18 MAY 2017
Agbiz involved in land reform and related policy developments

The past two months have seen considerable movement in the land reform policy domain as no fewer than two Bills and one set of draft regulations were published for public comment and consequently received considerable media attention. In each instance, Agbiz was involved in the policy discussions in the lead up to publication and continue to remain at the forefront by consulting widely and formulating comments for submission.   Theo Boshoff, Agbiz Head: Legal Intelligence , provides more information in the linked article»
SA agricultural sector likely to get a 2% relief on diesel price next month 

Agribusinesses and farmers could be paying 2% less for a litre of diesel and petrol next month. Diesel (0.05% Wholesale Inland) and petrol (95 ULP Inland) prices could decline by 21 cents per litre (c/l), respectively, on 07 June 2017. This could bring the wholesale diesel price down to R11.59 per litre from R11.80 per litre. The retail price of petrol could ease at R13.58 per litre from the current level of R13.79 per litre. Although this expected fuel price decrease is marginal, it is of importance as it coincides with a high fuel consumption period in the agricultural sector - harvesting period for summer crops (with expected large harvest of maize) and a planting period for winter crops. Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz Head: Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence, provides more information in the  linked update»
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
South Africa's agricultural sector: Current realities and future prospects

Often said is the statement that the macroeconomic standing of the agricultural sector has diminished - and this argument is supported by the sector's declining share of GDP, which has declined from 4.2% in the 1996 down to 2.3% in 2015. What is not captured in this narrative, however, is the fact that the value of the agricultural sector has grown by 40%, from R50.5 billion to R71.4 billion over the same period. The phenomenal growth of the sector against its declining relative share to the economy only means that other sectors - particularly the manufacturing and services sector - have grown at a much faster pace from a higher base.   Agbiz economists, Tinashe Kapuya and Wandile Sihlobo provide  more information in the linked article»

Agbiz Grain hosted the second CELC seminar in May 2017.  The event, which took the form of a stakeholder involvement workshop, was facilitated by the General Manager of Agbiz Grain, Ms Mariana Purnell, who is a member of the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee.   The workshop focused on a project called "Sentinel-2 for Agriculture", an 8 billion Euro investment of the European Union and the European Space Agency. The Sentinel-2 satellite is destined to monitor the main crops in SA. It is a collaborative effort between the Agricultural Research Council and the Belgian university, UC Louvain. Role-players from the ARC and its partners gave feedback by means of presentations regarding the validation process for using the satellite Sentinel 2 for agricultural purposes (Sen2Agri) and its application to crop estimates in SA.   Mariana Purnell shares more information in the linked article»

Agbiz Grain recently hosted the Southern Africa Grain Network delegates in Pretoria, South Africa. According to Mariana Purnell, General Manager of Agbiz Grain, the Southern Africa Grain Network (SAGNET) is an organisation with representation from eastern and southern Africa, that focuses on key strategic issues which affect regional grain trade. It was registered as a not-for-profit organization on 19 January, 2017 in Lusaka, Zambia -  read more»

Cereal Science and Technology SA (CST-SA) recently hosted the second New Voice Symposium in Pretoria. The initiative is aimed at giving post doctorate, PhD and masters students an opportunity to present their research in front of an audience to build their confidence.   Read more»

Tuta absoluta, commonly known as the tomato leaf miner was first detected in South Africa in August 2016. To date this pest has been detected in all the provinces of South Africa in pheromone traps in both tomato and potato fields. It has so far negatively affected tomato production in the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and North West.   Read more»
Jobs Summit 2017
23 May 2017 | Sandton
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AWS International Water Stewardship Standard 
Cape Town 23-25 May 2017 and Durban 20 - 22 June 2017
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SA Large Herds Conference
5-7 June 2017 | Champagne Sports Resort
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on julie@mpo.co.za
IFAMA 2017 World Conference
18-21 June 2017 | Miami, Florida, USA
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Avi Africa 2017 Conference, Congress & Exhibition 
20-22 June 2017 | Emperors Palace | Johannesburg
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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
15 August 2017 |  CSIR, Pretoria
Enquiries: mariana.purnell@agbizgrain.co.za 

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

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Symposium
23 August 2017 | CSIR, Pretoria
Enquiries: candice@fertasa.co.za

Skills Development Summit
31 Aug - 1 September 2017 | CSIR | Pretoria
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South African Association for Food Science & Technology (SAAFoST) 22nd Biennial International Congress and Exhibition 
3-6 September 2017 | Century City Convention Centre | Cape Town

SA Innovation Summit
6-8 September 2017 | Cape Town

13th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition
12-14 September 2017 | Premier Hotel OR Tambo
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on  julie@mpo.co.za

MPO National Congress
20 September 2017 | Protea Hotel King George | George
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on julie@mpo.co.za

Potatoes SA Congress
28 September 2017 | Premier Hotel OR Tambo | Johannesburg

International Conference on Global Food Security 
3-6 December 2017 | CTICC | Cape Town
Conference Theme: Food Security: Global challenges, local solutions
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