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News archive - May-2015

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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Wheat tariffs must fit SA’s context

TRADE policy debates are incomplete if argued without due consideration of the effect of selected instruments on both the consumption and production sides.
- Business Day 

07.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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‘Vertrou SARB se beleid’ – Kganyago

Die hoof van die Reserwebank het by Agbiz se konferensie gesê prys- en loonvastellings wat hoër as die inflasiekoers is, is ’n bron van kommer.

02.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz to pave the road for the future during 2016 Congress

South Africa’s agricultural business chamber Agbiz hosts its biannual congress in the Western Cape this week. OFM News’ agri editor, Sabrina Dean, spoke to Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, about some of the pre-congress highlights, as well as what can be expected for the rest of this week.

02.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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SA Maize supplies

The effects of the South African drought continue to be felt with imports of white and yellow maize increasing steadily, to meet local and regional demand.  Will Southern Africa be able to source sufficient white maize supplies from the global market?

27.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Congress aims to unpack business environment

With South Africa at a major cross roads, or even a T-junction, it is crucial for agri businesses and roleplayers along the food value chain to understand the environment in which they are operating.  This is according to Agbiz CEO, John Purchase, who says this has been among the main criteria taken into account in structuring the programme for the agricultural business chambers’ forthcoming biennial Congress.
- OFM

05.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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El Nino pushes South Africa corn imports to two-decade high

South Africa, the continent’s biggest producer of corn, became a net importer of the grain for the first time since 2008 this year, bringing in the most in two decades after the worst drought in more than a century hurt local output.
- Bloomberg 

04.05.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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South Africa at crossroads: Impact on and role of agro-food value chain?

John Purchase, CEO: Agbiz

This past week Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, together with Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, met with members of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), including Agbiz. The frank and open discussion focussed on government initiatives to address the challenges facing the economy and maximizing the potential of the country. In a twist of irony, these discussions took place at exactly the same time that the damning and landmark Constitutional Court judgement was being read on the powers of the Public Protector and the subversion of the Constitution by the President of South Africa.

12.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Weighing the pros, cons of genetically modified food in Africa

CNBC Africa explores the issues around genetically modified foods joined by Dr John Purchase, CEO at Agbiz on the regulations, growth trends of the practice in Africa.

 

08.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbou se sakevertroue bly swak

Die droogte en verswakkende plaaslike ekonomiese uitsigte knel steeds sakevertroue in die landbousektor.
- Landbouweekblad 

05.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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How much more will you pay food in S.A?

Last week South Africa's February consumer price inflation breached the Reserve Bank's inflation target and exceeded analysts' expectations accelerating to 7 per cent year on year in February from 6.2 per cent in January. Inflation was driven higher by food and transport prices. CNBC Africa speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO at Agricultural Business Chamber about the effect this will have on consumers.

04.04.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Crop Estimates 2016

South Africa will likely harvest 7.255 million tonnes of maize in 2016, 27 percent less than the 9.95 million tonnes reaped last year because of a scorching drought and late plantings.

26.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz CEO John Purchase on #Budget2016: New direction, new hope for agriculture

Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz reckons there were green shoots of hope in Budget 2016 as Pravin Gordhan confirmed the new direction which appears to becoming entrenched. 
- www.biznews.com 

25.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbousektor se kommentaar oor die begroting

Landbou, en veral landbouvoedselverwerking, het meer na vorige gekom in vanjaar se begrotingstoespraak as in die verlede: Dr John Purchase 
- Moneyweb

25.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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