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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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