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Agriculture News

SA agriculture sector coping with challenges – FNB economist

By: African News Agency      6th May 2019 South Africa's agricultural sector remains resilient, but needs to learn how to cope with challenges such as drought and policy uncertainty, First National Bank senior agricultural economist Paul Makube said on Monday. The industry has faced severe headwinds over the past few years, including... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 Africa, as a trade and export destination, is looking increasingly attractive from a South African perspective, and represents an opportunity for growth for many South African companies, says research and consulting specialist Africa House MD Liz Whitehouse. Africa offers South African companies... 

Africa gains traction as trade destination
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MAKING PROGRESS Several industries and factors are driving growth in sub-Saharan Africa, including agricultural development and power

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

New packages can be installed with existing infrastructure

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Pneumatic vibrator and impactor supplier Vipro is providing complete new packages for pneumatic products, which can be installed with existing infrastructure. “These new packages can be installed independently of existing infrastructure in plants and assembly lines. This is done to ensure proper... 

New packages can  be installed with existing infrastructure
AIR QUALITY ADJUSTMENTS To mitigate air-quality challenges, Vipro supplies water traps, air lubricators and regulators, and compressors

Sugar industry advised to diversify product offering, enter niche product markets 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and the South African Cane Growers Association have agreed that increases in sugar imports in South Africa have an unavoidable impact on the competitiveness of the local sugar industry and that certain measures were necessary to restore its... 

Sugar industry advised to diversify product offering, enter niche product markets

Rapid IoT response required to evolving customer needs

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Rapid research and development cycles and the ability to design solutions quickly to meet customer uses are crucial to provide commercially viable Internet of Things (IoT) services and solutions in the fast-evolving IoT ecosystem, says information and communications technology consulting and... 

Rapid IoT response required to evolving customer needs
CRAIG FREER The benefit of an agile IoT team is that the company serves as a strategic adviser to clients

South African company providing agritech solution to combat yield loss

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th April 2019 With farmers losing 20% to 40% of their yield yearly to pests and diseases, new ways to combat these losses are required, and South African company Aerobotics is providing one such solution. Aerobotics CEO Timothy Willis presented the company’s solution during Agri SA’s Commodity and Corporate... 

Consumer trends present opportunities for agricultural industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th April 2019 There are a number of current trends that are unfolding globally that are impacting the agricultural industry, and the industry must be cognisant of these, while realising that these also have the potential to benefit the industry. The was the message delivered by Flux Trends finance specialist... 

Agricultural sector needs 'reality-based transformation'

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th April 2019 The agricultural industry must pursue "reality-based transformation" to effect initiatives that do not compromise the sustainability of the industry, Empowerdex executive chairperson Vuyo Jack said during Agri SA’s Commodity and Corporate Chamber Conference, in Pretoria, on Thursday. He called... 

Agricultural sector urged to collaborate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th April 2019 The agricultural sector needs to pursue collaboration to mitigate the various challenges it is facing, as well as to grow the sector, says Agri SA Commodity Chamber chairperson Dr Pieter Prinsloo. Speaking at Agri SA’s Commodity and Corporate Chamber Conference, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he... 

South Sudan invites investment in agriculture, mining, oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2019 Since its official independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has ripened the environment for investment in the country, which was apparent when the country’s Ministers on Wednesday met with South African investors and businesspersons during a roadshow, in Sandton, to discuss investment... 

Tongaat to restate prior results after review

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett said on Wednesday it expects to restate prior financial information, after a review showed some accounting practices that might require remedial action. "The implementation of a turnaround plan resetting the financial and commercial priorities,... 

South Africa's 2018/19 maize crop seen down 15% on drought

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 South Africa is likely to harvest 15% less maize in 2018/2019 compared with the previous season after drought delayed plantings, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its third production forecast for the 2018/2019 crop on... 

Transforming South Africa's fishing industry key to unlocking economic growth – Zokwana

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 Substantive transformation in South Africa's fishing industry remains a challenge and requires a collective responsibility and focus given its potential to unlock economic growth, agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana has said. In a speech on Tuesday to launch the 2020... 

MSU receives $7.8m grant for agricultural research institute in Malawi

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2019 Researchers at the Michigan State University (MSU), in the US, received a $7.8-million grant from nonprofit Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI) to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming the... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Western Cape’s investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Tuesday it had helped secure R2.85-billion in investments in the province during the 2018/19 financial year which would be realised over a five year period and create nearly 1 000 jobs. It said this followed a successful fourth quarter... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

Ma’aden to acquire Phatisa’s controlling shareholding in Meridian Group

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 Private equity fund manager Phatisa has reached an agreement with mining and metals company Ma’aden on the sale of its controlling shareholding in Meridian Group. Meridian is a prominent African agricultural inputs business, which distributes about 500 000 t/y of fertiliser across Malawi,... 

