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News archive - September-2011

ABC opinion on ABSA forecast 2012

Mashudu SilimelaThe ABC agrees, in general, with Absa’s forecast, as it coincides with other projections as well. Absa

Agribusiness did a great job and provided good indication on where the opportunities are expected in

2012. However, the ABC has to be realistic in its view that the numbers seem to be much better than the

sentiment – and that cuts across the economy. Even though pessimists are beginning to gradually soften

their negative projections for the recovery of the South African economy, the situation is not yet as great

as we would like it to be. “We live in very uncertain times”, is what the governor of the Reserve Bank,

Gov. Gill Marcus says, when referring to the fragile global and local economy. Prof Raymond Parsons,

deputy CEO of BUSA said “the margin for error for economic forecasting has increased, thus the margin

for error in policy has narrowed and a mistake in domestic policy could be very costly”. Meaning that we

are likely to be wrong in forecasting the economy, therefore we cannot risk making the smallest policy

mistake – the same applies for the agricultural sector, if we want to realise the opportunities available, as

identified by the Absa forecasting.

06.12.2011 / Media Releases

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Update on the Green Paper consultation process

After the gazetting of the Green Paper on Land Reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister

Gugile Nkwinti, invited certain stakeholders to participate in a National Reference Group (NAREG), to play

a constructive and participatory role, which is vital to the consultation process.

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) took up the opportunity to provide constructive, business

oriented and politically neutral input to all 6 working groups within NAREG. The ABC had an internal

workshop to set the general mandate and appointed Prof. Nick Vink, an acknowledged agricultural

economist from University of Stellenbosch, to assist in constructing a well-informed position paper. The

ABC will present this position paper to its Council on 15 November, whereby it will be submitted to the

Minister before the official deadline for comments at the end of November 2011.

03.11.2011 / Media Releases

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Katgevegte dalk oor GM-etikette

Dit lyk of talle katgevegte nog vorentoe kan uitbreek oor die vertolking van die bepalings rakende die etikettering van geneties gemodifiseerde (GM) produkte wat in die nuwe Wet op Verbruikersbeskerming vervat word.

Dié bepalings van die wet het begin vandeesmaand in werking getree.

Op die onlangse internasionale konferensie oor biotegnologie in die landbou wat in Sandton, Johannesburg, gehou is, het dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die Landboubesigheidskamer, gesê daar is groot meningsverskille oor biotegnologie, veral oor GM gewasse, tussen die landboubedryf en anti-GM-stemmingmakers – en selfs in regeringsgeledere. Wat en hoe geëtiketteer moet word, is vaag en onduidelik. Baie van die bepalings is ook nie prakties uitvoerbaar nie.

Daar is onduidelikheid rondom die definisies van “goedere” en “organisme”. Dit is ook onduidelik wat bedoel word met die “drempel van 5%” wat betref die inhoud van produkte. Nog onduideliker is as in die wet verwys word na “wetenskaplik onprakties” of “onuitvoerbaar” om vir GM organismes of GM bestanddele getoets te word.

14.10.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Regulering vir GM ‘moet sinvol wees’

Om na die publiek se kommer oor genetiese modifikasie (GM) om

te sien, is dit noodsaaklik dat die bedryf gereguleer moet word.

Dit moet sinvol gedoen word en op wetenskaplike feite gegrond

word, sê dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die

Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

30.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Ondernemings ‘moet óók pa staan’

Ondernemings met ’n landboubelang moet ook pa staan vir

grondhervorming, meen mnr. Corwyn Botha, voormalige

voorsitter van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

Hy het op Landbouweekblad en AMT se vooruitskouingskonferensie

in Pretoria gesê dit is nie reg dat boere “die

sweepslae vir apartheid” namens almal in die land moet dra nie.

“Die Regering kry dit nie reg om hervorming af te handel nie en

dit het tyd geword dat landbou-ondernemings toetree. Raak

betrokke in die proses van rondhervorming en help om 20%

grond binne die gegewe tyd aan swart boere oor te dra en help

die boere dan ook om so vinnig moontlik suksesvol te raak.”

30.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Members

  • Absa AgriBusiness
  • Afgri Operations Ltd
  • Afrivet
  • Agri Expo
  • AFMA
  • Agrifusion
  • Agri Mega Group
  • Alltech (Pty) Ltd
  • Association of Agritourism South Africa (AASA)
  • AVCASA
  • Barloworld Handling Materials
  • Bathopele
  • Beefmaster
  • BKB Ltd
  • Capespan
  • Certisure
  • Citrus Growers Association
  • Durban Fresh Produce Market
  • East London Industrial Development Zone
  • Engen
  • Farmwise Grains (Pty) Ltd
  • 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
  • Sansor
  • Santam Agriculture
  • Senwes Ltd
  • Signa
  • Standard Bank Agriculture
  • SSK
  • Suidwes Agriculture Ltd
  • Sundays River Citrus Company (Pty) Ltd