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Agriculture News

Americas meet over Johannesburg summit

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2002 Ministers of the Environment of the Latin American and Caribbean countries met to discuss joint positions for the Jhb World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) later this year. 

Bumper milling season to sweeten production

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 Mpumalanga-based sugar company Transvaal sugar is to produce about 470 000 t of sugar during the 2002/3 season from its Malelane and Komati mills, reports public affairs manager Riaan Pienaar. 

$140m rehabilitation of Moz sugar mills concluded

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 It is estimated that about $140-million has been invested for the rehabilitation of four sugar mills in Mozambique over the past four years, reports Durban-based sugar giant Tongaat-Hulett Sugar (THS) MD Bruce Dunlop. 

Sugar group consolidates African assets

By: nkolola halwindi     31st May 2002 South Africa’s largest sugar producer the Illovo Sugar group, has completed its rehabilitation of the Maragra sugar mill and agricultural estates in Mozambique, a programme which begun when the company acquired a 50% stake in 1997. 

Tractors fast-track the sucrose race

31st May 2002 Kwazulu-Natal sugar mills now reward growers for their cane’s freshness and recoverable sucrose value, underscoring the fact that each season is a race against time and the unnecessary handling of cut cane. 

Liberalisation of world sugar market anticipated

31st May 2002 The South African sugar industry, one of the world's leading cost-competitive producers of high-quality sugar, held its opening of the season ceremony last month at the Morewood Memorial Gardens in Umhlali on Kwazulu-Natal's North Coast. 

Army transporter gives rough roads a caning

31st May 2002 A bright transport idea developed for use by the British Army has turned up in the South African sugar industry. 

Sweet success for SA sugar research

31st May 2002 The Sugar Milling Research Institute (SMRI) is the central scientific organisation involved in research work into the manufacturing problems of the South African sugar industry. 

SA firm wraps up $50m sugar factory rehabilitation in Moz

31st May 2002 In association with Schaffer and Associates International, provider of technical services to the sugar industry, Techserve, has recently completed the assignment as project managers for the $50-million rehabilitation of the Acucareira de Xinavane sugar factory and estate in Mozambique. 

R10m in hospital furniture is supplied to Uganda

31st May 2002 One of the largest manufacturers of quality hospital furniture and equipment in Southern Africa, Meditek-hemco, has successfully completed a R10-million project for supply of hospital furniture for a World Bank project in Uganda. 

US exports misery to Africa with Farm Bill

30th May 2002 The White House and Congress are trumpeting their determination to bring economic opportunity to the people of Africa, but first, a few million sub-Saharan farmers will have to suffer, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

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. 

Fisheries vessel could still be built in SA

By: Keith Campbell     24th May 2002 It is still possible that the largest of the four fisheries and environmental protection vessels (FEPVs) being acquired by the Departmental of Environmental Affairs (DEA) could be built in Durban. 

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. 

Erwin slams US farm protectionism

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2002 Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin yesterday lashed out at the US over its decision to increase protection for American farmers by $180-billion over the next ten-years. 

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 . 

US subsidies ring alarm bells for African farmers

16th May 2002 African commentators blasted a new law to protect the US farm industry, saying the legislation made a mockery of Washington's calls for the continent to embrace free trade. 

Bush signs controversial Farm Bill

14th May 2002 US President George W Bush signed a 10-year, $190-billion farm bill Monday that expands subsidies to growers, turning aside criticism from fellow Republicans who called the measure a budget-busting step backward in agriculture planning. 

US farm subsidies will rob Africans of jobs

13th May 2002 The US Senate last week gave final approval to a controversial Farm Bill that will boost federal government support for agriculture by at least $82-billion over the next 10 years. 

Big new fishing quota, new patrol vessels

13th May 2002 South Africa has announced record high quotas for local companies to catch pilchards and anchovies, and at the same time ordered four new coastal patrol vessels to combat poaching. 

US farm Bill flouts consensus on helping third world

8th May 2002 Of all the problems that plague the world's poor in the age of globalisation, few are so widely condemned as the subsidies that rich countries provide their farmers. 

Grants help boost Magalies mushroom firm

By: Deborah Spicer     3rd May 2002 What is believed to be the only black-owned mushroom-producing company in Gauteng is making use of grants to become more efficient in producing the mushrooms that it supplies to local supermarkets and pizzerias. 

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. 

Swiss support for Eastern Cape eel-farming study 

26th April 2002 THE Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says it has teamed up with a Swiss-based investment company to investigate the potential of a sustainable eel fishing industry in the province. 

Solar water pump launched following Australian/SA JV

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Through a joint venture with Australian-based pumps company Magnetic Gearing and Turbine (MGT), Boksburg castings company Rely Precision Castings, a division of Allied Productions Industries (API), has launched the MGT-50 solar water pump for use in the agricultural industry and in remote areas. 

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. 

Western Cape in agri, tourism push

19th April 2002 A total of R108-million and R103-million have been allocated respectively to agriculture and tourism in the Western Cape says the province’s Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Gambling Johan Gelderblom. 

Nacala investors' conference to table projects

19th April 2002 More than a hundred projects have been identified for potential investment under the Nacala Development Corridor, a spatial development initiative involving Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, reports the corridor projects manager Wilfred Ali. 

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. 

SA firm to invest in Malawi cotton

By: Marcel Chimwala     5th April 2002 MALAWI – South African company Clark Cotton, which operates in a number of Southern African countries, has signed an agreement with Malawi’s largest agricultural parastatal, the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC), to establish a joint cotton-production company... 

Varsities targeted in hemp roadshow

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th April 2002 A Johannesburg-based hemp-products retailer has embarked on a series of nationwide road shows aimed at winning the hearts of students at tertiary institutions. 

Construction of abalone project next year

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th April 2002 Construction of a 120 t abalone farm outside Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, is scheduled to get under way by the first quarter of next year. 

Bugs clean paper mill's effluent

5th April 2002 The R600 000 pilot project at Sappi’s Tugela mill, in Kwazulu-Natal, which uses bugs to clean up its effluent, and aims at reducing the mill’s water consumption, is already providing excellent results. 

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. 

EU-Senegal fishing talks collapse

3rd April 2002 Talks between the European Union (EU) and Senegal about fishing rights failed because they could not agree how much the West African country should be paid to let EU ships into its waters. 

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... 

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