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Agbiz Newsletter - 8 July

In this week's newsletter:
Brief comments on South Africa's white maize market; Land dynamics in Africa: What is the potential for expansion?; Prioritisation of South Africa's orange export markets in the Far East

08.07.2016 / News

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Abnormally high maize prices are temporary

Farmers must improve how they plan the next season’s buying, production and marketing strategies to minimise risks. There are growing concerns about the outlook of South Africa’s agriculture due to a number of macro-level risk factors. - Moneyweb 

08.07.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Position available for Management Accountant at Agbiz

The purpose of this position is to provide professional advice and support to management, with regards to financial planning, budgeting, and reporting, to ensure that effective decisions are made.

06.07.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Brexit

South Africa makes around R7.4billion per annum in export earnings from the UK as a result of an EU trade agreement. This is 25% of revenue that the country earns from the export of agricultural products to the European Union. Economist Wandile Sihlobo from Agbiz spoke to SAFM about this issue.

26.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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“Brexit” vote not an immediate game changer for RSA Agricultural Exports

Britain’s decision to vote to leave the European Union (EU) has sparked wider concerns regarding its existing trade engagements under the EU. For South African agriculture, the most exposed sectors to the British market are fruit and wine industries.

24.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Highlights from the 26th IFAMA World Conference

The 26th IFAMA World Conference was hosted by IFAMA, the world-renowned Danish Food Cluster, and the Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management in the picturesque city of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr John Purchase shares some of the highlighs.

24.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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White maize sufficient for coming months, Agbiz says

South Africa, Africa’s top maize producer, has enough white maize for the coming months as dry weather helps boost harvesting, but the country may struggle to source required imports of the grain it uses as a staple later this season, an industry body said.

23.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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What would Brexit mean for South African wine exports?

As British citizens decide whether to remain or leave the EU (the so called Brexit vote) on 23 June 2016, how will SA’s wine exports be reconfigured should Britons choose the latter?

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Food inflation eases slightly against market expectation

Recent data from Statistics South Africa indicates that in May 2016, headline inflation eased to 6.1% year-on-year (y/y) from 6.2% y/y in the previous month. This was well below the market expectations of 6.4% y/y.

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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SA, Poland in controversial poultry deal

Local producers are crying foul after Poland and South Africa entered a poultry export deal, which they claim may open the door to other EU deals. www.iol.co.za

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Brexit risks for SA agri exports

The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed two weeks shy of a referendum in which Britain is set to make a decision on whether to stay as a part of the European Union (EU) or not. South Africa’s celebrations of the EPA were beset by uncertainty over the seemingly possible reality of an EU without Britain. 

20.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Drought and doubt hits Sadc agribusiness

Land policy uncertainty and the drought in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region are driving down confidence levels in the agribusiness sector. 
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20.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz 2016: Being fit for the future

Henry Ford (1922) said in his book, My Life and Work: "The moment the farmer considers himself as an industrialist ... farming will be considered as among the least hazardous and most profitable of occupations." In a sense referring to innovation, Mr Ford's statement still holds some lessons for agribusiness, albeit not restricted to industrialisation, which was characterised by, amongst others, the use of technological innovation to solve problems. www.bizcommunity.com

19.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agribusiness Confidence Index

The Agbiz / IDC agribusiness confidence index for the 1st quarter of 2016 has dropped by a further 15%. According to some experts this drop indicates that South African agribusinesses still have a pessimistic business outlook.
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18.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz honours Professor Karaan

South Africa’s Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) has honoured Professor Mohammad Karaan of Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences for his exceptional service to the South African agribusiness sector. www.iol.co.za

15.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Future success much wider than technology or technological innovation - Agbiz Congress

Henry Ford (1922) said in his book, My Life and Work: “The moment the farmer considers himself as an industrialist … farming will be considered as among the least hazardous and most profitable of occupations.” In a sense referring to innovation, Mr Ford’s statement still holds some lessons for agribusiness, albeit not restricted to industrialisation, which was characterised by, amongst others, the use of technological innovation to solve problems.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Reserve Bank will do its part to ensure competitive advantage - Agbiz Congress

