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
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
Making crop and livestock insurance accessible to small holder farmers could improve this sectors sustainability.
26.10.2012 / Agbiz in the news
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
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
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
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