South Africa’s agricultural business chamber Agbiz hosts its biannual congress in the Western Cape this week. OFM News’ agri editor, Sabrina Dean, spoke to Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, about some of the pre-congress highlights, as well as what can be expected for the rest of this week.
02.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news
The effects of the South African drought continue to be felt with imports of white and yellow maize increasing steadily, to meet local and regional demand. Will Southern Africa be able to source sufficient white maize supplies from the global market?
27.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news
With South Africa at a major cross roads, or even a T-junction, it is crucial for agri businesses and roleplayers along the food value chain to understand the environment in which they are operating. This is according to Agbiz CEO, John Purchase, who says this has been among the main criteria taken into account in structuring the programme for the agricultural business chambers’ forthcoming biennial Congress.
05.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news
South Africa, the continent’s biggest producer of corn, became a net importer of the grain for the first time since 2008 this year, bringing in the most in two decades after the worst drought in more than a century hurt local output.
04.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news
John Purchase, CEO: Agbiz
This past week Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, together with Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, met with members of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), including Agbiz. The frank and open discussion focussed on government initiatives to address the challenges facing the economy and maximizing the potential of the country. In a twist of irony, these discussions took place at exactly the same time that the damning and landmark Constitutional Court judgement was being read on the powers of the Public Protector and the subversion of the Constitution by the President of South Africa.
12.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news
CNBC Africa explores the issues around genetically modified foods joined by Dr John Purchase, CEO at Agbiz on the regulations, growth trends of the practice in Africa.
08.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news
Die droogte en verswakkende plaaslike ekonomiese uitsigte knel steeds sakevertroue in die landbousektor.
05.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news
Last week South Africa's February consumer price inflation breached the Reserve Bank's inflation target and exceeded analysts' expectations accelerating to 7 per cent year on year in February from 6.2 per cent in January. Inflation was driven higher by food and transport prices. CNBC Africa speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO at Agricultural Business Chamber about the effect this will have on consumers.
04.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news
South Africa will likely harvest 7.255 million tonnes of maize in 2016, 27 percent less than the 9.95 million tonnes reaped last year because of a scorching drought and late plantings.
26.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news
Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz reckons there were green shoots of hope in Budget 2016 as Pravin Gordhan confirmed the new direction which appears to becoming entrenched.
25.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news