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Agriculture News

Agricultural organisations commit to developing national strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2018 The presidents of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), the National African Farmers Union of South Africa (Nafu SA), Agri SA and the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (Tau-SA), as members of the Agri Sector Unity Forum (Asuf), on Monday declared their intent to work... 

More black farmers needed in a sustainable and orderly way – AgriSA  

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Farm group AgriSA says the solution to the country's heated land expropriation debate is to provide land for urban housing, industrialisation and farming, while more black farmers should be introduced in a sustainable and orderly way. AgriSA president Dan Kriek said the political solution was... 

More black farmers needed in a sustainable and orderly way – AgriSA
AgriSA president Dan Kriek

Trawling for a cleaner environment

24th August 2018 An international study has revealed that South African Hake has a low environmental impact; this and the fact that South African Hake comes from a sustainable and well managed fishery, makes it a good choice over beef and many other forms of animal proteins. According to the study − published in... 

Trawling for a  cleaner environment
HAKING ITS TOLL Hake takes less toll on the environment than most other farmed proteins

African cacao-producing country starts making top-quality chocolate

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Cooperation between a South African and a British business has resulted in the establishment of the first ever chocolate factory in the West African island state of São Tomé e Príncipe. The enterprises are HBD Venture Capital (HBD standing for “Here Be Dragons”), an enterprise of South African... 

Gauteng rapid land release programme to be launched next week

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura will, on August 31, launch the province’s rapid land release programme, in which he plans to make provincial land and buildings available for the development of human settlements and for urban agriculture projects. Speaking at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and... 

EAIF backs billion-dollar Nigeria fertiliser plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part of the financing of a $1.1-billion expansion of IEFCL’s existing fertiliser plant at Port Harcourt,... 

US poultry industry to urge retaliation if South Africa ends quota

By: Reuters     22nd August 2018 The United States poultry industry will press its government to retaliate if South Africa suspends a quota that excludes some US imports from an anti-dumping tariff, the head of a poultry trade group said. The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the... 

Poultry group seeks to suspend US import quota

By: Reuters     21st August 2018 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a legal action to force the government to suspend a quota that excluded imports of US poultry from South Africa's anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday. The decision by SAPA was a response to the Trump... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2018 Agricultural industry association AgriSA said on Tuesday that it welcomed the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) policy commitments regarding agrarian reform and agricultural property with respect to the ongoing debate on the expropriation of land without compensation. AgriSA and representatives... 

No land grabs allowed – ANC assures AgriSA
AgriSA executive director Omri van Zyl

AgriSA meeting with the ANC "successful"

By: News24Wire      21st August 2018 AgriSA president Dan Kriek met President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town on Tuesday, while the organisation's CEO, Omri van Zyl, held talks with Deputy President David Mabuza in Johannesburg. The meetings were part of two separate consultation processes: Kriek met Ramaphosa as part of the... 

AgriSA meeting with the ANC
AgriSA President Dan Kriek

ANC, AgriSA to meet over expropriation, economy

By: News24Wire      20th August 2018 The ANC and AgriSA, the country’s largest representative body of commercial farmers, will meet on Tuesday to discuss the heated issue of expropriation without compensation. This follows months of uncertainty in the agricultural sector and the broader economy after the ANC’s initial decision to... 

New Asia market manager appointed for South African wines body

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Winemaker industry body Wines of South Africa (WoSA) has appointed Marcus Ford as its new Asia market manager, effective August 20. He will be based in Shanghai, China, and responsible for running all marketing activities throughout mainland China, Hong Kong and Japan, the organisation said on... 

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets

17th August 2018 Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb fibreboard in South Africa. According to the founder of Kimmo Jan Vreken, he discovered honeycomb... 

Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets
VISUAL RESEMBLANCE Honeycomb fibreboard technology takes its name from the visual resemblance to a bee’s honeycomb

Tiger Brands’ shares fall on lower FY18 earnings expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ share price fell by nearly 9.8% on Thursday morning after it announced that its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year to end September 30 are likely to decrease by 22% to 37% year-on-year. It reported EPS of R19.15 and HEPS... 

Davies endorses Itac’s recommendation of increase in sugar import duties

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has endorsed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) recommendation for an increase in import duties on sugar to $680/t. While the level is not at the maximum bound rate, as initially requested by the industry in the... 

Tribunal approves Zaad, Hygrotech merger

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger of Zaad Holdings and Hygrotech Properties, which are both involved in the breeding, producing, processing and distribution of agricultural seeds. Zaad, which will be the controlling company, specialises in forage seeds, and is also involved in... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

App monitors spread  of FAW in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
PEST ARMY The invasion of the fall armyworm is threatening the food security of 300-million people in Africa

New-configuration valve creates export potential

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 South African thermoplastic valves supplier Astore Keymak has placed an order for about 30 redesigned FK industrial butterfly valves (FK d90) from its Italy-based supplier Formatura Iniezione Polimeri (FIP) Valves, with first shipment expected later this year. The valves will be added to the... 

