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News archive - February-2015

'Voedselsekerheid broos na droogte'

Die eerste weerramp waardeur SA in 22 jaar in die gesig gestaar word, is 'n herinnering aan die broosheid van voedselsekerheid, het Louw Steytler, Graan SA se voorsitter, by Graan SA se kongres gesê.

05.03.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Grondhervorming: Senzeni Zokwana glo ‘nie genooi’

Senzeni Zokwana, landbouminister, het glo nie ’n uitnodiging na die imbizo oor grondhervorming Donderdag ontvang nie.  Belanghebbendes in die landbou was bitter teleurgesteld dat hy en Gugile Nkwinti, minister van landelike ontwikkeling en grondhervorming, nie daar was nie.

28.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz comments on Budget Speech 2015

"The 2015 Budget Speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was actually very predictable under the current volatile economic circumstances," says Lindie Stroebel, Agbiz Manager Agribusiness Intelligence.

27.02.2015 / Media Releases

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Workshop tackles road transport legislation and its impact on the economy

At Agbiz’s Grain Logistics Workshop, which took place outside Johannesburg on 11 February 2015, participants discussed solutions for complying with the amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations. 

18.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Food security perspective

The term ‘Food Security’ is often bandied about loosely by politicians, bureaucrats, farmers, businessmen, consumers, and even scientists, without many having a proper understanding of the underlying meaning thereof and  the contributing factors thereto.

16.02.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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President Zuma's SONA raises concerns for agriculture and agribusiness

In his address President Zuma made considerable reference to Land Reform issues, including the introduction of a 12 000 hectares land ceiling, foreigners to be deprived of owning land in South Africa, the introduction of the Office of the Valuer General to signal the end of the so-called "Willing buyer, willing seller" principle, and the introduction of the 50/50 farmworker equity and  co-management scheme on a pilot basis.

13.02.2015 / Media Releases

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Land Reform 2015

"For some time now it has become clear that 2015 will be absolutely critical in finalizing and implementing a detailed land  reform framework, agreed to by all key role players, that is economically viable and effects sustainable and significant land reform, without compromising food security," says Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO.

30.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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BEE: Business to bite the (silver) bullet?

President Jacob Zuma signed the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Act 46 of 2013 into law in January 2014, while the new Phase 1 and Phase 2 B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice were gazetted in respectively October 2013 and October 2014.

28.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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ESKOM again warns on energy supply system

"This week ESKOM again warned that the country’s electricity supply system was close to the point where load-shedding would be necessary. In a December 2014 NEDLAC meeting with the Minister of Energy, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, it became clear that the situation of on-off load-shedding will manifest itself over at least the next three to four years," says Dr John Purchas, Agbiz CEO.

08.01.2015 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Grain – A new way forward for grain handling and storage

Agbiz Grain, a new fully-fledged and dedicated desk under the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), was established in November 2014 by the twelve largest commercial grain handling and storage companies in South Africa.

28.11.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Long term outlook for global agricultural markets: Implications for farm prices and profitability

Mike Dwyer,Global Policy Analysis Director, Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA, presented at an Agbiz event: "The Long Term Outlook for Global Agricultural Markets: Implications for Farm Prices and Profitability".

16.09.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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SA ly onder EU, Russe se sanksie-oorlog

Selfs Suid-Afrika spring nie die gevolge van Rusland se verbod op die invoer van voedsel van die Europese Unie (EU) en die VSA vry nie.  Die handelsafwykings wat die verbod veroorsaak, raak reeds voedselpryse wêreldwyd, sê dr. John Purchase en Tinashe Kapuya van die sakekamer Agbiz.

15.09.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Anderkant die reënboog - Landbank wys dit kan gedoen word

Dis verstommend om te sien wat gedoen kan word as ’n mens die regte mense aanstel om skynbaar onmoontlike probleme op te los.

05.09.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz Congress 2014

Agbiz sincerely thanks everyone that supported us in making the Agbiz Congress 2014 such a successful event. We wish to particularly express our gratitude to each of the 250 attendees and 20 speakers, as well as extend our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors and supporters.  The congress presentations are now available to view on the Agbiz Congress web page.

02.09.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Regering en boere begin vatplek kry

Wedersydse aanklank was een van die kenmerke op ’n geskiedkundige ontmoeting tussen die Regering en van die land se voorste kommersiële boere.

29.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbank staan blakend gesond uit sterfbed op

Die afgelope week het Lindiwe Mdladlose, waarnemende uitvoerende hoof van die Landbank, met groot trots die instansie se jaarresultate aangekondig.  Theo Potgieter, voormalige nie-uitvoerende direkteur van die Landbank het net lof vir die kundige direksielede wat deur die jare gehelp het om die skip van koers te laat verander – mense soos Nomavuso Mnxasana, deesdae onder meer in die direksie van Nedbank, Patrick Mathidi, nou by Rand Merchant Bank, prof. Mohammad Karaan asook, meer onlangs, dr. John Purchase van Agbiz.

23.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Zuma woos USA investment in local agro-processing

President Jacob Zuma used his recent visit to the USA as an opportunity to encourage American investment in SA agro-processing.

22.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Less than 2% of agriculture investments in Africa successful

African land for food production became a popular target for investors following the spike in food prices in 2008, even as less than 2% of agricultural investments showed signs of success in the south of the continent.

15.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz wil ’neef’ van landbou bly

Die landbousakekamer Agbiz wil ’n gewaardeerde lid van die landboufamilie te bly, maar “ons is nie deel van dieselfde gesin nie”. Mnr. Schalk Pienaar, voorsitter van Agbiz, het op die kongres gesê Agbiz “wil ’n goeie neef bly, maar nie ’n broer nie”.

15.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Heelwat grond in Afrika reeds boerderye

Hoewel Afrika se ingewikkelde  probleme vandag beter verstaan word, weet niemand werklik hoe om dit te oorkom nie.

15.08.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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