16 November 2018
Agbiz responds to the CRC's recommendation to amend the Constitution

" Agbiz has noted with disappointment and concern the recommendation by the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) to amend the Constitution of South Africa to explicitly make provision for land expropriation without compensation. Agbiz has consistently maintained that it is not necessary to amend the Constitution to effect land reform in South Africa, and this proposed amendment to the Constitution will impact negatively on much-needed investment and harm the economy", Dr John  Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, said.  "The in-principle recommendation was however not surprising, given the sentiments expressed during the provincial public hearings and the announcement of the president of the ANC on 31 July 2018. Please click here for the full media statement released by Agbiz.
The Constitutional Review Committee yesterday revealed their decision to recommend an amendment to section 25 of the Constitution to 'clarify' that expropriation without compensation can take place under section 25 of the Constitution. The details of this proposal are still unclear and one will only be able to fully assess the impacts of such an amendment once the conditions are made public, however, it is worth dissecting what a 'clarification' amendment could entail. Agbiz head of Legal Intelligence Theo Boshoff provides more insights in the linked article.

Following a successful information session in Gauteng earlier this month, Agbiz presented a similar session in Paarl this week, offering insights on current challenges in policy and the legislative environment, as well as highlighting developments and opportunities for growth in the agribusiness sector. Agbiz has unique insight, through its representation on various structural engagement forums, into the political economy, policy and legislative environments, and the session created a platform for discussion on specific legislation, including land reform, water reform, climate change, as well as important trade, economic and agricultural economic indicators.  Please click here to peruse the Agbiz presentations.

Students interested in applying for the annual Agbiz bursary valued at  R35 000  should ensure that their application does not reach Agbiz later than the closing date of 7 December 2018. The bursary is available to a South African student registered for a master's or PhD degree in either agricultural economics or agribusiness management related fields, at any recognised South African university. Terms and conditions apply. Please click here for more information and the application form. 
October is traditionally a good month for South African tractor sales as summer grain and oilseed farmers are typically preparing for the planting process. This year did not disappoint, the sales reached 817 units, which is highest levels since October 2014. South Africa's tractor sales for the first 10 months of this year amounted to  5 818  units, which is 9% higher than the corresponding period last year. The combine harvester sales also rebounded to 29 units in October 2018, which is double the previous month's sales. This was mainly underpinned by the ongoing winter crop harvest process. Admittedly, the aforementioned tractor and combine harvester sales data are not perfect indicators of general investments in the agricultural sector, but give a glimpse of the current activity in the sector, says Agbiz head of Agribusiness Research Wandile Sihlobo.  Click here for Wandile Sihlobo's article, written for and first published on Fin24.
Opportunity to obtain a national qualification in agriculture

Young farmers/new farmers/farmers who prefer a more practical approach to learning and who want to obtain a qualification while they study/work/farm can now enrol for a National Diploma in Animal Production or a National Diploma in Plant Production at Peritum Agri Institute. The courses are  highly practical, with no formal exams. E ntry requirement is Grade 12.  Contact Peritum Agri Institute at  0861 228 467/051 451 1120 or marketing@peritumagri.com for more information and registration forms.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' climate advisory for the 2018/19 summer season, farmers in the summer rainfall regions have begun with land preparations for the season as rainfall began in October; however, water restrictions remain in place in some areas. Most provinces are reporting reasonable to poor conditions of veld and livestock. Please click here to read the full report. 
Eleven years ago an idea to treat local children from institutions aimed at child care for abused, special needs and abandoned kids, to a Christmas party arose. It began with three institutions - House Rethabile, House Adonai and Matlosana Childcare in Klerksdorp.
Today the Senwes Group Christmas Tree project is proud to host 600 children and special needs adults from Manu Dei, Triest Training Centre, Janie Schneider, Rethabile Children's Home, Viljoenskroon Youth Care, Khaya Tshepo, Daphne-Lee, Voetlig Kinders, House Adonai and the Atamelang Child and Youth Care Centre. Please click here to read more about this project.
Seed the success of your business

Calling all maize farmers, maize distributors and maize seed packagers. Raizecorp is offering maize farmers the opportunity to join a fully sponsored enterprise or supplier development programme. Participants will receive accredited entrepreneurial learning, business guidance, technical assistance, and much more. Please click here for more information. 

Please click here for the latest edition of Agri Info, for more news from Agri Western Cape.

Read more about a Fruit SA delegation currently in China after having spent the past week in Seoul and Tokyo on market access and development matters in the latest issue of Keeping it Fresh, the Fresh Produce Exporters' Forum's newsletter.
African Agri Investment Indaba and Agri Trade Congress Africa
27-28 November 2018 | CTICC  | Cape Town

Smart Farming/Precision Agriculture Conference 2018
28-29 November 2018  | Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel | Cape Town

2019 DEKALB Create Conferences

First Bi-annual International Soy for Human Health Conference 2019
11-13 March 2019 | St George Hotel | Pretoria

CGA Citrus Summit  
1 2-14 March 2019 | Boardwalk Hotel | Port Elizabeth

Global Cherry Summit 2019
25 April 2019  | Monticello Conference Center | San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile

Ensminger Pig Symposium
22-23 May 2019 | Kopanong Hotel and Conference Centre | Benoni
Why join Agbiz?
  • Agbiz is the only organisation that serves the broader and common over-arching business interests of agribusinesses in South Africa.
  • Agbiz addresses the legislative and policy environment on the many fronts that it impacts on the agribusiness environment.
  • Agbiz facilitates considerable top-level networking opportunities so that South African agribusinesses can play an active and creative role within the local and international organised business environment.
  • Agbiz research provides sector-specific information for informed decision-making.
  • Agbiz newsletter publishes members' press releases and member product announcements.

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