11 November 2016
Policy and legislation
DAFF, DRDLR and DWS present to Parliament on the water rights of farmers

This past week, the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) made submissions on the water rights of farmers to the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation in Parliament.  Please click on DAFF, DRDLR and DWS to peruse the  respective submissions on the controversial issue of Riparian Rights. In a country that will increasingly be plagued by water shortages and skewed water allocation, it is a critical debate for all in the agro-food system to participate in.
Economic and agribusiness intelligence
UPDATE: Food and beverages output falls

Recent food and beverage sectors' manufacturing data indicates that in September 2016 output declined by 2.6% year-on-year (y/y), after registering a 3.1% y/y increase in August 2016.  Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economists provides more information in the linked update»
Agriculture needs action to sow success

Argentina is a strong example of how state action can transform a country's agricultural sector, writes Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist,  in Business Day's opinion column .  He says: "S imilar to Argentina, SA's agricultural sector has seen tremendous growth over the recent past, driven by export demand and supported by market deregulation".  Read Sihlobo's full opinion»
Daily view on commodity markets

Daily commentaries on agricultural commodity markets and macro-economic trends are available on the Agbiz website  www.agbiz.co.za
Agbiz Grain
Focus on food security in Africa

To enhance sustainable food security, access to credible and usable information is vitally important.  This was the focus of a recent conference on Integrated Food Security in Africa, organised by the African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics at the University of Pretoria and the Institute for Development Assistance at the University of Fort Hare. It was the first such conference on the African continent and brought together United Nations structures, African academics from at least 15 African countries, government officials and role players in the agricultural sector. Mariana Purnell of Agbiz Grain attended the conference and gave an overview  of how Big Data and the Internet of Things would influence the future from an agricultural perspective. To illustrate the progress with relevant research in South Africa, she also presented highlights illustrating the implementation of new technology.  Read
Industry news
Implications of a Trump Presidency: Trade, and SA

Peter Draper, Managing Director, Tutwa Consulting Group shares his opinion on the implications of a Trump Presidency on trade and South Africa»
Financial and Fiscal Commission on MTBPS

This past week the Financial and Fiscal Commission (FFC) submitted an analysis of the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) to the Standing Committee on Budget Appropriations in Parliament.
Please click on this most interesting FFC Analysis to peruse.
Policies currently open for public comment

Regulations relating to maximum levels of metals in foodstuffs
The Minister of Health intends, in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act No. 54 of 1972), to make the Regulations in the Schedule.  Deadline for comment is 6 December 2016. Find more information linked»
Regulations relating to reduction of sodium in certain foodstuffs
The Minister of Health has, in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act No. 54 of 1972) made regulations in the Schedule. Deadline for comment is 6 December 2016. Find more information linked»
SACAU Newsletter

Find linked the SACAU Newsletter for October
Upcoming Events
28 - 30 November 2016 | Cape Town
Register four delegates and the 5th delegate attends for FREE!
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3 - 5 December 2016 | International Conference Center of Algiers
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22 - 24 March 2017
Agribusiness Centenary Bursary

Agbiz is making available an annual bursary to a South African student registered for a Masters or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management related fields. The application deadline is 9 December 2016. More information»
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