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News archive - December-2012

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.

Some reaction to President Zuma's State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) should “generally be welcomed”, especially the adoption of the National Development Plan (NDP) “as a framework for economic development and to address the challenges of poverty, crass inequality and unemployment,” said Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase.

While the NDP isn’t perfect, it establishes the most “cohesive and coherent framework from which to tackle the many challenges South Africans face” said Purchase.

15.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Poultry sector must unite on imports matter

Cape Town – The poultry sector should come together and approach the Department of Trade and Industry if it wants relief in the form of trade measures or other measures against imports of chicken meat, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said today.

In June last year, Brazil filed a dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over anti-dumping measures initiated by South Africa over chicken meat imported from the South American country.

Speaking at an engagement by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe with farmers at Val de Vie Estate, near Paarl, Davies said there was no consistent message coming from those in the poultry sector, with some wanting to import chicken and others not, making it difficult for his department to take action.

14.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbounuus uit Afrika

Afrika bied geleenthede

Afrika word nie meer gekenmerk deur hopeloosheid nie, maar word gesien as die vasteland van hoop en geleenthede. Dit spog met hoër opbrengste op beleggings as enige ander plek ter wêreld, het pres. Jacob Zuma verlede week op ’n beraad van die Afrika-unie in Addis Abeba gesê. Hy het gesê die optimisme en geleenthede word veroorsaak deur oorvloedige natuurlike hulpbronne, groot hoeveelhede bewerkbare grond, ’n jong bevolking en ’n groeiende middelklas met baie koopkrag. Die vasteland is die wêreldstreek wat die vinnigste groei, met ’n koers van meer as 5%. Hy het gesê om ontwikkelingsdoelwitte te verwesenlik, moet daar groter integrasie op streek- en kontinentale vlak wees om veral die agterstand met infrastruktuur uit te wis. – GCIS

08.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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ASUF: Finding untiy in a common goal

Ntombi Msimang is the chairperson of the Agri-Sector Unity Forum (ASUF), which was established in November last year amid calls for greater unity in agriculture. Lindi van Rooyen spoke to her.

How did you get involved in agriculture?

Agriculture has always been a part of my life as I grew up on a farm in Swaziland and did my postgraduate internship at an agricultural company. From there I moved on to various other agricultural companies across Southern Africa and eventually in 2004 bought my own farm where I produced table grapes.

08.02.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Agriculture needs a more co-ordinated policy environment

The need for better policy environment, dealing  with bulk wine exports and ways to increase profits  were among the topics covered at the recent VinPro Information Day. To download this article, click here.

Agri bargaining council 'impractical'

Cosatu is pushing for the introduction of a bargaining council to determine set wages across the farming sector. To download this article, click here.

Sektorale kode AgriSEB plafon kan verander

Die sektorale kode vir swart bemagtiging in die landbou (AgriSEB) is afgehandel en van krag, maar die plafon vir vrygestelde en kwalifiserende ondernemings kan moontlik nog verander.

Die AgriSEB-raamwerk is in 2004 van stapel gestuur. Die handves is ná ’n proses van konsultasie in Maart 2008 bekend gestel. ’n Raad is toe aangestel om onder meer die sektorale kodes vir AgriSEB op te stel en die toepassing van die handves te monitor. Een van die groot kwessies destyds was of ’n plafon ingestel moet word om sommige boere van die kode uit te sluit.

25.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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AgriBEE sector code official

The AgriBEE Sector Code became effective last month but the sector was still unclear on what it meant for farmers and agribusinesses. To download this article, click here.

Call for an imporved agri-investment climate

South Africa’s Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz) urged government to implement the recommendations of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation’s 2012 ‘State of Food and Agriculture’ report.

The report called for new investment strategies clearly articulating the investment needed by governments, farmers, co-operatives and agribusinesses in each country’s agricultural sector. AgBiz’s CEO, Dr John Purchase, said that SA had many positives, including macro-economic stability, generally good governance in the public and private sectors, and effective market institutions and arrangements, which benefited investment growth in the country’s agricultural sector.

18.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Farm pay hike may spark job losses

THE National Development Plan, endorsed by the ANC last month, projects that agriculture has the potential to create a million jobs by 2030 but with the ongoing strikes the sector is expected to lose more than 200,000 jobs within three years.

The strike by Western Cape farm workers resumed this week with demands for a daily wage of R150 compared to the current government-determined minimum of R69.

13.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Highs and lows on the economic front

Increase input and political influence will put a damper on the relief provided by high commodity price in 2013. Briennne van der Walt, managing executive of Absa AgriBusiness, said that 2013 will be a good year for a agriculture, as global commodity prices would hold due to sustained  demand. To download this article, click here.

SA investor image up in flames as Cape burns

THE Western Cape farm strike took a dramatic turn on Thursday as the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it had "exhausted its social and political capital" in trying to find a solution to the upheaval, and that the protests were now effectively "out of its hands".

Less than 10% of farm workers in the province, thousands of whom have embarked on violent action in support of their demand that their wages be doubled to R150 a day, belong to unions.

As with the strikes that swept the mining sector last year, organised labour has found itself wrong-footed in its attempts to negotiate on behalf of the workers and end the violence.

11.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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