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Agroprocessing News

Distell 2016 harvest ‘surprisingly good’ despite drought

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2016 South African winegrowers need to prepare for the greater likelihood of climatic extremes and become more adaptable to drought conditions, stated multinational brewing and beverage company Distell grape and wine supply GM Erhard Wolf this month. He was commenting on the 2016 wine grape harvest,... 

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal sewerage strain

By: Dylan Slater     15th April 2016 Portable toilet and sanitation solutions company Sanitech has implemented a portable modular wastewater treatment solution that enables quick commissioning and versatility in upscaling or downscaling, depending on requirements.  

Modular wastewater plants could help relieve municipal  sewerage strain
MODULAR PLANT Sanitech’s wastewater treatment solution can be upscaled and downscaled to requirements

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

GWK invests R400m in Northern Cape agriprocessing facility

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2016 Farmer-owned agribusiness GWK on Monday unveiled its R400-million GWK Farm Foods wheat mill, pasta plant and biscuit factory in Modder River, the Northern Cape, which was was completed on time and within a deviation of less than 2% of original cost projections.   Of the R400-million, R60-million... 

GWK invests R400m in Northern Cape agriprocessing facility

Sea Harvest looks to acquire 59.6% of Perth’s Mareterram

By: Samantha Herbst     8th April 2016 Sea Harvest Holdings, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation, has entered into a bid implementation agreement with Perth-based agribusiness Mareterram, which could increase Sea Harvest’s already majority share in Mareterram to about 59.6%. Sea Harvest’s offer, announced... 

Sea Harvest looks to acquire 59.6% of Perth’s Mareterram

Glencore sells 40% stake in agricultural business for $2.5bln

By: African News Agency      6th April 2016 Glencore said on Wednesday that it had sold 40% of Glencore Agricultural Products (Glencore Agri) to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) for $2.5-billion in cash. The distressed diversified natural resource company said it would use the proceeds to pay down debt. 

Glencore sells 40% stake in agricultural business for $2.5bln

Milk price expected to surge, warns economist

By: Anine Kilian     5th April 2016 While consumers continue to grapple with high food prices triggered by the current drought and the ailing economy, milk will soon be added to the list of costly staple foods, according to FNB senior agricultural economist Paul Makube.   In a statement published Tuesday, Makube noted that dairy... 

Milk price expected to surge, warns economist

Zuma commits to provide extra drought support

By: African News Agency      4th April 2016 President Jacob Zuma has committed all spheres of government to provide extra support to drought-hit areas, the presidency said on Sunday. Zuma was responding to a series of concerns raised by members of the community in the uThungulu district municipality and surrounding areas during an imbizo... 

Zuma commits to provide extra drought support

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years
Alan Winde

Land Bank offers drought-affected farmers relief measures

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th March 2016 State-owned specialist land and agricultural financial services provider Land Bank has called on farmers in drought-declared provinces to apply for concessional loans, raised by the bank from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), to help ease the effects of the drought and return to... 

Land Bank offers drought-affected farmers relief measures

No intention to temporarily remove duty on sugar imports – DTI

By: Tracy Hancock     29th March 2016 No consideration is currently being given to temporarily removing the current duty on imported sugar, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said in a parliamentary reply released on Tuesday. The Minister arrived at this decision following a review process undertaken by the International Trade... 

No intention to temporarily remove duty on sugar imports – DTI

Expected decline in sugar cane crop

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The drought in the eastern part of South Africa will lead to a projected decline in sugar production of 500 000 t, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam. “The strategic crop, which is grown in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, yields an average of 2.3-million tons... 

Expected decline in sugar cane crop
RAIN NEEDED Since November 2014 to date, producers have noted an average decrease of about 60% of the required rainfall

Drives provide maximum capacity for mills

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW Eurodrive is focused on producing energy efficient drives that can maximise the load and capacity of mills and refiners in the sugar industry. “A key point in the sugar industry is its need for motors and gearing solutions to provide... 

Drives provide maximum capacity for mills
TAILORED DRIVES SEW Eurodrive has reaffirmed its focus to tailoring its motor and gearing options for sugar producers

Corrosion cures for sugar cane industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has reaffirmed its position in the sugar industry by providing holistic coating solutions that will prolong inevitable corrosion at sugar mills and refineries through implementing established specifications and seasoned systems. Kansai Plascon industrial and... 

Corrosion cures for  sugar cane industry
Photo by Bloomberg
FILM THICKNESS Plascon ensures that the dry film thickness of the coating meets client requirements, with a full inspection conducted after the application

Drought, low oil price weighing down ethanol industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The ethanol industry in South Africa remains lacklustre, owing to various issues, including low Brent crude oil prices, the persisting drought in the sugar cane-producing regions and the lack of policy implementation, says Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa chairperson Peter... 

Drought, low oil  price weighing down  ethanol industry
Photo by Bloomberg
DETREMENTAL DROUGHT The end of the current drought will ensure crop production is restored fully

Sugar mill to bolster operations with broad upgrades

25th March 2016 Durban-based sugar producer Umfolozi Sugar Mill have set its sights on producing a higher grade of sugar by introducing a new distributed control system (DCS) as well as upgrading several of its systems for the 2016/17 season. The company has invested in the multimillion-rand system from... 

Sugar mill to bolster operations with broad upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
MORE SUGAR IN THE BAG Combined results of upgrade projects at Umfolozi Sugar Mill is expected to increase the overall recovery to an additional 600 t of sugar in the bag

Nepean

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th March 2016 Establishment in in 1995, South African manufacturing company Nepean Conveyors strives to be one of the leading conveyor design, manufacturer and service company in Africa, as it aims to grow through delivering quality conveyors to the benefit of all stakeholders, formation of strategic alliances... 

