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News archive - August-2012

Quo vadis South African agriculture?

The National Development Plan (Vision 2030) presents a way forward for agriculture, recognising the importance of commercial and smallholder farming and advocating a pragmatic, engaged approach, explains John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz.

South African agriculture again finds itself at a particularly challenging crossroads. While certain sectors and value chains may be in distress and declining (the wheat sector springs to mind), South African agriculture, from an economic perspective, has performed relatively well since the previous major crossroads of deregulation and liberalisation in the mid-1990s.

08.01.2013 / Agbiz in the news

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Make sure of demand, aquaculture project warned

TRADE and Industry Minister Rob Davies needs to ensure that there is a potential growth market for the fish products that will be produced by fish farming initiatives launched at the weekend, the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) said on Monday.

This appeal by Agbiz follows the launch of the aquaculture development and enhancement programme announced on Sunday by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The programme aims to promote investment in fish production and to support infrastructure development in an aquaculture industry through active farmer support and management programmes.

11.12.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF) response to Minister of Labour and COSATU/FAWU press statements

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF), as representative of all major agricultural unions, has noted the statement of clarification by the Minister of Labour, Minister Mildred Oliphant, on the farm worker sectoral determination, as well as noted with concern the responses by COSATU and FAWU.

ASUF again emphasizes its commitment to engage all relevant parties to address the labour unrest and demands with the necessary urgency and responsibility, while working within the prescribed legal and regulatory framework.

ASUF Media Statement»
COSATU & FAWU media reports»
Minister of Labour’s statement»

Minister of Labour’s statement

In the last few months, South Africa has had to contend with a wave of strikes – legal and illegal – in different sectors. Sadly, one of the defining features of these strikes has been the unacceptable and unjustifiable level of violence.

Let me take this opportunity first and foremost and condemn violence in any industrial action. Violence has no place in our society whose foundation as a democracy is based on intensive social dialogue. Nothing yet has proven to work better than the ability to negotiate and reach consensus.

Besides, violence helps neither the strikers nor the employer. Workers would still have to go back to the same workplace they thrash. In fact, even the legitimacy of the strike is called into question when violence is involved.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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COSATU & FAWU media reports

Cape Town - Failure to meet a deadline for a review of the sectoral determination

for agriculture could result in a repeat of violent strikes, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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ASUF Media Statement

Agri-sector Unity Forum (ASUF), as representative of all major agricultural unions, has noted the

statement of clarification by the Minister of Labour, Minister Mildred Oliphant, on the farm worker

sectoral determination, as well as noted with concern the responses by COSATU and FAWU. ASUF

again emphasizes its commitment to engage all relevant parties to address the labour unrest and

demands with the necessary urgency and responsibility, while working within the prescribed legal

and regulatory framework.

29.11.2012 / Media Releases

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Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO, announced as National Agriculturalist of the Year

Many South African agriculturalists can boast that they are leaders when it comes to either

genetics or economics or policy creation. However, only a few have distinguished

themselves in all of these areas. Dr John Luscombe Purchase (53) is one of these rare jewels

and that is why he deserves to be the Agricultural Writers SA's Agriculturalist of the Year

for 2012. To download this article, click here.

12.11.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Plans to make insurance accessible to small holder farmers

Making crop and livestock insurance accessible to small holder farmers could improve this sectors sustainability.

 

26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Fewsnet Price Bulletin Novemeber 2012

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

 

26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Confidence levels in agribusinesses increases

CONFIDENCE levels in the agricultural business sector have increased by 6% in the third quarter despite the political euphoria towards the Mangaung congress of the African National Congress and the Marikana shooting, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) released on Monday.

The Lonmin wildcat strike in the Marikana area, close to Rustenburg, attracted international attention in August following a series of violent incidents between the South African Police Service, strikers, non-striking workers and union representatives, which resulted in the deaths of about 50 people and the injury of an additional 78 workers. In addition to the Lonmin strikers, there has since been a wave of wildcat strikes across the South African mining sector that seem not to have affected Agribusiness decision makers who have come up slightly more confident with the environment of doing business in the country.

22.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Dr John Purchase acknowledged for outstanding achievements in agriculture

Farmers and Agriculturists acknowledged for outstanding achievements in agriculture
Boere en landboukundiges ontvang erkenning vir uitstaande prestasies in die landbou
News release by the Agricultural Writers SA North on the regional awards for the Farmer, New entrant into
commercial agriculture and Agriculturalist of the Year, 2012
Sponsored by: Monsanto and ABSA.

 

19.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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