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News archive - February-2018

Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show – The event for all in the fresh produce industry

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) will host its 8th annual Fresh Connections: Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show from 15-16 August 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. This event will include an expanded trade show, top conference speakers, industry sessions and the opportunity to network with over 450 decision makers in the local and global fresh produce supply chain.

20.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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SA’s soybean success story needs to be heard and replicated

Over the past couple of weeks, soybeans hit the headlines in global media, spurred by then rising tensions in US-China trade relations. Coincidentally, the crop dominated agricultural media house headlines here at home as well, but not at a bigger scale and for different reasons. South Africans had learned from the National Crop Estimates Committee’s monthly updates that the country’s soybean harvest could reach 1.4 million tonnes in the 2017/18 production season, which is a record harvest - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

11.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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South African tractor sales grew by 15% y/y in April 2018

After experiencing robust growth of 41% y/y in March 2018, driven by government procurement ahead of the end of its financial year, the South African tractor sales grew at a relatively softer pace of 15% y/y in April, with 459 units sold. On average, 22 tractors were sold a day last month, compared to 35 tractors in March 2018 and 19 tractors a day in April 2017 - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz eonomist

09.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz announces the passing of its Chairman, Mr Schalk Pienaar

“It is with sadness that Agbiz announces the sudden passing of its chairman, Mr Schalk Pienaar, on Sunday, the 6th of May 2018. Mr Pienaar had been the Chairman of Agbiz since 2010, a role that he fulfilled with true leadership and distinction. He will be sorely missed, not only by Agbiz and its members, but by the whole agriculture and agribusiness fraternity for his wise counsel and constructive contributions over decades of service in various leadership positions in agribusiness”, said Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, today. 

“Agbiz extends its sincerest condolences to his wife and family, and trusts that they will find consolation and strength in the meaningful and very special life he lived”, Dr Purchase added. At this stage no funeral arrangements have been announced.

07.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Some Upswing in South Africa’s Grain Production Estimates

South Africa is in for a fairly good harvest in 2017/18 production season. This was confirmed by the third production forecasts released by the National Crop Estimate Committee this afternoon. All summer crop production estimates were revised up from previous month’s levels, with the exception of dry beans. In the same vein, winter crop farmers intend to increase the area plantings this upcoming season - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

03.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Consumers will benefit from fewer farming pressures

This year promises to be a fairly good one for South African consumers, particularly from a food cost perspective. The deceleration in food inflation that was observed in 2017 could again prevail this year as large grain stocks and the expected good harvest in the current production season continue to underpin the market - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist *This essay first appeared on Business Day on 26 April 2018.

03.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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SA agricultural trade sustains a good momentum

In February 2018, the cumulative agricultural exports were valued at R20.89 billion leading to a positive net trade of R3.736 billion. Agricultural exports were dominated by the table grapes, stone-fruit, wine, cuttlefish and tilapia - Sifiso Ntombela, trade economist and Agbiz Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence

03.05.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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SA food price inflation decelerates further to 3.5%

Food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation decelerated to 3.5% in March 2018, from 3.9% in the previous month. This is the lowest levels since December 2013 - thanks to last season’s robust crop output, as well as deceleration in meat price inflation. While there might be a slight uptick in the coming months in anticipation of the VAT and sugar tax effect, we expect the food and non-alcoholic beverages price inflation to remain at fairly low levels this year cushioned by a large grain stock from the current marketing year, as well as the expectation of a fairly good summer grain harvest - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

20.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Western Cape’s prospects depend on good winter rain

The west coast of South Africa, which is well known for good wines and being the country’ major winter grains producing region, has been saddled with below-normal winter rainfall for the past three years. The impact of this is clear from the Western Cape’s dwindling agricultural output - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

13.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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South African tractor sales for March 2018 up 41% y/y

The South African tractor sales were up by 41% y/y in March 2018, with 726 units sold. This follows a 12% y/y contraction in February. On average, 23 tractors were sold a day last month compared to 21 tractors in February 2018 and 16 tractors a day in March 2017 -Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist

 

12.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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ONLY 30 DAYS LEFT to register for the 2018 Agbiz Congress

We are pleased to announce another international keynote speaker, Dr Neal Gutterson, Chief Technical Officer at Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. Dr Gutterson will bring us valuable insight on research and development, as well as product development in relation to our congress theme of ‘Uncertainty Creates Opportunity’. 

10.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Land dynamics in Africa: What is the potential for agricultural expansion?

Estimates by Fischer and Shah (2010) suggest that the world has 446 million hectares of potentially available uncultivated land. Of this, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 202 million hectares or 45 percent - Dr Tinashe Kapuya and Mr Wandile Sihlobo 

05.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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National Minimum Wage implementation date postponed

The National Minimum Wage Bill and the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill jointly seek to transition South Africa from sectoral wage determinations towards a single minimum wage applicable on all industries in South Africa. These Bills are currently under discussion at the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour. As per the agreement reached between Labour, Government and Business at Nedlac, the National Minimum Wage was due to come into effect on the 1st of May 2018 - Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence

05.04.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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Disease outbreaks show food safety underpins security

Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist, commended SA’s food security status in his personal blog in February. This was after the Economist Intelligence Unit placed South Africa at 44th place out of 133 countries worldwide in the 2017 Global Food Security Index. This essentially makes South Africa the most food secure country in the continent. "Some conflated the blog post with land reform issues, arguing that the proposed expropriation without compensation policy would tamper with the progress made thus far. But, my intention was to shed light on the meaning of food security," he wrote.

29.03.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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National Dialogue on Land Reform kicked-off this week

Leading scholars and academics, members of civil society, politicians and representatives from the agricultural, agribusiness and banking industries met at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) this week for the first National Dialogue on Land. Academics from the Nelson Mandela University and GIBS took the initiative to arrange an open dialog to ensure that academics and intellectuals do not get side-lined in the process of debating the review of section 25 of the Constitution. Dr John Purchase served as a panellist and made a presentation highlighting the role of agribusiness in the economy, the link with property rights and the manner in which the sector can contribute to land reform within the context of inclusive growth - Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence

29.03.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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South Africa’s summer crop production estimates lifted by 2% from last month

The National Crop Estimates Committee reaffirmed its view that South Africa is in for a good grain and oilseed harvest this season (albeit being less than the record achieved in 2016/17 season). The Committee revised its production estimates upwards by 2% from last month to 14.8 million tonnes. The notable uptick was on white maize, sunflower seed, sorghum and soybeans production - Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist

28.03.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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A glimpse into the crystal ball of the storage and handling of grains and oilseeds

The recent mergers of several large global agrochemical and seed companies, their diversification and highly progressive technological approach bring new, innovative technology to agriculture. To keep up with this, the role of the handlers/storage facilities of grain and oilseeds will gradually be expanded - Mariana Purnell, Agbiz Grain

28.03.2018 / Agbiz in the news

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