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Agroprocessing News

Access to finance, training key to building SA’s black farming community – Afgri

By: African News Agency      15th April 2019 Access to finance, training and entrepreneurship are critical to building South Africa's black farming community, agricultural services company Afgri's subsidiary Lemang Agricultural Services has said. Lemang was specifically created to train, develop and mentor new era farmers and focuses on... 

Rooibos breaks into global chocolate market

By: African News Agency      10th April 2019 Rooibos has caught the notice of the chocolate industry as chocolatiers experiment with superfoods among new flavours ahead of Easter sales, the South African Rooibos Council has said. South African Rooibos Council spokesperson Adele du Toit said health-conscious consumers were looking for... 

Afgri creates strategic grains storage platform

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 Afgri Group Holdings (AGH) on Monday announced the creation of a strategic grains storage platform, in collaboration with a consortium of South African institutional investors, to enable growth of grain storage capacity in South Africa, and on the continent, to strengthen food security in the... 

In2Foods launches new agroprocessing facility at OR Tambo SEZ

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th April 2019 In2Food Group on Friday officially launched its new R400-million, 22 708 m2 factory, located on 3.5 ha of land on the northern precinct of the OR Tambo International Airport Special Economic Zone. In2Foods CEO Richard Cooper said this was one of the most diverse agroprocessing factories in the... 

In2Foods launches new agroprocessing facility at OR Tambo SEZ
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Durban set to become garden of eating through urban farming projects

By: African News Agency      4th April 2019 KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural MEC on Thursday launched a programme to encourage urban agriculture – growing food gardens in small, open spaces, including city rooftops and townships. Urban farming is not new and is practised successfully in cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg - and... 

A tiny beetle is killing an urban forest and there's no solution

By: Bloomberg     3rd April 2019 A black beetle the size of a sesame seed is killing South Africa’s trees, and no one knows how to stop it. After arriving from Southeast Asia about four years ago, the polyphagous shot-hole borer has spread a thousand miles across South Africa, from the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, where it... 

South African poultry industry backs Namibia against dumping of chicken from Brazil

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) said on Tuesday that it had noted with alarm that the insidious dumping of chicken from Brazil that plagues the local industry has also taken root in Namibia. Izaak Breitenbach, GM of SAPA's broiler division, said that it was increasingly clear that... 

Company leads in advancing sugar technology

29th March 2019 Offering a comprehensive service globally, with over 55 years of experience in the sugar sector, multidisciplinary engineering company Bosch Projects has recently developed the Lamella Clarifier, which uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling. “Our... 

Company leads in advancing  sugar technology
NEW DEVELOPMENTS Bosch projects has developed the Lamella Clarifier, that uses a series of inclined plates for fast, effective particle separation and settling

Trade and Industry committee attends to industry challenges

29th March 2019 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry is well aware that the South African sugar industry is experiencing various challenges as it has been engaging the industry for over a year to alleviate the plight of local sugarcane farmers. Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry... 

Trade and Industry  committee attends to  industry challenges
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LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS The committee acknowledges that factors such as bio-fuels and cogeneration may require legislative changes

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Commitment to transform rural communities

29th March 2019 Sugar producer llovo Sugar South Africa (Illovo SA) is firmly committed to transformation and building sustainable enterprises, especially in rural communities where it operates, says Illovo Sugar SA MD Mamongae Mahlare. “In the 2017 financial year, Illovo SA’s total economic impact on the local... 

Commitment to transform  rural communities
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SHARING THE SWEETNESS Illovo Sugar South Africa makes an economic impact working with small retailers who sell its products within South Africa

Sugar industry job loss claims are premature – Treasury

By: African News Agency      28th March 2019 The South African Canegrowers Association recently claimed that the sugar tax has cost the industry R925-million in the 2018/19 season, while the DA has claimed that over 1000 jobs had already been lost due to the tax. But National Treasury’s Mpho Legote said that any current estimates are... 

South Africa's 2019 maize crop seen down 16% on drought conditions

By: Reuters     25th March 2019 South Africa is likely to harvest 16% less maize in 2019 compared with the previous season after drought delayed plantings, a Reuters poll showed on Monday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its second production forecast for the 2019 crop on Tuesday, is seen... 

South Africa's 2019 maize crop seen down 16% on drought conditions

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth
Minister in The Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks, while Dr Johan van Zyl, Mpumi Mpofu and Roelf Meyer listen

The BioCycle aims to turn human waste into lubricants, biodiesel 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2019 The BioCycle plans to have completed the design of its first South African commercial scale facility by the end of 2020, to be followed by a global rollout of the technology, says MultiCycle director Marc Lewis. The BioCycle aims to develop commercially viable and scalable processes for the... 

The BioCycle aims to turn human waste into lubricants, biodiesel

Convicted fraudster seeks to stop parliamentary processes aimed at removing him as Icasa chair

By: News24Wire      18th March 2019 Fraud and money-laundering convict Rubben Mohlaloga will not only be fighting to stay out of prison but to also remain chairperson of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). Sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last month but currently on bail pending an appeal of his... 

South Africa sugar tax to cut industry revenues, prompt reform – USDA

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 South Africa's sugar tax could slash industry revenues and prompt restructuring of the country's sugar sector, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report published on Wednesday. The tax, introduced last April, has slashed the beverage sector's use of sugar by 30%, the USDA attache... 

