14 APRIL 2017
Land reform is not a uniquely South African invention. Several countries around the world have undertaken land reform programmes for one purpose or another. Several Latin American countries embarked on a process to break a system of rent-seeking by land barons whilst several Asian countries undertook programmes to promote small-holder farming and reduce income inequality. Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Manager: Legal intelligence, provides more information in the linked article»

Find linked the Agbiz parliamentary report for January to April 2017. 

" The ongoing debate regarding the recent downgrade of South Africa's credit score to sub-investment grade has been dominated by the middle class and the wealthy due to information asymmetry, rather than the indigent that are most likely to be negatively affected,writes Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence, in his Business Day column - Read more»
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

Citrus South Africa's citrus industry has exported between 1.46 million tons and 1.78 million tons of fresh fruit between 2010-2016, generating a cumulative US$7 billion in export revenue over the same period. Agbiz economists, Tinashe Kapuya and Wandile Sihlobo, reveals more in the linked report»

South Africa's beef imports between 2010-2016 totalled 140 510 tons. After peaking to 25 148 tons in 2012, beef imports declined by an average 13% per year to 16 524 tons in 2015, before increasing 9% to 17 970 tons in 2016. Agbiz economists, Tinashe Kapuya and Wandile Sihlobo reveals more in the linked report»
Grain researcher nominated for 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 award

Dr Rene Prins, owner of CenGen,  has been nominated for an NSTF-South32 Award in the category: Research for innovation - SMME.  Through CenGen, many role players in the agricultural sector now gain access to the implementation and utilisation of molecular genetic technologies leading technologies and the advantages it offers.   Read more»

Nominees: 2016/2017 NSTF-South32 announced - Read more»
Agbiz welcomes new members

The following organisations recently joined Agbiz as members: Afrivet, Bosveldsitrus, Saltcor (Pty) Ltd, Danie Marais Consulting and Mgcunube Development.
BEE Commissioner's Practice Guide

The linked Signa newsletter focuses on the BEE Commissioner's Practice Guide, radical socio-economic transformation, and more.
SRCC geared towards transformation and development

Sundays River Citrus Company (SRCC) is moving forward with a new exciting and unique empowerment project.  Read more in the linked SRCC's Transformation Times»
Special Nedlac executive meeting discusses response to downgrade by rating agencies

Nedlac convened a Special Executive Council meeting today Tuesday 11 April 2017 to assess and respond to the current challenges facing the country following the recent downgrade of the country's investment status. The Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, chaired the meeting at the invitation of the social partners. Media release»
Red Meat Abattoir Association Conference and Congress
17-19 May 2017 | Stellenbosch
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Annual Road Transport Legislation Workshop
23 May 2017 - Stellenbosch
25 May 2017 - Durban 
8 June 2017 - Pretoria 
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Fertasa Annual Congress
3-4 May 2017 | Durban
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* Deadline for registration is 17 April 2017

NAMPO Harvest Day
16-19 May 2017 | Bothaville
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Jobs Summit 2017
23 May 2017 | Sandton
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Agri-finance for non-financial managers
30 May - 3 June 2016
Presented by Purdue University in Africa
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IFAMA 2017 World Conference
18-21 June 2017 | Miami, Florida, USA
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Workshop on Bioinformatics and Wheat Genomics
28 June 2017 | Worcester, Western Cape
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11th Agribusiness Africa Conference
4-5 July 2017 |  Emperors Palace | Johannesburg

Agbiz Grain Mini-Symposium
16 August 2017
Enquiries: lizbe@agbizgrain.co.za 

PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show
16-17 August 2017 |  CTICC, Cape Town

Skills Development Summit
31 Aug - 1 September 2017 | CSIR, Pretoria
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International Conference on Global Food Security 
3-6 December 2017 | Cape Town  International Convention Centre 
Conference Theme: Food Security: Global challenges, local solutions
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