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Agroprocessing News

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

South African food inflation rose sharply in May

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2022 Food inflation in South Africa rose sharply in May, in both year-on-year (y-o-y) and month-on-month (m-o-m) terms, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has reported in its latest Food Inflation Brief. In y-o-y terms, food and non-alcoholic beverage prices last month were up 7.6%. In... 

Anglo investing in expansion of organic waste upcycling company Sanergy

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Diversified mining multinational Anglo American is leading the latest investment round of organic waste upcycling business Sanergy, which has operations in Kenya. Sanergy's solutions are helping to transform how fast-growing cities in the developing world manage waste by upcycling it into... 

Tongaat establishes restructuring committee, appoints chief restructuring officer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th June 2022 Agroprocessing company Tongaat Hulett has established a restructuring committee as an additional subcommittee of its board of directors to oversee and approve negotiations and the consensual development of a plan to reduce and repay debt to sustainable levels. It will also be tasked with... 

Farmers petition government to intervene in Tiger Brands factory closure

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 Fruit producers have made urgent requests to the Western Cape provincial government, as well as national government, to intervene in food manufacturer Tiger Brands’ decision to close down its canning factory in Ashton, in the Western Cape, which agriculture industry association Agri SA believes... 

GreenCape’s 2022 green economy market intelligence reports outline opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 This year’s editions of nonprofit organisation GreenCape’s yearly green economy market intelligence reports (MIRs) have been made available. The reports were officially launched on June 7 by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger and Western Cape Minister of... 

Motsepe Foundation, partners invest in projects to uplift farmers, communities

By: Darren Parker     15th June 2022 Nonprofit organisation the Motsepe Foundation has launched two large-scale agricultural and farming projects involving rural and traditional communities in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, in partnership with agriculture industry association Agri SA and established commercial farmers and agribusinesses.... 

Dr Patrice Motsepe
Photo by Creamer Media's Darren Parker
Dr Patrice Motsepe

South African agriculture again recorded growth in the first quarter, but trend is slowing

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2022 The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has highlighted the continuing economic growth of the South African agricultural sector during the first quarter of this year (Q1 2022) but has warned that this growth was expected to decelerate “drastically” over the course of this year. In... 

Paul Allen’s Institute helps South Africa thwart locust swarms

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2022 South Africa is bracing for a repeat of last season’s locust swarms, the worst in decades, and is banking on a tracking technology backed by the institute of Microsoft Corp’s late co-founder, Paul Allen, to tackle the infestation. Agri Eastern Cape, which represents farmers in the coastal... 

Takeover Regulation Panel nullifies shareholder waiver of Magister’s investment into Tongaat

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2022 Sugar, ethanol, animal feeds and cattle company Tongaat Hulett reports that the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) has completed its investigation, concluding that the third parties and Magister Investments are concert parties, and accordingly that the shareholder waiver has been nullified as a... 

National rail policy to support local industry, manufacturing  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper has a deliberate bias towards local manufacturing to ensure industrialisation and the local production of steel, railway lines, rolling stock and supplies, and the State and private sector operators should procure all supplies from South African manufacturers,... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

No racketeering decision yet in former Tongaat Hulett execs' fraud case

By: News24Wire      2nd June 2022 The National Director of Public Prosecutions has not yet made a decision on whether or not to charge former high-profile Tongaat Hulett executives with racketeering. This emerged on Thursday when the six appeared again before Durban Regional Court Magistrate Garth Davis. 

Land Bank aims for debt solution by end-Sept

By: Reuters     2nd June 2022 South Africa's Land Bank is working on a new debt restructuring plan that it hopes will be finalised by the end of September, the National Treasury said on Wednesday. The state-owned agricultural bank defaulted on its debt in April 2020 and missed a restructuring deadline in March 2021. It has so... 

AMIE reiterates call for local chicken producers to further develop export markets

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2022 The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) has reiterated its stance that importing chicken into South Africa is crucial to keeping prices of locally available chicken in check for consumers, who it says are struggling to afford this vital source of protein. AMIE CEO Paul Matthew... 

Agri SA proposes diesel rebate scheme increase to buffer food prices from fuel hike

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2022 A targeted intervention to increase the diesel rebate to the agricultural sector would buffer the cost pressures that impact food prices, while also being a more sustainable option over the coming months given pressures to the fiscus, says agricultural industry organisation Agri SA chief... 

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Local poultry producers remain at odds with chicken importers on tariffs 

By: Donna Slater     30th May 2022 In an ongoing dispute between chicken importers and local chicken farmers about lowering the prices of poultry products, trade movement FairPlay founder Francois Baird has challenged chicken importers to reveal their “substantial” profits and how much they have invested in expanding their... 

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Ukraine conflict squeezes South Africa's citrus exports to Russia

By: Reuters     26th May 2022  The conflict in Ukraine has throttled South Africa's citrus exports to Russia and driven input costs higher, further squeezing fruit producers already suffering from spiralling shipping costs, an industry body said. The war, which started on February 24, blocked South Africa's citrus shipments... 

SA poultry producers missing out on export market with lax livestock health standards

By: Donna Slater     26th May 2022 The South African poultry industry is “missing a massive opportunity” to export products as a result of it not meeting the health and safety standards required by trade blocs such as the European Union (EU), says the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE). A robust and... 