Ten worst South African performers tell tale of battling economy

By: Bloomberg     13th March 2019 It’s not even the end of the first quarter and already there’s a plethora of once-significant South African companies that have either collapsed or had their share prices hit the wall. The likes of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, tech provider EOH Holdings, Blue Label Telecoms and Aspen Pharmacare... 

Shares in Tongaat fall to lowest level since 1993

By: Mariaan Webb     11th March 2019 Shares in Tongaat Hulett fell more than 14% early on Monday, after its announcement last week that it had appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to review past accounting practices. The sugar producer, which flagged last month that it would fall to a full-year loss, traded at its lowest level since... 

Winemakers open new African frontier with Drakensberg vines

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2019 South Africa’s wine industry is centered around Cape Town. But pioneers far to the northeast are forging a new frontier in unlikely surroundings as changing weather patterns test long-held conventions. Cathedral Peak wine estate’s vines grow in the foothills of the Central Drakensberg, or “Dragon... 

New technologies set to transform global food chain in next five years – IBM

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2019 Information technology multinational IBM predicts that technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and cloud, will help to transform the global food chain over the next five years, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software senior VP Arvind Krishna says.... 

New technologies set to transform global  food chain in next five years – IBM
ARVIND KRISHNA IBM unveiled five solutions in February to improve the food chain and food security

Dubai scientists grow super crops that thrive in salty deserts

By: Bloomberg     28th February 2019 Scientists in Dubai are developing crops like quinoa that can thrive in the salty soils intruding into the world’s croplands. Winning over enough people to eat them is proving a greater challenge. At an experimental farm within sight of the world’s tallest skyscraper, researchers at the... 

South African Canegrowers Association to brief Parliament committee on sugar industry crisis

By: African News Agency      25th February 2019 The South African Canegrowers Association said on Monday it would brief Parliament's trade and industry portfolio committee on the crisis facing the sugar industry due to drought, falling prices and the impact of cheap imports, among others. The association had sent a letter to the committee's... 

Tongaat shares drop after profit warning

By: Reuters     22nd February 2019 Tongaat Hulett on Friday warned of a headline earnings loss for the year to March 31, sending shares in the sugar producer down 12.3% at 1308 GMT. It reported a profit of R617-million the previous year. 

Intervention needed as chicken imports reach record high – poultry association

By: African News Agency      21st February 2019 Chicken imports reached a new record high in 2018 which placed further pressure on the local market, according to the South African Poultry Association (SAPA). An imports' report drawn up by SAPA based on official SA Revenue Service statistics showed that imports in 2018 totalled 538 434 tons, an... 

Sugar tax will shrink the industry, says South African sugar association

By: African News Agency      21st February 2019 The South African Sugar Association (SASA) said on Thursday it was disappointed by the announcement that there will be an increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as "sugar tax".             During his budget speech on Thursday, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said government has... 

South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 or face crisis – WWF

By: News24Wire      20th February 2019 South Africa faces an impending food security crisis if there isn't urgent action to correct unsustainable practices, says an environmental organisation. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), South Africa will have to produce 50% more food by 2050 to feed an estimated population of... 

Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering 

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. Mohlalonga was sentenced - alongside former acting head of the Land Bank Philemon Mohlahlane and attorney Dinga Rammy Nkwashu - on... 

Icasa boss sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud, money laundering
Icasa chairperson Rubben Mohlaloga

Tongaat appoints CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 JSE-listed agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has appointed Rob Aitken CFO, effective March 1. He has been serving as the company's acting CFO since August 2018, when former CFO Murray Munro took a medical leave of absence. 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy 

31st January 2019 Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has evolved from supplying ploughs more than two centuries ago, to farmers being able to control their whole fleet through an app. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about precision farming. 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy
Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy

ARC to launch new range of cultivated indigenous citrus, deciduous fruits in Germany

31st January 2019 The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) will, next week, launch its new range of cultivated indigenous citrus and deciduous fruits during the twenty-seventh Fruit Logistica International Trade Fair, in Berlin, Germany.   The ARC will be among 25 businesses and research institutions that will... 

Good rains lift SA crop production estimates – agricultural economist

By: African News Agency      30th January 2019 After a slow start to the 2018/19 summer crop season with severe dryness during December particularly in parts of the North West and Free State provinces, conditions rebounded early in January 2019 as good rains provided the much-needed moisture for planting, a senior agricultural economist said... 

Good rains lift SA crop production estimates – agricultural economist

Agricultural sector plan prioritises job creation, agroprocessing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase on Tuesday shared the agricultural sector’s five-year business plan at the Business Unity South Africa Business Economic Indaba, held in Midrand. The plan for this sector prioritised the recovery of jobs lost as a result of the drought in the country and to continue... 

Agricultural sector plan prioritises job creation, agroprocessing
Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase discusses the agricultural sector's five-year business plan. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa farmers seek R3bn in drought aid 

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 South Africa's agricultural industry body AgriSA will approach banks, agribusiness and government to raise R3-billion to help farmers hit by severe drought, its executive director said on Friday. Farmers have faced dry conditions over most of the nation for the last year, even as they are still... 

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Namibia, South Africa sign fisheries MoU

By: African News Agency      24th January 2019 Namibia and South Africa have signed a fisheries Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining how they will work together in various matters within the fisheries space as the two countries share a common border. The MOU was signed by Minister Senzeni Zokwana, and his Namibian counterpart,... 

AGCO to take farm mechanisation into rural African communities

By: African News Agency      21st January 2019 Global agriculture company AGCO has launched an initiative to take farm mechanization deep into rural communities in Africa to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming. AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled the Farm in a... 

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