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News archive - February-2013

Produktiwiteit en inligtingsbestuur belangrik vir landbou

Skaalekonomie en doeltreffendheid in die voorsieningsketting gaan nie alle landbou-ondernemings se probleme oplos nie.

14.02.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Negotiating the intricacies of trade agreements

South Africa’s trade agreements have come under the spotlight recently, with government cancelling many bilateral investment treaties with countries abroad.

09.02.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Unexpected interest rate increase

The Monetary Policy Committee yesterday (29 January 2014) announced an increase of 50 basis points in interest rates, bringing the repo rate to 5,5% and the prime interest rate to 9%. The MPC had to consider the local economic pressures, defined by concerning growth outlooks, low credit extension, capital outflows, increased current account deficit, job losses and the low gross fixed capital formation in the private sector. As it is the Reserve Bank’s primary responsibility to keep inflation under control, the main overarching influencers to the decision, is the continuing upside pressures on the inflation outlook together with the depreciating currency.

30.01.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Hoe raak 'n nasionale minimum loon die landbou?

Die ANC het die moontlike instelling van ’n nasionale minimum loon as een van sy doelwitte vir die volgende vyf jaar gelys. Landbouweekblad het met ’n paar belanghebbendes  gepraat om uit te vind hoe die dié stap die landbousektor kan beïnvloed.

24.01.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Hoe vaar SA ekonomie tydens demokrasie

Vanjaar vier Suid-Afrika 20 jaar as demokrasie en baie mense se lewenstandaard het aansienlik verbeter. Maar hoe lyk die groot prentjie? Hoe het die land wérklik op ekonomiese gebied gevaar?  Dr. John Purchase en dr. Koos Coetzee was dapper genoeg om in die kristalbal te gaan loer en ’n paar voorspellings oor pryse te waag 
vir die jaar wat voorlê.  » More

Politiek en weer knou vertroue in landbousake

Die landbousakekamer Agbiz verwag ’n verdere afplatting van landbousakevertroue in 2014.  Dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur, en me. Lindie Stroebel, bestuurder van ekonomiese inligting, sê in ’n vooruitskouing vir die nuwe jaar landbousakevertroue was positief in die eerste helfte van 2013, maar die indeks het later in die jaar  ’n daling getoon. » More

Agribusiness Intelligence

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Agribusiness CompetivenessAs Agbiz negotiates for an enabling environment for agri -businesses, it can basically be referred to that Agbiz is negotiating to improve the competitiveness of the sector.

To measure how competitive the agribusiness sector in South Africa is, Agbiz assesses how successful the sector sells its products over time in the local and global environment. The Relative Trade Advantage method, as originally developed by Balassa (1977, 1989) and extended by Volrath (1991), allows for the measurement of competitiveness under real world conditions such as uneven economic “playing fi elds”, distorted economies and different trade regimes and is therefore the most suited for measuring the competitiveness status

08.01.2014 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz / IDC Agribusiness Confidence index dropped by 20%

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The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), constructs the Agbiz / IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index on a quarterly basis.

 

12.12.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Can SA farmers feed demand?

Farmers.jpg SA FARMERS are about to hit a sweet spot, one that could cause net farm income to rise steeply over the next decade, but farmers are not gearing up to take full advantage of the bumper years that are on the way.

From 1975 to 2005, food prices showed a long-term structural decline. Then prices started rising, spiking in 2007, in 2009 and again in 2011, by which time the global food price index had hit 200 - double its level at the start of the 2000s. The consensus is that the great 30-year decline is over: food prices will maintain this high plateau.

12.12.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz optimistic about outlook for 2014

The Absa AgriBusiness outlook, released this week, is optimistic about the industry in 2014.

Agbiz says in its latest newsletter the macro-economic environment is favourable and provides opportunity for South African agriculture to utilise low interest rates to increase their capital expenditure towards improving efficiencies and productivity.

12.12.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Engagements between government, business and labour now more critical than ever

Engagements between Government, Business and Labour now critical more than ever

The need to intensify the engagement of government and business on labour market issues has become critical given the disappointing economic growth in th e last quarter of 2013. With growth now estimated at 0.7% in the fourth quarter, the annual growth forecasts have been revised downward to 1.9%.

28.11.2013 / Media Releases

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