The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) was pleased to host a high-level delegation from
the United States (US) on 7 June 2011. The US delegation was led by Mr Jose Fernandez,
Assistant Secretary of State, Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs; US Department of State;
and consisted of Mr Jack Bobo, Foreign Affairs Officer; Mr Ross Kreamer, Minister-Counselor
of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS), and a number of
other US Officials from the US Embassy in Pretoria. The ABC was represented by Mr Schalk
Pienaar, Chairman of the ABC and MD of Suidwes Landbou, Ms Elaine Alexander, CEO of
South African Table Grape Industry (SATGI), Mr Ronald Ramabulana, CEO of the National
Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Mr William Malan, Deputy Head of Absa
Agribusiness (all ABC Board members), and Prof Vaughan Hattingh of Citrus Research
International, together with ABC officials.
07.06.2011 / Media Releases
Cape Town - Commercial banks currently contribute 75% towards agricultural financing in South Africa, while the Land Bank’s 30% share in 2000 has fallen to 8%.
These figures on agricultural financing came to light in a debate on the subject initiated by the Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC).
The debate follows Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s request for a further urgent look into agricultural financing, and especially development finance.
06.06.2011 / Agbiz in the news
Landboufinansiers verstaan nie die behoeftes van klein-en op-komende boere genoeng nie,sê dr.Tobias Doyer,hoofbestuur-der van Santam Landbou.
29.05.2011 / Agbiz in the news
The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) has strengthened its existing links with South African
Universities through the introduction of the Centenary Bursary for a student registered for a
Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management at any
recognised SA university.
The Centenary Bursary has been launched in honour of those ABC members who recently
celebrated their Centenary, i.e. NWK, Suidwes Landbou, Senwes and NTK. The bursary is
intended to inspire students to contribute towards a positive agribusiness sector in South Africa,
through the knowledge gained by their studies.
27.05.2011 / Media Releases