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Agroprocessing News

Illovo collaborates with land rights NGO, UK’s DFID on land policy

By: African News Agency      26th July 2019 Illovo Sugar Africa said on Friday it had collaborated with land rights non-governmental organisation Landesa and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to help the company implement its land rights policies and commitments. In a statement, it said the joint project had culminated... 

OPINION: Scourge of hunger rising in Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th July 2019 In this opinion piece, Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu writes about the worsening global food security situation. Last week I wrote about an imminent dilemma that Africa faces: its farmers are old, aged 60 on average, and convincing their offspring to take over when they... 

OPINION: Scourge of hunger rising in Africa

Poultry importers, producers in standoff over proposed import tariffs  

By: Simone Liedtke     25th July 2019 The standoff between South African poultry producers and importers, about proposed import tariff increases continues. A decision to implement tariff increases of up to 82% on chicken imported from non-European Union (EU) and non-Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries could result... 

Poultry importers, producers in standoff over proposed import tariffs
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
AMIE CEO Paul Matthew

South Africa's 2019 maize output expected to shrink by 13%

By: Reuters     24th July 2019 South Africa's 2019 maize harvest forecast is expected to be reduced from previous estimates after harvests in the North West province pointed to lower yields, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee, which will provide its sixth production forecast for the... 

South Africa's 2019 maize output expected to shrink by 13%

OPINION: Making farming cool for youngsters

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th July 2019 In this opinion piece, Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu discusses the stigma in Africa that farming is synonymous with poverty.  

OPINION: Making farming cool for youngsters
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Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Martin Zhuwakinyu

Feeding 10bn people will require genetically modified food

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2019 Like it or not, genetic modification is going to be an important tool to feed the planet’s growing population. If we want to feed ten-billion people by 2050, in a world beset by rising temperatures and scarcer water supplies, we will need to dramatically change the way we produce food. Increased... 

Didiza calls for conversation with land owners

By: African News Agency      16th July 2019 Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza on Tuesday called for dialogue with land owners as the department seeks to change historically skewed ownership demographics. Didiza said the department planned to "revitalise" land that was transferred through the state's... 

Didiza calls for conversation with land owners
Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development Thoko Didiza

Tongaat CEO seeking to freeze payments on R11bn of debt 

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2019 Tongaat Hulett is asking ten lenders for a break from payments on as much as R11-billion of debt so it can recover from the impact of having to restate accounts, according to CEO Gavin Hudson. The embattled South African sugar maker is spending about R1-billion a year servicing the borrowings and... 

Chicken import tariff increases will not solve industry problems – association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2019 The Emerging Black Importers and Exports South Africa (Ebiesa) has called on government to stop an application launched by the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) to increase import tariffs on chicken to 82%. Ebiesa stated that Sapa’s rationale for seeking the tariff increases was that... 

Gauteng macroeconomic model to be ready in next 100 days, says Ramokgopa

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2019 Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa on Friday told media that a provincial macroeconomic model will be developed and finalised within the next 100 days. The model would help to address Gauteng’s disproportionate share of responsibilities and would... 

Gauteng macroeconomic model to be ready in next 100 days, says Ramokgopa
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Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Former Tongaat official scrutinised in echo of Steinhoff scandal 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 Tongaat Hulett said South African police are investigating an unnamed former executive for his role in an accounting scandal that’s forced the sugar maker to restate financials and ask for its shares to be suspended. A criminal case has been opened against the individual, Tongaat said, without... 

Omnia to restructure as it seeks to reduce overextended balance sheet 

By: Schalk Burger     25th June 2019 Diversified chemicals group Omnia will, over the next two years, focus on improving the profit margins of its companies’ services and products, ensuring that its assets and investments deliver value, as well as on pursuing international expansion of intellectual property-based businesses that... 

Extreme weather is shaking up Africa's corn trade

By: Bloomberg     25th June 2019 At least three African nations will need to import more corn this year after extreme weather from cyclones to drought devastated crops, sparking some unusual trade flows. Corn is a staple grain across much of sub-Saharan Africa, where it’s milled and cooked with water to form a porridge or stiff... 

Winetech Pitching Den entry deadline extended to June 28

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2019 Winetech and the South African Innovation Summit have extended the deadline for the Winetech Pitching Den entries to June 28. This is to enable more entrepreneurs to compete and showcase their agritech innovations to the South African wine industry. 

Tongaat’s shares fall as it announces plans to restate 2018 financial statements  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st May 2019 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett's share price on the JSE fell by nearly 10% on Friday afternoon after it announced that it would have to restate its financial statements for the financial year ended March 31, 2018, as a strategic and financial review had revealed “past practices which are of... 

Lekwa municipality water supply problems hit Astral Foods poultry processing plant

By: African News Agency      28th May 2019 Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods said on Tuesday the water supply constraints stemming from the deterioration of infrastructure in the Lekwa municipality which supplies its processing plant in Standerton were having significant cost implications for the company. In its recently reported... 

