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  NUMBER 48   (3/2017)

Transforming Nigeria's agricultural value chain


Agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria's economy before the discovery of crude oil and has contributed an average of 23.5% to GDP and generated 5.1% of export earnings over the past five years.
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New approaches will enhance food security in Africa


Thanks to Africa's large young population seeking jobs and improved livelihoods in cities, a key challenge associated with rapidly urbanising populations is a chronic food insecurity problem.
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How this Kenyan company saw an opportunity to link small-scale farmers with banks


FarmDrive has developed an innovative alternative credit-scoring model that can be used by financial service providers, such as banks, to assess the creditworthiness of farmers.
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Young South African on starting his castor oil and biodiesel business


Soweto-born Thabang Mabapa was helping to clean up a local community church when he stumbled upon Ricinus communis beans, more commonly known as castor-oil seeds.
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Start-up snapshot: Invest in Nigerian agriculture from anywhere in the world


Farmcrowdy is a Nigerian online platform which allows users (sponsors) to invest in the country’s agricultural sector in the kind of farms (and crops) they want to invest in.
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Not all doom and gloom for agriculture in 'junk' South Africa, says economist


In early April, the South Africa's sovereign credit rating was downgraded to sub-investment grade (or 'junk') by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch.
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Selling food in Africa: What we can learn from this company’s challenges


South Africa-based Pioneer Foods – which produces brands such as Sasko bread, Liqui-Fruit juice, Bokomo cereals and Lipton ice-tea – eyes acquisitions in strategic African markets.
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After three tough years, the outlook for Malawi is at last beginning to improve


A big corruption scandal in 2013 sent the country into an economic tailspin followed by severe flooding in 2015 and the worst drought in a decade in 2016.
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Experience the Agribusiness Powerhouse of Africa


Agri4Africa Agribusiness Tours & Events, in association with Boland Travel, specialise in arranging agribusiness tours and trade missions to and from the African continent.
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Business Opportunities

Vida Longa: the ice cream solution for Africa is here


Imagine collecting your soft serve, putting it into your vehicle and driving from Cape Town to Cairo.
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Soda King franchise opportunity


Soda King is offering business people and entrepreneurs across the continent a unique franchise opportunity to establish a bottling plant in their country of choice.
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CFAM Technologies: Ready-to-eat Grain Snacks and/or Porridges Business Opportunities


Large lower-income groups have the unfulfilled need of an affordable food product that is highly nutritious and long-lasting to support not only child development, but also adults in need of nutritious food.
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Agricon: How the pelletising of livestock feeds can save
(and make) you money


South African-based Agricon Pelleting is a worldwide supplier of pelletising machinery and feed handling equipment for agri-processing and factories.
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Agrifeed Systems: Equipment for cost-effective animal feed production


South African-based Agrifeed Systems manufactures a full range of tested and proven feed processing systems that make the manufacturing of animal feed both labour saving and cost effective.
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Inavit iQ Consulting adding business value to agri-related industries


inavit iQ (Pty) Ltd is a South African based business consulting company with an international presence providing innovative services.
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Getting the agribusiness edge


AgriEdge is a non-profit company presenting extensive expert knowledge and experience gained over many years.
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Agricon Pelleting: Make money with pelleting of animal feeds and waste


South African-based Agricon Pelleting is a worldwide supplier of pelletising machinery and feed handling equipment for agri-processing.
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Water & Irrigation

Agriplas: A holistic approach to irrigation in Africa


"Africa in terms of agriculture and irrigation is very much project focused. We've been involved in various projects in countries such as Madagascar and Namibia, but we see ourselves getting even more involved in the future," says Gordon Johnstone of Agriplas.
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Sweet farming success with Senter360 as irrigation partner


Competitively priced, robust quality, and uniquely African. This is how top South African sugar cane and fruit farmer Pieter van der Westhuizen describes Senter 360's centre pivot irrigation systems.
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All Power: Solar Powered Water


All Power has the latest and most advanced technology for pumping water with 3-phase pumps directly from a solar array.
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Jooste: Quality borehole cylinders and pumps for Africa


Jooste developed a borehole pump using a cylinder that delivered more water while using less power compared to the old brass cylinders.
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Flexipump: An irrigation pump designed for the developing world


The Flexipump is an incredibly simple water pump designed primarily for small scale farmers to better irrigate their crops.
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Netafim South Africa: The leader in drip irrigation


Netafim has become a household name among irrigation dealers in South Africa and drip irrigation and Netafim goes hand in hand.
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Agri weave: For better water retention and easier crop management


