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Agriculture News

UN warns against opening of fishing waters

19th March 2002 The United Nations environmental programme (UNEP) warned poorer countries that the uncontrolled opening of their waters to subsidised fishing fleets from Europe and Asia could bring economic disaster. 

Moz sugar firm's output to soar in 2002

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th March 2002 Production at Illovo Sugar’s 50%-owned Maragra operation, in Mozambique, is expected to soar to about 50 000 t this year, up from 15 000 t in 2001, a company spokesperson tells Engineering News. 

State makes way for abalone farm

8th March 2002 The hundred and eleven hectares of land, formerly known as the Tooth Rock weapons range, near Saldanha in the Western Cape, has been leased to Clear Seas Aquaculture for the development of an abalone farm. 

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. 

Countries unite to promote the wellbeing of world's fisheries

8th March 2002 South Africa will soon join 20 other countries to ensure that fisheries, a vital source of food, employment, trade and economic wellbeing to people throughout the world, are conducted in a responsible manner. 

Single interface for fresh-produce data

8th March 2002 Internet development company Mint Net, of Johannesburg North, has notched up a first for the fresh produce industry by creating a website that displays real-time national market average data. 

No sour grapes for this farm

8th March 2002 Situated in the fertile Swartland farming region of the Western Cape, south of Porterville, is Groot Winterhoek Koelkamers, a world-class cooling and storage facility built to handle the locally-grown fruits. 

SA agricultural sector grows in competitiveness

7th March 2002 The South African agricultural sector has consistently manifested positive trends in competitiveness, business confidence and investment. 

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. 

SA firm in cashew nut shelling innovation 

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     1st March 2002 A Mpumalanga company has developed and patented a cashew nut shelling machine which, it claims, will give Africa’s moribund cashew nut industry a new lease on life. 

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. 

WTO head blasts agricultural subsidies

By: Keith Campbell     22nd February 2002 ENGINEERING News can report that the single action which would have the biggest effect on fighting poverty in developing countries would be the abolition of agricultural subsidies, especially by developed countries. 

SA to join global fisheries deal

11th February 2002 South Africa will soon join 20 other countries to ensure that fisheries, a vital source of food, employment, trade and economic wellbeing to people throughout the world, are conducted in a responsible manner. 

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. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Africa is falling well behind on agri research

30th January 2002 Africa is increasingly falling behind in agricultural research, according to a World Bank research document released at the end of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) review workshop in Benoni, Gauteng. 

EU still wants to fish in SA waters

30th January 2002 The European Union (EU) said it had not abandoned its effort to gain access to South Africa’s rich fishing waters, despite consistent refusals from the government over the past decade. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Local equine trade plans export-boosting raceday

25th January 2002 Against all odds and a difficult history - South African horse trading is taking off. After being advised by Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin to register as a Section 21 company, the South African Equine Trade Council (SAETRAC) is set on achieving a turnover of R200-million by the end of 2005. 

SA may have to import maize

23rd January 2002 South Africa’s commercial maize plantings have been estimated at 2,878-million hectares from 2,708-million hectares last season, the national Crop Estimates Committee said. White maize plantings were put at 1,733-million hectares from 1,596-million hectares last season. Yellow maize was... 

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. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

Big support for local flower sector

14th December 2001 South Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is continuing to support local agro-industry in the country to the tune of R200-million a year. 

Corridor attracts foreign investors

14th December 2001 Mpumalanga Investment Initiative CE Gordon Griffiths believes Mpumalanga has laid solid foundations for growth in export-driven investment, manufacturing and trade. 

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. 

The masterminds behind Africa's new masterplan

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Tangible results of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), formerly known as the New African Initiative and Map, should start to emerge now that the inaugural meeting of the initiative’s implementation committee of heads of state and government in Abuja, Nigeria, have... 

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. 

Development corridor moves

By: Marcel Chimwala     9th November 2001 The Nacala Development Corridor programme, a project involving multisectoral development works in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, is inviting consulting firms to submit expressions of interest to conduct preliminary soco-economic assessment studies in some sectors of the project. 

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. 

Commodity finance opportunities offered

By: Deborah Spicer     5th October 2001 After having successfully introduced agrifinance solutions in South Africa, Absa Corporate and Merchant Bank is intent on providing similar financing opportunities to producers, traders, processors and end-users in other African countries. 

Agri deal ahead of Doha meeting

2nd October 2001 The Agriculture Committee of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed on three implementation issues that are part of the preparation for the Doha Ministerial conference in November. 

W Cape economy losing momentum

28th September 2001 The Western Cape economy will for the first time not outperform the national averages, stated Cape Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mike Thompson at a meeting of chamber members earlier this month. 

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