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Agriculture News

Agri SA welcomes ‘balanced’ Agri Masterplan  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2022 Industry body Agri SA says the signing of the Agriculture and Agro Processing Masterplan (AAMP) by Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza on May 12 has marked the culmination of years of negotiation and consensus building throughout the sector. Agri SA also deems... 

York’s Escarpment operations impacted by Numsa strike  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2022 JSE-listed York Timber says some employees of the company, affiliated with union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), embarked on a strike at York’s Escarpment operations on April 25. The strike notice contained only one matter of mutual interest relating to job grading,... 

Tongaat Hulett suspends Zimbabwe sugar cane pre-payments over lending freeze

By: Reuters     13th May 2022 South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett's Zimbabwean subsidiaries have suspended advance payments for cane deliveries after the Harare authorities told banks to stop lending, the company said on Thursday, exposing farmers to possible cash flow problems. Tongaat Hulett's two Zimbabwe... 

Technology assists agriculture sector

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 Agriculture input prices have risen by about 100%, but using technology provides farmers with an opportunity to save on costs, such as fuel and downtime issues, says agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributor AGCO Africa field service manager Zack Janse van Rensburg. 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Smart logistics required for efficient movement of goods

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 To ensure the efficient and effective movement of goods in the agriculture sector, the implementation of technology, such as SMART logistics, is imperative, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders CEO Dr Juanita Maree. 

Innovative greenhouse built

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 Building materials supplier Trumod has designed an innovative greenhouse, which has been constructed and developed as a light steel frame (LSF) indoor cultivating warehouse structure used for growing microgreens or hemp products, such as cannabis, in a controlled environment. 

Tech essential in agriculture sector

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 Water remains the key element in irrigation and agriculture, but rudimentary technologies, pollution and an ever-growing need for water across different sectors are a few of the current challenges facing South Africa, says fluid handling and steel products supplier Stewarts and Lloyds irrigation... 

Didiza highlights benefits of agriculture, agroprocessing masterplan

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2022 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza on May 12 tabled the department’s policy and 2022/23 budget. Speaking at a pre-Budget Vote media briefing, Didiza outlined a budget of R17.3-billion, which would further enable the department to support food security through a... 

Ukraine war fuels food crisis in distant Africa

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Zimbabwean security guard Edwin Dapi was already struggling to provide for his wife and four children before a conflict 11 000 km away in Ukraine sent global prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer soaring. Now his monthly pay of 18 000 Zimbabwe dollars, worth roughly $55 at the... 

SA Canegrowers assists 21 000 small-scale sugar growers as industry faces headwinds

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 Contributions by sugarcane organisation the South African (SA) Canegrowers made up a significant portion of R225-million that was distributed to small-scale growers in January, after funds were distributed to help combat severe challenges that continue to plague the industry, including cheap... 

Bridgestone enters South African agricultural tyre market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th May 2022 Auto and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone has launched its range of ultra-high-performance tyres designed for South Africa’s agricultural sector. Bridgestone Southern Africa agriculture manager Willie Stander says the new agriculture range is in line with Bridgestone’s emphasis on providing... 

As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2022 The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about which department gets to use the devices and payloads, says Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van... 

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Corteva launches new seed applied technology centre in Pretoria

By: Darren Parker     5th May 2022 Agricultural science and technology developer Corteva Agriscience officially opened its Centre for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on May 5. The CSAT is one of only three such centres, comprising six laboratories, worldwide. 

Employees working at the CSAT facility in Pretoria

Agrivoltaics an opportunity for jobs, better food, energy, water security

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2022 While agrivoltaics is taking shape in China, Europe and Japan, it is still in its infancy in Southern Africa with the potential to improve water and energy security. In South Africa, agrivoltaics could leverage the need for renewable energy and intensive commercial farming for the rehabilitation... 

Deforestation, forest degradation responsible for 10% of yearly human-made carbon dioxide – report

By: Donna Slater     4th May 2022 A scientific assessment of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) policy finds that while REDD+ has provided a “convenient umbrella” for many forest and land use-related activities aimed at reducing deforestation and forest degradation,... 

Nigeria buys emergency Canadian potash to replace lost Russian supply

By: Reuters     3rd May 2022 Nigeria had to buy emergency supplies of Canadian potash in April after the country was unable to import the key fertilizer from Russia due to the impact of Western sanctions, the head of Nigeria's sovereign investment authority NSIA said. Uche Orji, the head of NSIA, declined to comment on... 

Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
HOT N HEAVY The heavier elements of the boiler refurbishment were undertaken by Lovemore Bros

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

Commodities to stay elevated on Ukraine war, World Bank says

By: Bloomberg     27th April 2022 Food and energy price surges worsened by the Ukraine war could last through the end of 2024 due to disruptions in trade and production, the World Bank Group said Tuesday. Increase in energy prices, which has reached the largest since the 1973 oil crisis, is expected to pass 50% in 2022 before... 

