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News archive - April-2013

Rate reversal hits farmers’ move to mechanization

SOUTH African farmers who are looking to mechanise their operations are running into high capital costs, says Absa agribusiness head Ernst Janovsky.

Banks were lending to farmers at prime minus one or prime minus two a few months ago but that has now changed to at least prime plus one as international credit got tighter, Mr Janovsky said.

The announcement of a R105-per-day minimum wage for farm workers by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in February has prompted many farmers to move towards mechanisation as they attempt to contain labour costs.

Ms Oliphant’s announcement came in the wake of a strike by farm workers in the Western Cape.

12.07.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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EU subsidy changes finalised

The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA), in the United Kingdom has been banned from comparing the health effects of eating meat with smoking. To download this article, click here.

Eerste vir Afrika: IFAMA hou 2014-forum in Suid-Afrika

Die jaarlikse wêreldforum van die internasionale vereniging vir voedsel- en landbousakebestuur (Ifama) word aanstaande jaar die eerste keer in Suid-Afrika aangebied.

Die aankondiging dat die forum vanaf 15 tot 19 Junie volgende jaar in Kaapstad gehou sal word – ’n eerste vir Afrika – is op die vereniging se 23ste forum in Junie in Atlanta, Amerika, bekend gemaak.

Die voorlopige tema vir aanstaande jaar se forum is Die pad na 2050: Globale aandrywers, Afrika-geleenthede – Die talentfaktor.

Die landbousakekamer Agbiz het die bod om die forum aan te bied saam met Suid-Afrikaanse vennote ingedien.

12.06.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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