NEWSLETTER #49

CFAM Technologies: Ready-to-eat Grain Snacks

CFAM Technologies: Ready-to-eat Grain Snacks CFAM Technologies have identified that Africa has the challenge of tackling increased poverty and a lack of food security. Large lower-income groups have the unfulfilled need for an affordable food product that is highly nutritious and long-lasting to support not only child development but also adults in need of nutritious […]

Agrifeed Systems: Cost-effective animal feed production

Agrifeed Systems: 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. Established in the 1960s, and under the current ownership since 1999, Agrifeed Systems is one of the oldest manufacturers of feed milling […]

Soda King: Drink business franchise opportunity

Soda King: Drink business franchise opportunity Soda King, a South Africa-based manufacturer of soft drinks, purified still and flavoured waters, fruit juices and speciality malt drinks are offering business people and entrepreneurs across the continent a unique franchise opportunity to establish a bottling plant in their country of choice. Soda King offers an amazing range […]

Vida Longa: The ice cream solution for Africa is here

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. This is now a reality with Vida Longa. When you arrive in Cairo, you take out your soft serve, nine months later, and serve your customers.   Vida […]

Cherry Irrigation: Quality that grows with care

Cherry Irrigation: Quality that grows with care Cherry Irrigation specialises in the design and implementation of all types of agricultural irrigation systems. We are an authority on irrigation and climate control systems for the greenhouse market. Based in the Western Cape of South Africa, we proudly serve a variety of businesses, both large and small, […]

Merlo: Making farming more attractive and efficient!

Merlo: Making farming more attractive and efficient! Merlo is a prominent, dynamic, state-of-the-art industrial company, with exclusively private capital for the production of high technology machines. “La Comuna” farm is an example of how technology and innovation make a virtuous, productive process possible. Here, nothing is left to chance and the fairer sex really matters, […]

NviroTek Labs: Chemical analyses for agricultural sectors

NviroTek Labs: Chemical analyses for agricultural sectors NviroTek Labs is a world-class analytical facility that 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. The required permits are in place to receive samples from most African countries. This independent, […]

Franklin Electric: World-class pumping system solutions

Franklin Electric: World-class pumping system solutions 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. Our high-quality product range includes FPS centrifugal, surface and submersible pumps, Franklin Electric motors and controls, Fhoton Solar Powered pumps, Mono progressing cavity […]

Elead Packaging Solutions: Supplier of packaging machinery

Elead Packaging Solutions: Supplier of packaging machinery More and more emphasis is being placed on community wealth and well-being by African leaders through promoting safer consumption of products by sound processing and packaging methods, as opposed to the consumption of unprocessed and possibly contaminated products. Elead Packaging Solutions and its business partners have the professional […]

ORO AGRI expands product range to accommodate farmers

ORO AGRI expands product range to accommodate farmers ORO AGRI SA is synonymous with innovation, development and commerciali­sation of a range of highly effective, biorational products providing compe­titive solutions to serve growers’ increasing need to enhance yields and sustain crop health. Our proprietary concept, OROWET® Technology consists of a unique blend of cold-pressed orange oil, […]

Urban Farming: Agripreneurs dig for green gold on rooftops

Urban Farming: Agripreneurs dig for green gold on rooftops The initiative to create urban farming businesses on vacant roofs was launched more than a year and a half ago by the public-private Johannesburg Inner City Partnership. The soaring “Chamber of Mines” building in central Johannesburg, a hub for South Africa’s mining industry, is a symbol […]

VST Tillers Tractors looking for distributors in Africa

VST Tillers Tractors looking for distributors in Africa VST Tillers Tractors was promoted in 1967 by the VST Group of companies, a well-known century-old business house in South India. We are looking for well-established distributors in Africa to grow the market. Any interested parties please send an email to vstgen@vsttillers.com or exim@vsttillers.com, along with your […]

Kenya Entrepreneur: The one who started a chocolate brand

Kenya Entrepreneur: The one who started 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. The Kenya entrepreneur, Suwani, says, “Making dairy-free chocolate started as a hobby for me because I am […]

Jibu: Bottled-water company on secrets to franchising success

Jibu: Bottled-water company on secrets to franchising success This week’s Finding Impact Podcast (FIP) features Randy Welsch, co-founder of Jibu, a bottled-water franchise business with operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. FIP is a weekly series where Andy Narracott (@AndyNarracott) has conversations with people moving the needle in social enterprise. Each episode discusses strategy, […]

Mechanisation of African farms: What needs to be done?

