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News archive - January-2016

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


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


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


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


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


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. 

25.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news


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


Kommersiële landbou staan nou alleen

Die kommersiële landbou moet besef dat hy eintlik op sy eie is en moet geen aalmoese van owerheidsweë verwag nie.
- Landbouweekblad

25.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news


Agbiz response to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech


“Not in the last two decades has there been as much interest and anticipation in the annual budget speech of the Minister of Finance, as was the case with Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech,” syas Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz.

25.02.2016 / Media Releases


Drought: As farmers wait for Gordhan, Agri SA warns of job losses, influx of migrants

The drought is clearly a national disaster, so it is important that South Africa makes available all possible resources. 
- City Press 

23.02.2016 / Agbiz in the news


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