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Agriculture News

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. 

Annan urges action for Joburg summit

10th July 2002 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged world leaders to draw up action plans to fight poverty and save the environment during a global earth summit in South Africa next month. 

SA tractor sales soar 50% in June

4th July 2002 South African new tractor sales leapt 50% year-on-year in June, thanks to farmers replacing their ageing equipment and rosy crop prospects, SA Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) said yesterday. 

Senegal lets EU boats fish in its waters

28th June 2002 The European Union (EU0 said earlier this week that its boats would be allowed to return to Senegalese waters after it won fishing rights for the next four years. 

Agri forum focuses on trade

27th June 2002 A three-day public-private sector agricultural trade forum for representatives from eleven SADC member countries being held in Johannesburg will be drawing to a close today. 

SA's maize estimate positive for region

24th June 2002 The latest estimate of South Africa's 2001/02 commercial maize crop, released last week, shows the harvest nearly 1% larger than last month's forecast – good news for hungry southern Africa. 

55 black farmers join paprika export drive

By: Deborah Spicer     21st June 2002 With 3% of the global paprika market already in the bag, trade company Haymake and its 49,9% shareholder – Pamodzi Investment, may see this percentage rise as a result of a production-exporting venture, involving 55 local black farmers in Springbok in the Northern Cape. 

SA exports to US surge 83%

By: Keith Campbell     21st June 2002 South African exports to the US under the latter’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) jumped by 83% in the first quarter of this year in comparison to the same quarter last year. 

Power utility pays heed to 'triple bottomline'

By: Joanne Delaurentis     21st June 2002 South Africa’s State owned power utility has allocated over R52-million this year to its corporate social investment arm, to beef up the third element in its triple bottomline. 

Global aluminium industry ensures its sustainability

21st June 2002 Aluminium is a young and modern metal. It has only been produced on an industrial scale since 1886, when Hall and H 

SA highlights fight on poverty for Joburg summit

17th June 2002 The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, there is an agreement that poverty eradication should be the central focus of the World Summit on Sustainble Development. 

Land programme hitting snags

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2002 South Africa’s land-redistribution policy is facing difficulties, says University of the Western Cape Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), researcher Dr Edward Lahiff. 

Poor countries call on West to cut agricultural subsidies

14th June 2002 Leaders of developing countries at a UN food summit in Rome, Italy, have urged the EU and the US to remove farm subsidies and open their markets. 

Sustainable engineering to be crucial to SADC's development

14th June 2002 It is the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s (SAICE) belief that the well-being of African commerce and trade is heavily reliant on the availability of well-developed and maintained infrastructure as provided by the built environment professions and industry to face the... 

Sugar giant sweet on Mozambique

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th June 2002 Diversified group Tongaat-Hulett plans to expand sugar production in Mozambique in order to take advantage of the former Portuguese colony’s increased access to global markets from 2006, when developed countries open up to the world’s poorest countries. 

No decision on Joburg Summit plan

13th June 2002 The fourth and final preparatory committee meeting for the Johannesburg World Summit in Bali was attended by a large number of ministers from both developed and developing countries. By the early hours of the morning of 8 June consensus was not reached on the Draft Plan of Implementation for the... 

Farm subsidies are obstacle to UN summit – SA

12th June 2002 South Africa slammed rich countries for subsidising their own farmers at the expense of those from the Third World, saying the issue was a major bone of contention ahead of a UN summit it will host on poverty and the environment. 

Funding for UN summit almost secure

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2002 The Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco) has succeeded in securing nearly all of the funding needed to host the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) from August 26 to September 4 in Sandton, Gauteng. 

US calls for farm export subsidies to be cut

7th June 2002 The US will push in global trade talks for complete elimination of farm export subsidies over five years, Washington’s top agricultural trade negotiator said. 

South African firm enters Malawian agricultural industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     7th June 2002 South Africa’s giant agricultural firm OTK Limited has signed a partnership agreement with Malawi's largest agricultural company, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc). 

US farm law leaves bitter taste for SA sugar

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2002 The chairperson of the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) Bruce Dunlop, says that while the newly announced US sugar programme, a component of its controversial new farm legislation, is only marginally different from the old programme, Sasa was still disappointed by contents of the new law. 

Farm Bill blunder

7th June 2002 It is simply amazing that, at a time when the US desperately hopes to hold together an international coalition against terror, it can be so unyielding on so many key international issues. 

GM food will not solve Africa's woes

By: Seeraj Mohamed     31st May 2002 Ideas for sustainable development for Africa will abound over the next few months as preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development intensifies. 

Americas meet over Johannesburg summit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2002 Ministers of the Environment of the Latin American and Caribbean countries met to discuss joint positions for the Jhb World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) later this year. 

Bumper milling season to sweeten production

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 Mpumalanga-based sugar company Transvaal sugar is to produce about 470 000 t of sugar during the 2002/3 season from its Malelane and Komati mills, reports public affairs manager Riaan Pienaar. 

$140m rehabilitation of Moz sugar mills concluded

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 It is estimated that about $140-million has been invested for the rehabilitation of four sugar mills in Mozambique over the past four years, reports Durban-based sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) MD Bruce Dunlop. 

Sugar group consolidates African assets

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 South Africa’s largest sugar producer the Illovo Sugar group, has completed its rehabilitation of the Maragra sugar mill and agricultural estates in Mozambique, a programme which begun when the company acquired a 50% stake in 1997. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Liberalisation of world sugar market anticipated

31st May 2002 The South African sugar industry, one of the world's leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar, held its opening of the season ceremony last month at the Morewood Memorial Gardens in Umhlali on Kwazulu-Natal's North Coast. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Sweet success for SA sugar research

31st May 2002 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) is the central scientific organisation involved in research work into the manufacturing problems of the South African sugar industry. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

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