Agriculture

  • Crossroads
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    South Africa at crossroads: Impact on and role of agro-food value chain?

South Africa at crossroads: Impact on and role of agro-food value chain?

by John Purchase, CEO: Agbiz on Apr 12th, 2016|

This past week Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, together with Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, met with members of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), including Agbiz. The frank and open discussion focussed on government initiatives to address the challenges facing the […]

  • Budget
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    Agbiz response to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech

Agbiz response to Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech

by Dr John Purchase on Feb 25th, 2016|

Not in the last two decades has there been as much interest and anticipation in the annual budget speech of the Minister of Finance, as was the case with Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech. Against the background of […]

Will southern Africa cope with the current drought?

by Tinashe Kapuya, Head: International Trade and Investment Intelligence, Agbiz on Jan 21st, 2016|

The beginning of 2016 saw heightened concerns around the erratic rainfall distribution, with all previous maize projections being revised downwards to “severe” and “disaster” scenarios. Many fear that southern Africa may be on the brink of the worst drought […]

Agbiz Outlook 2016

by Dr John Purchase, Lindie Stroebel and Tinashe Kapuya on Jan 8th, 2016|

In the Agbiz Outlook 2015, Agbiz stated that 2015 will provide for a challenging environment for agribusinesses and farmers due to subdued local economic growth prospects and constrained consumers, as well as weather, policy and labour uncertainty. This has […]

  • Agbiz calls on government to push beyond current efforts to ensure that the impending suspension of South Africa’s duty-free quota-free access of agricultural products is avoided.
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    Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

Agbiz responds to suspension of South Africa’s agricultural products from AGOA by USA Administration

by Dr John Purchase and Mr Tinashe Kapuya on Nov 6th, 2015|

On the 5th November 2015, President Obama informed Congress of the intention to suspend the application of duty-free treatment to all AGOA-eligible agricultural products from South Africa (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/05/letter-president-suspension-application-duty-free-treatment-all-agoa). While this unfortunate development was not entirely unexpected, it is nonetheless […]

ANC Policy Discussion Document for NGC: Perspectives on Agriculture and the Agro-Food System

by Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO on Sep 3rd, 2015|

In the week that Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released the 2015 Quarter 2 GDP figures that indicated that the economy as a whole had contracted by 1.3%, and agriculture by a whopping 17.4%, the ANC released policy discussion […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best wishes from Agbiz for a challenging 2015

by Dr John Purchase on Jan 8th, 2015|

In a rapidly changing world, where modern communication connects billions across the world and creates the potential for unprecedented growth and development, there is also an increasing threat against civil liberties of freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom […]

Profitable partners or partners facing painful problems?

by Derick van der Walt on Jul 9th, 2014|

To share 50% of your worldly possessions with your farm workers, especially those who have been at your side for many years, seems a noble idea.

After all, they have been there for you through the droughts, the floods, that […]