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News archive - June-2012

Representatives of the commercial banks within the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and Agri SA recently met to discuss matters of mutual interest pertaining to the financing of agriculture in South Africa

Huidige markomstandighede skep vertroue vir investering in die landbou en finansiële instellings beskou die landbou tans as een van hul voorkeursektore. Hierdie siening word gedeel deur Agri SA en Agbiz wat ‘n gesprek met verteenwoordigers van die vier groot handelsbanke se landbou-afdelings oor landbou-finansieringsaangeleenthede gefasiliteer het.

Tydens die gesprek is die makro-ekonomiese omstandighede waarbinne die landbou funksioneer in oënskou geneem asook die relatiewe gunstige produksie- en markomstandighede van die afgelope vyf jaar wat die landbou se winsgewendheid en bategroei gerugsteun het. Terwyl die oorhoofse finansiële posisie van die landbou gunstig is, is daar nogtans sekere bedryfsvertakkinge en streke wat onder druk verkeer. Dié organisasies en handelsbanke beskou dit egter as uitsonderings wat nie die algemene optimisme oor die bedryf se vooruitsigte demp nie.

 

21.08.2012 / Media Releases

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NLBR gryp in met gewassesyfers

Belanghebbendes in die graan- en oliesaadbedryf sal teen volgende maand weet hoe die plaaslike vraag-en-aanbodsituasie vir dié bedrywe lyk.

’n Vraag-en-aanbodkomitee vir grane en oliesade is op 27 Julie in die lewe geroep. Die Nasionale Landboubemarkingsraad (NLBR) sal in beheer van dié komitee wees wat uit onafhanklike kundiges en amptenare van die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Vissery sal bestaan.

Dit is die eerste keer sedert die ontbinding van die landboubeheerrade dat die Regering en die private sektor op dié manier saamwerk om volledige inligting oor die vraag-en-aanbodvlak van grane en oliesade te bekom en vroegtydig aan belanghebbendes oor te dra.

10.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Cosatu attack: Union said to lack understanding of maize prices

The Agriculture Business Chamber(Agbiz) said a recent statement by Cosatu lacked understanding of how global and local maize markets work.

10.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Laagste rentekoers in vier dekades

Of ’n boer nou ’n nuwe trekker begeer of van skuld ontslae wil raak - nóú is die tyd.

Dit volg ná me. Gill Marcus, president van die Reserwebank, aangekondig het dat die repokoers op 20 Julie met 50 basispunte tot 5% verlaag is.

Die prima-uitleenkoers is nou die laagste in bykans 40 jaar.

Me. Lindie Stroebel, hoofekonoom van die Landboubesigheidskamer (Agbiz), sê die doel van die verlaging is om die ekonomie in geheel ’n hupstoot te gee. “Dit behoort mense met skuld die geleentheid te bied om ’n bietjie asem te skep. Ander sal weer skuld maak, wat tot nuwe ekonomiese bedrywighede kan lei.”

03.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Interest rate cut could be short lived - Agbiz

The recent interest rate cut of half a percentage point will bring mild relief for debt-ridden farmers,but the respite could be short-lived.

03.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Poor service delivery bad for agribusinesses

Poor service delivery,infrastructure constraints,distrust in goverment officals and the cost of crime are having an adverse effect on competitiveness in the agribusiness sector.Denene Erasmus reports.

03.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Poor service delivery bad for agribusinesses

Poor service delivery, infrastructure constraints, distrust in government officials and the cost of crime are having an adverse effect on competitiveness in the agribusiness sector. Denene Erasmus reports.

A report has found that 59% of business owners believe their businesses are being negatively affected by bad service delivery in the public sector. Meanwhile, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), competitiveness in the agribusiness sector is being adversely affected not only by poor service delivery, but also by infrastructure constraints, distrust in government officials and the cost of crime.

30.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Noord-suid-korridor goed vir handel, sê Zuma

Die ontsluiting van die noord-suid-korridor kan rompslomp by grensposte uit die weg ruim en grootskaalse inter-Afrika handel aanwakker.

Heelwat vordering is al gemaak met projekte om dié korridor (wat vanaf Durban tot by Dar es Salaam strek) te volbring. Boonop blyk die wil ook daar te wees om dit van Kaapstad tot Kaïro uit te brei.

Pres. Jacob Zuma het op die Beraad van die Afrika-Unie in Ethiopië die vordering met die korridor uitgelig.

Hy het voorgestel dat daar nie net na die ontwikkeling van die vervoerinfrastruktuur van die handelsroete gekyk moet word nie, maar ook hoe dit ’n ontwikkelingsaanslag kan hê.

27.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Farmers short-changed by plastic piping companies for decades

It has emerged that anti-competitive activities within South Africa’s plastic piping industry could have been taking place since the 1960s.

According to the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (SAPPMA), which was not involved in any of the wrongdoing, the SA industry currently produces about 140 000t of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) piping annually. This is for, primarily, the country’s water distribution, sewage, mining, building, telecommunications and agricultural sectors with farmers using the pipe for on-farm water distribution.

23.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Farmers warn against land plan

Farmers’ body Agri SA has objected to a controversial proposal calling for the imposition of a right of first refusal on all agricultural land sales by the state.

This emerged at a stakeholders meeting on the land reform green paper in Boksburg on Friday, with Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti saying the proposal had the potential to create havoc on the market as it would put the brakes on speedy land sales.

The right of first refusal was among policy options tabled in a document presented by a committee that looked at how the state could acquire sufficient agricultural land to be distributed to black South Africans to achieve its 30% target by 2014.

09.07.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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