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News archive - February-2013

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‘groot produksiekoste staar die bees­vleis­be­dryf in die gesig. Die bedryf kan egter afvalprodukte, soos beesmis, gebruik om biogas mee op te wek as teenvoeter vir die stygende prys van elektrisiteit.’ – Mnr. Otto Ager, hoof- uitvoerende beampte van die onderneming Iskhus Power in Suid-Afrika, wat in doeltreffende energieverbruik spesialiseer.

‘Dit kan nog lank duur voordat Suid-Afrika weer by die internasionale diere­ge­sondheidsorganisasie (OIE) aansoek kan doen om sy status as vry van bek-en-klouseer te herwin.’ – Dr. Gavin Thompson, ’n veterinêre raadgewer.

22.04.2013 / Agbiz in the news


Big plans to expand exports

In an efforts to boost exports and bolster job creation the Department of the trade and Industry's(DTI) Trade and Investment South Africa divisions has launced a programme to develop a pool of "export ready" businesses. To download this article, click here.

Loonskok het dalk gunstige draai



11 April 2013 – AFGRI and Senwes are pleased to announce that the Competition Tribunal

has approved the merger of the two agricultural services companies’ agri-retail businesses

and Partrite, the AFGRI wholesale subsidiary, subject to certain conditions. These conditions

relate to the flow of information and undertakings regarding employment. To download this article, click here.

Farmers need to rethink their business - Purchase

South African farmers will have to face the reality of reduced profitiability, or risk going out of business.Speaking at the recent Undercover Farming Expo in Pretoria,Dr John Purchase ,CEO of Agbiz, representative chamber of agribusinesses in South Africa. To download this article, click here.

Will tides of change affect agri-investment?

Confidence levels in the agricultural business sector increased in the fourth quater of 2012, and has been on an overall upward trend since hitting an all-time low in 2009. To download this article, click here.

Govt launches initiatives to speed up green policies

The biofule production incentive unweiled in finance minister Pravin Gordhan's latest budget is just one of a number of initistives aimed at speeding up SA's transition to a job-creating sustainable,low -carbon and green ecomony, as outlined in the National Development Plan. To download this article, click here.

State to determine value of land

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform is getting closer to establishing the Office of the Valuer-General as an autonomous statury body and final authority on land and property valuation. To download this article, click here.

Zuma's speech disappoints

Agricultural leaders are sceptical that the President Jacob Zuma's plans to speed up land re-open  land claims, in order  to accomodate pre-June 1913 claims by Khoi and San descendents, will get finacial backing from treasury. T o download this article, click here.

Agbiz comments on Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech

AGBIZ comments on Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budger Speech

In recognition of a rather bleak global and local economic outlook, Agbiz welcomes a rather bold budget 2013/2014, as presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on 27 February 2013. There was an underlying sense to move to greater austerity, as the budget deficit has increased and real tax revenue has decreased over the past couple of years. Against that background, Agbiz supports the new initiatives and focus areas that are to be financed from savings, efficiency gains and reprioritisation. Government's intention to spend more on infrastructure, as opposed to public sector consumption, as a reprioritisation strategy, is constructive.

27.02.2013 / Media Releases


State committed to using agriculture to create jobs

THE Treasury on Wednesday showed the government’s commitment to using agriculture as a job creation tool in rural communities by allocating R6.2bn to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, with a focus on supporting newly established and emerging farmers.

Of that amount, R2.1bn will be transferred to provinces this year.

In the 2013-14 budget, Finance Minister Pravin Gorhan also allocated R1.4bn to the comprehensive agricultural support programme, which will accumulate to R5bn over the next three years. The programme is aimed at expanding farm infrastructure and provides support for dipping, fencing and rehabilitation of viable irrigation schemes.

27.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news


Sounddecisions set the tone My first job: Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz

JOHN Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber and a member of both Business Unity SA and Nedlac, started his career as a scientist in the Department of Agriculture. He tells Lucky Biyase of his experiences in the corporate world

What was your first job and what did it entail?

While studying for a BSc agriculture degree at the University of Pretoria in the late 1970s, I did vacation work at the Small Grain Centre - not Small Brain Centre, as we were teased in the Bethlehem community. It was a research station of the Department of Agriculture and I worked there every December-January holiday to earn some desperately needed pocket money to get me through varsity.

24.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news


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