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Agriculture Engineering

Farmers strike ‘red gold’ in Namaqualand

By: Jill Stanford     28th March 2003 Fifty-five small-scale farmers have struck ‘red gold’ in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Province. 

Sustainability a core business value

By: Zonika Botha     21st March 2003 “Globally companies and investors are embracing the principles of sustainability, recognising that commitment to sustainability in all areas of commercial activity may enhance reputation and reduce business risk.” 

Technology takes a leaf out of nature’s book

By: Karel Smrcka     14th March 2003 Scientists of the Stanford University in California are studying the deathhead cockroach as part of efforts to develop new types of robots, which are able to walk on very uneven surfaces, such as lunar landscapes. 

Unprofitable wet mills destabilising market

By: Luxolo Tyali     14th March 2003 Several unprofitable small wet mills that have opened in the Far East are at times putting low-quality starch and glucose product on to the market at uneconomic prices, African Products marketing director Stewart Krook tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

R100m expansion envisaged

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 A study is under way into the viability of producing more glucose syrup at African Products’ five-year-old Kliprivier plant in southern Gauteng, African Products’ MD Nico Kruger tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Still at Asian meltdown prices

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 Maize wet-miller African Products grew very fast during the 1980s on the back of its starch and glucose commodity production, supplying large tonnages to large companies, not the least of them being giants like the South African Breweries. 

How maize is wet milled

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 The first step in the African Products process is wet milling, as opposed to dry milling. 

Excellent 2002 growth level won’t be repeated in 2003 – marketing director

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 Maize wetmiller African Products achieved excellent 10% growth in the calendar year to December 2002, when overall volumes grew from 578 000 t in 2001 to 616 000 t driven by a 10% surge in domestic demand. 

Poor effluent infrastructure may quash import-substitution plans

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 The plans of Africa’s premier wet maize miller to produce a new range of high-value modified starch may be dashed as a result of inadequate municipal infrastructure, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

Emphasis placed on quality-control systems

By: candice haase     7th March 2003 World Health Organisation figures reflect that about 100-milion people die of food poisoning every year. 

Bearings and conveyor belts on offer

7th March 2003 Specialists in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting, Bearing Man, has a range of corrosion resistant bearings designed for use in industries like food and beverage applications, where frequent washdowns are necessary, says Bearing Man bearings division... 

$10m sugar venture under way in Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     28th February 2003 The Malawian government has embarked on a $10-million smallholder sugar-cane growing extension project at Dwangwa in the central district of Nkhota-kota, which is meant to supply the raw material to a sugar-producing factory for a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar... 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     19th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     17th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

R500m for smart electricity use programme

By: marisa rodrigues     14th February 2003 The efficient use of electricity could prevent the need to build another power station in South Africa, which is likely to become necessary by 2007 (according to current growth estimates) in order to meet peak demand. 

SA business still coming to terms with triple-bottom-line reporting

By: Deborah Spicer     14th February 2003 South African companies are slowly becoming aware that organisations are not just being judged on their economic performance. 

Sugar project aims to increase efficiency

7th February 2003 The Swazi sugar industry, both at producer and processing levels, is considered one of the most efficient in the world. 

Zim imports threaten Malawi's sugar industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th December 2002 Malawi – Malawi's sole sugar producer and a subsidiary of South African sugar group Illovo, the Sugar Corporation of Malawi (Sucoma), has asked the Malawian government to put in place measures to check ‘unfair competition’, which Malawi sugar is encountering locally faced with... 

Beekeeping to reduce rural poverty

28th November 2002 Thirty-five communities have become involved in an innovative rural poverty-alleviation project to introduce beekeeping. 

Farmers need to comply with global standards

22nd November 2002 THE imperatives of globalisation and access to foreign markets mean that South African farmers are being forced to comply with international standards, the most important being EurepGAP. 

World Summit budget exceeded by 13%

By: Irma Venter     15th November 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held earlier this year might cost the taxpayer more than anticipated. 

GM food in Africa: the debate rages

By: Deborah Spicer     8th November 2002 While some claim that subsistence farmers will be most hurt by genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), Monsanto sub-Saharan Africa area director Graham Leslie insists that non-commercial African farmers will be one of the groups that benefits most from GMOs. 

US says Zambia’s GM maize decision is regrettable

1st November 2002 The US said on Wednesday it deeply regretted Zambia's decision not to accept US genetically modified maize to feed millions of Zambians hit by the drought in southern Africa. 

Commercial hemp-farming trials begin this month

By: Deborah Spicer     16th October 2002 The next set of research and incubation trials for commercially-farmed hemp will start at 11 one-or-two-hectare sites in the Eastern Cape and five sites in the Western Cape from about the middle of this month, at the time of the first rains. 

South Africa moves ahead with biotech plans

16th October 2002 An emotive regional debate on the safety of genetically modified food aid has thrown a spotlight on South Africa's stance on biotechnology, exposing a lonely but unwavering policy. 

Funds set aside for ‘backyard’ farming

14th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs has made available R1-million for a Backyard Farming Campaign and challenges the private sector and donor agencies to match it. 

Submersible pump to enable irrigation

11th October 2002 Close-coupled submersible pumps are proving popular with the farming community to pump water out of dams or canals for irrigation. 

Commercial hemp-farming trials begin this month 

By: Deborah Spicer     11th October 2002 The next set of research and incubation trials for commercially-farmed hemp will start at 11 one-or-two-hectare sites in the Eastern Cape and five sites in the Western Cape from about the middle of this month, at the time of the first rains. 

Less downtime with sanitary pump

11th October 2002 East Rand-based Letaba Industrial Pumps markets the US-manufactured Wilden range of pumps. 

Indigenous fruit farms could boost food security

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th October 2002 The ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ITSC) is currently conducting a study into the farming of indigenous fruit trees, as a way of creating food security in South Africa. 

State backs N Cape paprika expansion

By: Deborah Spicer     4th October 2002 Paprika spice and oleoresin (paprika oil) manufacturer Nocal is due to have its upgraded and improved oleoresin-processing plant erected in Springbok in the Northern Cape this week. 

KZN plans to offer farm start-up packs

4th October 2002 The KwaZulu-Natal Government plans to issue start-up packs to needy communities, so they can begin growing their own food in response to rocketing prices. 

An alliance for sustainable progress

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2002 Arguably the most respected and successful of the world’s conservation organisations, with its combination of extensive field work and policy advocacy, the WWF is forging alliances with international business and mutlilateral lending institutions to conserve endangered ecosystems and... 

Environmental activism or ecoterrorism?

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2002 A Chilean environmentalist tells Engineering News about his life’s work, and and why he believes privatisation is not neccesarily the answer to a developing country’s economic woes. 

Karoo builds new ostrich abattoir

27th September 2002 The Klein Karoo Cooperative has started construction of its third export-class ostrich abattoir in Swellendam, in the Western Cape. 

Air-conditioning, the ozone layer and sustainable development

27th September 2002 Refrigeration was one of the topics discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg earlier this month. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     23rd September 2002 During the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) high-level decision-makers and politicians from around the world converged in Johannesburg to thrash out policy issues surrounding water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity. 

Environmentalists slam SA’s renewable energy plan

23rd September 2002 Environmental groups have slammed government’s recently-released White Paper on the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Development, describing the targets set as ‘pathetic’ and out of step with the stated intent of policy. 

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