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News archive - November-2012

Some reaction to President Zuma's State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) should “generally be welcomed”, especially the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) “as a framework for economic development and to address the challenges of poverty, crass inequality and unemployment,” said Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase.

While the NDP isn’t perfect, it establishes the most “cohesive and coherent framework from which to tackle the many challenges South Africans face” said Purchase.

15.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Poultry sector must unite on imports matter

Cape Town – The poultry sector should come together and approach the Department of Trade and Industry if it wants relief in the form of trade measures or other measures against imports of chicken meat, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said today.

In June last year, Brazil filed a dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over anti-dumping measures initiated by South Africa over chicken meat imported from the South American country.

Speaking at an engagement by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with farmers at Val de Vie Estate, near Paarl, Davies said there was no consistent message coming from those in the poultry sector, with some wanting to import chicken and others not, making it difficult for his department to take action.

14.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbounuus uit Afrika

Afrika bied geleenthede

Afrika word nie meer gekenmerk deur hopeloosheid nie, maar word gesien as die vasteland van hoop en geleenthede. Dit spog met hoër opbrengste op beleggings as enige ander plek ter wêreld, het pres. Jacob Zuma verlede week op ’n beraad van die Afrika-unie in Addis Abeba gesê. Hy het gesê die optimisme en geleenthede word veroorsaak deur oorvloedige natuurlike hulpbronne, groot hoeveelhede bewerkbare grond, ’n jong bevolking en ’n groeiende middelklas met baie koopkrag. Die vasteland is die wêreldstreek wat die vinnigste groei, met ’n koers van meer as 5%. Hy het gesê om ontwikkelingsdoelwitte te verwesenlik, moet daar groter integrasie op streek- en kontinentale vlak wees om veral die agterstand met infrastruktuur uit te wis. – GCIS

08.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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ASUF: Finding untiy in a common goal

Ntombi Msimang is the chairperson of the Agri-Sector Unity Forum (ASUF), which was established in November last year amid calls for greater unity in agriculture. Lindi van Rooyen spoke to her.

How did you get involved in agriculture?

Agriculture has always been a part of my life as I grew up on a farm in Swaziland and did my postgraduate internship at an agricultural company. From there I moved on to various other agricultural companies across Southern Africa and eventually in 2004 bought my own farm where I produced table grapes.

08.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Agriculture needs a more co-ordinated policy environment

The need for better policy environment, dealing  with bulk wine exports and ways to increase profits  were among the topics covered at the recent VinPro Information Day. To download this article, click here.

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