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Agriculture News

Malawi plans to redevelop airport

24th August 2001 Malawi is planning to redevelop its second-largest airport, Chileka Airport, to turn it into a modern feeder airport for local and international flights. 

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. 

R90m catfish farming project for KZN

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th August 2001 Agricultural-produce processing company Variety Holdings could diversify into aquaculture within months, if its plans to invest an initial R90-million in a fresh-water bream and cat-fish farming project in the economically-depressed Makhathini Flats, north-eastern Kwazulu-Natal, are given the... 

North West Province gets a fresh-produce hub

By: Laura Franz     10th August 2001 Within a decade, community-based regional economic development (Red) agency, the Greater Brits Investment Group (GBIG) Trust, intends transforming the Greater Madibeng area, in the North West Province, into one of South Africa’s fresh-produce hubs, reports GBIG business champion Hugh Lendrum. 

Blair bashes barriers to developing countries trade

By: Keith Campbell     1st August 2001 UK Premier Tony Blair wants changes to EU agricultural subsidies and trade tariffs to benefit developing countries 

Land grabs vs pond production

27th July 2001 We have just come through this so-called ‘land invasion’ which did no good at all for our international image or for the value of the battered rand, which then, in turn, harms all citizens of the country because imports become more expensive. 

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... 

Africa: from basket case to food basket?

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2001 Is it possible to transform Africa from the so-called basket case of the world into its food basket? That is arguably one of the most critical questions to be answered by African leaders as they prepare to present their vision for the revival of the continent. 

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. 

Targeting agricultural subsidies

29th June 2001 South Africa along with a number of other developing countries are likely to aggressively oppose the Europran Union's Common Agricultural Policy when trade ministers meet in Qatar later this year. 

Kwazulu-Natal studies wine-industry potential

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd June 2001 The Kwazulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs is studying the possibility of establishing a wine-grape industry in the province. 

Trade at Work

22nd June 2001 Empowerment through trade in agricultural products – this was one of the sessions at World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting held in Durban from June 6 to 8. 

Swedes to help train furniture manufacturers

22nd June 2001 Swedish training instructors have joined Furntech, the new furniture manufacturing training centre in George, which is situated at the Port Elizabeth Technikon's Saasveld Campus. 

New economy is not paperless

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

New maize varieties to boost South African production

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2001 In a development that is set to boost the country maize production, South African and international scientists have developed two new maize varieties which can yield up to 50% more than traditional varieties. 

Exports to EU surge by 35%

15th June 2001 Recent favourable trade conditions, and the provisional implementation of the South Africa European Union (EU) free-trade agreement (FTA) resulted in a 35% increase in South Africa's exports to the EU in the year 2000. 

Fertiliser exports earn SA R1,95-billion

14th June 2001 South Africa earned R1,95-billion in foreign exchange through the exportation of phosphoric acid and NPK compounds in 2000. 

SA citrus leaves for Japan, Korea

12th June 2001 The first shipment of South African containerised steri-citrus this season has been delivered to Korea and Japan, reports P&O Nedlloyd reefer product manager, Tissa Fuchsloch. 

Wool, mohair revolution by 2008

8th June 2001 The Wool and Mohair Cluster Initiative (WMCI), launched by the Department of Trade and Industry in 1999 to increase the local beneficiation of these products, is set to boost the combined yearly turnover of the wool and mohair industries to R17-billion by 2008, up from around R1-billion at present. 

Tender for patrol boats in July

6th June 2001 Tenders for the four patrol boats to be bought by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) should be issued next month, with the fishery-protection vessels expected to be in the water in three years, revealed Deat Minister Valli Moosa at a media briefing. 

SA-Brazil marketing plan

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2001 BRAZIL is proposing that sugarcane producing countries should jointly develop a global market in ethanol, for use as an additive in petrol, and has already suggested the idea to South Africa, Engineering News can report. 

Bid to conserve medicinal plants

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The reopening of a plant propagation facility in White River, Mpumulanga, marks a bid by the Medicinal Flora Co-operative to conserve South Africa’s medicinal plants and facilitate greater employment for traditional healers and rural communities. 

Small-scale farming, Western Cape

By: System Author     1st December 2000 An irrigation development was handed over to the Brandwacht community. 

Agricultural, Western Cape

By: System Author     24th November 2000 A small-farmer project in the Olifantsriver Valley, well-known as an example of successful land reform, has received grant funding from the Western Cape Government. 

Tool for quick weeding

By: System Author     17th November 2000 It seems that South Africans will be spared the long, back-breaking hours crouched under the boiling-hot sun weeding their gardens this summer. 

Agriculture, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The new irrigation system will contribute to creating jobs for at least 30 people in Friemersheim and surroundings. 

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. 

Coldrooms and agricultural processing, Western Cape

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The coldroom storage project 

SA wood-chip exports to Japan

By: System Author     17th November 2000 After only its first year of operation, wood-chip producer and exporter Shincel, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is exporting some 35 000 t of wood-chips monthly to the fastidious Japanese market. 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Flood-relief scheme for agro-industry, tourism sector

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The response of the tourism and agro-industries communities to the Industrial Development Corporation’s R300-million flood relief scheme has been disappointing and, as a result, the cut-off date may be extended beyond December. 

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