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News archive - May-2010

Food prices will raise again

 Food prices would rise gradually from next year, increasing the likelihood of more protests, the Agricultural Business Chamber said yesterday.

Households, especially lower income, spend a large chunk of their income on food.

Higher food prices in recent years have made it harder for millions of people to escape poverty.

John Purchase, chief executive of the chamber, said any spike in food prices could signal increased activism and possible strikes by labour federation Cosatu.

02.06.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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ABC Congress to be held in Somerset West

"The agricultural value chains of South Africa currently face several critical challenges. Constraints with regard to a highly skewed global trade environment, agro-logistics, water quality, sharp increases in electricity tariffs, a highly volatile currency (exchange rate), deteriorating rural infrastructure, labour strikes in state-owned enterprises, production constraints and many more, impact negatively on the competitiveness of our agriculture sector.

 

To address these critical issues, the Agricultural Business Chamber's Congress will be held at the Lord Charles Conference Centre, Somerset West, on 2 and 3 June 2010," Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Business Chamber, said today.

31.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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LBK hou kongres in Somerset-Wes

Verskeie uitdagings in die landbou-waardeketting is op die sakelys wanneer die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) se tweejaarlikse kongres op 2 en 3 Junie in Somerset-Wes plaasvind.

Suid-Afrika se landbou-waardekettings staar tans verskeie kritieke uitdagings in die gesig, soos knelpunte met betrekking tot 'n ongelyke handelsomgewing, agro-logistiek, waterkwaliteit, elektrisiteitstariewe, wisselkoerse, verswakkende landelike infrastruktuur, arbeidstakings en vele meer. Van die sake is op die organisasie se sakelys, sê dr. John Purchase, bestuurshoof van die LBK.

31.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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VPI daal oor laer kos-inflasie

‘n Skerp daling in voedselinflasie het die verbruikersprysindeks (VPI) in April tot 4,8% laat daal.

Luidens ‘n verklaring van die Nasionale Landboubemarkingsraad (NLBR) dui Statistieke SA se jongste inflasiesyfers aan dat voedselinflasie op ‘n maand-tot-maand basis met 0,4% gedaal het. Volgends die statistiek het voedselpryse op ‘n jaar-op-jaar basis met 0,9% gestyg.

Die NLBR sê die plaaslike pryse van koring en wit en geel mielies daal steeds, terwyl die prys van sonneblomsaad en die melkprodusenteprys vir die tydperk April 2009 tot April 2010 gestyg het.

23.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Presentation on Rift Valley Fever outbreak

  • Mosquito-borne viral disease which affects livestock, some game and Humans
  • The disease was first recorded in the Rift Valley of Kenya in 1931 hence the name
  • An outbreak normally follows persistent heavy rainfall
  • Causes Massive abortions and death of espyounger animals

19.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Koringtarief: GSA gaan Davies pak

As die Regering dink die nuwe koringtarief gaan koringboere aanmoedig om meer hektare koring te plant, moet hy herbesin, meen kenners in die landbou.

’n Koring- en koringmeeltarief van 14,07 sent per kilogram is deur dr. Rob Davies, Minister van Handel en Nywerheid, ingestel.

Die koringbeskermingsvlak is van $157 per ton tot $215 per ton verhoog. Dit beteken dat plaaslike produsente nie minder nie as R1 600 per ton koring sal verdien. Die Safex-prys vir koring het op 3 Mei op R2 231 per ton gestaan.

Mnr. Neels Ferreira, voorsitter van Graan SA, is teleurgesteld dat die bedryfsorganisasie se versoek van ’n beskermingsvlak van $260 per ton nie toegestaan is nie.

Die staat voer aan dat broodpryse te hoog sou word as ’n beskermingsvlak van $260 per ton toegestaan is.

18.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Workshop on Agricultural Investment in East Africa - download a draft report, highlighting the major outcoms

Eastern African agriculture is in trouble and, as a result, national economies are unnecessarily

undermined by this poorly-performing sector. I a subregion that is endowed with abundant land and

water resources and which has a currently under-employed youthful population, Eastern Africa has

no right to be hungry, poor or externally dependent to the degree it now is.

Yet the subregion is food insecure and faces distressing levels of rural and national poverty. Indeed,

in a world where media profiling sears indelible images into the international psyche, Eastern Africa

has become an icon of starvation, desperation and dependence on humanitarian assistance,

especially on food donations. Statistics reveal that although Eastern Africa1 has only about 3.5

percent of the world’s population, in a normal year the subregion consumes some 20 percent of

international food aid, around the receipt and distribution of which a whole industry has now grown

in some countries.

18.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Vervoer: Staking kan landbou ontwrig

Die landwye vervoerstaking kan die landbousektor - asook die voorsiening van voedsel aan winkels - ontwrig, sê die LBK.

Die landwye vervoerstaking kan die landbousektor - asook die voorsiening van voedsel aan winkels - ontwrig, sê dr. John Purchase, hoof van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK).

“Landbou-logistiek speel ‘n baie belangrike rol in die vervoer van byvoorbeeld grane na verwerkers. Dié staking gaan nie net die vervoer van landbouprodukte na verwerkers ontwrig nie, maar dit kan ook groot implikasies vir die voorsiening van varsprodukte soos vrugte, melk en groente aan winkels beteken,” sê hy.

14.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Food Security: How does SA measure up to CAAPD's 4 pillars?

The roles of the agribusiness sector and African governments in food security were discussed at a meeting recently held by the Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) and NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) in Pretoria.

Through its programme for the revitalisation of the agricultural sector in Africa, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), NEPAD has set a target of raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year, as agreed in the Maputo Declaration.  The CAADP’s focus areas for improving Africa’s agriculture fall under 4 pillars, each dealing with key issues, namely land and water management, market access, food supply and hunger, and agricultural research.

13.05.2010 / Media Releases

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Food Security in Africa How does South Africa measure up to CAADP’s four pillars?

Notes on CAADP’s Four Pillars and South Africa’s implementation

The roles of the agribusiness sector and African governments in food security were discussed at a meeting recently held by the Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) and NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) in Pretoria.

Through its programme for the revitalisation of the agricultural sector in Africa, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), NEPAD has set a target of raising agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year and increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of national budgets per year, as agreed in the Maputo Declaration.  The CAADP’s focus areas for improving Africa’s agriculture fall under 4 pillars, each dealing with key issues, namely land and water management, market access, food supply and hunger, and agricultural research.

13.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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