The mechanisation of African farms: What needs to be done? The 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. This comes on the back of the fact that African farming systems remain the least mechanised of […]

Halal industry: Profit-making idea offering opportunities

Halal industry: Profit-making idea offering opportunities Africa’s large Muslim population presents significant opportunities for manufacturers in the halal industry of food, cosmetics, personal care and pharmaceutical products. 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 […]

Apollo Agriculture: The journey so far for Eli Pollak

Apollo Agriculture: The journey so far for Eli Pollak Eli Pollak is the founder and CEO of Apollo Agriculture, a company launched in 2016 that uses mobile technology, machine learning and remote sensing to deliver customised packages of seed, fertiliser, advice, insurance and credit to small-scale farmers. The company offers a holistic solution to smallholder […]

Lauren Russell Nkuranga starts food business in Rwanda

Lauren Russell Nkuranga starts food business in Rwanda When Lauren Russell Nkuranga arrived in Rwanda with the Nike Foundation in 2012, she had the clichéd western belief that Africa is predominantly a place of war, poverty and disease, and is desperate for foreign-funded charity. But she quickly discovered that many countries on the continent were, […]

Africa Biomass Company: Entrepreneur of the year

Africa Biomass Company: Entrepreneur of the year South African entrepreneur Willem van der Merwe was 10 years old when he started his first business venture – a tuck shop on his father’s farm. Years later, he went on to found Africa Biomass Company (ABC), a land-clearing and wood-chipping business that specialises in recycling waste wood. […]

PetroMan: Fuel management systems for agriculture

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. Established in 2001, PetroMan® is one of the leaders in fuel management systems in Africa, and we are highly respected amongst our clients across the continent. […]

Powderplast: Dry powder milling of plastic resins

Powderplast: Dry powder milling of plastic resins PowderPlast is a team of experts that specialise in dry powder milling (or pulverising) of plastic resins. They are more than willing to help clients with all their milling needs. At our various and unique milling operations, which are strategically-positioned around South Africa, we can accommodate our customer’s […]

Bulk water storage made convenient by Staalboer

Bulk water storage made convenient by Staalboer Staalboer is a Proudly South African company that manufactures steel panel reservoirs for bulk water storage, with capacities and heights ranging from 15,000ℓ to 4,000,000ℓ, and from 1.3m to 4.9m respectively. The structures are fully galvanised and have a life expectancy in excess of 20 years. convenient Bulk […]

Nulandis launches single dose range in Malawi

Nulandis 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. Specially designed to address issues regarding accuracy, affordability, and quality and safety, the single-dose packs come in a variety of sizes. Each is measured […]

Torre Parts and Components: Only the best

Torre Parts and Components: Only the best Torre Parts and Components manufactures and distributes quality branded parts and components into both the African and global markets. They operate across four distinct market segments namely, Automotive, Commercial, Off-Highway and Industrial. Based in Johannesburg, with manufacturing operations in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Torre Parts and Components […]

Southern Cross Industries: Water-pumping windmill experts

Southern Cross Industries: Water-pumping windmill experts Windmills were one of the first products manufactured by Southern Cross Industries. Our skills and knowledge have been accumulated over nearly 110 years through continuous improvements in design and manufacturing. This on-going quest for excellence positioned Southern Cross as the undisputed, leading windmill manufacturer globally. Our agriculture roots date […]

Lasher: Africa’s number one manufacturer of hand tools

Lasher: Africa’s number one manufacturer of hand tools Lasher is Africa’s foremost manufacturer of non-mechanical agricultural tools. The South African-based company’s products are available across the continent. The main competitive advantage of Lasher Tools lays in the “Guaranteed quality” of our product. Our products carry the ISO9001 and SABS (South African of Standards) stamp. We acquire the above SABS […]

Mycotoxin in animal feeds and Toxfin by Kemin

Mycotoxin in animal feeds and Toxfin by Kemin Drought conditions from 2015 to 2016 have resulted in the lower production of essential crops, especially maize and soybeans. This led to increased stress on crops during growth, which may increase the risk of mycotoxin production. Additionally, as there is also a need for imported raw materials […]

Master Farmers: Leaders and legends

Master Farmers: Leaders and legends The book Master Farmers: Leaders and Legends portrays the success stories of twenty distinguished South African farmers and reflects the path each of them took to reach where they are today. The farmers were nominated by large agribusiness companies according to certain selection criteria. The interviews were done on their […]

Columbus Stainless: Growth in the agriculture industry

Columbus Stainless: Growth in the agriculture industry Stainless steel is found regularly in the processing sector of the dairy industry. It is used in the manufacturing of a range of items like processing equipment and storage tanks. The alloy’s hygienic properties are what makes it indispensable in this industry, and due to its low maintenance […]

Inavit iQ: Adding business value to agri-related industries

Inavit iQ: 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 in the domains of business strategy, organisation design, leadership excellence, human capital and performance, customer engagement and business metrics. We work in all industries with a primary focus […]

