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Agriculture News

Decision time for sugar-beet project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th February 2002 A final decision on whether or not a multimillion-rand sugar-beet project in the Eastern Cape will go ahead is expected next month, a senior Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) official tells Engineering News. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Africa is falling well behind on agri research

30th January 2002 Africa is increasingly falling behind in agricultural research, according to a World Bank research document released at the end of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) review workshop in Benoni, Gauteng. 

EU still wants to fish in SA waters

30th January 2002 The European Union (EU) said it had not abandoned its effort to gain access to South Africa’s rich fishing waters, despite consistent refusals from the government over the past decade. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Local equine trade plans export-boosting raceday

25th January 2002 Against all odds and a difficult history - South African horse trading is taking off. After being advised by Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin to register as a Section 21 company, the South African Equine Trade Council (SAETRAC) is set on achieving a turnover of R200-million by the end of 2005. 

SA may have to import maize

23rd January 2002 South Africa’s commercial maize plantings have been estimated at 2,878-million hectares from 2,708-million hectares last season, the national Crop Estimates Committee said. White maize plantings were put at 1,733-million hectares from 1,596-million hectares last season. Yellow maize was... 

M’bique’s sugar output climbs

21st January 2002 The past sugar season Mozambique has begun producing a crop large enough to have an exportable surplus after meeting domestic demand. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

Big support for local flower sector

14th December 2001 South Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is continuing to support local agro-industry in the country to the tune of R200-million a year. 

Corridor attracts foreign investors

14th December 2001 Mpumalanga Investment Initiative CE Gordon Griffiths believes Mpumalanga has laid solid foundations for growth in export-driven investment, manufacturing and trade. 

South African skills help global competitiveness brew

By: Laura Franz     14th December 2001 International process-engineering giant GEA is relying increasingly on its global human resources due to escalating competition in the thermal and energy technology, air treatment, refrigeration, liquid processing, powder technology and mechanical separation sectors, GEA Tuchenhagen Brewery... 

Uganda plan to convert forest to sugar plantation

6th December 2001 The Ugandan government has licensed the private Kakira Sugar Works to bring a forest reserve under sugar cultivation, to expand local sugar production and cut imports, officials said. 

Cane growing is sweet business

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th November 2001 Small-scale farmers now account for about a fifth of the area under sugar cane in the Nkomazi region of the south-east lowveld of Mpumalanga, thanks to a programme supported by the government and the sugar industry. 

Big N Cape vegetable production moves

16th November 2001 The tender to supply, construct and manage a 10 000 m2 hydroponics vegetable production facility in Windsorton, Northern Cape, will be awarded within the next six weeks, following the deadline for proposals on November 9. 

The masterminds behind Africa's new masterplan

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Tangible results of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), formerly known as the New African Initiative and Map, should start to emerge now that the inaugural meeting of the initiative’s implementation committee of heads of state and government in Abuja, Nigeria, have... 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Development corridor moves

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th November 2001 The Nacala Development Corridor programme, a project involving multisectoral development works in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, is inviting consulting firms to submit expressions of interest to conduct preliminary soco-economic assessment studies in some sectors of the project. 

SA's GM food-labelling rules soon

By: Laura Franz     9th November 2001 The South African regulations governing the labelling of genetically modified (GM) foodstuffs are expected to be approved by the Minister of Health shortly, reports Department of Health (DoH) deputy director: Food Control Wilna van Rijssen. 

SA firm wins Moz sugar project

26th October 2001 In a deal valued at more than R5 million, JSE-listed CS Holdings’ mining and manufacturing systems division, CS Systems Integration, has been awarded the factory automation contract for the Marromeu Sugar Mill in Northern Mozambique by John Thompson Africa (JTA), the contractor for the... 

French technology for sustainable agriculture

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2001 In cereal farming and horticulture, the irrigation and greenhouse cultivation technologies developed by French farms are attracting farmers the world over, from China to the US. 

Commodity finance opportunities offered

By: Deborah Spicer     5th October 2001 After having successfully introduced agrifinance solutions in South Africa, Absa Corporate and Merchant Bank is intent on providing similar financing opportunities to producers, traders, processors and end-users in other African countries. 

Agri deal ahead of Doha meeting

2nd October 2001 The Agriculture Committee of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed on three implementation issues that are part of the preparation for the Doha Ministerial conference in November. 

W Cape economy losing momentum

28th September 2001 The Western Cape economy will for the first time not outperform the national averages, stated Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mike Thompson at a meeting of chamber members earlier this month. 

Freezing-tunnel commissioned

28th September 2001 A contract for the supply of liquid nitrogen and equipment at I&J’s Paarden Eiland factory in Cape Town has culminated in the commissioning of a 12 m freezing tunnel and a large vacuum-insulated liquid nitrogen tank for freezing chicken products, including the Wild Five range, by Afrox. 

Deadline for Sector Partnership Fund applications

By: Riaan de Lange     21st September 2001 The Sector Partnership Fund (SPF), which is financed by a loan from the World Bank, forms part of the government’s Industrial Competitiveness and Job Creation Project. 

Oxygen solution helps fish-farm breathe easier

21st September 2001 Gas solutions company Air Liquide has secured a contract with leading freshwater fish farm Lunsklip Fishers, of Mpumalanga, to supply oxygen and associated technology for the monitoring and control of the water dissolved oxygen content. 

Jo'burg's market plants seeds of rejuvenation

By: Laura Franz     21st September 2001 After being left to lie fallow for so many years, South Africa’s largest fresh produce market, the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market (JFPM), is starting to reap the rewards of its corporatisation effected just over a year ago. 

Agriculture reform vital for development

21st September 2001 It is becoming increasingly apparent that agricultural issues will have to be fully integrated into any new global trade talks if the developing world is to gain any benefit from the globalisation process. 

Agri-liberalisation calls grow louder

11th September 2001 It is becoming increasingly apparent that agricultural issues will have to be fully integrated into any new global trade talks if the developing world is to gain any benefit from the globalisation process. 

Flowers are Kenya's best export friend

7th September 2001 Cut flowers remain one of Kenya’s biggest foreign income earners, with total exports reaching more than 38 000 t in 2000. This is a more than 1 000 t more than the previous year. 

Talks advance on KZN nuts project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st August 2001 Maritzburg-based groundnuts-processing and marketing company Star Foods and US non-governmental organisation TechnoServe have initiated negotiations which could culminate in a groundnuts-growing venture in Makhathini Flats, north-eastern Kwazulu-Natal, aimed at raising the living standards of... 

Air patrol tenders in 2002

28th August 2001 The tender for the aerial support component of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat)’s acquisition of three inshore and one offshore patrol vessels will be issued locally in the next financial year. 

We’re still tops in protea production

27th August 2001 The South African Protea Producers and Exporters Assocation (Sappex) has rejected press reports that South Africa is lagging behind foreign countries in the production of proteas. 

New era in fishing-rights allocation begins

27th August 2001 An innovative process to ensure that the allocation of fishing rights across 22 commercial fishing sectors is credible and equitable starts today at the Sea Point Offices of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). 

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

Small dairy farmers' population growing

17th August 2001 Today, as much as 50% of dairy products in South Africa are produced by smaller manufacturers, reports Agricultural Research Council (ARC) head of communication and marketing Frans Naud 

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