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  NUMBER 49   (4/2017)

'You never achieve more than what you aim for,' says entrepreneur of the year


Launched in 2004, Africa Biomass Company (ABC) has grown from strength to strength, and Willem van der Merwe was recently named South Africa's 2017 entrepreneur of the year in a competition sponsored by Sanlam and Business Partners.
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Johannesburg's new 'agripreneurs' dig for green gold on skyscraper rooftops


The soaring "Chamber of Mines" building in central Johannesburg, a hub for South Africa's mining industry, is also the site of a new venture aiming to entice the city's unemployed youth into green entrepreneurship.
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Listen: Bottled-water company reveals secrets to franchising success


Finding Impact Podcast (FIP) features Randy Welsch, co-founder of Jibu, a bottled-water franchise business with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
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What needs to be done to give Africa’s smallholder farmers access to machinery


Mechanisation of agriculture has become a priority across many African countries as the continent gears up to exploit its well-recognised potential to become the world’s food basket.
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Entrepreneur quits Nike job to start food business in Rwanda


When Lauren Russell Nkuranga arrived in Rwanda with the Nike Foundation, she discovered that the country's economy has expanded by an average annual rate of 7.6% between 2007 and 2016.
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Profit-making idea: Halal industry offering attractive opportunities


Although the word halal is often associated with food, it simply refers to what is permissible in traditional Islamic law, and can be applied to any product or service.
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The journey so far: Eli Pollak, founder and CEO, Apollo Agriculture


Apollo Agriculture uses mobile technology, machine learning and remote sensing to deliver customised packages of seed, fertiliser, advice, insurance and credit to small-scale farmers in Kenya.
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Kenya: The entrepreneur who took a chance with starting a chocolate brand


In Kenya, Jazeera Suwani, the founder of Say It With Chocolate, is carving a niche for herself by producing artisan chocolates for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.
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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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V.S.T. Tillers Tractors looking for distributors in Africa


V.S.T. Tillers Tractors is the largest manufacturer of power tillers in India, with a market share of more than 55%.
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Water & Irrigation

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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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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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

PPA: 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

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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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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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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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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ORO AGRI expands product range


ORO AGRI SA is synonymous with innovation, development and commercialisation of a range of products to serve growers' increasing need to enhance yields and sustain crop health.
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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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Elead Packaging Solutions: Supplier of high-quality packaging machinery


African leaders place more and more emphasis on sound processing and packaging methods, as opposed to the consumption of unprocessed and possibly contaminated products.
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Prefab Pro: 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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BBF Safety Group: 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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NviroTek Labs: Chemical analyses for different agricultural sectors throughout Southern Africa


NviroTek Laboratories offers a range of chemical analyses of soils, water, leaves, feeds, forage, fertiliser, lime, growth media and compost for different agricultural sectors throughout Southern Africa.
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Cherry Irrigation: Quality that grows


Cherry Irrigation specialises in the design and implementation of all types of agricultural irrigation systems and is an authority on irrigation and climate control systems for the greenhouse market.
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Kemin: 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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Franklin Electric: World-class pumping system solutions provider


Franklin Electric Inc. is the leading manufacturer of world-class pumping systems – providing the highest quality, availability, service, innovation and value for money across the globe.
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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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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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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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Young and Technology-minded: How Merlo makes farming more attractive and efficient!


"La Comuna" farm is an example of how technology and innovation make a virtuous, productive process possible.
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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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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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