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South Africa - Withdrawal of millers from chamber

Two of South Africa’s milling giants,Pioneer Foods and Premier Foods, as well as Pride Milling and Godrich Flour Mills, have quit their membership of the National Chamber of Milling and are no longer required to submit sales information to the chamber.The move has caused alarm about the chamber’s ability to gather crucial industry information. This information is used by millers, farmers, the Reserve Bank and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). A lack of information will make it difficult to track the staple food trends and to calculate statistics like the gross domestic product (GDP).

25.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Negative agribusiness confidence at last lifting its head

The ABC/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index remains in negative territory (<50 Index points), even though it improved somewhat in comparison to the preceding quarter, as well as in comparison to the same quarter of the previous year. Agribusiness confidence rose almost to the levels recorded at the end of 2008. According to Mrs Lindie Stroebel, the economic intelligence manager at the Agricultural

Business Chamber (ABC) and compiler of the index, it would have been convenient to speculate whether it will return to the positive (even peaking) period in mid-2008. However, Stroebel warned that it would be dangerous, considering the expectations of lower commodity prices, strong exchange rates and the variable weather and production conditions being experienced, with specific reference also to the severe drought conditions in the southern and south eastern parts of the country.

28.03.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Undoing apartheid’s land legacy?

REFORMER: Minister Gugile Nkwinti says resolving the land issue is a key pillar of the ANC’s post-Polokwane policy.

RURAL Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has promised to implement unprecedented reforms to land ownership rules which the government hopes will reverse apartheid’s legacy that left most wealth and property concentrated in the hands of a white minority.

But critics warn his proposals for a radical overhaul of SA’s property rights regime could harm both rich and poor by discouraging investment and replicating past mistakes that resulted in little land delivery, community conflict, declining production and job losses.

Nkwinti this week stressed that resolving the land issue, which saw black ownership rights restricted by racist laws, is a key pillar of post- Polokwane ANC policy.

26.03.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Nuwe verhouding vir LBK, Agri SA

Die verandering in die verhouding tussen Agri SA en die Landboubesigheidskamer wat tans plaasvind word al vir bykans ‘n dekade bespreek, sê mnr. Hans van der Merwe.

19.02.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Kosproduksie moet verdubbel teen 2050

Om voedselsekuriteit in die toekoms te verseker moet kosproduksie teen 2050 wêreldwyd verdubbel, sê die Landboubesigheidskamer.

Om voedselsekuriteit in die toekoms te verseker moet kosproduksie teen 2050 wêreldwyd verdubbel, sê die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

“Volgens voorspellings moet voedselproduksie teen 2030 met 50% toeneem en teen 2050 verdubbel om voedselsekuriteit in die wêreld te verseker,” sê mnr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van die LBK.

26.01.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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