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    Agbiz response to Minister Gordhan’s Budget Policy Statement

Agbiz response to Minister Gordhan’s Budget Policy Statement

by Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz on Feb 23rd, 2017|

“From an agribusiness perspective, this year’s budget speech comes against the backdrop of high food price inflation, a recent positive upturn in agribusiness confidence, and a convergence of factors that are now generally more favourable to agricultural production. This […]

Agbiz response to SONA 2017

by John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Feb 10th, 2017|

Against the backdrop of chaotic and unacceptable scenes in Parliament, slow growth and massive unemployment, an increasingly fractious and fractured country, and an agriculture and agribusiness sector recently severely stress-tested by a disaster drought, President Jacob Zuma delivered the […]

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    UPDATE: SA’s agricultural machinery sales show a monthly uptick

UPDATE: SA’s agricultural machinery sales show a monthly uptick

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Feb 7th, 2017|

Recent agricultural machinery sales data indicates that in January 2017, tractor sales were down by 18% when compared to January 2016 — with 478 units sold. However, this was 37% higher than the previous month’s sales. Meanwhile, combine harvester […]

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    US soybean farmers likely to suffer from Trump’s protectionism

US soybean farmers likely to suffer from Trump’s protectionism

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Feb 2nd, 2017|

Every crisis brings opportunities. This rings true with the current trade debates in the Unites States (US), which could negatively influence its trade activities with China and Mexico. In an agricultural perspective, China is a key player in soybean […]

Sorghum sector able to aid small farmers

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Feb 2nd, 2017|

*This column was first published in BusinessDay on 2 February 2017

The most recent data from the National Crop Estimate Committee painted a troubling picture of the South African sorghum industry. This is a crop that was once seen as key […]