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
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.