Presidential panel member rejects final report on South African land reform

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's push to reduce rural poverty and quell growing anger over unequal access to property faces further delays after a member of an advisory panel on the issue on Friday rejected key aspects of the plan. Land ownership is a controversial and emotive issue in South Africa... 

Agri SA applauds Santam donation to drought relief fund

By: African News Agency      18th April 2019 Agricultural industry association Agri SA on Thursday applauded a donation from financial services group Santam to help drought-stricken farmers in the Northern Cape province. It said the drought in Sutherland had caused a devastating decline in the sheep breeding population and placed the town’s... 

Agri SA applauds Santam donation to drought relief fund

Access to finance, training key to building SA’s black farming community – Afgri

By: African News Agency      15th April 2019 Access to finance, training and entrepreneurship are critical to building South Africa's black farming community, agricultural services company Afgri's subsidiary Lemang Agricultural Services has said. Lemang was specifically created to train, develop and mentor new era farmers and focuses on... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Rooibos breaks into global chocolate market

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 Rooibos has caught the notice of the chocolate industry as chocolatiers experiment with superfoods among new flavours ahead of Easter sales, the South African Rooibos Council has said. South African Rooibos Council spokesperson Adele du Toit said health-conscious consumers were looking for... 

Zimbabwe to start paying white farmers compensation after April

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation this year to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former President Robert Mugabe's land reform nearly two decades ago, the government said, as it seeks to bring closure to a highly divisive issue. Two decades ago Mugabe's government carried out... 

Afgri creates strategic grains storage platform

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 Afgri Group Holdings (AGH) on Monday announced the creation of a strategic grains storage platform, in collaboration with a consortium of South African institutional investors, to enable growth of grain storage capacity in South Africa, and on the continent, to strengthen food security in the... 

In2Foods launches new agroprocessing facility at OR Tambo SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2019 In2Food Group on Friday officially launched its new R400-million, 22 708 m2 factory, located on 3.5 ha of land on the northern precinct of the OR Tambo International Airport Special Economic Zone. In2Foods CEO Richard Cooper said this was one of the most diverse agroprocessing factories in the... 

In2Foods launches new agroprocessing facility at OR Tambo SEZ
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

Durban set to become garden of eating through urban farming projects

By: African News Agency      4th April 2019 KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural MEC on Thursday launched a programme to encourage urban agriculture – growing food gardens in small, open spaces, including city rooftops and townships. Urban farming is not new and is practised successfully in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg - and... 

A tiny beetle is killing an urban forest and there's no solution

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 A black beetle the size of a sesame seed is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. After arriving from Southeast Asia about four years ago, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has spread a thousand miles across South Africa, from the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, where it... 

South African poultry industry backs Namibia against dumping of chicken from Brazil

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said on Tuesday that it had noted with alarm that the insidious dumping of chicken from Brazil that plagues the local industry has also taken root in Namibia. Izaak Breitenbach, GM of SAPA's broiler division, said that it was increasingly clear that... 

Company leads in advancing sugar technology

29th March 2019 Offering a comprehensive service globally, with over 55 years of experience in the sugar sector, multidisciplinary engineering company Bosch Projects has recently developed the Lamella Clarifier, which uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling. “Our... 

Company leads in advancing  sugar technology
NEW DEVELOPMENTS Bosch projects has developed the Lamella Clarifier, that uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling

Trade and Industry committee attends to industry challenges

29th March 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is well aware that the South African sugar industry is experiencing various challenges as it has been engaging the industry for over a year to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers. Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry... 

Trade and Industry  committee attends to  industry challenges
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LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS The committee acknowledges that factors such as bio-fuels and cogeneration may require legislative changes

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Commitment to transform rural communities

29th March 2019 Sugar producer llovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) is firmly committed to transformation and building sustainable enterprises, especially in rural communities where it operates, says Illovo Sugar SA MD Mamongae Mahlare. “In the 2017 financial year, Illovo SA’s total economic impact on the local... 

Commitment to transform  rural communities
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SHARING THE SWEETNESS Illovo Sugar South Africa makes an economic impact working with small retailers who sell its products within South Africa

New tech helps mills improve factory control

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 During this year’s sugar season, centralised scientific organisation Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) says South African sugar mills will use its Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) analytical system to improve their sugar production and profits. Through the SMRI-NIRS system installed at... 

New tech helps mills improve factory control
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NEW TECHNOLOGY Sugar mills can use the SMRI-NIRS system to obtain information that can help to better understand and control factory processes

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing

29th March 2019 Owing to its large footprint in KwaZulu-Natal, vibration-equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products caters to the front-end, back-end and packing processes in the sugar processing plant. The front-end comprises the receiving and processing of raw material, the back-end the extraction of... 

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing
PIETER UYS The vibrating equipment is made out of stainless steel, which decreases the chances of the sugar being contaminated
 

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