AgriEdge: Getting the agribusiness edge

AgriEdge: Getting the agribusiness edge AgriEdge is a non-profit company presenting extensive expert knowledge and experience – gained over many years – in agriculture and other related business fields, AgriEdge has a comprehensive network of associate experts which add value to our services and projects. Our three areas of focus in the company: Agriculture development […]

PPA: Equipment solutions for Africa’s poultry industry

PPA: Equipment solutions for Africa’s poultry industry Plasson SA (Pty) Ltd, trading as PPA (Poultry and Piggery Appliances), is one of South Africa’s oldest poultry equipment companies. It supplies a wide range of equipment and consumables to livestock farmers across the African continent. PPA is able to offer clients full turnkey solutions on poultry houses, […]

Lemco: Specialised steel fabrication for any shape and size

Lemco: Specialised steel fabrication for any shape and size Who is Lemco? LEMCO Holdings Pty (Ltd) is a South African-based company that specialises in all forms of structural steel and is able to produce customised designs according to our clients’ specific requirements. We achieve this by utilising specialised resources from the different companies within our […]

Botala Energy Solutions: Cheap electricity from agricultural waste

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. By producing their own power, farmers can drastically reduce (even eliminate) dependence on the national grid. Botala is one of the first engineering companies in South Africa to […]

Power Plastics fumigation sheeting: Ensuring efficiency

Power Plastics fumigation sheeting: Ensuring efficiency 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. The team was incredibly responsive and timely supplied hectares upon hectares of sheeting to save the crop from further infestation from […]

Prefab Pro: Prefabricated building and reticulation solutions

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. Our range of products will suit applications from housing, warehouses, workshops, hospitals, clinics and much more. We have operated successfully in Africa for […]

Zansta7: Best prices on new left and right-hand drive vehicles

Zansta7: Best prices on new left and right-hand drive vehicles Zansta7 Traders is a South African company affiliated with re-exporting new vehicles. These include passenger cars, SUV’s, pick-ups, buses, vans and trucks – all of which come at extremely attractive prices. As the CEO of Zansta7 Traders, Lana Matheson has been dealing in Africa for […]

Spray Pumps by Swartland is a must-have

Spray Pumps by Swartland is a must-have Swartland Spray Pumps, located in Franschhoek, was founded in 1991 by Sarel Swart. We import machines from Teyme, spare parts and fan units from Solteka, and shears and plant thinners from Arvipo. We also developed our own RS Series Spraying Machines. At Swartland Spray Pumps our main focus […]

Pelletising of livestock feeds can make you money by Agricon

Pelletising of livestock feeds can make you money by Agricon South African-based Agricon Pelleting is a worldwide supplier of pelletising machinery and feed handling equipment for agri-processing and factories. Agricon was established in 1993 and serves various customers in the animal feed market and the organic material market for fertilisers, composts and other value-added products. […]

Backsaver: Innovative small-scale hand planter

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. He has also now launched a revolutionary new fertiliser applicator (see box below) and the Backsaver Combi – a manually-propelled combination seed and fertiliser planter. The products have proved to be a […]

Bathopele: Agricultural training in Africa

Bathopele: Agricultural training in Africa Over the past few years, the Bathopele Agri Development Institute has trained more than 5,000 African farmers in agriculture. Some of their courses include emerging farmer development, operator training, smallholder development programmes and agri-contracting programmes, to name but a few! Bathopele partnered with John Deere to enable farmers in Africa, […]

Mertech Marine: Top quality fencing wire

Mertech Marine: Top quality fencing wire Mertech Marine was the first company in the world to specialise in the recovery and recycling of redundant undersea telecommunication cables, and not surprisingly, is today the world leader in this uncommon field. One would think a company that uses massive naval ships to recover thousands of kilometres of […]

Water Infra: Affordable water storage for all

Water Infra: Affordable water storage Because water is the most important substance in the world and nothing can exist without it, Water Infra has made it their mission to supply affordable water storage and offer a large variety of systems developed over the last 52 years. Water Infra is divided into four divisions: 1. Water […]

Agri Shalom: Creative livestock handling solutions

Agri Shalom: Creative livestock handling solutions Agri Shalom is a manufacturer of high-quality livestock handling equipment. Our manufacturing plant is situated in Bloemfontein, South Africa which makes the sourcing of our equipment to different parts of the country very easy and convenient. We supply livestock solutions according to client’s specifications. We manufacture: Clamps Crushes and […]

BBF Safety Group: Full safety footwear solution

BBF Safety Group: Full safety footwear solution, from one leading provider BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd. (BBF) was born from a merger of some of the most respected safety footwear manufacturers in South Africa: Bagshaw Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear, Bronx Safety, United Frams and Wayne Plastics. With over 200 years combined experience in footwear manufacturing […]

