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Throwback Thursday: The development of grain silos

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, before the years of the development of silo-building programmes but already with the onset of co-operations, the first harvest deliveries were done in bags and transported to stations by ox wagons. Initially, Senwes erected depots at stations to receive, grade and store grain on behalf of the farmer until it could be railed to buyers.

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Throwback Thursday: In the grip of the fiercest drought of the twentieth century

The eighties remain infamous in agricultural memories as the worst years of suffering for the industry. Senwes Chairman at the time, Tobie Loubser described 1983/1984 as “the most oppressive agricultural circumstances in living memory.” Because of severe drought conditions, Senwes’ turnover dropped by R944,3million, a drop that hit the products and trade departments (especially the grain department) the hardest.

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