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News archive - June-2015

Land reform: time to take the initiative in South Africa

Land reform is currently in the spotlight, and rightly so. The issue is not whether land reform should take place or not, but rather how it should be done to ensure a more equitable and fair pattern of land ownership. This process must not be allowed to put food security at risk. 
- Agri Portal

01.07.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Land reform: time to take the initiative

How will producers and agribusiness be affected if the agriculture sector cannot come up with a plan for land reform? In no way must food security be put at risk, says Agbiz CEO John Purchase.
- Farmer's Weekly

01.07.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Land reform: time to take the initiative

How will producers and agribusiness be affected if the agriculture sector cannot come up with a plan for land reform? In no way must food security be put at risk, says Agbiz CEO John Purchase.
- Farmer's Weekly 

30.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Farmers should not feel hopeless

While there was reason for concern about the way government seemed to take "a new idea out of thin air" and run with it as a policy proposal, farmers should not become hopeless about the future. These proposals had to go through many processes before they could be accepted as policy, Dr John Purchase, CEO of AgBiz, told delegates at the recent AGM of the Canning Fruit Producers' Association, held in Worcester.
- Farmer's Weekly 

26.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Sakevertroue daal

Agribesighede se sakevertroue was vanjaar in die eerste kwartaal 12% laer as ’n jaar gelede en 3% laer as in die vorige kwartaal. 
- Landbouweekblad

26.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Plan ‘verdeel landbou oor klas- en raslyne’

DIE voorgestelde verbod op buitelandse grondeienaarskap het die landbougemeenskap oor klas- en raslyne verdeel, het Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, gesê.
- News24 

25.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Land Commission receives over 50,000 claims

A total of 55,973 land claims have been lodged to the Land Claims Commission, since government re-opened the restitution claims process last year, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, announced on Tuesday. "As of 15 April 2015, a total of 55,973 claims have been lodged with the Commission. This represents 70% of the 79,696 claims lodged over a period of four years in the previous window, confirming that reopening the Restitution process was indeed the right thing to do," he said.
- Agri Portal 

25.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Hokaai met kritiek op nuwe landbouwet

Landboukenners het vandeesweek wal gegooi oor nuusberigte dat die minister van landbou in die toekoms aan boere kan voorsê waarmee hulle moet boer.  Dit is na bewering een van die implikasies van die beoogde Wetsontwerp oor die Bewaring en Ontwikkeling van Landbougrond. Kommentaar oor die wetsontwerp word tans deur die departement van landbou, bosbou en visserye verkry.
- Netwerk24 

25.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Grond: ‘Beleid sal beleggers geensins vervreem’

Die voorgestelde verbod op buitelandse grond­eienaarskap het die landbou­gemeenskap oor klasse- en ­rasse-lyne heen verdeel, aldus Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming.
- Netwerk24 

24.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Minister firm on farm size limit, despite opposition

RDLR Minister Gugile Nkwinti rejected opposition to announcement that land ownership by foreign nationals would be prohibited. The Banking Association of South Africa, Agbiz and Agri-SA argued against the policy - Business Day 

24.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Tot 397 000 nuwe grondeise verwag

Sowat 397 000 nuwe grondeise, wat die land tot R179 miljard kan kos, moet verwag word, sê dr. John Purchase.
- Landbouweekblad 

23.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Nkwinti defends foreign land ownership

Government on Tuesday tried to alleviate jitters that the prohibition of land ownership by foreign nationals would drive away investors.
- IOL News 

23.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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US meat imports not quite a done deal

John Purchase, chief executive of Agbiz, said nontariff barriers, such as sanitary regulations, were often a greater barrier to trade than tariffs. “People are looking to use that as barriers to entry and South Africa is a part of that.”
- Mail&Guardian 

19.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Nene 'overoptimistic' about economic growth prospects

Real GDP at market prices for the first quarter of 2015 increased by an annualised rate of 1,3%. This was well below Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's GDP growth forecast for 2015 of 2% during his budget speech. At the time, Lindie Stroebel, agribusiness intelligence manager at Agbiz, told Farmer's Weekly that growth would probably not be much higher than 1,4%

12.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Emphasing sustainable grain production during the process of land reform

Grain SA members, government officials, agricultural role players and other interested parties gathered on 4 and 5 March at NAMPO Park for the annual Grain SA Congress. The theme, “Sustainable grain production during the process of land reform”, promised to highlight important discussion points and encourage lively debate.
- Harvest SA 

10.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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'Stick to your knitting'

Well done to the organisers of the Pietermaritzburg Royal show for yet another splendid event. In its 165th year, the show manages to stay true to its character while keeping up with the times.

