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World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use
7th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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)... 


Data, drones can improve local agriculture
3rd May 2024

Smart technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles, can counter various challenges in the agricultural sector, boosting productivity, reducing costs and assisting in... 


Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation
3rd May 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased... 


Scientists explore how to improve crop yields – on Mars
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

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... 


Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows
30th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

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,... 


CGA, ECDC to spend R1.2m on capacitating ten Eastern Cape citrus farmers for exports
29th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Astral to post 465% rise in earnings as operations normalise
29th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


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Agroprocessing

World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use
7th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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)... 


Scientists explore how to improve crop yields – on Mars
2nd May 2024 By: Reuters

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... 


Critical minerals, food crops at risk of climate disruption by 2050, report shows
30th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

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,... 


CGA, ECDC to spend R1.2m on capacitating ten Eastern Cape citrus farmers for exports
29th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

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... 


Aquaculture

Black Soldier Fly factory recycles agroprocessing waste
5th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Agri-tech company Maltento is transforming South Africa's recycling landscape by breeding black soldier flies to convert agroprocessing waste, including spent grains from the beer industry, into... 


Sea Harvest to acquire Terrasan’s pelagic business, a portion of its abalone business
23rd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest aims to acquire 100% of investment group Terrasan’s subsidiaries engaged in the catching, processing and sale of pelagic fish, and 63.07% of Terrasan’s... 


Huge investment to bring Rwanda water relief
19th January 2024

Development finance institution African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) board in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, announced last month that it had approved loans of over R4.7-billion to Rwanda, to improve the... 


Ever-expanding Maltento eyes opportunities in aquaculture and cosmetics 
4th August 2023 By: Irma Venter

The Maltento insect farm started as a small, test-scale operation in a home bathroom in Craighall Park, Johannesburg.  Almost seven years later, founder and CEO Dean Smorenburg has seen the... 


Equipment

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection
5th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and... 


Drones deliver predator bugs for sustainable pest control
29th March 2024

Wine producer Vergelegen wine estate, in Somerset West, has partnered with collaborative venture SkyBugs to test the use of drone-delivered beneficial insects to control pests in its vineyards.... 


Invicta delivers strong interim performance
27th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings achieved a robust performance for the six months ended September 30, with revenue having increased by 12% to R4.3-billion. The increase of... 


Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175 years
22nd November 2023

Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson gave media and guests a tour of its Gauteng product centre, as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations. 


Farming Economics

Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation
3rd May 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased... 


Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


African Risk Capacity to pay out insurance to drought-affected Southern African farmers
17th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Farmers in Mozambique and Zambia are being impacted by one of the worst droughts in decades, United Nations (UN) assistant secretary-general Reena Ghelani has said as she met with stakeholders to... 


Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign
12th April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


Fertiliser

IFC loans Morocco's OCP $106m to build two solar power plants
11th October 2023 By: Reuters

Morocco's State-owned phosphates and fertiliser producer OCP said on Tuesday it had signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's investment arm, on a... 


Kenya farm to host first on-site hydrogen-to-fertiliser plant, Iowa to follow
11th October 2023 By: Bloomberg

The world’s first modular green ammonia plant is starting up in Kenya and, the company behind the technology to make fertiliser, plans to deploy the facilities as far afield as Iowa, in the US. The... 


ICH finalises fertiliser division sale to K+S Group
4th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

International company Industrial Commodities Holdings (ICH) has finalised the sale of the ICH fertiliser business to Fertiva, an entity which is now majority-owned by German fertiliser supplier K+S... 


Firm advances natural solution
5th May 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

Local manufacturer Pratley is using its research and development capabilities to advance the use of its Vulture Creek Clino product, a natural zeolite called Clinoptilolite. Zeolites are naturally... 


Forest Products

Bell Equipment management returns to the family as it appoints new CEO
12th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO, Leon... 


PG Bison’s new R1.8bn MDF investment in Mkhondo to open in July
24th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Wood-based panel products manufacturer PG Bison will complete a R1.87-billion investment in a new medium-density fibreboard (MDF) Contiroll line in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, in July. This will increase... 


Sappi's Cloquet mill scores high in facility environmental management audit
31st October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi has completed a Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit at its Cloquet mill, in northern Minnesota,... 


York Timbers swings to a loss
29th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following a “disappointing” 2022 financial year, lumber and agriculture company York Timbers has again reported year-on-year decreases in several key metrics for the 2023 financial year ended June... 


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