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The agriculture sector in South Africa is a critical part of the national economy. Farmers need cost-effective packaging solutions for their produce in order to keep production costs down and ensure freshness during transport. Bulk bags are the ideal solution for storing and transporting agricultural produce and biomass.

Custom Bulk Bags is a leading manufacturer and supplier of these products in South Africa. We produce up to 3.5 million bulk bags per year; all of which have a minimum safety factor rating of 5:1 and are manufactured in accordance with international regulations and standards. 

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What agriculture products can be stored in bulk bags?

Our high-quality packaging products are suitable for biomass and the agricultural sector, whether it’s to store vegetables, animal feed, byproducts or chemicals and fertilisers. Each bag can be tailor-made to meet your needs and can hold up to two tonnes of material without breaking.

Bulk bags are commonly used in the sugarcane sector in South Africa – storing cane stalks, molasses, biowaste and sugar granules. Many farmers also use these products to store their fertilisers and other powdered chemicals for their farms. With volumes ranging between half a cubic metres and two cubic metres, bulk bags offer a safe and affordable way to hold byproducts and produce.

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How the biomass sector can benefit

South Africa has experimented with biomass for many years, looking to turn grown produce into fuels and other economically-viable products. In particular, the hemp industry has recently kicked off globally as these plants have several uses, from clothing and textiles to animal feed and bioplastics.

As the world moves towards sustainable farming practices and looks for environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastics, biomass is becoming an important industry. Farmers looking to become competitive in this field need cost-effective solutions to transport and store their biomass and byproducts.

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What customisation options are needed?

Ordinary bulk bags may do the job, but some customisation will be required to maximise the effectiveness of these packaging solutions. This is especially true for agricultural products that are sensitive to air or moisture. Inner liners, whether plastic or foil, may be needed as a protective boundary between the biomass and the air.

This is vital for food-grade packaging that needs to meet international standards and regulations. In addition, a Type C anti-static bulk bag may be required for biomass products that are flammable. These bags are specifically designed to prevent static discharges from igniting powdered substances or combustible biomass.

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Essentially, the ideal bulk bag for biomass should be airtight, moisture-proof, anti-static and of high quality. This will help to preserve the valuable produce stored inside. For waste materials, a simple open-top bulk bag will be sufficient. 

If you’re unsure of what specifications to include on your packaging products, then speak with one of our expert consultants. They are on hand to guide you through the ordering process and can tell you which optional extras are ideal for your needs and industry requirements.

The agricultural sector is a vital cog in the South African economy. It’s important for farmers and stakeholders to use the right packaging solutions; ones that are affordable, durable, versatile and locally-made. For more information about our bulk bags, please contact us today.


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 2 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and industry insights.