Agribusinesses can rest assured that the South African Reserve Bank is committed to containing inflation.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Agbiz plays vital strategic role - Agbiz Congress

Agbiz has a vital role to play in the current economic meltdown, Agbiz chairperson Schalk Pienaar said at the Agbiz congress.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Agri-parks: No intent of government to run agriculture - Agbiz Congress

The government has no intent of running agriculture with its agri-parks concept. Rural South Africa, however, has to be transformed and the government believes that agri-parks will make a huge contribution in this regard. Nasele Mehlomakulu, chief director: Infrastructure Development of the department of rural development and land reform, told the Agbiz congress that the department is consulting as widely as possible with stakeholders to ensure the success of the project.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Clear, focused trade policy a must - Agbiz Congress

South Africa has to find its path among the complexities of the so called “new” debate over trade, industrial and investment policies. The question is if the country should protect itself with strict measures dictating foreign investment and trade or allow the multinational companies to invest and dictate the rules of the game. This is the view of Peter Draper, managing director of TUTWA Consulting, who discussed the intricacies of local trade developments at the Agbiz congress.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Lights according to Eskom has ceased - Agbiz Congress

Eskom’s monopoly over power supply has irrevocably ended. The advent of independent power producers (IPPs) in the renewable arena has ended this monopoly. This is the view of Brian Statham, chairperson of the SA National Energy Association (SANEA), a speaker at the Agbiz congress. “IPPs are going to become bigger and they will claim a bigger portion of the South African market,” he said. “Our energy world will change fundamentally as a result.”

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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More jobs and crops per drop will determine water challenge - Agbiz Congress

It is a global trend to distribute water away from agriculture to industry and for urban use. South Africa will be no exception. With pressure on this limited resource agriculture will find itself at the back of the queue. The agricultural sector will have to come to grips with the process of water allocation. It will have to increasingly participate in the detail management of this process to get their fair share and make sure that the system works for them.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Progress with land reform but there are concerns - Agbiz Congress

South Africa has made progress with land reform and there is now more certainty with regard to some worrying aspects. “The government is now starting to accommodate a level of flexibility in its plans,” Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase said at the Agbiz congress.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Progress with land reform but there are concerns - Agbiz Congress

South Africa has made progress with land reform and there is now more certainty with regard to some worrying aspects. “The government is now starting to accommodate a level of flexibility in its plans,” Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase said at the Agbiz congress. “President Zuma’s comments on opening restitution before 1913 are, however, not helpful at all. We are also concerned about the EFF factor that can result in more land grab incidents.”

10.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Still hope for South Africa to play in premier league - Agbiz Congress

There is still a 45% chance that South Africa could play in the premier league in the next five years. This will be determined by the county’s competitiveness and social cohesion. There is, however, also a 45% chance that South Africa could move to second league. It seems that South Africa is sitting between these two scenarios at the moment, but there is also a 10% chance that South Africa could become a failed state.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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South Africans must dream big - Agbiz Congress

According to Statistics SA the percentage of black youth between the ages of 25 and 34 in professional, managerial and technical fields has dropped by 2% in the last two decades. "Currently, 60% of South Africa’s unemployed youth has never worked before and their parents are better educated and equipped than they are. This is a sign of regression," said Mpumelelo Mkhabela, station manager of commercial talk radio station POWER 98.7, at the congress.

10.06.2016 / Media Releases

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Agbiz elects office bearers

Agbiz last week elected its office bearers for 2016-2018 at a Members Meeting held in Somerset West, Cape Town.

 

08.06.2016 / Media Releases

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El Nino, drought play havoc with Illovo

Wandile Sihlobo, senior agricultural economist at Agbiz says despite the recent rains, the drought in South Africa was far from over. The high prices will still hurt companies operating in the agricultural sector as the after effects of the drought will continue.
-  www.iol.co.za

07.06.2016 / 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