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News archive - May-2011

Food price hikes to bite a festive cheer

Festive season consumers will pay higher prices for food, including chicken, meat and vegetables.

The hikes have been fuelled by the increase in diesel and paraffin prices, and a critical maize shortage.

With millions of South Africans already battling poverty and high food prices, this could be a bleak Christmas for many.

12.12.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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ABC opinion on ABSA forecast 2012

Mashudu SilimelaThe ABC agrees, in general, with Absa’s forecast, as it coincides with other projections as well. Absa

Agribusiness did a great job and provided good indication on where the opportunities are expected in

2012. However, the ABC has to be realistic in its view that the numbers seem to be much better than the

sentiment – and that cuts across the economy. Even though pessimists are beginning to gradually soften

their negative projections for the recovery of the South African economy, the situation is not yet as great

as we would like it to be. “We live in very uncertain times”, is what the governor of the Reserve Bank,

Gov. Gill Marcus says, when referring to the fragile global and local economy. Prof Raymond Parsons,

deputy CEO of BUSA said “the margin for error for economic forecasting has increased, thus the margin

for error in policy has narrowed and a mistake in domestic policy could be very costly”. Meaning that we

are likely to be wrong in forecasting the economy, therefore we cannot risk making the smallest policy

mistake – the same applies for the agricultural sector, if we want to realise the opportunities available, as

identified by the Absa forecasting.

06.12.2011 / Media Releases

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Update on the Green Paper consultation process

After the gazetting of the Green Paper on Land Reform, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister

Gugile Nkwinti, invited certain stakeholders to participate in a National Reference Group (NAREG), to play

a constructive and participatory role, which is vital to the consultation process.

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) took up the opportunity to provide constructive, business

oriented and politically neutral input to all 6 working groups within NAREG. The ABC had an internal

workshop to set the general mandate and appointed Prof. Nick Vink, an acknowledged agricultural

economist from University of Stellenbosch, to assist in constructing a well-informed position paper. The

ABC will present this position paper to its Council on 15 November, whereby it will be submitted to the

Minister before the official deadline for comments at the end of November 2011.

03.11.2011 / Media Releases

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Katgevegte dalk oor GM-etikette

Dit lyk of talle katgevegte nog vorentoe kan uitbreek oor die vertolking van die bepalings rakende die etikettering van geneties gemodifiseerde (GM) produkte wat in die nuwe Wet op Verbruikersbeskerming vervat word.

Dié bepalings van die wet het begin vandeesmaand in werking getree.

Op die onlangse internasionale konferensie oor biotegnologie in die landbou wat in Sandton, Johannesburg, gehou is, het dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die Landboubesigheidskamer, gesê daar is groot meningsverskille oor biotegnologie, veral oor GM gewasse, tussen die landboubedryf en anti-GM-stemmingmakers – en selfs in regeringsgeledere. Wat en hoe geëtiketteer moet word, is vaag en onduidelik. Baie van die bepalings is ook nie prakties uitvoerbaar nie.

Daar is onduidelikheid rondom die definisies van “goedere” en “organisme”. Dit is ook onduidelik wat bedoel word met die “drempel van 5%” wat betref die inhoud van produkte. Nog onduideliker is as in die wet verwys word na “wetenskaplik onprakties” of “onuitvoerbaar” om vir GM organismes of GM bestanddele getoets te word.

14.10.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Regulering vir GM ‘moet sinvol wees’

Om na die publiek se kommer oor genetiese modifikasie (GM) om

te sien, is dit noodsaaklik dat die bedryf gereguleer moet word.

Dit moet sinvol gedoen word en op wetenskaplike feite gegrond

word, sê dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die

Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

30.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Ondernemings ‘moet óók pa staan’

Ondernemings met ’n landboubelang moet ook pa staan vir

grondhervorming, meen mnr. Corwyn Botha, voormalige

voorsitter van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

Hy het op Landbouweekblad en AMT se vooruitskouingskonferensie

in Pretoria gesê dit is nie reg dat boere “die

sweepslae vir apartheid” namens almal in die land moet dra nie.

“Die Regering kry dit nie reg om hervorming af te handel nie en

dit het tyd geword dat landbou-ondernemings toetree. Raak

betrokke in die proses van rondhervorming en help om 20%

grond binne die gegewe tyd aan swart boere oor te dra en help

die boere dan ook om so vinnig moontlik suksesvol te raak.”

30.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural exporters fume at port tariff hikes

Alle in- en uitvoerders van landbouprodukte kan geraak word deur ’n tariefverhoging van 18,06% in verskepingskoste, aldus die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

Derhalwe doen die kamer in ’n nuusbrief ’n beroep op sy lede om deel te neem aan die openbare verhore oor die tariewe wat volgende week sal plaasvind.

Volgens Besigheidseenheid van Suid-Afrika (Busa) is hierdie verhoging, wat tans drie keer hoër is as die land se inflasiekoers, vir die 2012/’13-boekjaar voorgestel.

23.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Klimaatmikpunte kan landbou knou

Suid-Afrika se mikpunte waartoe hy hom in 2009 by die Kopenhagen-klimaatsonderhandelings verbind het, was te hoog.

Dit kan die landbou se mededingendheid verder benadeel, sê dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die Landboubesigheidskamer.

Te ambisieus

Hy het op ’n nasionale konferensie oor klimaatsverandering in Pretoria gewaarsku dat die Regering se mikpunte te groot en te ambisieus is – veral in die afwesigheid van ’n internasionale ooreenkoms daaroor.

06.09.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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