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
ABC has become an institutional member and strategic partner of the International Food and
Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).
IFAMA was formed in 1990 to stimulate strategic thinking across the full spectrum of the food
chain, but today, it serves as an effective worldwide networking organisation in the food and
agribusiness sector. It is known to bring together top executives, academics, policy makers,
students and stakeholders to network and stimulate strategic thinking across the global food, fibre,
fuel, floral and forestry systems.
24.05.2012 / Media Releases
The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) has said that the Sasol Agricultural Trust, worth R30 million, launched recently will play a significant role in helping South African agriculture regain its potential for growth.
Over the next three years the trust will provide funds for research and programmes that will benefit the competitiveness of the country’s commercial and emerging farmers. CEO of the chamber, Dr John Purchase, explained that SA agriculture had not grown to its full potential during the past decade.
23.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news
Agribusinesses applauded finance minister, Pravin Gordhan for putting emphasis on reducing the cost of doing business in South Africa during his 2012 budget speech.
Gordhan said that rapid increases in administered prices must be addressed.
But, according to the Agricultural Business Chamber, Gordhan’s words carry little weight, as the increase in the fuel levy (28c/l) and “the remaining burdening regulatory regime” will only cause the cost of doing business to increase further.
09.03.2012 / Agbiz in the news
“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