Monthly Archives: July 2016

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 index point suggests that agribusinesses […]

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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 liberalisation of the South African […]

Agbiz economist shares insights into the South African peanut market

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jul 12th, 2016|

I am one of those people who always make sure that there is some peanut butter in their cupboard. Simply because, I enjoy a peanut butter sandwich and of course, it also goes well with apples too.

In that sense, […]

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    South Africa’s maize prices set to soften in the medium term

South Africa’s maize prices set to soften in the medium term

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Jul 11th, 2016|

There are growing concerns about the outlook of South Africa’s agriculture due to a number of macro-level risk factors, not the least of which being the current 2015/16 drought. However, the International Grains Council (IGC) reminded us that droughts […]

Farming needs a plan to weather storm

by Wandile Sihlobo, economist at Agbiz on Jul 4th, 2016|

This article was first published in Business Day (4 July 2016)

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