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Agriculture News

South Africa’s space agency develops system to monitor crops

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 The Earth Observation (EO) Directorate of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has developed an advanced crop-monitoring system for South Africa that will also be made available to other African countries, in due course. “We are able to monitor their [the crops’] condition through... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Paramotor manufacturer Parajet has started the distribution of the Maverick, Volution 3 and Zenith paramotors as well as the Falco paratrike, in South Africa, all of which can be used for recreational flying as well as many other applications including antipoaching and aerial surveillance in... 

Three new paramotors available for South African market
PARAMOTORS The paramotors using a running start are limited to one person

Drought already cost Western Cape grape farmers R500m – MEC

By: News24Wire      25th May 2017 Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has said the ongoing drought in the province will cost grape producers an estimated R500-million. "We’ve seen a decline in the volume of wine grapes harvested, in part due to a lack of irrigation water," Winde said in a statement. 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

South Africa's 2017 maize crop seen almost doubling to record harvest

By: Reuters     23rd May 2017 South African farmers are expected to reap a record 14.73-million tonnes of maize this season with current harvests indicating robust yields because of good rains, a Reuters poll of five traders and market analysts showed on Tuesday. The government's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will... 

Tongaat Hulett expects 40% increase in FY profit as prices climb

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th May 2017 Local sugar producer Tongaat Hulett expects its operating profit for the year ended March 31 to rise by 40% to R2.3-billion, owing to improved market prices, more effective import protection dynamics in the countries where it operates and higher prices realised for exports. The various sugar... 

Largest standard tractor unveiled to domestic agriculture industry at Nampo

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 The world’s largest standard production tractor, the Fendt 1000 Vario, has this week been launched to the South African market by US agriculture equipment distributor Agco during agriculture trade fair Nampo, held in Bothaville, in the Free State. In addition to the Fendt 1000 Vario, the German... 

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2017 Water solutions company Amanziflow Projects have installed more than 400 of its locally developed Fluid Dynamic Systems automatic diaphragm valves (FDS-DVs) across Southern Africa to date.  

Company reaches 400-mark installation milestone
AUTOMATIC APPLICATION The equipment requires no electrical supply or labour to operate

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2017 A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing to the increased risk of those preferences being revoked ahead... 

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns
Tutwa Consulting Group MD Peter Draper

South Africa farm minister sees no land expropriation without payment

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is not likely to approve any expropriation of land from white farmers without paying compensation, the agriculture minister said on Tuesday after President Jacob Zuma mooted such an idea. Faced with opposition mainly from ANC's urban base,... 

South Africa grain group sees 3.5Mt maize surplus this year

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 South Africa producer group Grain SA expects a surplus of 3.5-million tonnes of maize when this season’s harvest is complete and aims to export all of it with orders in from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, its chief executive said on Tuesday. South Africa will likely harvest 14.54-million tonnes... 

High Court rejects Farmers Trust’s appeal in fresh produce competition investigation 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th May 2017 The High Court of South Africa has dismissed an application by Farmers Trust to set aside the Competition Commission’s search warrant in an investigation into alleged cartel and price-fixing conduct by fresh produce market agents. The failed bid followed a search and seizure operation conducted... 

High Court rejects Farmers Trust’s appeal in fresh produce competition investigation

Agriculture important for economic growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 The continued growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden. 

Agriculture important  for economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
KUBOTA Kubota machines will be at the Smith Power Equipment stand

Fire suppression system to be showcased at Nampo

     12th May 2017 Automatic lubrication system manufacturer Lincoln Lubrication South Africa is showcasing its automated lubrication and Muster II fire suppression systems as well as parts and service solutions at the Nampo Harvest Day show, in the Free State, from May 16 to 19. 

Fire suppression system to be showcased at Nampo
Photo by Bloomberg
SPREADER NIPPLE The grease distribution systems from Lincoln Lubrication uses one or more nipples to spread lubrication equally across a system

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th May 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project run by North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

High-level support for innovative agrosolar greenhouse concept
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Minister Senzeni Zokwana and NWU Faculty of Engineering Prof LJ Grobler survey the SUNfarming Food & Energy project

Nampo Harvest Day allows company to build relationships

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Owing to the agriculture market becoming more technologically advanced, bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) says attending the Nampo Harvest Day will allow the company to build the necessary relationships within the sector. 

Nampo provides ideal platform to penetrate region

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 With aspirations to start distribution of its agriculture products across sub-Saharan Africa, Industrial equipment supplier Vermeer believes the Nampo Harvest Day is an ideal platform to promote its products to the market. 

Nampo provides ideal platform to penetrate region
BALE MAKER Agricultural equipment from Vermeer has been used to create hay bales in the Free State

New block-making business trailer at Nampo Harvest Day show

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Block making machine manufacturer Hydraform will be launching the new M9 business on a trailer block making machine at Nampo Harvest Day show to be held from May 16 to 19, in the Free State. Hydraform marketing coordinator Ryno Saayman explains that while the M9 business on a trailer block making... 

