2 March 2018

"Agbiz has noted with deep concern the principle resolution on expropriation of land without compensation that was agreed to in Parliament yesterday," Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, said today. "While the principle decision has been taken within the context of 'ensuring food security, economic growth and radical economic transformation', it effectively erodes property rights that are the very foundation to the values and principles related to individual liberty and economic freedom. These are the drivers of a country's prosperity and are internationally accepted as fundamental rights. The resolution essentially goes against the ethos and spirit of the current South African Constitution which is grounded on the founding principles of freedom, equality and human dignity." - Read Agbiz press statement»

Parliament Cape Town
Dr. John Purchase, uitvoerende hoof van Agbiz, sê hy is baie tevrede met die aanstelling van mnre. Nhlanhla Nene en Pravin Gordhan as ministers by onderskeidelik Finansies en Staatsondernemings, asook die klem om bekwame persone in die ekonomiese groep in die Kabinet aan te stel - Lees meer»
- www.netwerk24.com/landbou

On 1 March 2018, Agbiz hosted a most successful half-day session for close to almost 100 role players and stakeholders in the agribusiness sector. The session focused on current challenges in the policy and legislation environment, as well as developments and opportunities in the agribusiness sector. The event was attend by agribusinesses, financiers, producers and agri-associations  - Read more»

"South Africa's agricultural sector has an auspicious outlook, albeit, challenges such as policy uncertainty and climate change remain dark clouds over the sector.  In 2017, South Africa's agricultural exports grew past US$10.0 billion for the first time, boosted by growth in exports of edible fruits, beverages, spirits, vegetables, grains and other agricultural products. This is a 15 percent increase from 2016 - a year that was characterised by El Niño induced drought." - Read  Wandile Sihlobo's  linked Business Day  column.

Harvesting South Africa's grain and oilseed market could be well supplied in the 2018/19 marketing season owing to expectations of relatively large maize and soybean harvest. The National Crop Estimates Committee placed its first production estimates for maize at 12.2 million tonnes, which is well above our estimate of 11.2 million tonnes, albeit having declined by 27% from the 2016/17 production season - this is still above the annual consumption of 10.5 million tonnes. Soybean harvest is estimated at 1.4 million tonnes, a record harvest. Admittedly, weather conditions have improved over the summer crop regions but the maize production estimates came as a surprise considering the decline in area planted.  Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist, provides more information in the linked update»

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They say an apple does not fall far from the tree, this seems to hold when comparing the current and old policies developed in the agricultural sector. Some policies such as land, marketing, infrastructure and training have been repealed and replaced over the past two decades to correct the structural imbalances caused by historic laws between commercial and emerging farming. However, their design and implementation processes tend to either maintain or exacerbate the situation leading to more marginalized emerging farmers and increasing rate of food insecure households in the country. Sifiso Ntombela, trade economist and Agbiz head international trade and investment, provides more information in the linked article»

"For the past year BathoPele spent time rethinking the way we think about the future of agriculture," says Belinda Louw, director at Peritum Group (previously known as BathoPele).  " We realized that occasionally training people is not enough. In fact, the whole approach to skills training is faulty. For this, we had to change to serve you better.  For years, BathoPele offered the right approach to training. It is time to go beyond training.   That is why we launched PERITUM AGRI INSTITUTE, a knowledge company devoted to make Africa's agriculture sector, the most exciting and rewarding place to work." -  Read more»

In this issue: Table grape brings joy to top retailers; SARS explains sugar levy; Drought challenges industry; Container transport dilemma; New minimum wage; E-Cape invites drought-affected farmers; Mega nuts factory; Life-skills for employees; Oriental fruit fly outbreak.  Click here  to download the newsletter.  
2018 Agbiz Congress | Early-bird registration is closing soon

Standard Bank will again be the main sponsor for the  Agbiz Congress, themed "Uncertain Creates Opportunity", which will be held at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth, on Thursday 7 June and Friday 8 June 2018. To take advantage of the early-bird rates, please register and pay before 10 March 2018.

Agbiz Congress: 7-8 June 2018
Welcome Function: 6 June 2018
Gala Dinner: 7 June 2018
Agbiz AGM: 8 June 2018

AgriSETA / QCTO Training Workshop for the Grain Industry
6  March 2018 |  Auditorium, Grain Building, Pretoria
RSVP by 26 February 2018 -   annelien@agbizgrain.co.za

Skills Development Summit
6-7 March 2018 | Gallagher Convention Centre | Midrand

Undercover Farming Expo
7-8 March 2018 | CSIR | Pretoria
Enquiries:  suzanne@pop.co.za

Glenconnor Agricultural Association Agri Info Day
14 March 2018 | Mayogi Bomas, R75 onroute to Kirkwood
Aimed at promoting information-sharing among farming disciplines in the Eastern Cape region, The Co-op is proud to announce its involvement as main sponsor of this event. The programme lineup of this Agricultural Information Day is extraordinary with inspiring speakers that are synonymous with the global agricultural industry.

Bakery Legislation - Regulatory workshop by SA Chamber of Baking
15 March 2018 | Sorex Estate | Centurion

Landbouweekblad konferensie
Herlewingslandbou is boere se kostedoeltreffende wapen teen stygende insetkoste en klimaatsverandering
19-20 March 2017 | Reitz

GOSA Symposium 2018
22-23 March 2018 | Mossel Bay
More information

International Sorghum Conference 
9-12 April 2018 | Cape Town
More information

MATON 2018
4-5 April 2018 | Pretoria
More information

FERTASA Annual Congress
19 April 2018
Premier Hotel OR Tambo | Johannesburg
15- 18 May 2017 | NAMPO Park | Bothaville 
More information

21 to 25 May 2018
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are seeking candidates to participate in the inaugural regional training workshop on science diplomacy to be held in South Africa.  More information

World Potato Congress
27-31 May 2018 | Peru | South America

FW Agribusiness Africa Conference
18-19 July 2018 | Emperors Palace
Enquiries: Marianna du Plessis, e-mail  africa@caxton.co.za
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- 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.
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