Skip trailers designed for ease of use and built to last

Skip trailers designed for ease of use and built to last The complete skip trailers were designed for ease of use and safety in mind. All controls are in one lockable control box. The double axles distribute weight more effectively, making it easier and safer to tow. Mini skip trailers: Technical Specifications Axles: 1,500kg each […]

Economy grain planter by Piket Implements

Economy grain planter by Piket Implements for the progressive African farmer! The Piket Economy No-Till Maize economy grain planter is designed for planting crops on smaller farms making use of tractor traction. It was designed to be used as a no-till planter, meaning that no soil tillage is required before planting. Seed and fertiliser are […]

Abax Corporate Services: International Management

Abax Corporate Services: International Management Company Abax Corporate Services is a Mauritius-based International Management Company with representative offices in Johannesburg, London, Dubai, Nairobi and Mumbai. Abax provides integrated corporate, fiduciary, and business solutions to listed and unlisted multinationals, private equity funds, institutional investors, Development Finance Institutions and High Net Worth Individuals. Alan Witherden, Country Representative […]

GSI ArchSpan instant barn: Store anything swiftly and safely

GSI ArchSpan instant barn: Store anything swiftly and safely With GSI ArchSpan instant barn, you can put up a barn in weeks, not months! A barn on a farm is like diesel in your pick-up truck – you cannot go without it. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to tediously transport steel and bricks and […]

Vitamech: Implements, machinery and spare parts

Vitamech: Implements, machinery and spare parts Vitamech hosts a wide range of implements, machinery and spare parts! Have a look at one of their implements below. MacDon FD75 FlexDraper – The ultimate draper performance Recover your whole yield with ground-following, close-cutting, smooth-feeding, durable, dependable farmer-friendly header technology True ground following with three-section flexible header and […]

Irrigation pump: Flexipump designed for the developing world

Irrigation pump: Flexipump designed for the developing world The Flexipump irrigation pump is an incredibly simple water pump designed primarily for small-scale farmers to better irrigate their crops or move water for livestock. However, it can also be used in construction or around the home. It only weighs 2.5kgs and is manually operated, which is […]

Aqua King: Water enhancing solutions

Aqua King: Water enhancing solutions for agriculture and food industries Aqua King specialises in the sanitation of water and has a patented treatment technology to deal with pathogenic micro-organisms. Its treatment systems have proven themselves over a wide variety of different applications in the agricultural and food industries. Aqua King’s electronically controlled system ensures quality […]

Trojan Batteries Company: Power for a wide variety of applications

Trojan Batteries Company: Power for a wide variety of applications Trojan Battery Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries and a battery technology pioneer, having built the first golf car battery in 1952. Trojan batteries provide power for a wide variety of applications that require deep-cycle battery performance, including aerial work platform, floor […]

Agri4Africa Agribusiness Tours & Events

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. We have a vision for this Agribusiness Powerhouse for Africa and a passion for the development of commercial agriculture and agribusiness in Africa, We have […]

CTC Plant Company: Africa’s earth moving specialist

CTC Plant Company: Africa’s earthmoving specialist CTC Plant Company specialises in the sales and support of earthmoving plant and equipment throughout Africa and internationally. A brief history of CTC Plant Company The company was founded in 1992 by owner and director, Colin McOwen. Already a well-respected industry player by the early 1990s, Colin made the […]

Jooste: Borehole cylinders and pumps

Jooste: Borehole cylinders and pumps for Africa The Jooste Cylinder & Pump Company (Pty) Ltd was established in 1967 by Mr Christie Jooste. Jooste borehole cylinders have thus been around for more than 50 years and are specialists in their field. Mr Jooste, a borehole driller at that time, had the vision to develop a […]

Rebelo Agricultural Group: Commercial vegetable production partner

Rebelo Agricultural Group: Commercial vegetable production partner South African-based Rebelo Agricultural Group is your one-stop commercial vegetable production partner for profitable projects across the continent. The company was founded by Jose Rebelo, who has 25 years experience in the agricultural industry. Because of his solid foundation stemming from immediate family and loyal long time relationships […]

Forestry: Not for those seeking a quick buck

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. “It is probably true to say that all the talk around Africa and agribusiness is more focused around food, and I think it […]

VIEA: Breeding material for livestock projects in Africa

VIEA: Breeding material for 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. VIEA is your preferred supplier of pedigree beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goat, poultry and game breeding animals, embryos and semen from […]

Afrivet: Africa’s animal health specialists

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. Initially, this was aimed purely at obtaining products suited to the commercial market and being able to […]