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

     12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Revamped stand to  encourage positive  customer experience
TIG WELDER Customers will be able to use some of the welding equipment from Afrox at the show

Robust pump delivers water on dry days

     12th May 2017 Pump manufacturer Franklin Electric has developed a rugged, high-output solar-powered pumping system which solves the challenges presented by harsh and remote environments, providing pumping power on dry days when water is needed most. 

Robust pump delivers water  on dry days
Photo by Bloomberg
SOLAR POWER The SolarPAK uses solar power to transport water over long distances

Vesco Plastics

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated bearings and manufacturer VescoPlastics will be able to machine custom components faster and easier owing to the introduction of a new 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining centre at its factory in Virginia, Free State. 

Vesco Plastics

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th May 2017 A new online education platform, Agricolleges, aims to help create a fresh wave of farmers and agriculturalists in Africa. It is expected to assist in the provision of education and training for small-scale farmers on the continent, which is one of four factors identified by the World Economic... 

Online agricultural education platform set to create trained farmers

New twist in compensation saga for dispossessed Zimbabwe farmers

By: African News Agency      10th May 2017 In a new twist in the saga over compensation of white farmers who were ejected from their farms in Zimbabwe, two groups of dispossessed landowners have emerged, one of which argues that government is not liable and should not pay for land. Invasions of white-owned farms in Zimbabwe began in 2000... 

New twist in compensation saga for dispossessed Zimbabwe farmers

Agricultural adaptations will cut costs of climate change impacts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th May 2017 Ongoing climate change impacts can result in significant economic costs for a country’s agricultural sector, evident in the drought South Africa has been subjected to over the last two years; however, enormous benefits can be drawn from possible adaptation options, if implemented correctly. At a... 

As droughts worsen, phones and radios lead way to water for Niger's herders

By: Reuters     9th May 2017 When Moumouni Abdoulaye and his fellow herders in western Niger used to set off on scouting missions in search of water, they feared for their livestock - and for their own lives. Unable to rely anymore on their traditional methods of predicting the weather amid increasingly erratic droughts and... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty  

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies confirmed on Monday that he had signed off on a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty, but refused to be drawn on the duty level proposed until the Word Trade Organisation (WTO) had been notified. Speaking in Johannesburg at the release of the ninth... 

Davies promises support for downstream firms as he confirms steel safeguard duty
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on the link between the Industrial Policy Action Plan and Radical Economic Transformation. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 8.5.2017

NAMC appoints acting CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2017 The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has appointed Zama Xalisa acting CEO, after Ronald Ramabulana’s tenure ended on April 28. Xalisa, who holds two Masters qualifications, joined the NAMC in 2009 as an agricultural trusts senior manager. This role included representing the Minister... 

Agriculture sector needs to be globally competitive to survive

By: African News Agency      5th May 2017 Job losses were inevitable if the agricultural sector was not globally competitive and not supported by government, the World Economic Forum on Africa heard yesterday. Speaking on the sidelines of the WEF event in Durban, Mauricio Adade, board chairperson of Africa Improved Foods, said: “It’s... 

African Utility Week organisers clinch four awards

     5th May 2017 Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, which owns and organises the African Utility Week, has won four major awards at the Respect, Opportunities, Achievement, Recognition (Roar) Organiser and Exhibitor Awards, which took place in Johannesburg on January 26. The... 

African Utility Week  organisers clinch  four awards
AWARD WINNING EVENT African Utility Week is the joint winner in the Best Trade Exhibition 6 001 m2 to 12 000 m2 category

Saudi Arabia to host the Middle East’s first fly farm

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to host the Middle East’s first fly farm, following the completion of a licensing deal between Saudi technology hub Sajt and waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein. The agreement signals the start of a new industry for the region, namely the commercial-scale... 

EU concerns about local poultry 'false aspersions' – Sapa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) on Thursday dismissed the European Union’s (EU’s) concerns that South Africa was not monitoring the use of prohibited medicines and growth hormones in poultry and other animal species. While briefing the Portfolio committee on Trade and Industry at... 

Kenya seeks to cure plastic bag addiction with blanket ban 

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 The sight of overflowing heaps of plastic waste at Gioto, the largest dump in Nakuru County, in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, was an eyesore that turned photojournalist James Waikibia into an environmental activist. Knowing plastic was a national problem, he decided to look beyond his hometown of... 

Amended Forest Sector Code gazetted

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the amended Forest Sector Code outlining transformation guidelines aligned to the Amended Codes of Good Practice for the forestry sector. “The forestry sector is one of the sectors that can stimulate and accelerate rural development, because... 

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th April 2017 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved $253-million in loans to the governments of Kenya and Uganda for the upgrading of a 118 km road section connecting the two countries and construction of the 32km Eldoret town bypass, in Kenya. Kenya will receive $147.3-million and Uganda... 

AfDB approves $253m for Uganda–Kenya connecting road upgrades
Photo by Bloomberg
SPEEDY ACCESS Upgrading of the road will reduce the travel time from Kapchorwa to Suam, in Uganda, from 4 hrs to 1.5 hrs and from Suam to Kitale, in Kenya, from 1.5 hrs to 45 min

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

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