Kgodiso Development Fund investing R28m to support emerging raisin farmers

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 The Kgodiso Development Fund has announced two new investments totalling R28-million, aimed at supporting emerging farmers in the raisin industry. The first project, in the Northern Cape, involves an investment of R12-million for the first year, in a partnership with industry association Raisins... 

AfDB starts fund to wean continent off Russian wheat

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2022 Africa’s biggest multilateral lender announced a $1.5-billion fund to boost grain production to help avert potential food shortages stemming from Russia’s war with Ukraine. The African Development Bank will use the facility to supply about 20-million farmers with climate-smart certified seeds and... 

Tongaat chairperson Von Zeuner steps down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2022 Louis von Zeuner has resigned as chairperson of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett, but will remain on the board until June 30 to ensure a smooth handover to interim chairperson David Noko. Noko is lead independent nonexecutive director and will serve as interim chairperson until a successor is... 

Small-scale farming collaborative gains momentum

By: Donna Slater     17th May 2022 The rethinking of food systems for South Africa needs to start with individual food producers on the ground and expand from there – as laid out in a project called “Towards recalibrating food systems during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic”, which started in October 2020. Funded by the World... 

Astral posts higher interim profit, revenue

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2022 Integrated poultry producer Astral increased its revenue for the six months ended March 31 by 26.5% year-on-year to R9.4-billion, while its net profit from continuing operations increased by 145% year-on-year to R546.86-million. Operating profit from continuing operations increased by 134%... 

Tongaat Hulett suspends Zimbabwe sugar cane pre-payments over lending freeze

By: Reuters     13th May 2022 South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett's Zimbabwean subsidiaries have suspended advance payments for cane deliveries after the Harare authorities told banks to stop lending, the company said on Thursday, exposing farmers to possible cash flow problems. Tongaat Hulett's two Zimbabwe... 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Ukraine war fuels food crisis in distant Africa

By: Reuters     11th May 2022 Zimbabwean security guard Edwin Dapi was already struggling to provide for his wife and four children before a conflict 11 000 km away in Ukraine sent global prices for grains, cooking oils, fuel and fertilizer soaring. Now his monthly pay of 18 000 Zimbabwe dollars, worth roughly $55 at the... 

SA Canegrowers assists 21 000 small-scale sugar growers as industry faces headwinds

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 Contributions by sugarcane organisation the South African (SA) Canegrowers made up a significant portion of R225-million that was distributed to small-scale growers in January, after funds were distributed to help combat severe challenges that continue to plague the industry, including cheap... 

Corteva launches new seed applied technology centre in Pretoria

By: Darren Parker     5th May 2022 Agricultural science and technology developer Corteva Agriscience officially opened its Centre for Seed Applied Technologies (CSAT) facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on May 5. The CSAT is one of only three such centres, comprising six laboratories, worldwide. 

Employees working at the CSAT facility in Pretoria

Nigeria buys emergency Canadian potash to replace lost Russian supply

By: Reuters     3rd May 2022 Nigeria had to buy emergency supplies of Canadian potash in April after the country was unable to import the key fertilizer from Russia due to the impact of Western sanctions, the head of Nigeria's sovereign investment authority NSIA said. Uche Orji, the head of NSIA, declined to comment on... 

Western Cape fruit exports expected to increase

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2022 Western Cape Agriculture Minister Ivan Meyer this week said he was pleased with the forecast of an increase in fruit exports from the province, following the good rainfall in the province since 2018. In a statement, he said It was expected that the increased water availability would boost... 

Africa must prepare for inevitable global food crisis – AfDB

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2022 Development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina has called for an increased sense of urgency as a once-in-a-century convergence of global challenges for Africa mean the continent "must prepare for the inevitability of a global food crisis".... 

Proposed EU pest regulations to hurt domestic citrus exports, says association

By: Donna Slater     25th April 2022 Newly proposed European Union (EU) regulations threaten the export of oranges from the Southern African region to Europe, according to Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) of South Africa special envoy to market access and EU matter representative Deon Joubert.   Earlier in April, the EU’s Standing... 

CGA welcomes efforts to get Durban port, related infrastructure up and running

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2022 Industry association the Citrus Growers' Association of Southern Africa (CGA) says it is encouraged by the work done by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Transnet and the eThekwini municipality to reopen the Durban port. The arterial Bayhead road has been partially reopened ahead of... 

Tongaat's debt increases to R6.8bn, company warns of 120% fall in full-year earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th April 2022 JSE-listed sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett says it felt the pressure from a challenging commercial environment faced by the South African sugar operations during the last quarter of its financial year ended March 31. Tongaat expects earnings a share for the year under review to be at least 120%... 

Opinion: A revolution in African farming

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2022 In this article, African Climate Foundation agriculture researcher Malik Dasoo writes about the benefits of regenerative agriculture and how it can transform farming in Africa. 

Opinion: A revolution in African farming

Lotus investing R170m in new Western Cape factory

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th April 2022 Western Cape Agriculture Minister Dr Ivan Meyer has welcomed the R170-million investment by Flemish biscuit company Lotus, which has started building a factory, in Wolseley, in the Western Cape. Lotus' best-known product is Speculoos, a spiced shortcrust biscuit marketed abroad as Biscoff.... 

TWK lifts interim profit to R247m

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2022 Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Investments achieved 30.6% increase in revenue to R4.88-billion for the six months ended February 28, compared with revenue of R3.74-billion achieved in the six months ended February 28, 2021. Profit after tax increased by 175.5% to... 

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