Commodities to stay elevated on Ukraine war, World Bank says

Western Cape fruit exports expected to increase

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2022 Western Cape Agriculture Minister Ivan Meyer this week said he was pleased with the forecast of an increase in fruit exports from the province, following the good rainfall in the province since 2018. In a statement, he said It was expected that the increased water availability would boost... 

Africa must prepare for inevitable global food crisis – AfDB

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina has called for an increased sense of urgency as a once-in-a-century convergence of global challenges for Africa mean the continent "must prepare for the inevitability of a global food crisis".... 

Proposed EU pest regulations to hurt domestic citrus exports, says association

By: Donna Slater     25th April 2022 Newly proposed European Union (EU) regulations threaten the export of oranges from the Southern African region to Europe, according to Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) of South Africa special envoy to market access and EU matter representative Deon Joubert.   Earlier in April, the EU’s Standing... 

Removal of poultry import tariffs will destroy domestic jobs, says SAPA 

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2022 Requests by the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) to suspend existing tariffs on the import of chicken in South Africa, and not impose any new tariffs for the next three years, is “superficially appealing, but economically dangerous”, says broiler organisation South African... 

CGA welcomes efforts to get Durban port, related infrastructure up and running

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2022 Industry association the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa (CGA) says it is encouraged by the work done by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Transnet and the eThekwini municipality to reopen the Durban port. The arterial Bayhead road has been partially reopened ahead of... 

Bootlegger Coffee turning its food waste to compost that customers can buy

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2022 South African coffeehouse Bootlegger Coffee has partnered with food waste management specialist company Ywaste to turn its waste into compost, using an eco-friendly method for the management of food waste through off-site composting. “Now our customers can up their eco-friendly street credibility... 

Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie
Bootlegger Coffee co-founder and director Pieter Bloem with Ywaste owner Emile Fourie

Tongaat's debt increases to R6.8bn, company warns of 120% fall in full-year earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2022 JSE-listed sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett says it felt the pressure from a challenging commercial environment faced by the South African sugar operations during the last quarter of its financial year ended March 31. Tongaat expects earnings a share for the year under review to be at least 120%... 

Knowledge Pele partners with Coldplay, Costa Rica to engender sustainability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2022 South African development company Knowledge Pele is working with Costa Rica and rock band Coldplay to further sustainability. Knowledge Pele in 2021 became a Coldplay affiliate. The Knowledge Pele affiliation is targeted at solving the dual challenge of food insecurity (a social sustainability... 

An image of Knowledge Pele MD Fumani Mthembi
Knowledge Pele MD Fumani Mthembi

Sugarcane farmers report extensive damage, AgriSA calls for road repairs as a priority

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Sugarcane farming industry body South African Cane Growers (SA Canegrowers) says preliminary results from a survey of KwaZulu-Natal cane growers reveal extensive damage from the recent flooding to cane fields, farm infrastructure and access routes to deliver cane to mills. By the afternoon of... 

A cane field in South Africa

Opinion: A revolution in African farming

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2022 In this article, African Climate Foundation agriculture researcher Malik Dasoo writes about the benefits of regenerative agriculture and how it can transform farming in Africa. 

Opinion: A revolution in African farming

Lotus investing R170m in new Western Cape factory

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th April 2022 Western Cape Agriculture Minister Dr Ivan Meyer has welcomed the R170-million investment by Flemish biscuit company Lotus, which has started building a factory, in Wolseley, in the Western Cape. Lotus' best-known product is Speculoos, a spiced shortcrust biscuit marketed abroad as Biscoff.... 

TWK lifts interim profit to R247m

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2022 Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Investments achieved 30.6% increase in revenue to R4.88-billion for the six months ended February 28, compared with revenue of R3.74-billion achieved in the six months ended February 28, 2021. Profit after tax increased by 175.5% to... 

Drop tariffs, VAT to ensure low-income earners are able to access poultry, AMIE urges govt

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Without interventions, financially-constrained South African poultry consumers will increasingly not be able to afford chicken products, according to the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE). To address multiple factors that will soon drive up the cost of chicken,... 

Sappi launches campaign to attract skilled engineers

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Woodfibre products manufacturer Sappi has launched a campaign to encourage skilled engineers and production specialists to join its growing team and its endeavours of pursuing a circular economy. Besides a number of current vacancies in various fields, Sappi is also building up a database of... 

An image of Sappi engineers at a plant
Engineers at a Sappi plant

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany as it introduces new products at KZN plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Damaged roads compromise billions of rands of fresh produce every year, says AgriSA  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 The poor state of roads in South Africa is adding to the many challenges faced by farmers and industry organisation Agri SA says deteriorating roads are costing the agricultural industry billions of rands every year. It also threatens the food security of communities and the country. 

Photo of a road in South Africa

Dairy farmers eye carbon credits while curbing emissions

By: Reuters     5th April 2022 On South Africa's Lancewood dairy farm, a GPS-guided tractor spreads cow manure across defined areas where tilling is banned and fertilizer used at a minimum, if at all. Some 2 500 Jersey cows graze on a selection of plants, from chicory to lucerne (alfalfa), that have been planted for feed... 

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