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Werkskepping: Staat en sakelui praat

Werkskepping: Staat en sakelui praat

01.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Agribusiness prospects looking up

IF ONE looks beyond the few negative factors, like land reform and other political issues, farm crime and unexpected natural disasters, prospects for the farming industry look better than they have for years.

Agribusinesses will undoubtedly share in this.

Not that food producers fared badly from March last year to the end-February this year: the share price of a listed company like Astral Foods [JSE:ARL], for example, rose by 30%, and Afgri [JSE:AFR] by about 19%.

30.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbou se vertroue klim skerp

Kaapstad. - Verskeie positiewe faktore in die landboubedryf het daartoe gelei dat die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) se vertrouensindeks sy hoogste vlak in drie jaar bereik het.

Vir die eerste kwartaal van 2011 het die indeks op 62 te staan gekom. Dit is 13% hoër as die vlak in die laaste kwartaal van 2010 en 43% hoër as die vlak in die eerste kwartaal van 2010.

“Die positiewe vertrouensvlakke word grootliks veroorsaak deur die styging in kommoditeitspryse, verhoogde internasionale vraag, die herstel in die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie en verbeterde landbou-omstandighede,” sê me. Lindie Stroebel, ekonoom by die LBK.

16.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Positive confidence levels maintained for almost a year now

The ABC / IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index reached its highest level in more than three years. The index

measured at 62 basis points in the first quarter of 2011; which is 13% higher than the preceding quarter and

43% higher than the same quarter of the previous year.

The positive confidence is largely due to higher commodity prices, increased international demand, the

recovery of the South African economy from the recession, and a significant improvement of general

agricultural conditions, when compared to last year. Government’s indication to work with the commercial

agriculture sector on the New Growth Path may be a further contributing factor to positive sentiment.

However, some looming constraints, such as cost of capital, infrastructure and service delivery, still inhibit

employment and capital expenditure, while both floods and droughts in certain areas have impacted

negatively on certain industries.

14.03.2011 / Media Releases

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Korporasie wil R6 miljard belê

Die ontwikkelingskorporasie IDC gaan sy belegging in die landbou met minstens R6 miljard oor die.Geoffrey Qhena, uitvoerende hoof, in Johannesburg gese.

04.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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So lyk landbou se groeipad

Die landbousektor moet teen 2020 reeds 300 000 bykomende huishoudings op klein landbou-eenhede vestig en 145 000 nuwe werkgeleenthede moet in die voedselverwerkingsketting geskep word.

Die lewensomstandighede van werkers op kommersiële plase moet ook aansienlik verbeter.

Dít is die bydrae wat die regering van die landbousektor verwag om sy Nuwe Ekonomiese Groeiplan (NEG) te laat slaag.

27.02.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural Business Chamber’s Response to Minister Gordhan’s Budget Speech

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) found the Minister of Finance,

Min Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech on 23 February 2011 to be predictable and positive. It is

responsive and reflective towards the challenges faced in South Africa and in consideration of the

global economic changes. This predictability and stability is essential for business and is therefore

welcomed by the ABC.

The Minister’s focus on addressing the slow economic recovery and high unemployment is

encouraging. The mentioned collaborative approach between the Monetary and Fiscal Policy is also

welcomed considering the stimulus effect required from the fiscal policy and the management of price

and financial stability by the monetary policy. Notably, the Minister took cognisance of the risky

inflation outlook, especially considering the increase food inflation.

23.02.2011 / Media Releases

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Boere moet kophou en aanpas, sê kenner

Potchefstroom. – Boere sorg dat sowat 49 miljoen mense in Suid-Afrika daagliks kos op hul tafel het.

En die syfer groei daagliks.

Dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van die landboubesigheidskamer, het verlede week by die Potchefstroom Besigheidskool se Januarie-studieskool gepraat oor landboutendense en hoe Suid-Afrika meer tot die wêreldmark moet toetree.

Hy het gesê daar was in 1993 sowat 58 000 boere in die land.

Dit het afgeneem tot 39 983 in 2007.

11.02.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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Experts in soil science and plant production at UP Combined Congress

"Taking care of the FOODBALL through science" was the theme of the Combined Crops, Soils, Horticulture and Weeds Congress 2011. The Congress was held at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 17 to 20 January 2011.

The congress was officially opened by the UP Vice-Chancellor, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, followed by keynote addresses by four experts in the fields of soil science and plant production. Dr John Purchase delivered an address on “Science as the driver of the agro-food value chain” while Prof Martin Fey shared his insights on “The philosophy of soil science”. The third keynote address on the opening day was by Prof Jules Janick who shared some light on “Fruit breeding: past, present, and future” with Prof Gerhard Verdoorn who concluded the keynote addresses with his viewpoints on “Addressing the challenges of misinformation and anti-pesticide lobbying in South Africa”.

27.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news

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