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News archive - September-2016

South African agricultural sector remains in recession

Recent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data shows that South Africa’s agricultural sector remains in recession. This is based on a negative growth of a seasonally adjusted annualised rate of -0.3% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of 2016.
- Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

06.12.2016 / News

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Agribusiness Outlook for 2017

As predicted, 2016 has been an extremely challenging and tumultuous year for the agribusiness environment and farmers alike, Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, said today at a media briefing in Pretoria. Not only did the prevailing drought of the previous years continue its devastation over much of the country, but a declining economy...

25.11.2016 / Media Releases

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Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declines marginally in Q4, 2016

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declined by 5 index points in the fourth quarter of this year.  Seven out of ten sub-indices of the survey showed expansion, with the exception of turnover, net operating income and employment sub-indices, which were the key drivers of this decline. 
- Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz

21.11.2016 / Media Releases

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Agbiz calls on all leaders and South Africans to uphold the Constitution and Rule of Law

“Events of the past week should be a major wake-up call to all South Africans. From Julius Malema’s anti-white and ‘land nationalisation without compensation’ utterances, to the totally absurd and unacceptable ‘coffin case’ racism..."
- Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz

21.11.2016 / Media Releases

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South Africa’s agricultural machinery sales decline

Agricultural machinery sales data indicates that in October 2016, tractor sales were down by 16% when compared to October 2015.  We believe that tractor sales could maintain the current trend, as sowing activity is already in full swing and few farmers will potentially make purchases in the coming months.
- Wandile Sihlobo

16.11.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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South African fuel prices set to drop next month

Given the expected fuel price decrease, it would be ideal for farmers and agribusinesses to slow down on fuel purchases this month and only start re-stocking up next month.
- Wandile Siholobo, Agbiz economist

15.11.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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SA farmers pushed to the brink

Commercial farmers struggling to stay afloat in the face of a devastating drought are now auctioning off their livestock. Agricultural unions said the farmers in the Western Cape, North West and Free State were among the worst affected.
- www.iol.co.za

14.11.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Trump kan lei tot handelsoorlog

Mnr. Wandile Sihlobo, hoof van ekonomiese en landbousake-inligting by Agbiz, sê die internasionale sentiment jeens Trump sal waarskynlik negatief wees weens onsekerheid oor sy beleidsrigting.
- www.landbou.com

11.11.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Rand/US Dollar to remain a key driver of South African grain prices

South Africa is traditionally a net exporter of maize and a net importer of wheat. However, during 2015/16 marketing year the country became a net importer of both maize and wheat due to lower supplies on the back of a drought season.

03.11.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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