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News archive - June-2011

A challenging year ahead for agribusinesses

A fragile international economy, slow economic growth rate, the high cost of doing business in South Africa and political uncertainties will be some of the factors influencing the trading environment for agribusinesses in the coming year.

This was according to the Agricultural Business Chamber’s economic intelligence manager, Lindie Stroebel, who recently published a report on the outlook and expectations for local agribusinesses for 2012.

10.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Port tariff hikes will hurt exports, job growth

Transnet is forging ahead with its decision to implement an 18,06% port tariff increase for the 2012/13 financial year. It has defended the proposed stiff hike, saying it’s necessary to tackle an infrastructure backlog in rail, ports and pipelines.

The increase will, however, have serious repercussions for farmers and comes on the back of soaring electricity and fuel prices. SA’s ports, and especially the container terminals, are already among the most expensive in the world despite their poor productivity record.

03.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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IDC to spend billions on developing SA agro-processing

South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) intends spending around R4,5 billion over the next five years to develop the country’s agro-processing sector.

It has already committed R800 million during its current financial year to create production capacity in more than 30 agro-processing companies. The IDC estimates this resulted in 3 700 new jobs.

03.02.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Struikelblokke op die wins-pad

Kaapstad. – Die koste om in Suid-Afrika sake te doen, is die grootste uitdaging vir ondernemings en hul winsgewendheid.

Dit is die mening van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) soos vervat in ’n dokument oor die vooruitsigte en verwagtinge vir landbousake in 2012.

“Geadministreerde pryse en die koste om die nasionale infrastruktuur soos tolpaaie, hawens en soortgelyke dienste te benut is proporsioneel te hoog,” sê die LBK. Die ekonomie het ’n behoefte aan infrastruktuur-ontwikkeling, maar as dit te veel kos, is die langtermynuitwerking destruktief.

24.01.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Outlook and expectations of the environment impacting on agribusinesses

The International economy remains fragile, as the EU’s sovereign debt crisis remains unresolved and

prospects still appear gloomy and risky. Some economists consider the US to be in a “soft patch”, as

their numbers look better. However, the improved prospects are not considered to be sustainable as

some predictions indicate the possibility of the US’ economy moving into recession in 2013 due to

their massive debt levels. As the EU has GDP growth prospects of around or below 1%, it can be

considered to be in a “mild recession”, of which the recovery is expected to be slow and protracted.

As the EU is traditionally South Africa’s most important agricultural export destination, the

agribusiness sector is specifically concerned about the demand for its agricultural exports.

Purchasing power is relatively low, especially for high value goods and world agricultural trade is

expected to be low in 2012. The relatively strong Rand is also limiting foreign earnings, making the

export sector less attractive.

10.01.2012 / Media Releases

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