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News archive - March-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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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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Agbiz/IFAMA Student Case Competition a refreshing addition to congress

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) hosted the Agbiz/IFAMA Agribusiness Student Case Competition during the Agbiz Congress on 5 and 6 June 2012.

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz elects its office bearers

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.

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz/IFAMA Student Case Competition a refreshing addition to congress

The Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) and International Food and Agribusiness Management

Association (IFAMA) hosted the Agbiz/IFAMA Agribusiness Student Case Competition during the

Agbiz Congress on 5 and 6 June 2012.

16 Top agricultural economics and agribusiness students from major universities across the

country were selected to participate in this initiative, endorsed by IFAMA. Students represented the

University of the Free State (UFS), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), University of Pretoria

(UP), University of Fort Hare (UFH), University of Stellenbosch (US) and the North-West University

(NWU).

06.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agbiz elects its office bearers

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 / Media Releases

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Mr Corwyn Botha awarded Agbiz honorary life chairmanship

Well, what can I say? This is a high point in my world. The highest –indeed, my world, the world I know and cherish. To me
the top echelon of agriculture, the agriculture in which I partook, that I lived and enjoyed. My road travelled through these
conferences to here tonight. The road to this new logo here behind me as launched last night and then onward on the
road/way forward to prosperity.
I know the ABC since my first conference in 1976, the then Co-operative board as it was named at the time. Looking around
in this hall, I see no one that was in my first conference with me, unbelievable than I can be so much privileged to be able
to stand here. There were 19 of these conferences over this period. I missed 5, one when I was away abroad and four
others while I was in another industry. Yes, the AGBIZ was transformed over time to what is has now become. Maybe that
was the road that I had to travel to here tonight. Travelled with so many, some that is not anymore also.

05.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural Business Chamber launches new corporate identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the

past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in

1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In

1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name

Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in

2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Agbiz in the news

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Agricultural Business Chamber defines way forward with new brand identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in 1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In 1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in 2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Media Releases

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Agricultural Business Chamber defines way forward with new brand identity

The Agricultural Business Chamber’s brand has been subject to a number of adaptations over the

past decades as a result of an ever-changing environment. The organisation was established in

1946 as the Co-operative Council to represent the interests of agricultural co-operatives. In

1995, after the deregulation of agriculture in South Africa, the organisation adopted the name

Agricultural Co-operative Business (ACB) to address the changing needs of agribusinesses, and in

2003 the name changed to the Agricultural Business Chamber.

04.06.2012 / Media Releases

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