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News archive - April-2013

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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Landboulone verlaag met 10%

Spanje | Landboulone verlaag met 10%

In teenstelling met Suid-Afrika, waar landboulone drasties verhoog is, het die Spaanse regering onlangs lone in die landbou met 10% verlaag. Mnr. Anton Kruger, hoof van die Varsprodukte-Uitvoerdersforum, sê saam met die verlaging is werkers in die bedryf se werksure verleng om die bedryf ’n hupstoot te gee. Werkloosheid in dié land staan tans op sowat 27,2%, aldus die nuusdiens Deutsche Welle. Kruger het Spanje besoek en ’n invoerder het hom en mnr. Justin Chadwick, uitvoerende hoof van die Sitruskwekersvereniging, oor die besparingsmaatreëls ingelig. Die werkers het glo in die algemeen die situasie aanvaar, met die vooruitsig dat hulle hul werk kan behou. Kruger was ’n spreker op ’n konferensie oor ’n strategie vir handelsontwikkeling wat deur die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye en Agbiz in Pretoria aangebied is. – landbou.com

07.06.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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NAMPO maps the way forward

Increasing efficeincy and minimising costs were some of the topics discussed at this year's Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville. To download this article, clck here.

Standepunt in berig is die van regering

Die aktuele nuusberig “Denkskuif in landbou nodig” (LBW, 17 Mei) het betrekking.

In een paragraaf word die indruk gewek dat ek aangedui het dat die “beginsel van ’n gewillige koper en ’n gewillige verkoper misluk het”.

Dit is ’n totale wanvoorstelling en ek het duidelik by die betrokke geleentheid aangedui dat dit die Regering se siening is, en so in die groenskrif oor grondhervorming opgeneem is.

Dit word duidelik in die Powerpoint-aanbieding ook so gestel en is beskikbaar vir verwysing.

24.05.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Lisensiering-wetsontwerp kry wind vanvoor

ie wetsontwerp op die lisensiëring van sake-ondernemings wat onlangs deur mnr. Rob Davies, Minister van Handel en Nywerheid, bekend gemaak is, kry sterk wind van voor. Dit word as ’n verleentheid vir die Regering bestempel.

Dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die landbousakekamer Agbiz, sê die wetsontwerp is misplaas. Agbiz is geheel en al daarteen gekant. “ Dit gaan net rompslomp bevorder en kleinondernemings, sowel as ondernemerskap, kortwiek. Dit sal boonop nie onwettige bedrywighede bekamp nie. Daarvoor is daar ander wette. Ek kan nie die logika daarvan verstaan nie.”

Hy sê dit gee die staat ’n groter houvas en beheer oor die ekonomie. Volgens hom is die wetsontwerp gegrond op ’n ondoeltreffende ideologie wat sleg is vir mededinging.

17.05.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Verkry gou sekerheid oor grond

Grondhervorming is noodsaaklik, ingewikkeld en emosioneel. Dit is egter ook die grootste enkele beperkende faktor wat beleggings in die landbou kortwiek. Daarom moet sekerheid oor beleid so gou moontlik verkry word, sê dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende direkteur van die landbousakekamer AgBiz.

Hy het op ’n jongboerkonferensie van Standard Bank in Johannesburg gesê grondhervorming was sover in die algemeen nie suksesvol nie, hoewel daar nou al projekte is wat as voorbeeld van sukses kan getuig. Sowat 7% van die kommersiële landbougrond in Suid-Afrika is al oorgedra deur staatsbetrokkenheid. Daar is ook aansienlike hoeveelhede grond wat op die ope mark oorgedra is, maar die omvang moet nog deur ’n oudit bepaal word.  

Hy sê die konsultasieproses oor die groenskrif is amper klaar, maar die onsekerhede sal waarskynlik nog voortduur. Die groenskrif verskil aansienlik van die voorstelle in die Nasionale Ontwikkelingsplan (NOP) wat deur die Regering as oorkoepelende plan aanvaar is. 

10.05.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Gehoor op konferensie - AgriSEB

‘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

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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

AFGRI AND SENWES RETAIL BUSINESSES MERGER APPROVED

BY COMPETITION AUTHORITIES

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

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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

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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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Kospryse kan met meer as 25% styg

Baie min landboubedrywe toon 10% wins of meer. Die drastiese loonverhoging op kort kennisgewing gaan sommige produsente uit produksie dwing. Dit beteken dat die aanbod verlaag en produktepryse opskiet, sê mnr. Philé van Zyl, uitvoerende bestuurder van ZZ2, een van die grootste tamatie- en uieprodusente in die land.

22.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Improved machinery sales indicate growing confidence

New agricultural machinery sales in South Africa indicted renewed optimism among farmers about shoort-term future of the agricultural industry. To download this article, click here.