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Illovo says prospects for Mali investment ‘constrained’

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 JSE-listed Illovo Sugar on Thursday said prospects for its proposed investment in the 190 000 t/y Markala sugar project (MSP), in Mali, remained constrained by incomplete funding of the agricultural component and incomplete undertakings required from the government of Mali. Illovo had been... 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

New machinery added to SA firm’s product offering 

By: Dimakatso Motau     2nd December 2011 Machines from US-based Astec Underground, Trencor, Roadtec, Breaker Technology Inc (BTI) and American Augers are now being supplied and supported in the South African market by manufacturer of bulk materials handling plant and equipment Osborn Engineered Products. 

Goscor acquires Hi-Reach Manlift

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th November 2011 South African industrial equipment distributor Goscor has acquired a majority stake in powered access specialist Hi-Reach Manlift, the sole distributors in South Africa of the Terex-owned Genie range of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) or ‘cherry pickers’ and other related equipment.  

Portable pressure chambers successful in measuring vine water status

     11th November 2011 Dry and windy conditions prior to the 2011 wine grape harvest are proving the merits of wine and spirits producer Distell’s recent investment in technology to more accurately measure vine water status, reports Distell senior specialist viticulturist Drikus Heyns.  

Engineering input vital for large bulk water systems on farms

     7th October 2011 Designing substantial irrigation systems without specialist engineering advice can cause a number of problems and adversely affect farmers’ profits or even result in an expensive disaster, says agriculture engineering consultancy MBB Consulting Engineers. 

Bell and Deere may terminate ADT agreement

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th September 2011 South African heavy equipment manufacturer Bell and US-based John Deere might see their paths split in terms of an articulated dump trucks (ADTs) manufacturing and distribution agreement between the parties. This followed an announcement by John Deere earlier this year that it would start... 

Institute emphasises role of large-scale, scientific farming in SA

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 Large-scale, scientific farming is the only viable model for South Africa, mostly owing to significant and rising input costs, necessitating a move towards high-value, export products, says industry body the South African Irrigation Institute (Sabi) technical executive officer Isobel van der Stoep. 

Not ‘either/or’ between small and large farming, both needed

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 It is not a case of South Africa needing to support either small- or large-scale farming, but that both are important for the country’s development, says business organisation Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) CEO Dr John Purchase. 

Developing innovative solutions a key function of agricultural engineers

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2011 Agricultural engineers, scientists and experts must apply good ideas and solutions gained through research and development to solve problems facing rural farming in South Africa, leveraging the insights gained to develop farming in these areas, says South African Institute of Agricultural... 

Water efficiency increases as irrigation technology advances

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th July 2011 Technological strides in irrigation development and other areas have made most successful commercial farming ventures extremely water efficient, states agricultural engineering consultancy MBB Consulting Engineers.  

First Dube TradePort AgriZone greenhouse complete

By: Dimakatso Motau     3rd June 2011 Greenhouse builder Bosch Inveka says it has completed the first part of three greenhouse blocks that it is constructing for Dube TradePort (DTP). 

Gauteng academy to train John Deere artisans

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Black-owned artisan training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), based in Gauteng, will be assisting farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to train its artisans as it rolls out dealership and distribution outlets in Central Africa. 

Farmers approach State for flood relief

     11th February 2011 An Agri South Africa (Agri SA) delegation has met with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson to consider possible flood relief for farmers. 

Intensive pumps training course offers students comprehensive industry overview

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 Eleven students are undergoing training in this year’s 23-week-long Professional Pump Sales & Technology programme at the Grundfos Training Academy.  

Agriculture equipment supplier invests in training facility

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     21st January 2011 Agriculture and farming equipment supplier New Holland South Africa Agriculture has made a significant investment in establishing a training facility in Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Group seeks to enlarge farm equipment footprint

By: Irma Venter     3rd December 2010 JSE-listed multinational corporation Barloworld will start the distribution of two ranges of low-cost tractors in South Africa. 

PSV interim earnings fall in ‘tough’ interim period

By: Loni Prinsloo     22nd November 2010 AltX-listed PSV Holdings said on Monday that it had experienced its "toughest six-months trading period since listing in 2006", mainly owing to squeezed margins, paired with a decrease in government spending and time-consuming public tender processes. The diversified industrial engineering... 

Barloworld to distribute low-cost tractors, Chinese wheel-loaders in SA

By: Irma Venter     17th November 2010 JSE-listed multinational corporation Barloworld on Wednesday said that it had started the distribution of two ranges of low-cost tractors in South Africa. Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson said that the first was called Tafe, which was produced in India in collaboration with well-known agricultural... 

Eskom, CSIR sign deal on research

By: Sapa     22nd October 2010 Electricity parastatal Eskom and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to collaborate in the area of research and development. "This collaboration will be in a variety of areas ranging from energy modelling to future... 

Sugar producer awards front-end package for Swaziland factory

     2nd July 2010 Equipment design, project management and engineering specialist Bosch Projects was recently commissioned by JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo Sugar to complete a front-end package (FEP) which includes providing the design and capital cost estimates for the expansion of Illovo Sugar’s Ubombo sugar... 

Industry research efforts make headway

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) reports that its research and development (R&D) initiatives have resulted in a number of commercial opportunities that will add significant value to sugar-cane processing.  

Emerging exporter focuses on investing locally

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th January 2010 Agricultural equipment supplier Agro Tractor House reports that import tariffs are too high and plans on investing more in manufacturing locally, on a small scale, and increasing its sales to the South African market. “There will be a 60% manufacturing input locally and a 40% manufacturing input... 

Land Bank teams up with Masisizane to grow agriculture sector 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th November 2009 Old Mutual’s Masisizane development finance fund and the Land Bank on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate their efforts to ensure growth in the agricultural sector and to create sustainable jobs, particularly in South Africa’s rural areas. Land Bank CEO Phakamani... 

Barloworld expects ‘another challenging year' in 2010 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2009 Diversified industrial group Barloworld, which reported a 25% drop in operating profit to R1,9-billion for the year to September 30, 2009, said on Monday that it expected 2010 to be "another challenging year". Group revenue declined by 10% to R42,2-billion from over R46-billion in 2008, despite... 

Poultry firm invests R70m in processing plant, support services

By: Darren Parker     6th November 2009 Poultry producer Sovereign Foods, formally known as Rocklands Poultry, has made a multimillion rands investment in its processing plant and support services, creating the capacity to process up to 60-million birds a year, almost doubling the number of jobs sustained by its Uitenhage factory and... 

Global farm equipment maker eyeing Africa’s 
‘significant potential’

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2009 Global agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributor Agco is to expand its business into Africa, which it sees as having significant potential for growth in the agricultural sector, Agco chairperson, president and CEO Martin Richenhagen told media at the end of August. 

Afgri lifts FY profit on near-record maize crop, improved environment

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd September 2009 A strong agricultural year in South Africa led to JSE-listed agricultural services group Afgri increasing its net profit for the year ended June 30, 2009, to R354-million, up 18% on the R299-million in net profit achieved in the 16 months ended June 2008. Its diluted earnings a share improved to... 

Eqstra posts R45m profit, expects earnings growth in 2010

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th August 2009 Integrated leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings on Wednesday reported profit of R45-million for its first full trading year as a listed company. Basic earnings and headline earnings a share for the year ended June were 16,6c and 12c a share respectively, which is 90,3% and 92,4%... 

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