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News archive - November-2010

Kyk net hoe word landbou benadeel

Toenemende kommer oor die die staat se vermoe om goeie diens te lewer en om die landbou se mededingendheid te verseker, noodsaak dringende gesprekke.

22.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Government spending knocks wind out of South Africa’s sails

Farmers are bracing themselves for the effect of Eskoms's tariff hike on 1 April , while the price of petrol increased by 54l to almost R10l on 7 April and diesel by 70l.Administered prices or prices determined by goverment remain a driving force behind inflation.

15.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Landbou-deel te klein

Verskeie landboukenners meen dat die landbou en landelike ontwikkeling n te beskei deel van die begrotingskoek kry.

04.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Werkskepping in die soeklig

Werkskepping in die landbou en landelike ontwikkeling het n hupstoot gekry op die onlangse presidensiele beraad tussen die Regering en Besigheidseenheid Suid-AFRICA(Busa).

01.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Werkskepping: Staat en sakelui praat

Werkskepping: Staat en sakelui praat

01.04.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Agribusiness prospects looking up

IF ONE looks beyond the few negative factors, like land reform and other political issues, farm crime and unexpected natural disasters, prospects for the farming industry look better than they have for years.

Agribusinesses will undoubtedly share in this.

Not that food producers fared badly from March last year to the end-February this year: the share price of a listed company like Astral Foods [JSE:ARL], for example, rose by 30%, and Afgri [JSE:AFR] by about 19%.

30.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Landbou se vertroue klim skerp

Kaapstad. - Verskeie positiewe faktore in die landboubedryf het daartoe gelei dat die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) se vertrouensindeks sy hoogste vlak in drie jaar bereik het.

Vir die eerste kwartaal van 2011 het die indeks op 62 te staan gekom. Dit is 13% hoër as die vlak in die laaste kwartaal van 2010 en 43% hoër as die vlak in die eerste kwartaal van 2010.

“Die positiewe vertrouensvlakke word grootliks veroorsaak deur die styging in kommoditeitspryse, verhoogde internasionale vraag, die herstel in die Suid-Afrikaanse ekonomie en verbeterde landbou-omstandighede,” sê me. Lindie Stroebel, ekonoom by die LBK.

16.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Positive confidence levels maintained for almost a year now

The ABC / IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index reached its highest level in more than three years. The index

measured at 62 basis points in the first quarter of 2011; which is 13% higher than the preceding quarter and

43% higher than the same quarter of the previous year.

The positive confidence is largely due to higher commodity prices, increased international demand, the

recovery of the South African economy from the recession, and a significant improvement of general

agricultural conditions, when compared to last year. Government’s indication to work with the commercial

agriculture sector on the New Growth Path may be a further contributing factor to positive sentiment.

However, some looming constraints, such as cost of capital, infrastructure and service delivery, still inhibit

employment and capital expenditure, while both floods and droughts in certain areas have impacted

negatively on certain industries.

14.03.2011 / Media Releases


Korporasie wil R6 miljard belê

Die ontwikkelingskorporasie IDC gaan sy belegging in die landbou met minstens R6 miljard oor die.Geoffrey Qhena, uitvoerende hoof, in Johannesburg gese.

04.03.2011 / Agbiz in the news


So lyk landbou se groeipad

Die landbousektor moet teen 2020 reeds 300 000 bykomende huishoudings op klein landbou-eenhede vestig en 145 000 nuwe werkgeleenthede moet in die voedselverwerkingsketting geskep word.

Die lewensomstandighede van werkers op kommersiële plase moet ook aansienlik verbeter.

Dít is die bydrae wat die regering van die landbousektor verwag om sy Nuwe Ekonomiese Groeiplan (NEG) te laat slaag.

27.02.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Agricultural Business Chamber’s Response to Minister Gordhan’s Budget Speech

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) found the Minister of Finance,

Min Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Speech on 23 February 2011 to be predictable and positive. It is

responsive and reflective towards the challenges faced in South Africa and in consideration of the

global economic changes. This predictability and stability is essential for business and is therefore

welcomed by the ABC.

The Minister’s focus on addressing the slow economic recovery and high unemployment is

encouraging. The mentioned collaborative approach between the Monetary and Fiscal Policy is also

welcomed considering the stimulus effect required from the fiscal policy and the management of price

and financial stability by the monetary policy. Notably, the Minister took cognisance of the risky

inflation outlook, especially considering the increase food inflation.

23.02.2011 / Media Releases


Boere moet kophou en aanpas, sê kenner

Potchefstroom. – Boere sorg dat sowat 49 miljoen mense in Suid-Afrika daagliks kos op hul tafel het.

En die syfer groei daagliks.

Dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van die landboubesigheidskamer, het verlede week by die Potchefstroom Besigheidskool se Januarie-studieskool gepraat oor landboutendense en hoe Suid-Afrika meer tot die wêreldmark moet toetree.

Hy het gesê daar was in 1993 sowat 58 000 boere in die land.

Dit het afgeneem tot 39 983 in 2007.

