Agribusiness

Is closer really better for the environment?

Ever-mounting anxiety about global warming is sparking consumer concerns, particularly in the UK, that carbon dioxide emitted while transporting food over long distances can contribute significantly to global warming. Wilma den Hartigh talks to experts about concerns over 'food miles'.

Is there a future for derivatives in SA’s wine industry?

Surplus wine in global markets is squeezing the profitability of many South African wine farmers. It has been proposed that a derivative instrument should be introduced for the wine industry to help stabilise bulk wine prices and create transparency for all industry role-players. In principle this would be similar to the futures market on which SA grain farmers can trade to hedge price risks.

Charter: business size clarified

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by the end of the month

Issue Date: 2 February 2007

Milking better health and learning for all South Africans

The dairy industry and various government departments are hoping to join forces to introduce a school milk ­progamme to improve the health and learning abilities of South Africa's children.

Effective management: the key to emu excellence

Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this new and potentially lucrative enterprise. As a result Shane and the SA Emu Association hosted an Emu Information Day on his farm. Lloyd Phillips discovers some valuable management tips for aspirant emu farmers.

An olive branch for financial peace of mind

Jannie and Wouter Kriel from Montagu, Western Cape have ensured the commercial viability of their olive farm by buying in and processing olives while waiting for their orchards to mature. Their investment in an oil mill earlier this year has also realised product diversification, business expansion and greater returns. Glenneis Erasmus reports.

Agricultural investment: the key to food security

Comprehensive research into the causes of food insecurity, followed by significant investment in modern commercial farming techniques, is the only way to overcome food insecurity, says Limpopo agriculture MEC Dikeledi Magadzi. Fidelis Zvomuya reports.

Eskom – the power behind a local timber enterprise

Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to the extent that to be able to use the new, huge electric saws, Eskom has again had to increase the business's power supply.

Calls for state’s help as poverty threatens

Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben Ntsimane, one of three Grain SA Emerging Grain Producer of the Year finalists. Fidelis Zvomuya speaks to him about meaningful returns for this sector.

Farm saves money

By switching off its computer-controlled irrigation pumps during peak hours, when tariffs are high, Senekal Boerdery of Mkuze in northern KwaZulu-Natal saved R250 000 in 2005 in energy costs.

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