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News archive - November-2010

SA easily digests rising prices

 SA has little to fear from spiralling global food prices in the short term, said John Purchase, chief executive at the Agribusiness Chamber, a sectoral body representing agribusinesses and companies serving primary food producers.

Figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) this week show food prices last month reached their highest levels ever, surpassing those of the 2008 global crisis that sparked unrest in several countries.

09.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Retailers check water usage

Shoprite Checkers, Woolworths and Pick n Pay, have expressed concern over speculation that a water crisis is looming in South Africa. The three major retailers say they have put in place rigorous measures to ensure their products are safe for consumption and are free of any potential contamination from polluted water supplies.

A Shoprite spokesman said yesterday that suppliers to the group’s fresh produce procurement division, Freshmark, had to comply with a standard of certification regarding farming practices, which included regulations on irrigation water.

22.12.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Nee, Minister

Dewald van Rensburg,

’n Vloedgolf van negatiewe reaksie uit die sakewêreld, georganiseerde sakegemeenskap en sommige politieke kringe het gister die regering se langverwagte nuwe groeiplan begroet.

Die meeste skeptisisme was oor die werkskeppingsteikens van 5 miljoen werkgeleenthede teen 2020 wat mnr. Ebrahim Patel, minister van ekonomiese ontwikkeling, Dinsdag as deel van die plan aangekondig het. Dit word onder meer as onhaalbaar en ambisieus beskou en ten beste, as ’n uitdaging.

Die georganiseerde sakegemeenskap het ook by monde van verskeie sakeleiers laat blyk die tydperk vir die private sektor om kommentaar te lewer voordat meer besonderhede in die Februarie-begroting aangekondig word, is heeltemal te kort.

Die voorstel dat daar op “matige” loonverhogings ooreengekom moet word, is ook uit verskeie oorde afgeskiet. Dit is begroet met kommentaar soos onrealisties, onnosel of bloot betekenisloos.

Die groeiplan-raamwerk stel onder meer voor dat werkers wat tussen R3 000 en R20 000 per maand verdien voortaan net “matige reële verhogings” ontvang.

Dit moet bereik word deur ’n “maatskaplike verdrag” tussen vakbonde en werkgewers, stel die regering voor.

25.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Regering moet mieliesurplus opgaar

Suid-Afrika se boere sit met ’n mieliesurplus van 4 miljoen ton wat hulle bitter graag sou uitvoer.

Die antwoord lê egter nie daarin om markte buite Suid-Afrika te vind nie. Die regering moet intree, die mielies teen internasionale pryse koop en dit as voorsorg teen ’n volgende tekort hou.

24.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Navigating the maize

SA FARMERS are sitting on a maize surplus of 4 million tonnes, which they are desperate to export. But the answer doesn’t lie in finding markets outside of SA.

Government should step in and buy the maize at international prices and keep it for when there’s next a shortage.

Of course, government stabilising the maize price hasn’t been policy for some years now, as government believes in a “free market” in agriculture.

23.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Buying groups bid to cut farming costs

 Farmers, facing rising input costs and falling commodity prices, are forming buying groups to benefit from bulk discounts.

Willie du Plessis, the director of agricultural banking at Standard Bank, said this was an efficient way for farmers to reduce costs.

"Apart from the fact that discounts to a buying group will be better than those made to individuals, using buying groups also saves individual farmers the time of hunting around for reasonable prices," he said.

14.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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South Africa Urges Switch to Yellow Corn, Asian Markets

South Africa’s government said the country should change the type of corn it plants to target markets in Asia and suggested setting up an agency to promote exports.

An investigation conducted by a team of officials from the Department of Agriculture and the National Agriculture Marketing Council recommended that South Africa “aggressively” move toward producing more yellow corn to meet demand from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. South Africa, the biggest producer of the grain in Africa, grows mainly white corn, locally known as maize.

09.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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