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    Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declines further in Q3, 2017

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index declines further in Q3, 2017

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Sep 4th, 2017|

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The third quarter results of the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index underline the sector’s reputation of being counter-cyclical. Although confidence in other sectors of the economy remains subdued, the agribusiness sector is still […]

Bagful of cost rises could counteract lower maize price

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Sep 1st, 2017|

I recently tweeted a chart showing a long-term trend of South Africa’s maize prices and the message behind it was that the price of a tonne of maize declined by roughly 60% year-on-year in […]

Win-win solution for land reform not out of reach

by Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence on Sep 1st, 2017|

December 2017 will be the make or break point for land reform in South Africa. After more than twenty years into democracy, the country’s policies that drive transformation in various sectors of the economy […]

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    SA food inflation falls marginally to 6.8%, but meat remains a key risk

SA food inflation falls marginally to 6.8%, but meat remains a key risk

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Aug 23rd, 2017|

Food inflation decelerated to 6.8% y/y in July 2017, from 6.9% y/y in the previous month. This mirrors the benefits of the higher agricultural output following good summer rainfall across the country. Although we […]

SA agricultural trade balance remains positive

by Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist on Aug 22nd, 2017|

Despite the worst drought in more than a decade, the South Africa’s agricultural sector recorded a positive trade balance of US$2.3 billion in 2016. This was boosted by growth in exports of edible fruits, […]