Land Bank economist warns of increasing risk of African swine fever

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2019 South African meat producers are likely to continue facing challenges this year, says Land Bank agricultural economist Karabo Takadi. One of the biggest likely challenges is that the risk profile for the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) was increasing, posing a potential risk to stakeholders... 

Tongaat Hulett, lenders to consider standstill agreement

By: Reuters     16th May 2019 Tongaat Hulett said on Thursday it was looking to negotiate a standstill agreement with its lenders, which had already agreed to waive some of their rights related to their loans to the troubled sugar producer. The news supported Tongaat shares, which have been under pressure since it issued a... 

Court action suspended, parties agree on more transparency in chicken industry

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to lift the veil of secrecy on "confidential" documents on which the protectionist application on chicken imports is based. In a statement in Wednesday AMIE, which had launched the... 

Davies approves revised guidelines for aquaculture programme

By: African News Agency      14th May 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the revised guidelines of South Africa's Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP), with implementation effective from April 1, his department said on Tuesday. Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms including fish,... 

Davies approves Bojanala SEZ recommendation

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Monday notified the public and interested parties of his intention to designate the Bojanala Special Economic Zone. The public and interested parties will have 30 days from the date of the publication of the notice in the Government Gazette to support... 

Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range  

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2019 Mahindra has opened its fourth business in South Africa. The India-based conglomerate will now add farming equipment to its product line-up in the domestic market, along with vehicles, generators and construction equipment. 

 Mahindra South Africa unveils comprehensive farming equipment range
Mahindra has entered the farming equipment business in South Africa

Polymer bushings used in unsuitable environments

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings says its polymer bushings are suited to the South African agriculture sector because of their ability to remain efficient even in less than optimal conditions. Vesconite Bearings’ polymer bushings are manufactured from vesconite – a specialised... 

Polymer bushings used in unsuitable environments
MANUFACTURING MARVEL Parts manufactured for planters and harvesters from vesconite polymers

Larger stands, more technology on display at Nampo

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Agriculture supply manufacturer John Deere has increased its number of stands from three – in previous years – to five this year, totalling an unrivalled display area of 3 000 m2 at the 2019 Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, which will be held from May 14 to 17 near Bothaville, in the Free State. John... 

Larger stands,  more technology  on display at Nampo
TRACTOR TRACKER Satellites in farming are now a reality

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Biggest Nampo yet boasts 775 stands

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 The southern hemisphere’s largest agriculture expo, the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, will feature a record-breaking 775 stands, and organiser Grain SA says that all of the stands have now been sold out. The event caters to the South African and Southern Africa farming community and will be held... 

Biggest Nampo yet boasts 775 stands
HIGH EXPECTATIONS An aerial view of the continent’s largest agriculture show being held in May

South African company providing agritech solution to combat yield loss

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th April 2019 With farmers losing 20% to 40% of their yield yearly to pests and diseases, new ways to combat these losses are required, and South African company Aerobotics is providing one such solution. Aerobotics CEO Timothy Willis presented the company’s solution during Agri SA’s Commodity and Corporate... 

Consumer trends present opportunities for agricultural industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th April 2019 There are a number of current trends that are unfolding globally that are impacting the agricultural industry, and the industry must be cognisant of these, while realising that these also have the potential to benefit the industry. The was the message delivered by Flux Trends finance specialist... 

Agricultural sector urged to collaborate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th April 2019 The agricultural sector needs to pursue collaboration to mitigate the various challenges it is facing, as well as to grow the sector, says Agri SA Commodity Chamber chairperson Dr Pieter Prinsloo. Speaking at Agri SA’s Commodity and Corporate Chamber Conference, in Pretoria, on Wednesday, he... 

South Sudan invites investment in agriculture, mining, oil

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2019 Since its official independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has ripened the environment for investment in the country, which was apparent when the country’s Ministers on Wednesday met with South African investors and businesspersons during a roadshow, in Sandton, to discuss investment... 

Tongaat to restate prior results after review

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett said on Wednesday it expects to restate prior financial information, after a review showed some accounting practices that might require remedial action. "The implementation of a turnaround plan resetting the financial and commercial priorities,... 

Transforming South Africa's fishing industry key to unlocking economic growth – Zokwana

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 Substantive transformation in South Africa's fishing industry remains a challenge and requires a collective responsibility and focus given its potential to unlock economic growth, agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana has said. In a speech on Tuesday to launch the 2020... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2019 The Western Cape’s investment promotion agency Wesgro said on Tuesday it had helped secure R2.85-billion in investments in the province during the 2018/19 financial year which would be realised over a five year period and create nearly 1 000 jobs. It said this followed a successful fourth quarter... 

Nearly R3bn in investment raised for Cape Town, Western Cape in 2018/19

Presidential panel member rejects final report on South African land reform

By: Reuters     23rd April 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa's push to reduce rural poverty and quell growing anger over unequal access to property faces further delays after a member of an advisory panel on the issue on Friday rejected key aspects of the plan. Land ownership is a controversial and emotive issue in South Africa... 

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... 

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