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News archive - January-2016

Brexit

South Africa makes around R7.4billion per annum in export earnings from the UK as a result of an EU trade agreement. This is 25% of revenue that the country earns from the export of agricultural products to the European Union. Economist Wandile Sihlobo from Agbiz spoke to SAFM about this issue.

26.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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“Brexit” vote not an immediate game changer for RSA Agricultural Exports

Britain’s decision to vote to leave the European Union (EU) has sparked wider concerns regarding its existing trade engagements under the EU. For South African agriculture, the most exposed sectors to the British market are fruit and wine industries.

24.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Highlights from the 26th IFAMA World Conference

The 26th IFAMA World Conference was hosted by IFAMA, the world-renowned Danish Food Cluster, and the Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management in the picturesque city of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr John Purchase shares some of the highlighs.

24.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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White maize sufficient for coming months, Agbiz says

South Africa, Africa’s top maize producer, has enough white maize for the coming months as dry weather helps boost harvesting, but the country may struggle to source required imports of the grain it uses as a staple later this season, an industry body said.

23.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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What would Brexit mean for South African wine exports?

As British citizens decide whether to remain or leave the EU (the so called Brexit vote) on 23 June 2016, how will SA’s wine exports be reconfigured should Britons choose the latter?

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Food inflation eases slightly against market expectation

Recent data from Statistics South Africa indicates that in May 2016, headline inflation eased to 6.1% year-on-year (y/y) from 6.2% y/y in the previous month. This was well below the market expectations of 6.4% y/y.

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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SA, Poland in controversial poultry deal

Local producers are crying foul after Poland and South Africa entered a poultry export deal, which they claim may open the door to other EU deals. www.iol.co.za

22.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Brexit risks for SA agri exports

The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed two weeks shy of a referendum in which Britain is set to make a decision on whether to stay as a part of the European Union (EU) or not. South Africa’s celebrations of the EPA were beset by uncertainty over the seemingly possible reality of an EU without Britain. 

20.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Drought and doubt hits Sadc agribusiness

Land policy uncertainty and the drought in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region are driving down confidence levels in the agribusiness sector. 
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20.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz 2016: Being fit for the future

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. www.bizcommunity.com

19.06.2016 / Agbiz in the news

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