The annual Agriculture and Forestry Expo (AGFO) 2017 takes place at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River, Mpumalanga, from 14 to 16 September 2017.
The AGFO Expo, the preferred trade platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors, proved extremely successful last year and, with the number of sponsors and exhibitors that have already come on board for 2017, it promises a wide variety of sector-specific exhibitors and a successful networking and trade platform.
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Utility poles are a common feature of our everyday landscape. They support the wires that bring electricity from the power company to our homes and enable our growing network of telephones, televisions, and computers. Though wires are often buried underground in new developments, there are still roughly 120 million utility poles in service in the United States (AISI, 2005). Of these millions of poles, approximately 40% are owned by investor held utilities, 27% are owned by rural electricity... Continue Reading
Wood preservation can be categorised into two types; primary (industrial) and secondary (DIY). Primary wood preservation involves an industrial process whereby wood is impregnated with an industrial biocide-containing wood preservative to render the timber durable and resistant to biological attack, i.e. decay fungi, and wood destroying insects such as wood borers and termites.
The high-pressure processes, involving the application of waterborne preservatives such as CCA and Creosote... Continue Reading
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African Biomass Company (ABC) founder Willem van der Merwe is passionate about the environment and has built a business around turning wood waste into mulch (which is fed back into the soil), or chips for energy.
Willem started ABC in Worcester, Western Cape, in 2004, offering a one-stop service to customers ? mainly fruit and nut farmers ? to turn their unwanted wood and brush waste into a usable mulch that is easy to handle. It was initially a relatively small-scale operation, using... Continue Reading
Thatching Poles are used to support and hold together a thatched roof, usually consisting of dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes or heather. World Hardwood has gathered online sources, to showcase and present different styles of thatching that can be placed over thatching poles.Palm Thatch
Generally the cheaper option for thatching, these authentic palm leaves are obtained from sable palms can be used on any roof place or frame structure. This makes for a great... Continue Reading
Humanity has long appreciated forests for the energy, food, and medicine they provide, and as a source of wood products for construction and other purposes. But the role of forests in supporting agriculture, preserving biodiversity, protecting water supplies, creating jobs, increasing domestic GDP and moderating the impact of climate change is less well understood. It is an industry often crucial to the well-being... Continue Reading
Zimbabwe timber exports are expected to grow 19 percent this year despite most of the products being fairly expensive on regional markets. Zimbabwe is expected to earn $25 million in export revenue from timber and pole sales from about $21 million last year, chief executive of Timber Producers Mr Federation Darlington Duwa said last week.
The country is mainly exporting transmission poles to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique for their rural electrification. It is also exporting sawn... Continue Reading
Tree pests and diseases pose the biggest threat to timber plantation productivity. Controlling pests and diseases in over a million hectares of plantations is no small task, and every year in South Africa, the industry spends tens of millions of Rands on pest and disease control.
Bacteria, fungi, insects, parasites, weeds and animals can all become pests, if their influence disrupts the timber plantation?s productivity or its commercial viability.
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