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News archive - July-2010

South Africa: Too much maize

JOHANNESBURG, 13 January 2011 (IRIN) - After a record maize harvest, a bid by South African farmers to form a pool to export the surplus – enough to feed its food insecure neighbours, Swaziland and Lesotho, for several years – has raised questions about the future of the crop and the manufacture of biofuel.

The country’s Competition Commission rejected the bid on 11 January. "We wanted to start a debate in the country. Surpluses of this magnitude are unusual; food prices are going up globally. We have suggested the farmers consider storing the surplus,” the Commission's Oupa Bodipe told IRIN.

13.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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SA easily digests rising prices

 SA has little to fear from spiralling global food prices in the short term, said John Purchase, chief executive at the Agribusiness Chamber, a sectoral body representing agribusinesses and companies serving primary food producers.

Figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) this week show food prices last month reached their highest levels ever, surpassing those of the 2008 global crisis that sparked unrest in several countries.

09.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Retailers check water usage

Shoprite Checkers, Woolworths and Pick n Pay, have expressed concern over speculation that a water crisis is looming in South Africa. The three major retailers say they have put in place rigorous measures to ensure their products are safe for consumption and are free of any potential contamination from polluted water supplies.

A Shoprite spokesman said yesterday that suppliers to the group’s fresh produce procurement division, Freshmark, had to comply with a standard of certification regarding farming practices, which included regulations on irrigation water.

22.12.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Nee, Minister

Dewald van Rensburg,

’n Vloedgolf van negatiewe reaksie uit die sakewêreld, georganiseerde sakegemeenskap en sommige politieke kringe het gister die regering se langverwagte nuwe groeiplan begroet.

Die meeste skeptisisme was oor die werkskeppingsteikens van 5 miljoen werkgeleenthede teen 2020 wat mnr. Ebrahim Patel, minister van ekonomiese ontwikkeling, Dinsdag as deel van die plan aangekondig het. Dit word onder meer as onhaalbaar en ambisieus beskou en ten beste, as ’n uitdaging.

Die georganiseerde sakegemeenskap het ook by monde van verskeie sakeleiers laat blyk die tydperk vir die private sektor om kommentaar te lewer voordat meer besonderhede in die Februarie-begroting aangekondig word, is heeltemal te kort.

Die voorstel dat daar op “matige” loonverhogings ooreengekom moet word, is ook uit verskeie oorde afgeskiet. Dit is begroet met kommentaar soos onrealisties, onnosel of bloot betekenisloos.

Die groeiplan-raamwerk stel onder meer voor dat werkers wat tussen R3 000 en R20 000 per maand verdien voortaan net “matige reële verhogings” ontvang.

Dit moet bereik word deur ’n “maatskaplike verdrag” tussen vakbonde en werkgewers, stel die regering voor.

25.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Regering moet mieliesurplus opgaar

Suid-Afrika se boere sit met ’n mieliesurplus van 4 miljoen ton wat hulle bitter graag sou uitvoer.

Die antwoord lê egter nie daarin om markte buite Suid-Afrika te vind nie. Die regering moet intree, die mielies teen internasionale pryse koop en dit as voorsorg teen ’n volgende tekort hou.

24.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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