Food extrusion plays a vital part in food security since it allows companies in the food sector to create affordable, nutrient-dense products from locally produced agricultural ingredients. It uses food extruder technology like twin-screw extruders to combine food ingredients such as maize, wheat, soy, sorghum, and many others with heating and mixing application to formulate nutrient-packed cooked food.
In addition to mass food production, food extruder technology also offers flexibility in terms of the raw material selection and the variety of food products that the system can design. These aspects have caught the attention of commercial food processing industries as they work to create sustainable food products with long shelf life, especially for third-world countries.
The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated global concerns over food shortage, leaving the world in an unprecedented hunger crisis. The United Nations World Food Program’s (WFP) director warned in January 2020 that “the worst is yet to come”, as over 260 million people are at the brink of starvation and expect to face multiple famines “of biblical proportions” in the coming months.
Sub-Saharan Africa particularly at risk.
The pandemic, compounded by widespread flooding, droughts, and economic disarray has left people vulnerable in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community.
See below for a summary of the benefits of five product offerings developed by the National Treasury and South African Revenue Services in conjunction with the Department of Finance and the Department of Trade and Industry, and with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation and the South African National Energy Development Institute.
This might help to reduce your energy investment costs in actioning your business plans and expand, thereby stimulating economic growth and generating employment.
12I Tax Allowance – when you do a Greenfield investment in a new industrial project that utilises only new and unused manufacturing assets, or when you do a Brownfield investment to expand or upgrade an existing industrial project. Alternatively, when you start-up or expand your business on the basis of adhering to a culture of energy productivity.
APSS (Agro Processing Support Scheme Grant) - when you start a new agro-processing or agro-beneficiation business or expand/improve an existing agro-processing or beneficiation business.
CIP (Critical Infrastructure Programme) Grant – when you build critical infrastructure that will open up and support investment opportunities or enable investments to fully deliver on their potential.
ADEP (Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme) Grant - available to South African registered entities engaged in primary, secondary and ancillary aquaculture activities in both marine and freshwater environments.
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