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News archive - May-2011

Not ‘either/or’ between small and large farming, both needed

It is not a case of South Africa needing to support either small- or large-scale farming, but that both are important for the country’s development, says business organisation Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) CEO Dr John Purchase.

Specifically, large-scale farming will provide food security and sustainable agriculture, while support for the development of small-scale farming will improve household food security, social stability and reduce the drive towards urbanisation.

05.08.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Regering toon wantroue in eie stelsel met appèl – LBK

Die appèl van drie ministers teen die

Mededingingstribunaal se goedkeuring

van die Walmart-Massmart samesmelting

is die slegste ding wat die afgelope vyf

jaar met die Suid-Afrikaanse sakesektor

kon gebeur, sê me. Lindie Stroebel, senior

ekonoom van die Landboubesigheidskamer

(LBK).

Stroebel sê die proses wat die

Amerikaanse winkelreus moes deurloop

voor die tribunal die proses goedgekeur

het, was goed.

05.08.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Africa Lead partners with ABC

AFRICA LEAD is a USAID-funded project focused on building capacity for agricultural

development in a number of African countries* across the continent. AFRICA LEAD is offering

an opportunity for South African companies to participate in their “Agribusiness Leadership

Program”. By matching private sector hosts from more technically advanced economies (like

South Africa) with participants from enterprises that need technical skills upgrades, the

Agribusiness Leadership Program supports skills transfer to facilitate a greater commercial

model of agricultural production and value addition in Africa.

02.08.2011 / Media Releases

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Africa Lead partners with ABC

AFRICA LEAD is a USAID-funded project focused on building capacity for agricultural

development in a number of African countries* across the continent. AFRICA LEAD is offering

an opportunity for South African companies to participate in their “Agribusiness Leadership

Program”. By matching private sector hosts from more technically advanced economies (like

South Africa) with participants from enterprises that need technical skills upgrades, the

Agribusiness Leadership Program supports skills transfer to facilitate a greater commercial

model of agricultural production and value addition in Africa.

02.08.2011 / Media Releases

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ABC participates in meeting with Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Minister Gungile Nkwinti

The ABC leadership was invited to a meeting between the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and commercial farmers. After the meeting was opened, Minister Nkwinti presented the audience with his views on the various Land Reform models. He specified that assisting land reform beneficiaries and emerging farmers cannot be done by government alone, hence this important engagement.

The Minister emphasised the benefit of interacting with farmers and role players to enable government’s ability to achieve land reform targets. “Closing the gap through talking solves many problems”. The Minister urged for better communication, especially between beneficiaries and neighbouring commercial farmers. However, he depicted that the beneficiaries should ask for assistance. “Dit het niks te doen met kleur nie”, the Minster said, when he said black and white farmers should de-racialize the rural economy and stand together to speak with one voice, and defend with one voice their property and farming interests.

28.07.2011 / Media Releases

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Africa investor Agribusiness Investment Awards 2011 shortlist announced

Johannesburg, South Africa; 20 July 2011: Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment research and communications group, today announced the shortlist for the 2011 Ai Agribusiness Awards, which reward organisations, companies and personalities driving transactions and improving the continent’s agribusiness investment climate.

The Ai Agribusiness Investment Awards will formally recognise the importance agribusiness investment has on economic development across the continent. The Awards reward achievements across the main agribusiness and finance sectors in Africa. Last year’s Award winners included: African Export-Import Bank; African Development Bank; Nestlé; Presidential Initiative for Banana Industrial Development (PIBID); Silk Invest and ABSA, amongst others.

21.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Nkwinti betrek boere

Boere gaan die eerste keer ’n sê hê in nuwe beleid oor grondkwessies. Hul betrokkenheid

daarby gaan hul oorlewing bepaal, het dr. Theo de Jager, ondervoorsitter van Agri SA, in

Pretoria gesê ná ’n werksessie met mnr. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister van Landelike

Ontwikkeling en Grondhervorming.

De Jager sê dié boodskap moet nou dringender as vantevore by boere tuisgebring word en

gesoute onderhandelaars gaan nodig wees.

08.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Nuwe denke 'verfrissend'

Die debat oor grondhervorming in Suid-Afrika het ’n nuwe vlak betree. Vir die eerste keer

is daar planne om kommersiële boere by besluitneming oor grondkwessies te betrek. Dit is

’n welcome verandering in die Regering se denke oor grondhervorming.

Die jongste ontwikkeling spruit voort uit ’n werksessie tussen mnr. Gugile Nkwinti, Minister

van Landelike Ontwikkeling en Grondhervorming, en die georganiseerde landbou. Nkwinti

het ná die werksessie gesê dit was die eerste stap van sy department se interaksie met

kommersiële landbouers.

08.07.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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