2 September 2016
REMINDER: Brexit Summit

JCCI and Agbiz, in partnership with Tutwa Consulting Group , and with the support of Rand Merchant Bank , are hosting a Brexit Summit on 6 September in Sandton. Please RSVP no later than 12:00 midday on 2 September.  Find invitation and programme linked»
Economic and agribusiness intelligence
Weather will be the key determinant for 2016/17 maize production

The debate about South Africa's 2016/17 summer crops production has returned to the top of the agenda as we enter the new production season. Normally, different organisations make different projections, which are attached to various assumptions about the future. Since output bottomed out in 2015/16 due to drought, much of the outlooks in the next production season are more positive, particularly with regards to maize.  Earlier this month, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy estimated South Africa's 2016/17 maize production at 12.3 million tons; with the International Grains Council placing their estimate at 12.9 million tons; while the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have placed their view on South Africa's 2016/17 maize crop at 13 million tons.  Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz, exchanges his views in the linked article»
Commentaries on agri-commodities 

Daily commentaries on agricultural commodity markets and macro-economic trends are available on the Agbiz website  www.agbiz.co.za
Weekly key events in the South African agricultural markets are consolidated in a RSA Agricultural Commodities Weekly Wrap.    The latest wrap is available on the Agbiz website  www.agbiz.co.za
Agbiz Grain
Slow turnaround for the wheat industry

Wheat Overall the hectares planted to wheat in South Africa have dropped and so has the total production. However, the local demand for wheat as a food crop increased significantly during the past two decades. Recently the country imported more than 1.5 million tonnes of wheat, passing the critical limit of importing more wheat than it produces. Although there is an increase in irrigated wheat hectares and consequently yield, the dryland wheat production in South Africa has declined substantially and continues to do so. Mariana Purnell, General Manager of Agbiz Grain, provides more information in the linked article»
Members' news
DAFF-NAMC TradeProbe (July 2016)

This issue of the TradeProbe covers the following topics:
- Trade profile of natural honey 
- Trade profile of South Africa's oilcake 
- Product profile for whey in South Africa
- Profile of South Africa's trade in oranges with Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt and Kenya, and
- Analysis of South Africa's agricultural imports since the introduction of the Agreement on Agriculture (AoA)

Industry news
IRMSA Awards 2016: Who Are You Nominating? 

The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) annually awards individuals and teams who have done exceptional work in the risk management space.  A gribusinesses are invited to nominate candidates for the following categories:
Individual awards : (i) Risk Manager of the year; and (ii) Up and coming Risk Manager of the year, as well as
Industry awards:  (i) Projects and initiatives; and (ii) Risk influencer of the year.

Considering the drought and subsequent difficulties though which the industry has battled the past year or two, it would probably not be difficult to point out stars in your company's risk management team. Anyone interested in participating in this competition can obtain information from the following link http://www.irmsa.org.za/page/GalaAwards
 Mobile Agri Skills Development & Training (MASDT) Newsletter
- Newsletter for August 2016
Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Fourth Call for Innovations
- www.securingwaterforfood.org
News around the web
New tug fleet will enable South African ports to handle larger vessels 
- www.engineeringnews.co.za

Upcoming Events
Brexit Summit
6 September 2016 | Rand Merchant Bank | Sandton
What does Brexit mean for South Africa?
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Are property rights really under threat?
8 September 2016 | Standard Bank offices in  Rosebank, Johannesburg
Reserve your seat by 2 September 2016
E-mail:  StrategicIssuesManagement@standardbank.co.za
Food & Drink Technology Africa
14 - 15 September 2016 |  Gallagher Estate, Midrand
Tropentag I nternational Conference on Research in Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development
18 - 21 September 2016 |  Vienna, Austria
AMT Agri-Outlook Conference
28 September 2016 | CSIR Convention Centre | Pretoria
International Conference on Research Infrastructure
3-5 October 2016 | Cape Town
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Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference
10 - 12 October 2016 | Dar es Salaam | Tanzania
Members of AGBIZ can register for the conference here using the code AGBIZ1 and will save 15% off the final delegate rate.   The brochure with details of all the sessions and the expert speaker panel can now be viewed here .   More information»
Africa Agri Investment Indaba
28 - 30 November 2016 | Cape Town International Convention Center
This Indaba is a key meeting place for investment in Africa's agricultural and agro-processing sectors attracting over 600 international investors, bankers, governments, farmers, project owners.  Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from 40 world class Agri experts such as Dr. John Purchase the CEO of Agricultural Business Chamber; Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo the Executive Director of Ghana's Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa; Mohsin Cajee the Investment Principal of Old Mutual Private Equity, Old Mutual Investment Group and Stefan Sakoschek the Regional Director of EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa and many more.   Read more»
Water & Climate Congress
22 - 24 March 2016
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