Nepean

Quantum Foods expects improved HEPS

By: Tracy Hancock     24th March 2016 JSE-listed Quantum Foods advised shareholders on Thursday that it expected improved headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ending March 31. A “reasonable degree of certainty” existed that HEPS would decline by no less than 38%, or 10c a share, compared with 26.3c a share in the... 

Quantum Foods expects improved HEPS

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Western Cape calls for study on proposed halal industrial park sites 

By: Tracy Hancock     8th March 2016 The Western Cape government has called for tenders to deliver a detailed two-phase feasibility study for a halal industrial park, as part of Project Khulisa’s plan to grow the province’s halal industry and take advantage of the $2.3-trillion global industry. The study will include a full analysis... 

Western Cape calls for study on proposed halal industrial park sites
Photo by Duane Daws
Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde

Land reform, agriculture developments on track – Zokwana

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2016 Implementation of government’s agriculture and agroprocessing value-chain policy revitalisation programme has started, with 27 proposals received from commercial farmers for land reform allocation, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said in a Parliamentary reply. In a... 

Land reform, agriculture developments on track – Zokwana

Focus shifts to improving SA-US economic relations as chicken impasse ends

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2016 South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) confirmed on Thursday that its so-called ‘three-meats’ negotiations with the US on poultry, beef and pork had been concluded, securing the country’s position as an African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) beneficiary. Agoa was extended last... 

Focus shifts to improving SA-US economic relations as chicken impasse ends
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Clover improves results, CEO expects milk supply shortage

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd March 2016 JSE-listed dairy products manufacturer Clover has reported improved results for the six months ended December 31, despite much higher national milk flow in South Africa last year, compared with the prior year periods, except for December. The company reported revenue of R5-billion, up 7.9% on the... 

Clover improves results, CEO expects milk supply shortage

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 GPR Leasing Africa (GPR), a joint venture between Grindrod Freight Services and the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund, will deliver the first grain hopper wagons to Corredor De Desenvolvimento Do Norte (CDN), in Mozambique, this month. The followed after the parties signed a five-year agreement... 

Grain hopper wagon leasing deal to benefit Moz, Malawi and S Africa

DA warns drought could lead to ‘unaffordable’ food prices in SA

By: African News Agency      2nd March 2016 South Africa’s agriculture sector, which has been ravaged by the worst drought in recent times, has seen its input to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrink by 14%, prompting the Democratic Alliance (DA) to warn food may become “unaffordable”. DA shadow minister of agriculture, forestry and... 

DA warns drought could lead to ‘unaffordable’ food prices in SA

Gordhan announces date for proposed sugar tax

By: African News Agency      24th February 2016 A proposed date for the enforcement of a “sugar tax” was announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday during his 2016 Budget Speech, as he sought to raise additional revenue and at the same time effect public health and social wellbeing. If passed, a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages... 

Gordhan announces date for proposed sugar tax

Tongaat profit takes dive as sugar market battles water crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     16th November 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett’s strong performance for the half-year ended September 30 in land conversion activities and its starch operation, has been more than offset as a consequence of the struggling sugar sector. CEO Peter Staude in a statement on Monday said the agriculture and agroprocessing... 

Tongaat profit takes dive as sugar market battles water crisis
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields 

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as the dry spell grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2015 South Africa’s sugar industry is in a dire state as it is experiencing the worst drought since 1992 as drought grips the eastern and central parts of the country, with cane yields expected to drop by six-million tons in the 2015/16 season, leaving many farmers, big and small, and farmworkers... 

Livelihoods hang in the balance as drought hits South African sugar yields

RCL Foods posts ‘pleasing’ FY2015 results amid tough economic conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd September 2015 Beyond delivering solid results for the 2015 financial year, RCL Foods believes its recent acquisitions and restructuring of the business have led to a stronger, more diversified business that is geared for growth. The food business posted a “pleasing operating and financial performance” despite... 

RCL Foods posts ‘pleasing’ FY2015 results amid tough economic conditions

Illovo to focus on African markets for growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th July 2015 Although JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo had a dissapointing 2015 financial year, the company’s downstream business remains strong and its contribution to operating profit is anticipated to be in excess of 20% in the current financial year. Illovo chairperson Don MacLeod added that the group... 

Illovo to focus on African markets for growth

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2015 The development of small-scale farming, or so-called communal farming, is on the rise in South Africa, as it provides significant economic benefit and forms one of the key pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). “The debate used to be that there [is] only commercial farming in South... 

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy
Photo by Duane Daws
Martin Mohale

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2015 The organisers of the first regional Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa, to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December, have issued a call for innovators to submit entries on game-changing innovations. “This opportunity is aimed at any companies,... 

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1, noting that the facility will be... 

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2015 Proposed regulations by the Department of Health have driven manufacturers back to sugar while the search is on for new, more natural sweeteners, creating uncertainty in the nonnutritive sweetener segment, which could affect profits. This was according to Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials and... 

Food and beverage industry awaits impact of food regulations on nonnutritive sweeteners

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion

By: Tracy Hancock     26th May 2015 JSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude told shareholders and analysts on Tuesday that of the company’s land assets, 39% was either in the process of undergoing an environmental-impact assessment, being released from agriculture, had formally submitted a planning and development application,... 

Tongaat Hulett says 39% of 8 019 ha portfolio in last stages of conversion
Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude

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