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Agroprocessing News

South African food inflation continued a downward trend in April

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2024 In April, for the second month in a row, year-on-year (y-o-y) South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to as food inflation, for short) ran at a rate below that for consumer price index (CPI) headline inflation, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural... 

SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Gear motors, frequency inverters and drive automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE electronics business development manager Willem Strydom highlights the company’s role in the agriculture industry’s digitalisation journey and the importance of attending Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17... 

SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024
SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024

Uniclox at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Biometric time and attendance and access control systems provider Uniclox senior sales executive Christo Wandrag talks to Engineering News about the role the company is playing in the digitalisation of the agriculture industry at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17 near Bothaville, in... 

Uniclox at Nampo 2024
Uniclox at Nampo 2024

Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News discusses how family-owned logistics provider Dachser South Africa is innovating to address the challenges that agricultural logistics face in South Africa with MD Detlev Duve at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17 near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024
Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024

AUTO-X at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 South African automotive lead-acid battery manufacturer AUTO-X solar 0 & M manager Jaco Weideman discusses the importance of digitalisation in ensuring sustainable farming operations, while AUTO-X graphic designer Johann Coetser elaborates on battery brand Willards’ 70-year history. The... 

AUTO-X at Nampo 2024
AUTO-X at Nampo 2024

Astron Energy at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Astron Energy technical support specialist Fiaz Regal explains how digital tools aid the role lubricants play in preventing equipment failure and extending the life of agricultural equipment at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Astron Energy at Nampo 2024
Astron Energy at Nampo 2024

Omnia at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News talks to Omnia agriculture division MD Mandla Mpofu about the opportunities technology is unlocking in the local agricultural landscape and how the company is contributing to the digitalisation of the of the industry at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near... 

Omnia at Nampo 2024
Omnia at Nampo 2024

SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 SOLARAFRICA commercial head Brandon Horn shares the energy struggles of farmers visiting the company’s stand at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, and how the company’s solutions help to solve these problems. 

SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024
SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024

MTN at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Mobile telecommunications provider MTN IoT products head Lawrence Juku explains why digitalisation of agriculture is important to overcome traditional challenges and ensure sustainable farming operations while exhibiting at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

MTN at Nampo 2024
MTN at Nampo 2024

Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Suzuki Auto South Africa PR & events manager Eileen Gengan discusses how the vehicle manufacturer is poised to support the needs of the country’s farmers at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024
Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024

SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News talks to fire safety solutions and products supplier SAFEQUIP MD Pierre Malherbe at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, about how the company is addressing the challenges posed by lithium-ion batteries. 

SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024
SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024

Wine grape supply balances with demand in 2024 harvest season

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2024 The 2024 wine grape harvest has yielded 1.09-million tonnes from 87 848 ha, which is 7% lower than the prior harvest season, industry body Vinpro reports. Vinpro consultation services manager Dr Etienne Terblanche says the 2024 harvest season was a journey marked by careful planning and the... 

Wine bottles

Astral poultry division makes notable financial recovery in H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th May 2024 JSE-listed integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has reported improved results for the six months ended March 31, on the back of its “reset, refocus and restart campaign” which was launched in response to significant losses incurred from loadshedding and avian influenza in the 2023 financial... 

chickens

Absa partnering with development finance agency to help East African coffee farmers

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th May 2024 South African banking group Absa and the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank group) will jointly provide a commodity trade finance facility, worth up to $60-million, to a leading global green coffee merchant, Volcafe. This facility will strengthen Volcafe’s operations... 

Coffee beans in a cup

Poultry association calls for vaccination to prevent H7N6 avian influenza outbreak

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2024 The South African poultry industry is calling for immediate intervention to avert an outbreak of the H7N6 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that it is grappling with, following a year of significant losses, including the culling of 9.5-million birds. While traditionally reliant... 

A photo of chickens

High Court dismisses embattled Tongaat’s appeal on levies owed to industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2024 After not paying levies owed to the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) since October 2022, sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has again been ordered by the Durban High Court to pay the outstanding levies. The levies are essential to the economic survival of many sugarcane farmers and the... 

Sugar inside Durban export terminal

World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2024 The World Bank has outlined in a report the actions that every country can take to make the global agrifood system more sustainable and achieve markable reductions in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bank says the world is faced with a largely misunderstood reality in that the system that... 

Cans with food

Scientists explore how to improve crop yields – on Mars

By: Reuters     2nd May 2024 For future human bases or colonies on Mars to be self-sustaining, a reliable source of home-grown food will be a must. It simply would be too costly and risky to rely upon rocket deliveries to meet the food needs of colonists. With this in mind, scientists are exploring ways to optimize space... 

Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2024 More than 70% of critical minerals needed for the transition to net zero emissions will be at risk from climate disruption by 2050, professional services firm PwC says. The firm's latest report, titled ‘Climate Risks to Nine Key Commodities Report’, shows that the production of copper, cobalt and... 

A graph showing the heat stress and drought riks of various commodities

CGA, ECDC to spend R1.2m on capacitating ten Eastern Cape citrus farmers for exports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2024 The Grower Development Company of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has partnered with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to bolster commercialisation prospects for black farmers producing citrus in the province. The 18-month agreement signed between the... 