Spilo Technical Textiles's Agri weave product allows for a significant reduction in water and herbicide consumption, among numerous other benefits.
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Aqua King: Water enhancing solutions for agriculture and food industries


Aqua King specialises in the sanitation of water and has treatment systems that have proven themselves over a wide variety of different applications in the agricultural and food industries.
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Staalboer: Convenient bulk water storage


Proudly South African Staalboer manufactures steel panel reservoirs with a life expectancy in excess of 20 years.
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Poultry

Nkoko Chicken Houses – a business opportunity to raise and sell poultry


Kiki Agri's unique brand of chicken-houses, The Nkoko Chicken Houses, are available in three varieties.
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Complete equipment solutions for Africa's poultry industry


PPA offers clients full turnkey solutions on poultry houses, including building work, complete feeding systems, watering systems, and cooling, heating and ventilation systems.
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Company / Technology Focus

Botala Energy Solutions: Produce cheap electricity from agricultural waste


Botala Energy Solutions offers farmers and agribusinesses in Africa an opportunity to cost-effectively generate electricity from agricultural waste.
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Trojan Battery Company: Power for a wide variety of applications


Trojan Battery is the world's leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries and a battery technology pioneer, providing power for a wide variety of applications.
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Top quality fencing wire from Messrs Mertech Marine


Mertech Marine was the first company in the world to specialise in the recovery and recycling of redundant undersea telecommunication cables.
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Lemco: Specialised steel fabrication for any shape and size


LEMCO Holdings Pty (Ltd), a South African-based company specialising in all forms of structural steel, is able to produce customised designs according to their clientss specific requirements.
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Backsaver: Innovative small-scale hand planter popular throughout Africa


South Africa's Michris Janse van Rensburg has enjoyed considerable success with his Backsaver hand planter and fertiliser applicator.
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RenEnergy: Solar PV and Lithium Ion Phosphate Energy Storage built for Africa


With limited electricity grid networks and the lack of maintenance on it most businesses in Africa revert to diesel generators and households to fossil fuel.
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Abax Corporate Services: International Management Company


Abax Corporate Services – a Mauritius-based International Management Company – provides integrated corporate, fiduciary, and business solutions.
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Power Plastics fumigation sheeting – ensuring efficiency and safety during the fumigation process


Power Plastics, a supplier of fumigation sheeting in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, was recently approached by a large tobacco manufacturer to provide fumigation sheets to cover their tobacco.
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Agri Shalom: Creative livestock handling solutions


Agri Shalom – situated in Bloemfontein, South Africa – manufactures high-quality livestock handling equipment to provide the farming community with the most effective solutions.
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Agricultural training in Africa


Over the past few years Bathopele Agri Development Institute has trained more than 5,000 African farmers in agriculture.
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Zoetis: Quality animal health products


Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways.
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Innovative and versatile technology well suited to help African farmers


OROWET® Technology is a unique blend of cold-pressed orange oil, a completely renewable raw material, in patented mixtures with various surfactants and is used as a base to manufacture a range of different product types.
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Rebelo Agricultural Group: Your one-stop commercial vegetable production partner


South African-based Rebelo Agricultural Group is your one-stop commercial vegetable production partner for profitable projects across the continent.
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GSI's ArchSpan instant barn: Store anything swiftly and safely


A barn on a farm is like diesel in your pick-up truck – you cannot go without it. With GSI's ArchSpan technology, your instant solution is delivered to your farm as a factory on wheels.
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Water Infra: Affordable water storage


Water Infra offer a large variety of affordable water storage systems, because nothing can exist without the most important substance in the world: water.
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Government Subsidy Update for SA Industrialists and Entrepreneurs – February 2017


The South African government confirmed a total incentive budget of R9.6bn, of which R1.3bn has been earmarked for a re-modelled Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP).
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Prefabricated building, installation and reticulation solutions for better African projects


Prefab Pro was established in 2011 to service the African and Asian markets with quality prefabricated structures and installation services.
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Unbeatable prices on new left and right-hand drive vehicles from Zansta7


Zansta7 Traders is a South African company affiliated with re-exporting new vehicles. These include passenger cars, SUV’s, pick-ups, busses, vans and trucks – all of which come at extremely attractive prices.
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Nulandis and Farmers Organisation Limited launches single dose range in Malawi


In a first-for-Africa, the Nulandis single dose range has been launched by Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) to meet the unique needs of smallholder growers in Malawi.
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Torre Parts and Components


Torre Parts and Components manufactures and distributes quality branded parts and components into both the African and global markets.
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Columbus Stainless: Local stainless steel producer sees growth in the agriculture industry


