Agribusiness

The state of SA’s fresh produce market

The state of SA’s fresh produce markets

South Africa’s municipal fresh produce markets connect those who grow our food with those who eat it, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems. But there’s room for...
North Africa: South Africa’s next prime export market?

North Africa: South Africa’s next prime export market?

North Africa is a market with rising incomes, a growing number of sophisticated consumers, increasingly open economies, and ever-greater Internet access. Cornelis van der Waal, chief research officer at Wesgro,...
Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Science is increasingly finding ways to convert what was historically considered waste from agriculture, into beneficial products from renewable resources. Prof Annegret Stark outlines the opportunity that biorefining biomass presents...
How to plan for a maintenance shutdown

How to plan for a maintenance shutdown

End-of-season maintenance at packhouses and fresh produce processing facilities plays an integral role in food safety and should therefore be carried out systematically. So writes Linda Jackson, a director at...
Eastern Cape bee farmer’s commercial success

Eastern Cape bee farmer’s commercial success

Kola le Roux has loved bees ever since seeing his grandfather’s hives in the eastern Free State more than 60 years ago. Today he manages more than 2 000 hives, from...
Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

When a group of Letsitele citrus farmers could no longer afford packaging material, they started making it themselves. Today, their business is a major industry supplier. By Alita van der...
Aquaponics: ‘economy of scale is the key’

Aquaponics: ‘economy of scale is the key’

Aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponics, is increasingly becoming popular in many countries due to its ability to boost farm output and reduce waste. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Ruann Coleman...
Solar panels lower cooling costs

Solar panels lower cooling costs

In 2013, Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG) installed solar panels on the roof of its controlled atmosphere rooms to reduce its load on the municipal grid. Rahim Hassan, manager of engineering...
Zandam piggery owner Mauro Delle Donne.

Turning pig waste into energy

Zandam cheese and piggery, in partnership with the green energy company, Ibert, recently established a biogas plant to convert waste from the piggery into electricity and heat. Piggery owner Mauro...
Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

Why SA wine exports must move from bulk to brands

South Africa’s wine industry must shift its emphasis from volume to value and from a production orientation to a market orientation. This is according to Anton Smuts, the newly elected...
New market opportunities for South Africa’s macadamias

New market opportunities for South Africa’s macadamias

Alex Whyte, marketing manager of Green and Gold Nuts is convinced that the industry has potential for significant growth.
The science of fruit packaging: SA leads the way

The science of fruit packaging: SA leads the way

Stellenbosch University is acknowledged as a world leader in research on optimising packaging design for the fruit industry. Prof Linus Opara spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the university’s achievements in...

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