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Agroprocessing News

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Sugar cane production declines by more than 16.3% y/y

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2016 As a result of the ongoing countrywide drought, South African cane production declined during the 2015/16 season by more than 16.3% to 14.81-million tons, following an 11.4% reduction recorded in the previous season. “The decrease will impact on the sustainability of the rural economy in both... 

Sugar cane production declines by more than 16.3% y/y

Entrepreneurs need greater access to funding – BBC CEO

By: Anine Kilian     15th June 2016 Access to funding and finding equity to progress their ideas from concept to roll-out remained a challenge for South African entrepreneurs, Black Business Council CEO Mohale Ralebitso said on Tuesday. “The ‘own contribution’ component [for entrepreneurs and start-ups] is a major challenge that we... 

Entrepreneurs need greater access to funding – BBC CEO

IAEA helps Mauritius wage war on fruit flies

By: Reuters     14th June 2016 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Mauritius to assist the island country “step up its fight against fruit flies threatening valuable crops” the IAEA said on Monday. The IAEA has given Mauritius a new irradiator that would help it to accomplish this purpose by using the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial automation solutions supplier Omron launched 49 new best-in-class Adept Robots in April. The robots – now available in 39 countries; including South Africa –  are integrated with Omron sensors, safety components and machine automation controllers that were all designed to simplify the... 

New best-in-class industrial robots launched this year
RISE OF THE MACHINES The robots' applications are relevant to most packaging lines

Five firms get R550m in funding under Black Industrialist programme

By: David Oliveira     10th June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

Another multimillion-rand expansion at Coega IDZ

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 State-owned company for the development of 11 500 ha of industrial land in Port Elizabeth, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC), last month announced a R22-million expansion project by agroprocessing company Dynamic Commodities to be developed in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone... 

Another multimillion-rand expansion  at Coega IDZ
MULTI-USER FACILITY A multi-user facility worth R86-million was recently launched in Zone 3 of the Coega industrial development zone

DTI to support agroprocessing infrastructure development

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2016 To stimulate the growth of the agroprocessing sector, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is focusing on the development and revitalisation of South Africa’s agroprocessing infrastructure. As part of its Critical Agroprocessing Infrastructure Support Programme, the department was engaging... 

Partnerships needed to bring small farmers in from the cold 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2016 Speakers participating in an agriculture-focused panel at the second yearly Vision 2030 Summit, on Thursday painted an image of smallholder farmers battling out the current slump that threatens their survival. Discussing the challenges facing small-scale farmers in South Africa, Three Star... 

Partnerships needed to bring small farmers in from the cold

Illovo endures ‘perfect storm’ of macro challenges

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd June 2016 The tough commercial sugar environment saw JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo’s group revenues reduce by 0.7% to R13 169.9-million which, in turn, resulted in the operating margin falling from 12.5% to 10.7%, during the 12 months to March 31. "The 'perfect storm' of sustained low export sugar... 

Illovo endures ‘perfect storm’ of macro challenges

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support 

By: David Oliveira     1st June 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has provided R550-million in finance to five companies that have been approved for participation in the department’s Black Industrialists (BI) programme, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. Speaking at a media briefing following the... 

Black industrialists receive R550m funding support
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Land Bank to be placed under the department of agriculture

By: African News Agency      31st May 2016 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

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

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

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

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

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... 

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

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

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... 

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
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the establishment of a team of technical experts to develop a post-2020 Automotive Master Plan. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 9.5.2016

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

IoT could help increase agri productivity by 70%, says Deloitte report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2016 By 2050, agricultural productivity in Africa has the potential to increase by 70%, through technological innovation leveraged by the Internet of Things (IoT). This would meet the continent’s growing food demand which, based on population growth, is set to grow by 70%, according to a Deloitte US... 

IoT could help increase agri productivity by 70%, says Deloitte report

AfDB approves $76.2m loan to fund Botswana economic diversification programmes

By: African News Agency      29th April 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $76.2-million (P850-million) loan to help Botswana fund new investment in agri-business, clean energy, services, infrastructure and manufacturing as part of efforts to broaden the country’s narrow economic base and reduce heavy dependence on... 

AfDB approves $76.2m loan to fund Botswana economic diversification programmes

Namibia loses 500 t of fish annually to illegal fishing

By: African News Agency      28th April 2016 The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) has warned that illegal fishers stationed alongside Namibia’s 140-km-long Zambezi River border, which it shares with Zambia, are bleeding revenue from the country’s fishing industry. Speaking from Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, the MFMA... 

Namibia loses 500 t of fish annually to illegal fishing

More than 140 000 new land claims lodged

By: News24Wire      26th April 2016 A total of 143 720 new land claims had been lodged across South Africa by the end of March 2016, Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo said on Tuesday. Of those, around 27 696 were lodged with the help of officials who used mobile offices to reach those too far from the... 

More than 140 000 new land claims lodged

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