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Agriculture News

SA new tractor sales double in July

6th August 2002 South Africa's July new tractor sales doubled year-on-year, boosted by farmers replacing old equipment and a better crop outlook, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) revealed yesterday. 

Progress made towards WSSD declaration, says Erwin

6th August 2002 Trade and industry minister Alec Erwin says world leaders have made progress regarding the declaration of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. 

Science has role in sustainable development

5th August 2002 Women in Science will set the pace for the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development – a platform for highlighting the critical contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development - at the World Summit in Johannesburg. 

SA suspends Japanese fishing in its waters

5th August 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Valli Moosa, has announced the suspension of Japanese fishing in South African waters. 

Tapping pine trees' non-wood potential 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Pine trees are about much more than wood. 

State praised for biotech focus

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2002 Government’s focus on biotechnology as an important future technology in South Africa is considered a good move by everybody involved, says Highveld Biological MD Dr Elke Bey. 

Big sugar plan for Mali

2nd August 2002 A plan for a $253,6-million sugar factory, could make Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, self-sufficient in sugar and eventually provide for export of up to 60 0000 t of sugar. 

$40m tin-can plant planned for Morocco

2nd August 2002 Denver trading company Yasmine Enterprises and a consortium of Morocco’s leading food processors are proposing the construction of a modern $40-million can manufacturing plant in Morocco. 

KZN to launch small farmer mechanisation project

2nd August 2002 Africa’s first private sector driven mechanisation programme for small-scale farmers will be launched in KwaZulu-Natal next week. 

Renewable energy targets disappointing

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Representing the sustainable energy sector locally, the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (Sessa) believes there are a number of issues within this industry which need to be highlighted, the least of which is the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Five-year deadline for putting policy into practice

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 The draft White Paper on the promotion of renewable energy and clean energy development was released by the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) for public comment in June this year. 

Business showcase during Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 South African business, large and small, will be able to showcase their abilities as people converge on Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4. 

Last tender is issued for Joburg summit

2nd August 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) yesterday issued the last of its tenders for the logistics of the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4. 

Summit not about rewriting global trade agreements – DTI

1st August 2002 South Africa plans to highlight developmental issues at next month's world summit in Johannesburg but will not try to renegotiate global trade or financial agreements. 

World leaders confirm attendance at Joburg gathering

1st August 2002 The United Nations (UN) says more than 100 world leaders have officially confirmed their attendance at the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg next month. 

Sugar giant forecasts rise in output

1st August 2002 Sugar and metals group Tongaat Hulett’s sugar production in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland is forecast to rise to 1,25-million tons in 2002, up 13% on last year, group CEO Peter Staude said during the company's interim results presentation. 

Paper firm battles sluggish US market

1st August 2002 South African paper giant Sappi reported a modest rise in third-quarter earnings yesterday, battling a sluggish US market, and said it expected profits to improve slightly in the final quarter. 

Starving Africa should accept GMO food – US

30th July 2002 Countries facing famine in southern Africa should accept genetically modified (GMO) food or risk death for millions of its people, a top US official has said. 

Joburg summit risks worsening North-South rift

30th July 2002 The Johannesburg Summit, meant to save the planet, is in danger of backfiring by deepening rifts between rich and poor countries. 

Moves to bridge techno divide

30th July 2002 The meeting in Cape Town, in which the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and the European Union (EU) seek to meet the challenges of research, science and technology for sustainable development head on, draws to a close today. 

Motors drive world-class fruit-packaging plant

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 The need to keep up with international standards and have sophisticated fruit packaging plants has lead to a R500 000 contract for Bonfiglioli Power Transmission’s Nelspruit branch to supply geared motors to the Alicedale Packhouse project. 

Competition complaint withdrawn against paper firm

26th July 2002 South Africa's Sappi yesterday confirmed that the Competition Commission had withdrawn complaints of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it by a client, Papercor. 

Sharp rise in GM maize plantings

24th July 2002 In the coming season more than 100 000 ha genetic modified (GM) white and yellow maize will be planted in South Africa – three times the area (30 000 ha) of last season, NWK Agricultural Company chairperson and leading grain farmer in the Lichtenburg area Gert Pretorius reports. 

SA raises maize crop forecast

24th July 2002 South Africa now estimates its 2001/2002 maize crop at 8,781-million tons, up from 8,671-million tons estimated in June and last year's 7,2-million tons, the Crop Estimate Committee has revealed. 

Envoys face more meetings ahead of Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Nations have moved closer to agreement on a plan for eco-friendly development to be adopted at next month's global summit in Johannesburg, and envoys may meet again just before the summit begins, South African officials have revealed. 

African groups want aid, trade from Joburg summit

22nd July 2002 Africa needs cash, technological help and trade concessions from rich countries if it is to protect its environment and meet its development goals, pressure groups have said. 

Steel-shot, grit manufacturer commissions fourth furnace

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 In the wake of the increased demand for steel-shot and grit products, Thor Foundry, an East-Rand steel-abrasives manufacturer, has begun commissioning its fourth furnace, which cost the foundry an estimated $300 000 to install. 

Buy-out rejuvenates steel and engineering merchant

By: candice haase     19th July 2002 Pooling the skills and resources of steel and engineering merchants Stockwell and Stewarts and Lloyds, previously owned by Barloworld, is a task which has involved the revision of the company’s business strategy, explains Stewarts and Lloyds group market development manager Ronnie Turner. 

Free State pursues five growth sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2002 Cars on the N1 highway speeding past fields of paprika, with freight planes now and then passing overhead to land at a dedicated cargo airport. 

EU praised for agricultural moves

19th July 2002 Recent changes in US farm policies will depress world commodity prices while plans to reform Europe's common agricultural policy (CAP) mark an important step towards less trade-distorting practices, the OECD said in the Financial Times. 

SA mandated to finalise Joburg summit draft

19th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations have narrowed their differences on a blueprint for environmentally-friendly development to be adopted at a global summit in Johannesburg that opens in less than six weeks, UN officials said. 

Steel wire JV in full swing

19th July 2002 The first local production in Africa of Bekaert products is in full swing following the announcement at the end of last year of the joint venture between South African local steel wire company, Bastion Wire and the world’s largest steel wire manufacturer, Bekaert. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

Minister vows Joburg summit will go ahead

17th July 2002 South Africa has vowed that the Joburg Summit, which it is due to host next month, will certainly go ahead despite the absence of agreement so far on key goals for the global environment. 

SA tissue-cultured banana plants in demand

12th July 2002 Local horticultural firm Du Roi Laboratory, based in Letsitele in the Limpopo Province, provides a cross section of highly specialised and focused agricultural products and services to customers regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Sorghum: biodegradable packaging solution?

By: candice haase     12th July 2002 Research into the film-forming properties of sorghum protein being conducted by the CSIR and the University of Pretoria (UP) began in January this year and is due for completion in December 2005. 

SA, UN press for Joburg summit blueprint

12th July 2002 Envoys from 25 nations will gather in New York next week in search of an elusive last-minute accord on a global blueprint for sustainable development, South African and UN officials said earlier this week. 

 

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