UZWIL, SWITZERLAND – Bühler Insect Technology plans to build its first industrial plant to process black solider flies for animal nutrition together with its partner Protix in the Netherlands. Bühler will deliver the technology, equipment, and process know-how for the rearing and processing of the insects and the feedstock preparation.
The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) keeps growing each year, and now it’s being recognized for that accomplishment. IPPE has been named one of the Top 25 fastest growing trade shows in net square footage by Trade Show News Network (TSNN). The shows in the Top 25 were recognized for growth from 2014 to 2016.
Over the next three years, Bühler plans to invest more than CHF 50 million ($50.13 million) to build an innovation campus in Uzwil, Switzerland. Work will start in the third quarter and is expected to be complete at the beginning of 2019.
With South Africa’s maize crop set to reach 13.9 million tons this season, the focus will soon shift to the export markets. Writing in the London School of Economics Blog, Agbiz economist Wandile Sihlobo, identified a number of potential markets for South African maize industry.
On 25 February 2017, the President of the Republic officially launched the outcome of the Operation Phakisa that took place in September and October 2016 focusing on agriculture, rural development and land reform. “Phakisa” comes from the Sesotho word meaning to ‘hurry up’ and is based on the Malaysian model of “Big, Fast, Results” which tasks public and private sector stakeholders to jointly identify bottlenecks constraining service delivery.
Members of the Wheat Value Chain (which included SACOTA and AFMA), met with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg on 2 March 2017 to address key issues concerning the growth and revival of the SA Wheat Industry.
The South African Maize Imports Programme is still running to fulfil SA’s current maize commitments. The 2016/17 yellow maize imports at 27 Feb 2017 totals 1.31 million tonnes – 76% of the seasonal import forecast, while white maize imports totals 668 504 tonnes – 89% of the seasonal import forecast. In total, South Africa’s 2016/17 total maize imports stand at 1.98 million tonnes, which is 80% of the seasonal import forecast.