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