Stainless steel does not age and has excellent corrosion resistance that protects the equipment throughout its lifetime and does not require additional coatings to function optimally.
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Southern Cross Industries: Water-pumping windmill experts


Southern Cross skills and knowledge have been accumulated over nearly 110 years through continuous improvements in design and manufacturing.
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Lasher: Africa's number one manufacturer of hand tools


Products by Lasher, Africa's foremost manufacturer of non-mechanical agricultural tools, are available across the continent.
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NviroTek Labs: Agricultural analysis for Africa


NviroTek Laboratories is an independent, national, world-class analytical facility for agriculture in Southern Africa.
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Mycotoxins in animal feeds and Toxfin


Drought conditions from 2015 to 2016 led to increased stress on crops during growing, which may increase the risk of mycotoxin production.
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Full safety footwear solution, from one leading provider


Born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa, the BBF Safety Group has over 200 years combined experience in footwear manufacturing and a solid footprint in the African continent.
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PetroMan® fuel management systems for agriculture


PetroMan® supports the agriculture sector in its desire to improve efficiency and save costs by means of comprehensive, accurate and real-time fuel management.
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PowderPlast: Dry powder milling (or pulverising) of plastic resins


PowderPlast is strategically-positioned around South Africa to accommodate their customer’s exact powder needs and specifications.
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Elead Packaging Solutions: Supplier of high-quality fruit processing machinery


One of the ways to meet the target of a good extraction is the use of dedicated machines for the various 'families' of fruits that have similar characteristics.
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Mechanisation / Equipment

Swartland Spray Pumps


Swartland Spray Pumps import machines from Teyme, spare parts and fan units from Solteka, and shears and plant thinners from Arvipo.
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Imperial Isuzu Truck Centre: Setting new benchmarks and purchase trends within the truck market


Moving into this year, one of the key trends will be the inescapable price increases across all the brands represented in the truck and passenger car market.
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Van Zyl Staalwerke: Hard-working agricultural implements for farmers in Africa


Van Zyl Staalwerke is a proudly South African manufacturer of a range of small and large agricultural implements and equipment.
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Robust low-maintenance agricultural equipment for African conditions


Erdvark, a South African-based manufacturer of agricultural implements and machinery, is offering African farmers quality solutions to their equipment needs.
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New Trend Manufacturing: trailers designed for ease of use and built to last


New Trend Manufacturing strive for the best and will never sell something that they are not prepared to buy themselves.
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Piket Implements: Economy grain planter for the progressive African farmer!


The Piket Economy No Till Maize Planter is designed for planting crops on smaller farms making use of tractor traction.
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Vitamech: A wide array of implements, machinery and spare parts


Vitamech provides much needed products for the farming community at cost effective rates.
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CTC Plant Company: Africa's most experienced earth moving plant specialist


South Africa-based CTC Plant Company specialises in the sales and support of earth moving plant and equipment throughout Africa and internationally.
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Plastrip: Tackling the pruning season with confidence


Do you cultivate roses, fruit trees and grapevines? Or do your hedges require some trimming?
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Timbery: Start a profitable sawmilling business


The recently launched Timbery M100 sawmill makes it even easier to start a profitable sawmilling business cutting timber for construction or resale purposes.
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Forestry not for those seeking a quick buck


Africa's untapped agribusiness potential is currently a big topic. However, one area within the sector that doesn't receive as much attention is commercial forestry.
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Dairy

Top quality breeding material for profitable livestock projects in Africa


The Veterinary Import Export Authority (VIEA) solves all issues relating to the global import or export of live animals and products of animal origin.
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Afrivet: Africa's animal health specialists


When Dr Peter Oberem founded Afrivet Business Management in 2000 his vision was to create an animal health company that would provide for the unique needs of southern African farmers and animal owners.
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H&S: Learn how cost-savvy American farmers make a better feed for better animals


The H∓S 170 Grinder-Mixer (GM-170) offers the convenience, dependability and smoothness of hydraulically operated feed making on your farm.
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John Deere: New US-built 5M tractor range unveiled


Farmers in South Africa recently managed to get a sneak preview of the new John Deere 5M series tractors.
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John Deere – unlocking Africa's mechanisation potential


Africa is today a core market for John Deere with focused ambitions to unlock mechanisation potential in sub-Sahara Africa.
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Agribusiness Resources

Master Farmers: Leaders and legends


The book Master Farmers: Leaders and legends portrays the success stories of twenty distinguished South African farmers.
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