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Agriculture News

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. 

Making the case for biotech in SA

By: Zonika Botha     20th September 2002 What information technology (IT) has been to the world over the last 20 years, biotechnology is going to be to the world over the next 20 years. 

Maize-product firm pursues new niches

By: Joanne Delaurentis     20th September 2002 Toothpaste, soups, sweets, paper, board, braai briquettes, textiles, beer, spices, beverages, glue, intravenous drips and sweeteners are only a few of the industries currently making use of the products and co-products produced by South Africa’s African Products. 

The right to say 'no' to GM food aid

By: Seeraj Mohamed     20th September 2002 I am offended by people who say that Zambia should accept genetically modified food aid or starve. 

SA mulls indigenous fruit-tree farming plan

20th September 2002 Researchers are investigating the commercial farming of indigenous fruit trees to help improve food security, create jobs and also save South Africa’s natural bio-diversity. 

Instant experts abound

By: Kelvin Kemm     20th September 2002 Well, the main hype of the World Summit on Sustainable Development is now past, but the ripples will continue for some time yet. 

The unofficial guide to the Joburg Summit

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th September 2002 There is a song called The Joburg talking blues. It goes “Jus’ got into Joburg town/people drifting ‘round and around/people seem in such a flash and a flurry”. 

Engineering for sustainable development in Africa

By: Zonika Botha     20th 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. 

Namibian fishing sector may miss out on SA offer

20th September 2002 Namibian fishing companies said on Wednesday they may not take up a three-month offer by South Africa to catch pelagic fish on its waters, blaming a lack of clarity over quota fees and maritime laws. 

Import duties on wheat cut, maize to come

18th September 2002 South Africa has slashed the imported wheat tariff to R43 ($4,04) a ton from R196 because of high international prices and should reduce it to zero, the Chamber of Milling said on Monday. 

Investment flows in SA wine industry

By: Jill Stanford     16th September 2002 Foreign and local investment is pouring into the South African wine industry, making it more competitive and boosting exports year on year. 

Brazil test case on GM foods

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2002 IT is likely that the issue of legal authorisation for the commercial growing of so-called genetically- modified organisms (GMOs) will be resolved in Brazil in the next few months. 

Investment continues to flow into SA's wine industry

13th September 2002 Foreign and local investment is pouring into the South African wine industry making it more competitive and boosting exports year on year. 

Call for the removal of maize import tariffs

By: Martin Czernowalow     13th September 2002 South African agricultural bodies have voiced concern about high import tariffs for maize, saying local importers are suffering due to the unnaturally inflated prices, which is hurting key agricultural sectors. 

Skills are key to land transfer – Land Bank

13th September 2002 Emerging black farmers in South Africa may be worse off if they receive land without also acquiring the skills needed to develop it, the head of South Africa's State-owned Land Bank believes. 

Taking the hot air out of ‘sustainable development’

By: Kelvin Kemm     13th September 2002 I was involved in the environmental World Summit on Sustainable Development. In halls and on street corners, people from diverse backgrounds and countries held forth on all sorts of topics. The output ranged from real good sense to total garbage and nonsense. 

First eco-village being built at Ivory Park

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 Construction-materials group Lafarge South Africa has stepped up its involvement in sustainable development with the donation of cement and concrete to the eco-village being built by the City of Johannesburg and the EcoCity Trust at Ivory Park, in Midrand. 

Conventional wisdom on development challenged

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th September 2002 While most governments and environmental campaigners now agree that the United Nations’ sustainable development approach is sensible, an organisation founded in the US 17 years ago has been working tirelessly to get the world’s leaders to rethink this proposition. 

R20m project completed

6th September 2002 Active in the design and supply of mechanical equipment for seed and grain plants Techmac Technology has completed the commissioning of the new R20 million Pioneer seed maize conditioning plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Business urged to contribute positively to society

By: Riaan de Lange     6th September 2002 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a document titled ‘Business in society: making a positive and responsible contribution’, in which it urges business to voluntary commit to managing its activities in a responsible way. 

