Global sunflower seed production declines

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Nov 16th, 2017|

After experiencing an uptick in sunflower seed production in the 2016/17 season, the world is set to harvest a relatively smaller crop in the 2017/18 production season. The most recent estimates from SUNSEEDMAN, a […]

SA food products price inflation slows to 1.3% y/y

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 26th, 2017|

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Food products’ price inflation eased to 1.3% y/y in September 2017, from 1.9% y/y in the previous month. The deceleration was broad-based, with the exception of dairy products which inched up from the […]

New World Bank book shows value of data in farming interventions

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 26th, 2017|

*This first appeared in Business Day on 26 October 2017.

Strategic interventions should be informed by facts in order to be effective in addressing societal challenges. This rings true to the gender debate in the […]

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    Agbiz response to Minister Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

Agbiz response to Minister Gigaba’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

by Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Oct 26th, 2017|

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This year’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement comes against the backdrop of low business confidence and low economic growth, with GDP being revised down to 0.7% for 2017 from 1.3% in the previous statement. […]

A 2% increase in diesel price on the cards in November 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Oct 24th, 2017|

South African fuel prices have been on an upward trend since August 2017, mainly driven by an increase in Brent crude oil prices, as well as a relatively weaker domestic currency. Next month, a […]