agribusiness

Post 2020 climate change framework becomes a little clearer

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Aug 3rd, 2017|

On the 27th of July, Agbiz attended a public consultation forum hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on the recommended framework to combat climate change post 2020. The Department has recently published a plethora of draft policies, […]

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    South Africa will experience a shrinkage in regional demand, as well as new competitors for existing markets

South Africa will experience a shrinkage in regional demand, as well as new competitors for existing markets

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Economist on Aug 3rd, 2017|

*First appeared in Farmers’ weekly – 4 August 2017

The most recent data from the US Department of Agriculture highlights a number of interesting dynamics in Southern Africa’s maize production, with Zambia and Malawi becoming increasingly important players in the […]

SA food producer price inflation decelerates to 4.7% y/y

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Jul 27th, 2017|

The annual food producer price inflation decelerated to 4.7% y/y in June 2017, from 5.7% y/y in May 2017. This shows the benefits of the higher agricultural output this year following good summer rainfall across the country. The deceleration […]

South Africa well on track for a record maize harvest

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Jul 27th, 2017|

The annual food producer price inflation decelerated to 4.7% y/y in June 2017, from 5.7% y/y in May 2017. This shows the benefits of the higher agricultural output this year following good summer rainfall across the country. The deceleration […]

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    SA’s annual food inflation falls to the lowest level in 18 months

SA’s annual food inflation falls to the lowest level in 18 months

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence of Agbiz on May 24th, 2017|

Last month’s deceleration in food inflation, to 6.7% y/y, means that South Africa’s food prices are at the lowest levels in 18 months. This is a reflection of the benefits of higher agricultural output this year following good weather conditions across […]

Most forecasters suggest another dry El Niño spell is on the way

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence on May 2nd, 2017|

*First appeared in Business Day, on 27 April 2017

The benefits of the 2017 rainy summer season in South Africa’s agricultural sector could be short lived. The local weather service has warned that an El Niño weather pattern, which is […]

UPDATE: SA’s wheat import tariff revised down

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 31st, 2017|

South Africa’s wheat import tariff has been revised down to R1 190.19 per tonne, which is a 25% decline from the rate of R1 591.40 per tonne. This new duty was calculated on the 09 February 2017 following an […]

Regulation of Landholdings Bill released for public comment

by Theo Boshoff, Manager: Legal intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

On Friday, the 17th of March the Regulation of Landholdings Bill was officially published in the Government Gazette for public comment. The Bill seeks to establish upper thresholds for various categories of agricultural landholdings in each district, also known […]

SA needs to grow maize export markets

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head: Economic and agribusiness intelligence at Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

*This column, written by Wandile Sihlobo, was first publish in Business Day on Thursday, 30 March 2017

South Africa will regain its status as a net exporter of maize in the 2017/18 marketing year, starting on the first of May […]

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    Expropriation of land “with” or “without” compensation: Why the latter is not an option

Expropriation of land “with” or “without” compensation: Why the latter is not an option

by Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International trade and investment intelligence, Agbiz on Mar 30th, 2017|

* This article first appeared in the Farmers Weekly magazine, dated 31 March 2017.

There is a broad consensus that a Zimbabwe-style land reform process will be grossly counter-productive in South Africa. But after two decades of frustration over the […]