Young managers key to responsible development

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th September 2002 The participation of young managers at the Earth Summit held out the promise that the sustainable development initiatives to be agreed on by the corporate sector will be implemented for a long time to come, even after the present crop of business leaders is no longer on the scene. 

Strong multilateral trading system good for all – WTO head

6th September 2002 New World Trade Organisation (WTO) chief, Supachai Panitchpakdi, the first official from a developing country to head a global economic body, argued on Wednesday that freer trade was the best way to fight poverty. 

Annan hails summit a success

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said the international community must be careful not to expect a conference like the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to produce miracles. 

Mixed views in summit postmortem

5th September 2002 As the remaining delegates left the Earth Summit today, many wondered if they had just experienced the last-ever global mega-conference. 

SA should be proud of summit, say organizers

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2002 The World Summit on Sustainable Development was a success. This is the verdict of the Johannesburg World Summit Company (Jowsco), following yesterday’s closing of the United Nations conference. 

Govs, UN and financial institutions to discuss WSSD implementation

3rd September 2002 The host of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), South Africa, has announced that it will today convene a meeting to discuss the future of multilateralism. 

Energy hurdle cleared, Joburg Summit deal in sight

3rd September 2002 Only the divisive issue of women's health stood in the way of a global agreement on slashing poverty and mending the planet as the Earth Summit enters its penultimate day today. 

Fund to support Soweto air clean-up

By: Martin Czernowalow     2nd September 2002 The Minister of Mineral and Energy Affair, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, last week launched the Clean Soweto Air Fund – and initiative that forms part of the department’s National Integrated Clean Household Fuels Programme. 

Research body forms a waste-management centre

30th August 2002 The CSIR has established a Centre for Integrated Waste Management (CIWM) to provide what it sees as appropriate, innovative and integrated solutions to waste management. 

Hunting for moon trees

By: Kelvin Kemm     30th August 2002 A couple of guys are on the hunt for moon trees, and so far they have found 40 of them, and they are asking if anyone knows where any more are. So if you know, let me know, and I will pass on the message! 

Automatic fertiliser-mixing device

30th August 2002 Description A device which automatically dissolves fertiliser in water in a container before distributing it to a garden. Problem Raw fertiliser often burns or harms the plants or lawn in a garden when applied directly or is not mixed properly with water before being applied. Solution The Garden... 

E-logistics platform aids famine victims

By: Deborah Spicer     30th August 2002 The first shipment of famine-relief maize to be transported through South Africa to Zimbabwe by the United Nations (UN) World Food Program to Zimbabwe will be managed by Transnet subsidiary Viamax’s eLogistics platform, launched by b2bAfrica in August. 

Maize-products firm conquers export market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     30th August 2002 African Products was declared the winner of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI)/Standard Bank 2002 Gauteng Exporter of the Year Award, as well as the winner in the large manufacturing category, at a function held in Johannesburg this month. 

'Sugar-beet project will beat expectations'

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th August 2002 A senior official with a German company co-promoting a sugar-beet industry in the Eastern Cape has scoffed at critics casting doubts on the viability of the project because of the high costs involved in sugar-beet production and a highly-protected sugar market. 

Call for legislation enforcing paper recycling

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to promote the recycling of waste paper in the country, Mondi Recycling has been lobbying government to devise and implement a legislative framework that will encourage South Africans to recycle. 

States should support farmers – Kasrils

29th August 2002 Water affairs and forestry minister Ronnie Kasrils says governments of developing countries must support their farmers with subsidies so that they become self-sustainable. 

Rich country farm subsidies slammed

28th August 2002 The world's richest nations faced calls at the Earth Summit on Tuesday to scrap billions of dollars in farm subsidies blamed for exacerbating hunger and hampering trade from Africa and Asia. 

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