• Water and Agricultural Engineering
    MBB designs irrigation systems for all applications
  • Water and Agricultural Engineering
    Engineering solutions to water storage
  • Water and Agricultural Engineering
    Agriculture is about fertilising thought as well as seed
  • Water and Agricultural Engineering
    Bright ideas for bulk water infrastructure

Agricultural Engineering

Agricultural Engineering

As South Africa’s leading agricultural engineering company, MBB Consulting Engineers views agricultural development from the farmer’s perspective - seen through the lens of engineering. We do not adapt civil engineering skills to “fit” an agricultural environment but approach it as an agriculturalist with specialist engineering knowledge, skills and experience.

Agricultural engineering encompasses the science and technology of agricultural production and processing. It combines earth sciences and engineering with the objective of practical and sustainable solutions to agricultural systems. We do not overdesign but constantly challenge ourselves to find techniques and technologies which offer the optimal solution, at a reasonable price.

Many factors link together to create a profitable, well managed farming venture. Our agricultural engineers examine each component to create the best overall model to provide top yields, good returns on investment and long term sustainability, while caring for the environment on which the farming venture is founded.

For over 40 years, MBB has been at the forefront of agricultural development and management, dealing with large commercial developments to schemes which provide emerging farmers with the skills and infrastructure to run financially viable enterprises. We also offer farmers various strategies to add value to their produce, including packing and food processing facilities

Water Engineering

Water is essential to every aspect of life, so its wise protection, management and storage is vital.
MBB is a leader in the development of creative irrigation concepts in South Africa and Africa. In a country where water is scarce, its wise protection, management, storage and use are imperative in providing a sustainable food source for mushrooming urban populations.

The first issue we address is water resource planning, as demand should not exceed supply, and environmental flow provisions must be maintained. Therefore, before any water-user considers increasing usage it is important to check the catchment status. MBB has the hydrological, environmental and water-use knowledge to do this, which, together with water legislation expertise, ensures water allocation applications are accurately completed.

Good management and optimum efficiencies in water usage are essential in agriculture. MBB recommends custom scheduling with irrigation systems which use water in the most effective ways, minimise soil nutrient seepage, maximise crop yields and reduce power use and costs by operating during off-peak tariff times. Through these steps, bottom line profit is increased.

We take the long view when it comes to system optimization: designing the best system for the desired purpose, which conserves resources over its lifespan. The initial investment may be a little more costly, but over time, this is paid back handsomely by on-going savings.

Water storage and distribution strategies are also important. Climate change predictions show that the variability of rainfall will be amplified, increasing the need for storage over the long term. MBB has decades of experience in designing and supervising the construction of storage and balancing dams, bulk water supply systems and pump stations to supply irrigation schemes.

Our Services

  • Master development plans and feasibility studies
  • Bulk water supply infrastructure, including pump stations, pipelines, reservoirs, canals and drains
  • Water management and water law expertise
  • Irrigation systems, including design, construction supervision and commissioning as well as turnkey installations
  • Revitalisation of irrigation schemes and project implementation
  • Planning, development or re-development of sugar estates and sugar projects
  • Energy optimisation (pump stations, irrigation systems and processing plants)
  • Soil conservation, drainage and land reclamation
  • Agricultural infrastructure, including roads, buildings, fencing and feedlots
  • Agricultural mechanisation planning and haulage options
  • Animal housing (broilers, dairies, layer units)
  • Bio-fuel projects, including research, development, planning and implementation
  • Emerging farmer support to boost production and increase profitability