Citrus fruit being picked

Astral to post 465% rise in earnings as operations normalise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2024 Integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has advised that its earnings per share (EPS) for the six months ended March 31 will increase by between 465% and 475% year-on-year. This will result in interim EPS of between 913c and 930c apiece, compared with EPS of 162c in the first half of the prior... 

Astral Foods broiler house
Astral Foods broiler house

South Africa makes second WTO complaint over EU citrus rules

By: Reuters     25th April 2024 South Africa has lodged a complaint against the European Union's (EU's) citrus black spot (CBS) regulations, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Wednesday. The EU is a major market for South African citrus fruit, accounting for a third of its citrus exports and the move is the African... 

A WTO logo on an office building

Fly farmer Maltento opens laboratory to expand insect research

By: Irma Venter     24th April 2024 Fly farmer Maltento has unveiled a new laboratory at its insect breeding facility in Cape Town. The laboratory has been built to expand Maltento’s research on insect biotechnology, and aims to position the company as a leader in the functional ingredient and sustainability space. 

Image of Maltento's Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg
Dominic Malan and Dean Smorenburg

Research group reports that the latest El Niño had a significant impact on South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th April 2024 A South African research group has reported that the 2023/24 El Niño phenomenon was the fourth strongest yet recorded, and that it had a noticeable impact on South Africa. The research team, designated the El Niño Southern Oscillation Reference Group (ENSO-RG), was convened by the Council for... 

South Africa to keep anti-dumping duties on chicken imports from US

By: Bloomberg     18th April 2024 South Africa’s trade minister approved a recommendation to maintain anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in chicken portions originating in or imported from the US. Following an investigation that started in December 2022, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa, known as... 

South Africa challenges EU on citrus export restrictions

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2024 South Africa has taken a preliminary step toward filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union (EU) over its treatment of citrus imports from the country, people familiar with the situation said. Two years ago, the EU imposed requirements for additional... 

Citrus fruit being picked from trees

Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2024 Retail company Woolworths has launched a Farming for the Future campaign, with the aim of encouraging farmers to implement regenerative farming practices. By partnering with farmers who adopt restorative practices, Woolworths seeks to amplify its impact and foster a community of agricultural... 

Emerging mohair farmers boosted by new Eastern Cape support programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2024 A new initiative, the Mohair Industry Support Programme (MISP), was launched in the Eastern Cape province on Thursday. MISP is a result of the signing of a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and the Mohair Empowerment Trust (MET).... 

South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative 

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2024 South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative circular economy initiatives focusing on priority economic sectors that were identified by government in... 

DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
Photo by Creamer Media
DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe

Sibanye’s post-mining agri initiative seeks commercial farming, agribusiness partners

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2024 Nonprofit initiative Bokamoso Ba Rona has published a request for expression of interest, in seeking to partner with established commercial farmers and/or agribusinesses to spearhead Bokamoso’s catalytic projects. Bokamoso Ba Rona, which is Sesotho for ‘Our Future’, was founded by multinational... 

TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2024 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) reports that it has recruited 200 additional cargo coordinators and has set up dedicated lanes for refrigerated containers at all KwaZulu-Natal container terminals in preparation for the citrus fruit export season, which begins this month. Congestion at the country’s... 

TPT outlines actions to support 15% growth in citrus exports during 2024 season

InfraCo Africa invests $12m to scale up solar irrigation offering in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2024 Sub-Saharan African private sustainable infrastructure project developer InfraCo Africa has made a $12-million equity investment in climate-smart agriculture equipment company SunCulture to scale the latter’s solar irrigation offering across the region. The investment is part of an oversubscribed... 

African food sustainability needs greener production, less waste, PwC study shows

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2024 Greener food production methods and the avoidance of food waste are required to future-proof Africa’s food supply and to meet the expected future demand for nutrition in a sustainable way, says professional services firm PwC in its 'The sustainable food revolution: Future-proofing the world’s... 

Safda recognised as sugar industry member under gazetted regulations

By: Schalk Burger     28th March 2024 Industry organisation the South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) has been recognised as a member of the sugar industry after the Sugar Act transitional regulations governing the South African sugar industry were made permanent following their publishing in a Government Gazette. The... 

NWU partners with IAEA to boost nutrition in Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th March 2024 South Africa’s North-West University (NWU) has become the lead host institution for Anglophone African countries in a pan-African initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), intended to build capacity across the continent for scientific research into micronutrients.... 

South African food inflation continues to decelerate

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th March 2024 South African food and non-alcoholic beverage (NAB) inflation (hereafter to be referred to just as food inflation, for short) decelerated for the third month in succession, in February, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Production (BFAP) think tank has highlighted, in its latest ‘Food... 

South Africa’s maize production to dip, but remain sufficient to cover local demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2024 While South Africa’s maize production will be about 2.1-million tons lower this year, there is still enough to meet local consumption and supply neighbouring countries that are having difficult growing seasons owing to adverse weather, financial services firm Standard Bank says. According to... 

White maize
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