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Agriculture News

Cast-aluminium furniture exports

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Local furniture company, Outdoor Lifestyle, has achieved international success in the US, the UK, the Middle East and Australia, the exporting cast- 

Agro-processing, Northern Cape

By: System Author     13th October 2000 There are opportunities for the expansion of agriculture including the agro-processing of dates, fruit, citrus products, vegetables and viticulture 

Land Bank to colour its ‘pale’ books

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Totsie Memela, the acting MD of the Land Bank, is proving that it is good management practices that pack the punch, not size or gender. 

Now it’s ‘use it or lose it’ for SA agriculture

By: System Author     29th September 2000 The Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs is planning to impose a ‘use it or lose it’ condition – similar to that of the proposed Minerals Development Bill – to its land resettlement programme to ensure that land allocated for agricultural purposes is used... 

Hemp being cleared as a commercial crop

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Commercial hemp production could start in the Eastern Cape as early as September following the successful completion of a pilot plant to cultivate the plant in the province. 

Silk producer finds US and UK markets

By: System Author     25th August 2000 Through informal marketing, small-scale silk producer Tsinini Silk Farm and Weavery in the Mhala region and Graskop, in Mpumalanga, respectively, has found a welcome export market for most of its production in the US and the UK. 

International opportunity for South African farmers

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

Microwave moisture system developed

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

Balance needed for farmers to grow

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

Africa must embrace new technologies

By: System Author     18th August 2000 Agricultural engineering irrigation & plant propagation 

New ostrich tannery in Cape

By: System Author     18th August 2000 In a move that will enable farmers in the southern Cape to enjoy a higher return on their ostrich-farming operations, along with 

Agriculture’s contribution lauded

By: System Author     18th August 2000 As South Africa increases its efforts to integrate into the global market, the agricultural industry continues to play a vital part in the economy. 

Research to boost SA floriculture

By: System Author     11th August 2000 It has emerged that part of the reason for South Africa falling behind in protea exports is the lack of constant and sufficient production volumes. 

Time taken from SA farms to UK shops slashed

By: System Author     14th July 2000 A R15-million perishable cargo warehouse facility, which opened last month at Johannesburg International Airport, is expected to help boost South Africa’s exports of fresh produce and create new jobs. 

EU, poor countries to provide critical mass for WTO round

By: System Author     14th July 2000 It is fitting that France, originator of the word ‘renaissance’, should help Africa with its own variation of the concept. And that is precisely what the country plans to do during its tenure in the presidency of the European Union. 

Get your sums right and we have a free-trade deal

By: System Author     6th July 2000 It appears as though the Southern African Development Community free-trade agreement will not be torn to shreds by clothing and textiles, nor left soured by sugar industry concerns. 

Sugar production increased

By: System Author     16th June 2000 South African sugar producer Illovo Sugar will produce almost two-million tons of sugar this season. 

Work begins on R700m Knysna project

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Construction work on the first phase of Thesen Islands, a R700-million commercial and residential property development in the Knysna lagoon starts this month. 

Robot welds five times faster than manual

By: System Author     9th June 2000 Within the next two months, contract furniture manufacturer Spinmet, of Boksburg North, Gauteng, will be acquiring a second welding robot as a result of the success of its first acquisition. 

Be more proactive – Wakeford

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 If South African business is to survive in the increasingly competitive global arena it has to consolidate its efforts and take charge of its own destiny. 

$63m timber plant

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Two Pretoria companies, Yebo Investment and Afri-Logs, have joined forces with a Japanese consortium to establish a $63-million timber-processing plant at the Walvis Bay export processing zone in Namibia. 

Big boost for crops

By: System Author     26th May 2000 Two research programmes into the genetic improvement of two large cereal crops, sorghum and maize, are expected to start at CSIR Food, Biological and Chemicals Technologies within the next few months. 

New sugar agreement could be sweet deal for industry

By: System Author     5th May 2000 The South African sugar industry is anxiously awaiting the new sugar agreement to be published within days. 

‘Namibianisation’ of fisheries lauded

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Namibia regards the transformation policy for its fisheries industry as being broadly successful. 

Poultry industry in dire straits

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Last year proved to be a difficult period for the poultry industry, with a steep decline in market fortunes for the broiler, chick and egg industries beginning in January and resulting in reduced income, owing to market price decline. 

Namibia wants to be regional fish centre

By: System Author     21st April 2000 Namibia is seeking to benefit its fishing processing and packing industry by encouraging fishing vessels operating off West Africa, and not just off Namibia, to land their catches in the country for processing. 

Catfish to become SA catch of the day

By: System Author     7th April 2000 Catfish could soon be South Africa’s catch of the day as plans for a R160-million fish- and catfish farm are being finalised with the assistance of Aquaculture South Africa, of Johannesburg. 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

South African cotton in decline

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 Despite good climatic conditions prevailing in all the production areas, South Africa will produce about 51% less cotton than last year. 

Biotech comes to Africa

By: System Author     18th February 2000 South African biotechnology association AfricaBio was launched in Gauteng this month, highlighting the future of biotechnology and genetic engineering in the country. 

Now it’s the CPPP programme

By: System Author     18th February 2000 Slow but steady progress is being made to develop the rural economy through the community public-private partnership programme. 

New ozone decolourisation technology

By: System Author     11th February 2000 Gas manufacture, distribution, supply and servicing 

13 500 farmers cotton on in Moz

By: System Author     21st January 2000 More than 13 500 subsistence farmers have signed up for the second year of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)-funded cotton project in Mozambique. 

Oldest mill wins global award

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The oldest mill in the Sappi group, Adamas, proved that biggest is not always best when it was awarded the inaugural Sappi global award for safety achievement and improvement. 

South Africa has economic capacity to sustain 40 planned casinos 

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Top Casino Projects 

Fruit exports get a fresh software boost

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 South African fruit exporters wanting to continue their penetration of export markets will have the option of using new software specifically designed for the management of fresh-produce distribution. 

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