New-configuration valve creates  export potential
THE MORE THE MERRIER The new hole configuration of the FK d90 industrial butterfly valve allows for better placement

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Louirrigate’s micro drip irrigation system, Tree Hog, can reduce farmers’ water use by up to 70% in orchards, and save up to 70% of energy costs, claims Tree Hog designer and Louirrigate owner Louis Loubser, who is a wine and fruit farmer in Robertson, Western Cape.   The Tree Hog system is... 

Irrigation system reduces water use in orchards by 70%
WATER CONSERVATION The Tree Hog can reduce water consumption by up to 70%

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Western Cape provincial government is focusing on creating certainty for the agriculture industry by trying to ensure that farmers can continue farming and save jobs by requesting an increase in the water allocation to the industry from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), says... 

W Cape focusing on creating certainty in agriculture sector
CERTAINTY NEEDED Farmers are positive about recent rains in the Western Cape, but more rain is needed to sustain recovery efforts

South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Judging by the number of patent applications filed for biopharming inventions by local universities, research councils and science councils, there is significant potential for South Africa to create an industry around biopharming, claims intellectual property firm Spoor & Fisher. “Biopharming is... 

South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy
Photo by Bloomberg
BIOPHARMING POTENTIAL Maize, potato, and tobacco plants can be used in biopharming

Omron focusing on aiding farmers

10th August 2018 Since early 2017, Japanese electronics company Omron has focused on providing solutions for the agricultural industry’s demand for technology and automation with the SX series of compact inverters, which is well suited for pumping applications, namely irrigation, that require smooth flow and... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery
Photo by Reuters
ROAD TO RECOVERY Drought stricken regions in South Africa need three years of significant rainfall to recover

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 Blockchain systems can provide a trusted registry of property ownership in communal lands, which can facilitate their development into productive assets, says Zimbabwean former commercial farmer and former chairman of the National Association of Dairy Farmers Dave Conolly. Conolly is researching... 

Blockchain can facilitate development of communal lands
Photo by Reuters
ZIMBABWEAN FARMING Commercial transformation on the back of ownership and productive use of assets supports development

DA proposes free trade, cost and regulatory reductions to stimulate manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 Political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Tuesday proposed increased free trade and reducing regulatory burdens and energy costs to stimulate manufacturing in South Africa. In its policy proposal, ‘Manufacturing a new economic future’, the party states that “an effective trade policy... 

Staude to retire as Tongaat CEO; CFO to take extended medical leave of absence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th August 2018 Peter Staude will retire as CEO of JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett, with effect from October 31. He worked for the company for 40 years and served as CEO for the past 16 years. 

Tunisia, AfDB to launch drones pilot project for agriculture management

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2018 Tunisia and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have signed an agreement for the launch of a pilot project to use drones for data collection, which will enhance the management of agricultural projects in the country. The project will be implemented over the next ten months and will receive... 

G20 agriculture ministers slam protectionism, pledge WTO reforms

By: Reuters     30th July 2018 Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries criticized protectionism in a joint statement on Saturday, and vowed to reform World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, but did not detail what steps they would take to improve the food trade system. In the statement, they said they were "concerned about... 

Cairns Group Farm Leaders disappointed at new US agricultural subsidies

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2018 The Cairns Group Farm Leaders,  which comprises a group of farm organisations from various agricultural exporting countries, including South Africa, have expressed concern about the US administration’s announcement that it will provide $12-billion to support US farmers impacted by tariffs imposed... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model
HOLDING IT TOGETHER Collapsible bins were produced to hold automotive parts

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape
YES CEO Tasmia Ismail-Saville discusses the first hub opening and company involvement towards the initiative. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company facilitates provincial prosperity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2018 With sustainable woodfibre products and solutions provider Sappi’s KwaZulu-Natal operations contributing about R11.7-billion annually to the province’s economy, the company is pursuing socioeconomic transformation in its communities of operation. “We recognise that transformation is not just a... 

Company facilitates provincial prosperity
ENTRENCHED PLAYER Sappi Southern Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal operations contribute R11.7-billion to the province’s economy yearly

System installed at sugar refinery

20th July 2018 Industrial equipment group Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), in partnership with authorised dealer Maverick Industrial Cleaning Solutions, recently supplied and installed a Delfin vacuum system at agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett sugar refinery in Rossburgh, Durban, the company noted in a... 

System installed at sugar refinery
SYSTEM SUPPLY The Delfin vacuum system was supplied and installed through Maverick Industrial Cleaning Solutions

Sappi to build xylitol, furfural production demo plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has decided to build a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. The plant, which will become operational in early 2019, will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant... 

Company to expand channel blowers range

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Sandton-based side-channel blower supplier CR Elec plans to expand on its offerings, which will complement its existing Sirocco brand. A side-channel blower can generate significantly higher pressures than industrial fans, and is also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum compressor. The side-channel... 

Company to expand channel blowers range
BLOWING AWAY COMPETITION Side-channel blowers across the range will maximise offerings

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