Agricane is an Agricultural Engineering and Development company that aims to provide a service that will make a sustainable difference in African Agriculture, with experienced professionals in Planning, Design, Development, Training and Management - all who have deep roots and a proven knowledge of African conditions.

Agricane began in 1996 when a group of young Agricultural specialists, who each had over 12 years of experience in large scale organised agricultural operations in Southern Africa, saw the demand for good practical knowledge transfer in rural Africa. The company has grown almost every year of its existence and with that has come great diversity, new skills and cutting-edge technologies.

Agricane have worked in over 20 countries in Africa and we have formed Subsidiary companies in Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Moçambique to tackle the multitude of opportunities presented. To date this includes the development of over 40,000ha of irrigated agriculture covering Sugarcane, Rice, Alphalpha and various row crops. We are specialists in Small-grower developments and land use evaluation and planning. We have worked together and are accredited vendors with EU, World Bank, ADB and many other DFI organisations.

Our irrigation and drainage engineering capability is backed by years of practical development using a wide variety of modern methods available and we have a very experienced Agricultural Mechanisation capability which has valuable experience in Land Forming and Precision Farming.

Agricane has developed a subsidiary in AgriSense which has a unique remote sensing and survey capability focussed on agriculture. We carry out Satellite, Drone, and land survey to develop a range of products from 3D imagery to NDVI and GIS mapping for land use planning. We back this up through a tailor made computer App which helps farmers to understand and utilise this resource.

Agricane is actively pursuing its strategy to provide a service to Bio-Fuel development through support in expanding opportunities for Ethanol from Sugarcane and power generation from Biomass in Africa. Agricane combines an understanding of theoretical biomass conversions with practical development experience and industry associates to provide holistic project support.

Through a joint venture Agricane has embarked on a subsidiary to develop an agricultural impact fund, which it intends will support projects with appropriately structured finance. It is also actively providing linkages between viable agricultural opportunities and funding organisations.

In recent years Agricane have opened a commercial development company Agricane Commercial Holdings to improve the opportunities for small-scale farmers in Africa to add value to their raw products through processing of high quality exportable food-stuff.

Drone & Satellite Imagery

  • Drone & Satellite Imagery

    The Agricane team uses aerial and satellite images to provide common backgrounds for analysis and development work. We use Landsat, ASTER, SPOT, Digital-Globe, DEM and climate images and surfaces with design software to develop the maps and survey information needed by our teams. Over a project cycle, image backgrounds progress from general (see (1)) to specific ((2) & (3)).

Land Surveying

  • Land Surveying
    Agricane is committed to providing an efficient and experienced Survey Team to any agricultural development. It is capable of achieving the demanding standards required within agriculture and general surveying needs. The industry requirements for a more modern approach to land surveying have been borne out with the introduction of electronic survey data gathering and the use of GPS equipment.


  • Mechanisation
    Through the development and replanting of thousands of hectares in many different situations the Agricane team can offer mechanisation solutions to most projects. The team is led by Mike von Kaufmann who is a mechanisation specialist with many years of experience in tropical and sub-tropical agriculture in a wide range of environments and crops with solutions to match all requirements from the conventional methods to innovative out of the box solutions.

Irrigation & Drainage Engineering

  • Irrigation & Drainage Engineering
    Agricane has designed over 150,000ha of irrigation systems in Africa in the last 16 years. These have included furrow systems, paddy systems for rice, overhead systems such as Centre pivot and sprinklers as well as drip and floppy systems. Our credibility lies with the fact that most of our senior professionals have had in-line management experience of actual successful operations.

Agricultural Training

  • Agricultural Training
    Agricane is respected regionally for its expertise in the field of agricultural management and training, and it assures both high quality and timeous' delivery. Due to the fact that many of our staff have had in-line management experience in operations, agricultural production training has become a recent service that we provide and we offer a revolutionary and innovative approach to this discipline.

Land Forming

  • Land Forming
    The Agricane team is regionally regarded as leaders when it comes to furrow and flood irrigation, based on many years of proven experience in the irrigated cane and rice industries. Furrow and flood irrigation needs highly accurate land forming to be cost effective and a deep understanding of the relationship between soils and water uptake in the design considerations.

Bio Fuels

  • Bio Fuels
    Agricane Bio-Fuels division is an extension of all other parts of our service offering which specialises in planning and implementation of Bio-Fuel projects according to the principles of Economic Viability, Environmental Sustainability and Social Beneficiation. Agricane is involved with installation of one of the first and largest pure bio-fuel operations from sugarcane to ethanol in Africa.

Bulk Water Engineering

  • Bulk Water Engineering
    Agricane realises that at the start of any sizeable irrigation installation there is the Bulk Water supply conveyance system. We undertake these designs as a specialist requirement for the agricultural business and adapted civil engineering to suit agricultural applications. Our design team has professional civil engineering status, who are currently accredited with the South African Institute of Civil Engineers.


  • GIS
    Agricane Ltd has over the years evolved into a reputable GIS developer and implementor for customised farm operations. Our qualified and experienced personnel offer cost effective GIS solutions and training effective farm decision making and management.
    Our GIS solutions integrate as-built farm mapping, soil mapping, farm assets, farm operations and human resources into a single user friendly management tool.