“I don’t think I’ve heard ‘agriculture’ mentioned so many times in a budget before.”
This was the reaction of Dr John Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber, to the minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan’s, recent budget speech at a media briefing. “The budget had a strong developmental and redistributive focus.”
André Jooste, from the National Agricultural Marketing Council agreed: “The infrastructure budget (of government) will increase by less than the budget on social grants. We’ll need to find ways to address this.”
09.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news
Governments in Africa should consider more favourable agriculture policies to create an enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness to be globally competitive, delegates at the sixth African Economic Forum in Cape Town heard this week.
Agricultural Business Chamber CEO Dr John Purchase said Africa, which spends over $50-billion a year on food imports, required input from both the public and private sectors to increase the continent’s agricultural output.
07.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news