Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).
26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
CONFIDENCE levels in the agricultural business sector have increased by 6% in the third quarter despite the political euphoria towards the Mangaung congress of the African National Congress and the Marikana shooting, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) released on Monday.
The Lonmin wildcat strike in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, attracted international attention in August following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, strikers, non-striking workers and union representatives, which resulted in the deaths of about 50 people and the injury of an additional 78 workers. In addition to the Lonmin strikers, there has since been a wave of wildcat strikes across the South African mining sector that seem not to have affected Agribusiness decision makers who have come up slightly more confident with the environment of doing business in the country.
22.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
Farmers and Agriculturists acknowledged for outstanding achievements in agriculture
Boere en landboukundiges ontvang erkenning vir uitstaande prestasies in die landbou
News release by the Agricultural Writers SA North on the regional awards for the Farmer, New entrant into
commercial agriculture and Agriculturalist of the Year, 2012
Sponsored by: Monsanto and ABSA.
19.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
The Agricultural Business Chamber, Agbiz has called for applications for its annual bursary of R25 000.
It is available to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management, at any recognised South African university.
18.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
THE Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) on Friday supported the declaration by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) that Tuesday October 16 be dedicated to World Food Day to highlight the challenges of more than 800-million people facing chronic food shortages.
With the theme "Agricultural co-operatives — key to feeding the world", Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, called on all South Africans not just to celebrate this World Food Day, but also to become more involved in the agro-food industry, which has a significant role in ensuring food security in the country.
12.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
The Food and Agricultural Oranization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 16 October 2012 as World Food Day, with the theme “Agricultural Cooperatives – Key to feeding the world”.
11.10.2012 / Media Releases
With over 1,1 million tons more maize expected from South Africa’s 2011/2012 crop than for the preceding season, local prices have been put under pressure.
The Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz) reported that current maize prices dropped from around R2 700/t earlier in the year to about R2 200/t over September 2012. AgBiz CEO Dr John Purchase said that there was a carryover stock of just under 1 million tons of maize from SA’s previous marketing season.
03.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news