UPDATE: South African food inflation accelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Agribusiness Intelligence on Aug 24th, 2016|

Recent data from Statistics South Africa indicates that in July 2016, headline inflation eased at 6% year-on-year (y/y) from 6.3% y/y in June 2016. This was slightly below market expectations of 6.1% y/y. However, […]

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    UPDATE: South Africa’s wheat import tariff at a record high

UPDATE: South Africa’s wheat import tariff at a record high

by Agbiz economists: Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya on Aug 23rd, 2016|

• South African wheat import tariff has increased by 30% to a record high of R1 591.40 per ton, from the previous level of R1 224.31 per ton (see Chart 1). This came on […]

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    Long-term agricultural growth and resilience strategies needed

Long-term agricultural growth and resilience strategies needed

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Aug 22nd, 2016|

The current drought has arguably been the most pronounced factor to have negatively affected the South African agricultural and agribusiness landscapes in recent history. The impact on crop and livestock production has been devastating and these […]

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index slightly improves in Q2, 2016

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Agbiz Agribusiness Intelligence on Jul 27th, 2016|

The Agbiz/IDC Confidence Index recovered by 4 index points in the second quarter of this year to 47. An index point below 50 indicates contraction in the South African agribusiness activity. Therefore a 47 […]

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    SA maize industry must prioritise access to top 25 most attractive markets

SA maize industry must prioritise access to top 25 most attractive markets

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jul 21st, 2016|

Over the years, there have been structural changes in South African agricultural markets, which have had a significant influence on the trade and marketing of agricultural commodities, particularly that of maize.

Prior to the market […]