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Agriculture Engineering

Agricultural trade system a serious problem – Erwin

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2002 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin yesterday described trade in agricultural products as one of the most serious problems facing the world trade system. 

Technology raises SA's maize-crop estimate

22nd May 2002 South Africa’s 2001/02 maize crop estimate has risen, for the first time since the initial release of data in February, as sophisticated new methods of measuring take effect, the crop estimates body said. 

Annan highlights key focus areas for Joburg summit

21st May 2002 In a speech delivered by UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity were named as key areas for action at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which kicks-off in Johannesburg in August . 

Tubing to deal with 'sweet' corrosion

3rd May 2002 Five years of extensive laboratory tests, negotiations and trials have resulted in the successful introduction of Salmac Stainless Tube’s SQ28 stainless-steel tubing, which is resistant to stress corrosion cracking, to the South African market. 

SA vacuum-pump manufacturer's European, SADC exports on rise

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Johannesburg-based manufacturer of Nash liquid-ring vacuum pumps and compressors Vac-Cent Services has extended its services to the vacuum industry to include a field service to existing customers and potential vacuum users. 

SA's land distribution will be legal

12th April 2002 The South African Government remains committed to correcting the distortions in land ownership through a clear and legal framework, which does not disrupt business, said MEC for agriculture, conservation and environment Mashego Dlamini at the sugar season ceremony in Kwazulu-Natal yesterday. 

Crop forecasting goes hi-tech

5th April 2002 South Africa will use satellite imaging, state-of-the-art computer programmes and personal visits to farms to improve the accuracy of summer crop estimates, agriculture officials said. 

Southern Africa facing big food crisis

4th April 2002 Southern African states, including troubled Zimbabwe, face widespread hunger as imports arrive too slowly in drought-hit areas, a regional food security unit said. 

Potch varsity has role in new nuclear tech

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 The acquisition by the University of Potchefstroom’s design and manufacturing centre of only one of a handful of five-axis computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining centres in South Africa has made possible the university’s involvement in Eskom’s pebble-bed modular reactor... 

Citrus processor expands material-handling capacity

8th March 2002 Efficient operation of Letaba Citrus Processors' enterprise in Tzaneen has been simplified through its relationship with Criterion Equipment, a local materials-handling supplier, reports manager Trevor Dunlop. 

Branding cattle with microchips

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 South African farmers will soon be able to microchip their livestock, through efforts by the Land Bank. 

Arms-to-soy firm exporting 30% of output

22nd February 2002 A subsidiary of State-owned defence group Denel, Specialised Protein Products (SPP), is currently producing 600 t of a ‘multibase’ soy protein powder and 300 t of soyfibre, its two largest products, every month. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 

SA needs you, agricultural engineers

17th August 2001 The agricultural engineering discipline will play a critical part in the prosperity of a developing country such as South Africa, states Institute of Agricultural Engineering director Adriaan Louw. 

Joint venture a model for fishing industry

17th August 2001 Joint ventures, such as SeaVuna, provide a model for transformation in the troubled fishing industry, stated Sea Harvest chairperson Chris Nissen at the official launch of SeaVuna Fishing Company in Mossel Bay . 

Components specifically for farming

17th August 2001 Specialist in bearings, seals, power transmission components, industrial gear boxes and belting, Bearing Man, distributes a range of drive shafts and components, designed specifically for the agricultural industry. 

New conveyor belt for litchi plant

17th August 2001 Local company Renold Crofts has supplied UniBelt plastic belting, complete with product supports, for a new litchi washing plant on a litchi farm in Malelane, Mpumalanga. 

New water conditioner developed

17th August 2001 A water conditioner that has been developed by West-Rand firm Aquamat, the Aquamaster uses the concept of catalytic ionising and conditions water containing harmful minerals and metals. Hard water and saline brackish water is conditioned to optimum standard at virtually no operating cost. 

Call for more investment in agriculture

17th August 2001 For agriculture to fulfil its role of economic development, it must be supported through increased investment in infrastructure, adequate financing instruments, research and institutional and human development, warns Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs Thoko Didiza. 

Moz sugar industry receives boost

23rd July 2001 A new project guaranteed by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), a member of the World Bank group, will help rehabilitate and partially privatise Mozambique’s largest sugar estate, creating thousands of jobs and generating significant economic and social benefits in the... 

Food-packaging lines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 Packaging equipment supplier Universal Supply Systems Pactech (USS Pactech) has completed three fully automated packaging lines worth R5-million for Nandos Chickenland factory in Lourensville, Gauteng. 

Competition attrition

By: System Author     17th November 2000 South African industrial companies are being denied vitally-important global potential by narrow competition policy, says business leader Leslie Boyd, executive vice-chairperson of Anglo American plc. 

International opportunity for South African farmers

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

Microwave moisture system developed

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

Time taken from SA farms to UK shops slashed

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A R15-million perishable cargo warehouse facility, which opened last month at Johannesburg International Airport, is expected to help boost South Africa’s exports of fresh produce and create new jobs. 

EU, poor countries to provide critical mass for WTO round

By: System Author     14th July 2000 It is fitting that France, originator of the word ‘renaissance’, should help Africa with its own variation of the concept. And that is precisely what the country plans to do during its tenure in the presidency of the European Union. 

Get your sums right and we have a free-trade deal

By: System Author     6th July 2000 It appears as though the Southern African Development Community free-trade agreement will not be torn to shreds by clothing and textiles, nor left soured by sugar industry concerns. 

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