to the larger group’s backward integrated model of producing its own cans and tomato paste. The company stated on Monday that it had bought Winplas,...
Jul 31, 2015
JSE-listed RCL Foods, through a shareholding in Hudani Manji Holdings (HMH), intends to enter the East African region with an “established reputable partner”, creating one of the largest processors and marketers of chicken in both Uganda and East Africa. The...
Jul 30, 2015
Western Cape winery Audacia on Thursday launched its sulphite-free white wine made using Honeybush and Rooibos chips, and it is developing a low-sugar, low-alcohol wine. Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde noted that the products were a boost for...
Jul 29, 2015
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Escalating electricity costs, shortage of electricity and a lack of backup power during load-shedding are eating into South African farming profit margins and even threatening the survival of some sectors of the agriculture industry, says Nedbank. As such, the bank,...
Jul 29, 2015
The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) expects the industry’s current growth trend to continue for at least the next five to seven years. South Africa had an estimated 19 000 ha of macadamias, with an additional 1 000 ha being planted every year,...
Jul 28, 2015
Dual-listed packaging and paper group Mondi expects its underlying operating profit for the half-year ended June 30 to be above the €377-million it reported for the first six months of 2014.  In the six months under review, the group recognised a net special item...
Jul 27, 2015
Supermarket chain Pick n Pay has vowed to create 20 jobs every day through a new 20, 20, 20 by 2020 programme that would also see the firm simultaneously cut energy use and reduce waste. The newly launched “war on waste” campaign would target food waste, energy...
Jul 27, 2015
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Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde
The Western Cape provincial government is seeking to increase the value of Halal exports by $31-billion by 2020, through a proposed Halal agroprocessing food park that will allow the province to double its share of the “fast-growing” market. The R1-billion park, if...
Jul 23, 2015
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International packaging and paper group Mondi on Thursday signed a settlement agreement with Department of Rural Development and Land Reform for land claims lodged by the Mkhuzane community for land in the Richmond area and the Nodunga community for land in the...
Jul 22, 2015
The South African macadamia nut industry is in chaos, as up to half the country’s macadamia harvest for 2015 destined for China will now have to find other markets. “That’s very difficult to do overnight,” said Green Farms Nut Company CEO Jill Whyte in a statement on...
Jul 20, 2015
Land will continue to be a major focus area for government in terms of policy formation over the next five, possibly ten, years, political analyst and international adviser Justice Malala says. “There is a barrage of legislation that faces people in agriculture and...
Jul 17, 2015
Food safety in the modern world has become a decidedly complex affair. Global supply chains are now more the norm than the exception and no longer apply only in rich countries. “Today, global food supply chains could involve as many as 30 to 40 links in the food...
Jul 16, 2015
Currently, only 37% of the foods on the South African Food Data System (SAFOODS) are of South African origin, with most of the data originating from recipe calculations and data borrowed from the US (27%) and the UK. “Many of our users assume that all of our nutrient...
Jul 15, 2015
Although JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo had a dissapointing 2015 financial year, the company’s downstream business remains strong and its contribution to operating profit is anticipated to be in excess of 20% in the current financial year. Illovo chairperson Don...
Jul 14, 2015
Taste CEO Carlo Gonzaga and Starbucks' Kris Engskov
Starbucks Coffee Company will open full-format stores, bringing its entire range of food and beverages, including its ethically-sourced Arabica coffee, to South African consumers by next year. JSE-listed Taste confirmed on Tuesday that its wholly owned subsidiary,...
Jul 08, 2015
JSE-listed SABMiller has appointed Domenic De Lorenzo an executive director and CFO, effective July 23, after the board considered several high-quality internal and external candidates. De Lorenzo had been the acting CFO of the world’s second larger brewing company...
Jul 03, 2015
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant
Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration...
Jul 02, 2015
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent...
Jul 02, 2015
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel
Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi will sell its Enstra mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business, in Springs, to packaging supplier Corruseal Group for an undisclosed amount. The mill would continue to manufacture recycled and lightweight packaging...
Jul 01, 2015
Concerns about the size of South Africa’s maize crop remained relevant, given mixed reports received from the various regions, FNB Agriculture head of marketing and agriculture information Dawie Maree said on Wednesday. In its fifth production forecast, the Crop...
Jun 30, 2015
Ashok Thakur
India’s largest utility vehicle and tractor producer, Mahindra & Mahindra, has established a new business unit specifically focussed on emerging opportunities in Africa. The African business unit will be headed by current Mahindra South Africa (MSA) CEO Ashok Thakur,...
Jun 29, 2015
Jun 23, 2015
Gauteng would continue to facilitate job-creating investment in the economy, said Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Tuesday, highlighting that it had secured significant funds for key projects earmarked for the 2015/16...
Jun 23, 2015
Rod Humphris
Despite a tough financial year, marked by weaker performance in its mining division and a flat performance in its chemicals division, owing to a struggling manufacturing sector, JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia achieved a 3% increase in headline earnings a share to...
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