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News archive - August-2012

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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Agbiz Centenary Bursary 2013

The Agricultural Business Chamber, Agbiz has called for applications for its annual bursary of R25 000.

It is available to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management, at any recognised South African university.

 

 

18.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz backs World Food Day

THE Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) on Friday supported the declaration by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) that Tuesday October 16 be dedicated to World Food Day to highlight the challenges of more than 800-million people facing chronic food shortages.

With the theme "Agricultural co-operatives — key to feeding the world", Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, called on all South Africans not just to celebrate this World Food Day, but also to become more involved in the agro-food industry, which has a significant role in ensuring food security in the country.

12.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agbiz supports World Food Day

The Food and Agricultural Oranization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 16 October 2012 as World Food Day, with the theme “Agricultural Cooperatives – Key to feeding the world”.

11.10.2012 / Media Releases

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Higher SA maize yield puts prices under pressure

With over 1,1 million tons more maize expected from South Africa’s 2011/2012 crop than for the preceding season, local prices have been put under pressure.

The Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz) reported that current maize prices dropped from around R2 700/t earlier in the year to about R2 200/t over September 2012. AgBiz CEO Dr John Purchase said that there was a carryover stock of just under 1 million tons of maize from SA’s previous marketing season.

03.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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AgriSEB beweeg flink

Swart ekonomiese bemagtiging in die landbou (AgriSEB) beweeg nou flink vanaf “die voorneme om te verander” na “gereguleerde verandering” sê dr. John Purchase, hoofbestuurder van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).’’

Purchase het op die SA Varkvleisprodusente-organisasie (Savpo) se simposium gesê die huidige sektorkode is so naby moontlik aan ’n generiese kode vir goeie praktyke omdat dit die speelveld gelyk maak, dit voorspelbaar is en die belofte van ’n gladde oorgang inhou.

Landbou-ondernemings (wat die handelsbanke insluit) sal hul klante (landbouprodusente) voortaan verplig om SEB-telkaarte te voorsien.

 

28.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Bamboo farmers need representation

SOUTH African bamboo farmers should establish a representative body to lobby government departments and to involve them in the development of a bamboo industry development plan, agricultural economics lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch, Dr Daan Louw said last week.

Most successful agricultural and agri-processing industries have organised themselves in organisations, such as Grain SA, Potatoes SA and the Agriculture Business Chamber, among others, to engage authorities about issues, such as policy, that affect their sectors.

27.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbou se inkomste verbeter

Die produksiewaarde van die akkerboubedrywe het skerp gestyg, maar die intensiewe vee- en tuinboubedrywe kou harde bene omdat produksiekoste vinniger as produkpryse styg.

Die netto inkomste van die landbousektor het in die 12 maande tot einde Junie aansienlik verbeter teenoor die vorige jaar, aldus die nasionale Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye. Luidens statistieke wat die departement uitgereik het, het die landbousektor se bruto inkomste gestyg tot R161 miljard met ’n sogenoemde netto inkomste van sowat R56,9 miljard.

Dit is die hoogste syfer nog, maar dit weerspieël eerder die skerp stygings in pryse teenoor 2010/’11 as wat dit stygings in produksie verteenwoordig. Juis daarom moet ’n mens die syfers versigtig interpreteer, want inflasiegroei is nie produksiegroei nie.

Die prysstygings van landbouprodukte sou natuurlik ook die landbou se geldelike posisie verbeter deurdat dit sogenoemde ou skuld meer diensbaar maak. Rentekoerse is op die laagste vlak in sowat 40 jaar, wat meebring dat die landbou se skulddelgingsvermoë relatief verbeter het.

21.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbou het groot winspotensiaal

Die landbouwaardeketting, wat strek van die plaashek tot op die winkelrak, dra jaarliks tussen 7% en 8% van Suid-Afrika se bruto binnelandse produk (BPP) by.

Die landbousakesektor strek oor ’n wye spektrum, van die verskaffing van trekkers, brandstof, saad en kunsmis aan boere tot die aflewering van brood aan ’n plaaswinkel.

Die sektor wek die afgelope tyd belangstelling by groot beleggers wat die potensiaal van volhoubare wins opmerk. Dit sluit in Zeder, Agri-Vie, Ububele, HCI en die Nywerheidsontwikkelingskorporasie.