11.02.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Experts in soil science and plant production at UP Combined Congress

"Taking care of the FOODBALL through science" was the theme of the Combined Crops, Soils, Horticulture and Weeds Congress 2011. The Congress was held at the University of Pretoria (UP) from 17 to 20 January 2011.

The congress was officially opened by the UP Vice-Chancellor, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, followed by keynote addresses by four experts in the fields of soil science and plant production. Dr John Purchase delivered an address on “Science as the driver of the agro-food value chain” while Prof Martin Fey shared his insights on “The philosophy of soil science”. The third keynote address on the opening day was by Prof Jules Janick who shared some light on “Fruit breeding: past, present, and future” with Prof Gerhard Verdoorn who concluded the keynote addresses with his viewpoints on “Addressing the challenges of misinformation and anti-pesticide lobbying in South Africa”.

27.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Groen strategie vir landbou nodig

“Ons moet onsself toenemend voorberei om ’n groen groeistrategie vir die landbou te ontwikkel wat ondersteun word deur onbevooroordeelde navorsing,” sê dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

Purchase het tydens die gekombineerde kongres van die Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Gewasproduksie, Grondkunde, Tuinbouwetenskappe en Onkruidwetenskap by die Universiteit van Pretoria in Gauteng gesê in terme van rentmeesterskap, moet bykomende geld van die openbare en private sektore verkry word om kwessies aan te spreek soos klimaatverandering, die verlies van biodiversiteit en die volhoubare bestuur en gebruik van hulpbronne.

19.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news


South Africa: Too much maize

JOHANNESBURG, 13 January 2011 (IRIN) - After a record maize harvest, a bid by South African farmers to form a pool to export the surplus – enough to feed its food insecure neighbours, Swaziland and Lesotho, for several years – has raised questions about the future of the crop and the manufacture of biofuel.

The country’s Competition Commission rejected the bid on 11 January. "We wanted to start a debate in the country. Surpluses of this magnitude are unusual; food prices are going up globally. We have suggested the farmers consider storing the surplus,” the Commission's Oupa Bodipe told IRIN.

13.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news


SA easily digests rising prices

 SA has little to fear from spiralling global food prices in the short term, said John Purchase, chief executive at the Agribusiness Chamber, a sectoral body representing agribusinesses and companies serving primary food producers.

Figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) this week show food prices last month reached their highest levels ever, surpassing those of the 2008 global crisis that sparked unrest in several countries.

09.01.2011 / Agbiz in the news


Retailers check water usage

Shoprite Checkers, Woolworths and Pick n Pay, have expressed concern over speculation that a water crisis is looming in South Africa. The three major retailers say they have put in place rigorous measures to ensure their products are safe for consumption and are free of any potential contamination from polluted water supplies.

A Shoprite spokesman said yesterday that suppliers to the group’s fresh produce procurement division, Freshmark, had to comply with a standard of certification regarding farming practices, which included regulations on irrigation water.

22.12.2010 / Agbiz in the news


Nee, Minister

Dewald van Rensburg,

’n Vloedgolf van negatiewe reaksie uit die sakewêreld, georganiseerde sakegemeenskap en sommige politieke kringe het gister die regering se langverwagte nuwe groeiplan begroet.

Die meeste skeptisisme was oor die werkskeppingsteikens van 5 miljoen werkgeleenthede teen 2020 wat mnr. Ebrahim Patel, minister van ekonomiese ontwikkeling, Dinsdag as deel van die plan aangekondig het. Dit word onder meer as onhaalbaar en ambisieus beskou en ten beste, as ’n uitdaging.

Die georganiseerde sakegemeenskap het ook by monde van verskeie sakeleiers laat blyk die tydperk vir die private sektor om kommentaar te lewer voordat meer besonderhede in die Februarie-begroting aangekondig word, is heeltemal te kort.

Die voorstel dat daar op “matige” loonverhogings ooreengekom moet word, is ook uit verskeie oorde afgeskiet. Dit is begroet met kommentaar soos onrealisties, onnosel of bloot betekenisloos.

Die groeiplan-raamwerk stel onder meer voor dat werkers wat tussen R3 000 en R20 000 per maand verdien voortaan net “matige reële verhogings” ontvang.

Dit moet bereik word deur ’n “maatskaplike verdrag” tussen vakbonde en werkgewers, stel die regering voor.

25.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news


Regering moet mieliesurplus opgaar

Suid-Afrika se boere sit met ’n mieliesurplus van 4 miljoen ton wat hulle bitter graag sou uitvoer.

Die antwoord lê egter nie daarin om markte buite Suid-Afrika te vind nie. Die regering moet intree, die mielies teen internasionale pryse koop en dit as voorsorg teen ’n volgende tekort hou.

24.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news


Navigating the maize

SA FARMERS are sitting on a maize surplus of 4 million tonnes, which they are desperate to export. But the answer doesn’t lie in finding markets outside of SA.

Government should step in and buy the maize at international prices and keep it for when there’s next a shortage.

Of course, government stabilising the maize price hasn’t been policy for some years now, as government believes in a “free market” in agriculture.

23.11.2010 / Agbiz in the news


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