08.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Regerings ook nou in hoenderkryt

Met ’n gaping van 60 000 ton hoendervleis tussen wat Amerika wil hê en wat Suid-Afrika bereid is om op te offer, het die twee lande se regerings nou ingegryp by onderhandelings tussen die twee pluimveebedrywe. 
- Landbouweekblad 

05.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Plafonne bestem vir grondwethof

Al is die deur nog nie finaal toe vir gesprekke oor grondplafonne nie, wil dit voorkom of die onderskeie partye nie hul standpunte daaroor gaan verander nie en of die kwessie uiteindelik in die Grondwethof sal draai.
- Landbouweekblad 

05.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz political agri-economics report

RSG Geldsake interviewed Lindie Stroebel of Agbiz on the objectives and findings of the new political agri-economy report.  The first report is almost like a status quo – Agbiz created a background of the political environment that will act as a basis for the next reports.

05.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Klimaat laat sakevertroue daal

Algemene landboutoestande en veral die klimaat is een van die redes vir die daling in agri-besighede se sakevertroue in dié sektor. Agri-besighede se sakevertroue was in die eerste kwartaal van vanjaar 12% laer as ʼn jaar gelede en 3% laer as in die vorige kwartaal.
- Landbouweekblad 

02.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Stuur jou bootjie in die

Byna elke artikel oor grondhervorming begin met 'n aanhaling uit die mond van 'n belangrike rolspeler wat bevestig dat grondhervorming 'n belangrike politieke prioriteit is. Die artikels gaan dan voort om te verduidelik dat die vraag lankal nie meer is of grondhervorming moet plaasvind nie, maar eerder oor hoe dit gedoen moet word. Dus, hoe kan grondhervorming volhoubaar bestuur word sodat voedselsekerheid, die winsgewendheid van kommersiele boerderye en die reg op grondbesit in Suid-Afrika behoue bly en beskerm word?

01.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Land reform boat afloat

Almost every article on land reform starts with a quote from an important role-player confirming that land reform is an important political priority. These articles explain that the issue at hand isn't whether land reform is necessary anymore, but rather how it should be done. In other words: how can land reform be managed sustain- ably to maintain and protect food security, the profitability of commercial farming and the right of land ownership in South Africa?
- Stockfarm 

01.06.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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  • Association of Agritourism South Africa (AASA)
  • AVCASA
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  • Bathopele
  • Beefmaster
  • BKB Ltd
  • Capespan
  • Certisure
  • Citrus Growers Association
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  • East London Industrial Development Zone
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  • FNB
  • Fraserburg Koöp Bpk
  • Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum (FPEF)
  • GWK Limited
  • Highveld Egg Co-op Ltd
  • Hans Merensky Holdings
  • Humansdorpse Koöp Bpk Trading as The Co-op/Die Kooperasie
  • Industrial Development Corporation
  • Institute of Market Agents of SA (IMASA)
  • John Deere
  • Kimech Agri Tractor and Machinery CC
  • Kaap Agri Bedryf Ltd
  • KLK Landbou Bpk
  • Land Bank
  • Marsh Africa
  • Monsanto
  • Mosstrich Ltd
  • Mutual & Federal Agri
  • National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC)
  • Nedbank
  • Netafim
  • PMI SA
  • NWK Ltd
  • Obaro
  • Old Mutual
  • Overberg Agri Bedrywe (Edms) Bpk
  • OVK Operations Ltd
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred RSA (Pty) Ltd
  • PwC South Africa
  • Rovic Leers
  • SA Agri Academy
  • Saltcor
  • San Miguel Fruits SA
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  • Santam Agriculture
  • Senwes Ltd
  • Signa
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