Monthly archives: February, 2012

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Strategy to boost tea production and exports – Rwanda

rwanda flagThe National Agricultural Exports Development Board’s (NAEB’s) new strategy to increase the country’s revenue from tea exports includes establishing five tea factories (to be operational by 2014), and expanding the area under cultivation by 16,588ha by 2017. Alex Kanyankole, the director general of NAEB, explains that Rwanda’s tea sector currently has 11 factories with an annual production of over 23,000t of dry tea. There is, however, limited value-addition as 97.3% of the crop is exported in its raw form – 60% of it is sold in auctions, 37.3% is sold directly and 2.7% is sold locally.


BRICS Africa

Export Import Forum

15-17 July, Hall 1, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg

Brics Africa Export Import Forum keeps innovative South African and African entrepreneurs abreast of the latest trends, products and services, and presents valuable networking and business opportunities to tap into future partnerships in Brazil, Russia, India and China.


Aiming for pure economic empowerment

Marble Gold is the first 100% black female owned UHT dairy production plant in Africa.

Located in Robertville, in the West rand, the business is appropriately positioned to easily access the greater Johannesburg and surrounding areas with its 100% Nutri Fruit pure juice, juices and dairy products.


Finding the right equipment for your business

Locating and buying the correct food processing equipment for a new or expanding business is always one of the major constraints identified by studies of the small-scale industry


Maize mill industry creates opportunity

Africa Spirit Maize Meal Processing Plant (Pty) Ltd is a newly established maize milling company involved in the creation of a state-of-the-art maize milling plant in Lehurutshe, Zeerust, North West Province.


Slow cooking emits life-changing results

Founder of Wonderbag, Sarah Collins, describes the Wonderbag as a heat-retention/insulation cooker with ancient heat-retention cooking attributes that have been redesigned to improve lives.


Harvesting water from fog can bring relief

In numerous places where rain is scarce and clean running water is a luxury, fog harvesting is bringing relief to many people.


Fog Harvesting Requirements

According to Dr Anthony Turton, an environmental advisor and water specialist, fog harvesting sites must be at least 1,000 metres above sea level and receive a minimum of 90 days of fog precipitation per year.


Dynamic Extractions and Formulations produces world’s purest standardised Sceletium tortuosum extract

South African-based Dynamic Extractions and Formulations (DEF), the newly formed production partner to leading extraction IP company, Green Cell Technologies, has produced possibly the world’s purest Sceletium tortuosum extract to date


Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD)

DCD is a cost-effective, revolutionary non-denaturing patented extraction technology and process that does not use heat or chemicals.


Injection moulded plastic crate specialists

MCG Industries is a manufacturer of injection moulded plastic crates, containers, chairs and pallets for all types of industries.


New affordable building system

The You-Can Building System not only makes high quality housing affordable, it also presents an economically and socially sustainable solution for the low-cost housing segment, says Jan Hartkamp, Chairman and System Developer of the You-Can system.


Integrating farming directly into a lifestyle development

The construction of South Africa’s first “green rural town”, which in time will operate largely independently of the national energy grid, has started.

PhytoTrade awarded grant to promote Baobab in the US – Southern Africa

The Southern Africa Trade Hub (SATH) recently launched the Southern Africa Baobab Initiative – funded through a one-year USAID grant of $99,950 – which will allow it to work with PhytoTrade Africa, the southern African natural products trade association, to assist the baobab sector in penetrating the US market.

Two new rice varieties – Burundi

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) recently released two new rice varieties – IR77713 and IR79511 – to boost production in lowland areas of the country (800-900 metres above sea level) and meet the rapidly-growing demand in Burundi.

New $4.5m milk plant for Kiambu County – Kenya

The Pamoja Women Development Programme, based in Gatundu South, Kiambu County, plans to construct a Sh380m ($4.54m) milk plant to produce long shelf life milk products.

Seven new groundnut varieties launched – Uganda

 Groundnut farmers now have access to the National Semi-Arid Resource Research Institute Serere’s (Nassari’s) seven new varieties.