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
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