South African peanut production at a lowest level in 71 years

by Wandile Sihlobo on Oct 18th, 2016|

Recent data from the National Crop Estimate Committee indicates that in the 2015/16 production year, South Africa produced 18 850 tons of groundnuts (peanuts). This is the smallest crop in 71 years—down three folds from the 2014/15 season production—caused […]

International Grains Council’s 2016/17 production estimates

by Wandile Sihlobo on Oct 13th, 2016|

Despite ongoing talks about production challenges across a number of countries, the world is still well-supplied regarding grains and oilseeds.

The International Grains Council (IGC), indicated just last week in their monthly report that the 2015/16 global grains and oilseeds […]

SA will have to weather high meat prices into next year

by Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz on Oct 13th, 2016|

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and […]

UPDATE: South Africa’s agricultural machinery sales decline

by Wandile Sihlobo on Oct 12th, 2016|

The recent agricultural machinery sales data released by the South African Agricultural Machinery Association (SAAMA) indicates that in September 2016, combine harvester sales were down by 26% when compared to September 2015— with only 14 units sold. This is […]

UPDATE: Food and beverages manufacturing output accelerates

by Wandile Sihlobo on Oct 11th, 2016|

Recent food and beverage sectors’ manufacturing data indicates that in August 2016, output increased by 3.1% year-on-year (y/y), after registering a 0.8% y/y contraction in July 2016.

This sector consists of five sub-sectors, namely (1) meat, fish, fruit, etc., (2) […]

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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 […]

If the agricultural sector cannot come up with a plan for land reform, what will the impact be on producers and agribusiness?

by John Purchase, CEO: Agbiz on Jul 1st, 2015|

Land reform is currently in the spotlight, and rightly so. The issue is not whether land reform should take place or not, but rather how it should be done to ensure a more equitable and fair pattern of land […]

Agbiz launches Political Agri-Economy report

by Derick van der Walt (Freelance for Agbiz) on May 26th, 2015|

Agbiz launches Political Agri-Economy report

Agbiz launched its first Agbiz Political Agri-Economy report in April. The report aims to assist agribusinesses to, in future, make better and more informed decisions in an uncertain political and economic environment.

The report was presented […]

Practical finance plan may put land reform on track

by Derick van der Walt (Freelance for Agbiz) on Mar 31st, 2015|

Agbiz and The Banking Association South Africa (The Banking Association) model to finance land reform is currently in the spotlight. Will this be the answer to the many complex issues surrounding the financing of land reform in South […]

Agbiz comments on Budget Speech

by Lindie Stroebel, Manager Agribusiness Intelligence, Agbiz on Feb 26th, 2015|

The 2015 Budget Speech by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene was actually very predictable under the current volatile economic circumstances. The slow economic growth projections, large budget deficit and large expenditure expectation were expected. The hike in taxes and cuts […]