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LBK hou kongres in Somerset-Wes

Verskeie uitdagings in die landbou-waardeketting is op die sakelys wanneer die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) se tweejaarlikse kongres op 2 en 3 Junie in Somerset-Wes plaasvind.

Suid-Afrika se landbou-waardekettings staar tans verskeie kritieke uitdagings in die gesig, soos knelpunte met betrekking tot 'n ongelyke handelsomgewing, agro-logistiek, waterkwaliteit, elektrisiteitstariewe, wisselkoerse, verswakkende landelike infrastruktuur, arbeidstakings en vele meer. Van die sake is op die organisasie se sakelys, sê dr. John Purchase, bestuurshoof van die LBK.

31.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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VPI daal oor laer kos-inflasie

‘n Skerp daling in voedselinflasie het die verbruikersprysindeks (VPI) in April tot 4,8% laat daal.

Luidens ‘n verklaring van die Nasionale Landboubemarkingsraad (NLBR) dui Statistieke SA se jongste inflasiesyfers aan dat voedselinflasie op ‘n maand-tot-maand basis met 0,4% gedaal het. Volgends die statistiek het voedselpryse op ‘n jaar-op-jaar basis met 0,9% gestyg.

Die NLBR sê die plaaslike pryse van koring en wit en geel mielies daal steeds, terwyl die prys van sonneblomsaad en die melkprodusenteprys vir die tydperk April 2009 tot April 2010 gestyg het.

23.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Presentation on Rift Valley Fever outbreak

  • Mosquito-borne viral disease which affects livestock, some game and Humans
  • The disease was first recorded in the Rift Valley of Kenya in 1931 hence the name
  • An outbreak normally follows persistent heavy rainfall
  • Causes Massive abortions and death of espyounger animals

19.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Koringtarief: GSA gaan Davies pak

As die Regering dink die nuwe koringtarief gaan koringboere aanmoedig om meer hektare koring te plant, moet hy herbesin, meen kenners in die landbou.

’n Koring- en koringmeeltarief van 14,07 sent per kilogram is deur dr. Rob Davies, Minister van Handel en Nywerheid, ingestel.

Die koringbeskermingsvlak is van $157 per ton tot $215 per ton verhoog. Dit beteken dat plaaslike produsente nie minder nie as R1 600 per ton koring sal verdien. Die Safex-prys vir koring het op 3 Mei op R2 231 per ton gestaan.

Mnr. Neels Ferreira, voorsitter van Graan SA, is teleurgesteld dat die bedryfsorganisasie se versoek van ’n beskermingsvlak van $260 per ton nie toegestaan is nie.

Die staat voer aan dat broodpryse te hoog sou word as ’n beskermingsvlak van $260 per ton toegestaan is.

18.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Workshop on Agricultural Investment in East Africa - download a draft report, highlighting the major outcoms

Eastern African agriculture is in trouble and, as a result, national economies are unnecessarily

undermined by this poorly-performing sector. I a subregion that is endowed with abundant land and

water resources and which has a currently under-employed youthful population, Eastern Africa has

no right to be hungry, poor or externally dependent to the degree it now is.

Yet the subregion is food insecure and faces distressing levels of rural and national poverty. Indeed,

in a world where media profiling sears indelible images into the international psyche, Eastern Africa

has become an icon of starvation, desperation and dependence on humanitarian assistance,

especially on food donations. Statistics reveal that although Eastern Africa1 has only about 3.5

percent of the world’s population, in a normal year the subregion consumes some 20 percent of

international food aid, around the receipt and distribution of which a whole industry has now grown

in some countries.

18.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Vervoer: Staking kan landbou ontwrig

Die landwye vervoerstaking kan die landbousektor - asook die voorsiening van voedsel aan winkels - ontwrig, sê die LBK.

Die landwye vervoerstaking kan die landbousektor - asook die voorsiening van voedsel aan winkels - ontwrig, sê dr. John Purchase, hoof van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

“Landbou-logistiek speel ‘n baie belangrike rol in die vervoer van byvoorbeeld grane na verwerkers. Dié staking gaan nie net die vervoer van landbouprodukte na verwerkers ontwrig nie, maar dit kan ook groot implikasies vir die voorsiening van varsprodukte soos vrugte, melk en groente aan winkels beteken,” sê hy.

14.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Food Security in Africa How does South Africa measure up to CAADP’s four pillars?

Notes on CAADP’s Four Pillars and South Africa’s implementation

The roles of the agribusiness sector and African governments in food security were discussed at a meeting recently held by the Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) and NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) in Pretoria.

Through its programme for the revitalisation of the agricultural sector in Africa, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), NEPAD has set a target of raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year, as agreed in the Maputo Declaration.  The CAADP’s focus areas for improving Africa’s agriculture fall under 4 pillars, each dealing with key issues, namely land and water management, market access, food supply and hunger, and agricultural research.

13.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Voedselsekuriteit in Afrika

Die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) en Nuwe Vennootskap vir Afrika se Ontwikkeling (NEPAD) se Sakestigting (NBF) het onlangs ‘n werkswinkel in Pretoria gehou om die rol van landbou-ondernemings en Afrika-regerings in voedselsekuriteit te bespreek.

Die doelwit van NEPAD se Omvattende Afrika Landbou-ontwikkelingsprogram (CAADP) is om Afrika se landbou-produktiwiteit jaarliks met 6% te verbeter en om openbare beleggings in landbou na 10% van die nasionale jaarlikse begroting te verhoog, volgens die Maputo-verklaring.  Die CAADP se plan rus op 4 pilare naamlik, volhoubare grondbestuur en waterbeheer, verbetering van die landelike infrastruktuur en toegang tot markte,  die verhoging van voedselvoorsiening wat hongersnood kan verlig, asook landbounavorsing en tegnologiese aanpassing.

13.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Standard Bank and US launch centre to support transformation in agricultural sector

The high failure rate of land reform projects and emerging farmers has led to the founding of the Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership an d Mentorship Development, an institution designed to address current challenges in the agricultural sector.

Willie Du Plessis, Director Agricultural Banking at Standard Bank says: “The Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership and Mentorship Development is a response to calls by government for private/public partnerships in the agricultural sector. The venture established in partnership with the Stellenbosch University aims to link emerging farmers with the commercial agri-food value chain and promote economic development and growth. Standard Bank believes that by increasing access to education, information and the agricultural value chain, emerging farmers stand a better chance of making a meaningful contribution to the economy of the country.”

28.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Voedselsekuriteit: Opvoeding skort

Een van die grootste uitdagings om voedselsekuriteit in Suid-Afrika te verseker is ‘n tekort aan kundigheid en opvoeding oor dié kwessie, sê die LBK.

“Een van die grootste uitdagings om voedselsekuriteit in Suid-Afrika te verseker is ‘n tekort aan kundigheid en opvoeding oor die kwessie”, sê mnr. John Purchase, voorsitter van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK). Hy sê dié twee faktore speel ook ‘n groot rol in boere se vermoë om suksesvol te produseer.

26.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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