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News archive - February-2010

Agricultural Business Chamber elects its office bearers

The Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) elected mr Schalk Pienaar, Managing Director of Suidwes

Agriculture, as the new chairman of the association. Mr Bobby Malabie, Chief Executive of Absa

Business Bank, was elected as Deputy Chairman of the ABC.

The other members of the ABC Executive Committee are Dr Tobias Doyer, Head: Santam Agriculture,

Dr Hans Balyamujura, General Manager of Absa Agribusiness: Africa and Stakeholder Relations, and

Mr Ben Lombard, Chief Executive of the MGK Group. Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of

the ABC, serves on the Executive Committee as ex officio member.

04.06.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Landbouwette: Deursigtigheid nodig

Die hersiening van Suid-Afrika se 23 landbouwette behoort binnekort in alle erns te begin ná belanghebbendes 30 dae tot einde Mei kans gehad het om kommentaar in te dien oor veranderinge wat hulle in dié wette wil sien.

Die landbou het die Departement van Landbou, Bosbou en Visserye se plan om alle landbouwette te hersien, in die algemeen verwelkom. Sommige van die wette is so lank terug soos in 1928 geskryf. Sedertdien het die landbou-omgewing baie verander en dit is logies dat die wette hersien en, waar dit nie met veranderinge tred gehou het nie, aangepas moet word.

Tog is daar kommer oor die kort tydperk waarin kommentaar gelewer kon word en oor die vaagheid rondom die besluit om die wetgewing te hersien. Dit skep nie ’n klimaat van vertroue nie. Veral nie in ’n tydperk waarin kommersiële boere voel hulle word al hoe meer deur die Regering misken nie.

04.06.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Resessie sal landbou nou eers tref

Die landbou gaan die uitwerking van die wêreldwye resessie nou eers begin ervaar, sê prof. Johan Willemse, voorsitter van die departement landbou-ekonomie aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat.

“Ek dink landbou se moeilikheid lê nog voor. Die sweepslag van die resessie gaan die landbou in die volgende jaar begin tref,” het hy tydens die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) se kongres op Somerset-Wes gesê.

03.06.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Karaan: Waardering vir landbou kort

Die Nasionale Beplanningskommissie (NBK) se siening oor die landbou is nog nie bekend nie, maar prof. Mohammad Karaan, dekaan van landbouwetenskappe aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch wat op die kommissie dien, is daarvan oortuig dat heelparty van sy mede-kommissarisse positief oor die landbou is.

Wat hom verder oortuig van die belangrikheid van die landbou vir Suid-Afrika se toekomsplanne, is dat pres. Jacob Zuma by die bekendmaking van NBK-lede vir hom gesê het daar moet verseker word dat daar genoeg kos vir die mense van Suid-Afrika is omdat die meeste revolusies nog immers oor kos opgevlam het. Daarbenewens is landbouverwante kwessies soos klimaatverandering, energie en sekerheid oor water ook op die agenda.

03.06.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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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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Voedselsekuriteit in Afrika

Die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK) en Nuwe Vennootskap vir Afrika se Ontwikkeling (NEPAD) se Sakestigting (NBF) het onlangs ‘n werkswinkel in Pretoria gehou om die rol van landbou-ondernemings en Afrika-regerings in voedselsekuriteit te bespreek.

Die doelwit van NEPAD se Omvattende Afrika Landbou-ontwikkelingsprogram (CAADP) is om Afrika se landbou-produktiwiteit jaarliks met 6% te verbeter en om openbare beleggings in landbou na 10% van die nasionale jaarlikse begroting te verhoog, volgens die Maputo-verklaring.  Die CAADP se plan rus op 4 pilare naamlik, volhoubare grondbestuur en waterbeheer, verbetering van die landelike infrastruktuur en toegang tot markte,  die verhoging van voedselvoorsiening wat hongersnood kan verlig, asook landbounavorsing en tegnologiese aanpassing.

13.05.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Standard Bank and US launch centre to support transformation in agricultural sector

The high failure rate of land reform projects and emerging farmers has led to the founding of the Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership an d Mentorship Development, an institution designed to address current challenges in the agricultural sector.

Willie Du Plessis, Director Agricultural Banking at Standard Bank says: “The Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership and Mentorship Development is a response to calls by government for private/public partnerships in the agricultural sector. The venture established in partnership with the Stellenbosch University aims to link emerging farmers with the commercial agri-food value chain and promote economic development and growth. Standard Bank believes that by increasing access to education, information and the agricultural value chain, emerging farmers stand a better chance of making a meaningful contribution to the economy of the country.”

28.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Voedselsekuriteit: Opvoeding skort

Een van die grootste uitdagings om voedselsekuriteit in Suid-Afrika te verseker is ‘n tekort aan kundigheid en opvoeding oor dié kwessie, sê die LBK.

“Een van die grootste uitdagings om voedselsekuriteit in Suid-Afrika te verseker is ‘n tekort aan kundigheid en opvoeding oor die kwessie”, sê mnr. John Purchase, voorsitter van die Landboubesigheidskamer (LBK). Hy sê dié twee faktore speel ook ‘n groot rol in boere se vermoë om suksesvol te produseer.

26.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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South Africa - Withdrawal of millers from chamber

Two of South Africa’s milling giants,Pioneer Foods and Premier Foods, as well as Pride Milling and Godrich Flour Mills, have quit their membership of the National Chamber of Milling and are no longer required to submit sales information to the chamber.The move has caused alarm about the chamber’s ability to gather crucial industry information. This information is used by millers, farmers, the Reserve Bank and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF). A lack of information will make it difficult to track the staple food trends and to calculate statistics like the gross domestic product (GDP).

25.04.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Negative agribusiness confidence at last lifting its head

The ABC/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index remains in negative territory (<50 Index points), even though it improved somewhat in comparison to the preceding quarter, as well as in comparison to the same quarter of the previous year. Agribusiness confidence rose almost to the levels recorded at the end of 2008. According to Mrs Lindie Stroebel, the economic intelligence manager at the Agricultural

Business Chamber (ABC) and compiler of the index, it would have been convenient to speculate whether it will return to the positive (even peaking) period in mid-2008. However, Stroebel warned that it would be dangerous, considering the expectations of lower commodity prices, strong exchange rates and the variable weather and production conditions being experienced, with specific reference also to the severe drought conditions in the southern and south eastern parts of the country.

28.03.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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Undoing apartheid’s land legacy?

REFORMER: Minister Gugile Nkwinti says resolving the land issue is a key pillar of the ANC’s post-Polokwane policy.

RURAL Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has promised to implement unprecedented reforms to land ownership rules which the government hopes will reverse apartheid’s legacy that left most wealth and property concentrated in the hands of a white minority.

But critics warn his proposals for a radical overhaul of SA’s property rights regime could harm both rich and poor by discouraging investment and replicating past mistakes that resulted in little land delivery, community conflict, declining production and job losses.

Nkwinti this week stressed that resolving the land issue, which saw black ownership rights restricted by racist laws, is a key pillar of post- Polokwane ANC policy.

26.03.2010 / Agbiz in the news

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