Tydens die onlangse kongres van AgBiz (Landboubesigheidskamer) het Schalk Pienaar, voorsitter, gesê konvensionele denke en sienings gaan irrelevant word en landbou-ondernemings sal moet transformeer.

Daar is ruimte vir spesialisasie sowel as diversifikasie, vir nuwe produkte en strategieë asook alternatiewe sakebenaderings en –modelle.

Die ou landbou-koöperasies, wat met lede gewerk het, het in die laaste dekade of wat omgeskakel in landbou-ondernemings met aandeelhouers en van hulle het op die JSE genoteer. Die ondernemings het gewoonlik hul eie bedieningsgebied gehad en onafhanklik van mekaar opgetree.

19.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Food security 'at risk' from coal mining

THE Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) yesterday expressed serious concerns over the "uncontrolled increase in open-cast mining of coal in Mpumalanga", calling on the government to investigate its risk to the country’s food security.

The chamber’s worries follow the release last week of the scathing report by University of Pretoria-based research organisation Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy (BFAP). The report evaluated the effect of coal mining on agriculture in the Delmas, Ogies and Leandra districts, focusing on maize production.

17.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Sektor moet nou met een stem praat

Kaapstad. – ’n Enkele organisasie vir die landbousektor is nie nou op die radarskerm nie, maar landbou-organisasies besef dat hulle nader aan mekaar moet beweeg om uitdagings die hoof te kan bied.

Die stigting van ’n eenheids­forum vir die landbousektor op 16 November word in die vooruitsig gestel in plaas van ’n volle eenheidstruktuur.

Dit is die gevolgtrekking van paneellede in ’n debat oor landbou-eenheid op die jaarlikse Agri Mega Week in Bredasdorp.

Thoko Didiza, voormalige minister van landbou, sê daar moet ruimte gelaat word vir die agtergrond van verskillende groepe.

Cobus Dowry, voormalige Wes-Kaapse minister van landbou en tans voorsitter van die kleinboer-organisasie USAAA, sê die forum moenie tot georganiseerde landbou-organisasies beperk word nie, maar ook organisasies soos Shoprite se landbou-eenheid insluit wat ’n omset van R4 miljard per jaar het.

16.09.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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IDC boosts rural employment

The Industrial Development Corporation(IDC) boosted the number of jobs to be created or sustained by IDC funded projects to 45 900, up from 39 400 in 2011, the state-funded corporation said in financial results for the year ending 31 March 2012. To download this article,click here.

Landbou is dié sektor vir belegging

Die landbou is deur Agri SA en die Landboubesigheidskamer (Agbiz) as een van die land se voorrangsektore vir belegging beskryf.

Dié twee georganiseerde landbou-organisasies het landbou-finansieringsaangeleenthede met die vier groot handelsbanke in die land bespreek. Die gesprek is deur Agri SA en die Landboubesigheidskamer (Agbiz) gereël.

“Huidige marktoestande skep vertroue vir belegging in die landbou. Finansiële instellings be­skou die landbou as een van hul voorrangsektore vir belegging,” lui ’n verklaring. Albei die organisasies dui aan dat hulle met dié standpunt saamstem.

Die makro-ekonomiese omstandighede waarbinne die bedryf funksioneer, is tydens die gesprek bespreek, asook die relatief gunstige produksie- en marktoestande waarbinne die landbou handel dryf.

Dié gunstige omstandighede het die bedryf se winsgewendheid en bategroei die afgelope vyf jaar ondersteun.

31.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Planne vir vraag-en-aanbodkomitee vorder

Die werkswyse van ’n komitee wat ’n maandelikse skatting van die vraag en aanbod van grane en oliesade sal publiseer, is amper gereed.

Na verwagting sal dié komitee tot groter prysstabiliteit en voedselsekerheid bydra, het dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van die Landboubesigheidskamer en raadslid van die Nasionale Landboubemarkingsraad (NLBR), op ’n vergadering in Pretoria aan belanghebbendes gesê.

31.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Battling those bad road blues

Poor maintenance of unpaved roads in the rural North West plays havoc with farmers and other road users. And the problem isn’t only confined to that province, writes Robyn Joubert.

The poor condition of the unpaved road network in North West has seen some farmers forced to grade the roads themselves simply to keep the lifeline to their businesses open. “In some areas, contractors and lorries aren’t prepared to travel on those roads. There are many examples of farmers maintaining their own roads purely because the department isn’t doing it,” said Agri North West CEO Boeta du Toit.

27.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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