More of the same – SA’s wheat import tariff review outcome

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic Intelligence on Jun 23rd, 2017|

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The outcome of the review of the dollar-based reference price and variable tariff formula for wheat was released this morning. The review was initiated by the government in April 2016 due to concerns […]

Agriculture confidence keeps sprouting

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Agribusiness Intelligence on Jun 22nd, 2017|

 

*Business Day column, 22 June 2017

Earlier this week, the South African Reserve Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, remarked that at the present moment the country’s fundamental economic problem is weak confidence. Kganyago’s comments come after […]

Ten major trends impacting on the future of agribusiness

by Dr John Purchase, chief executive: Agbiz on Jun 14th, 2017|

The traditional agricultural business model is changing for various reasons, and this requires new thinking and strategies from leaders in agribusiness. Agribusinesses are challenged with meeting the growing demand for food, fibre and beverages, […]

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    Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index marginally declines in Q2, 2017

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index marginally declines in Q2, 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic Intelligence, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) on Jun 12th, 2017|

The Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declined, albeit marginally, by one Index point to 56 points in the second quarter of this year. Despite the slight decline in confidence, the sector remains in expansionary territory[1]. […]

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    ‘Back to basics’ approach needed for transformation in the agro-food sector, not a flood of new legislation

‘Back to basics’ approach needed for transformation in the agro-food sector, not a flood of new legislation

by Theo Boshoff, Manager: Legal Intelligence, Agbiz on Jun 9th, 2017|

The past couple of months have seen the floodgates truly open with new Bills and regulations aimed at land reform:

The Regulation of Landholdings Bill, aimed at prohibiting foreign ownership of land and setting ceilings […]