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News archive - August-2012

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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Agriculture a preferred sector

Current market conditions instil confidence for investment in agriculture, and financial institutions consider agriculture as one of their preferred sectors.

This view is shared by Agri SA and Agbiz, which had facilitated a meeting with representatives of the agriculture divisions of the four major commercial banks to discuss matters relating to agricultural financing. During the discussions, the macro-economic conditions under which agriculture functions were considered, as well as the relatively favourable production and market conditions of the past five years which were supportive of profitability and asset growth within the sector.

22.08.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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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.

21.08.2012 / Media Releases

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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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Giving the seven billionth person enough to eat

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29.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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SA needs 'investment in agriculture' to keep food affordable

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) re-elected Mr Schalk Pienaar as Chairperson of the association. Dr Tobias Doyer, Head of Santam Broker Services North and National Brokers was elected as Deputy Chairperson of Agbiz.

The other members of the Agbiz Executive Committee are Mr Willie du Plessis, Head of Standard Bank Agriculture and Mr Danie Marais, Managing Director of NWK Limited. Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz, serves on the Executive Committee as ex officio member.

06.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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