27 JANUARY 2017

South Africa's 2016/17 summer crop plantings data painted a mixed picture. On a broader view, the data showed a 19% year-on-year (y/y) increase in summer crop hectares - from 3.27 million hectares in 2015/16 production season to 3.88 million hectares. More specifically, maize, soybeans, dry beans and groundnuts hectares increased significantly on the one hand; while sorghum and sunflower seeds hectares showed a notable decline, on the other.  Wandile Sihlobo, Head Economic and Agribusiness Intelligence provides more information in the

South Africa's food producer inflation declines slightly

Recent Producer Price Index data shows that food products (producer) inflation fell to 11.1% year-on-year (y/y) in December 2016 from 11.2% y/y in November 2016. Although overall food products inflation has decelerated, some products recorded an upward movement. Wandile Sihlobo, provides more information in the linked update»
Global view on oats production

South Africa's oats consumption has doubled over the past 19 years. This has largely been driven by expanding use in breakfast cereals.  Overall, South Africa remains a net importer of oats. In fact, imports constitute roughly a third of South Africa's annual oats consumption. The key suppliers of oats to South Africa are Finland, United Kingdom, Australia, Ukraine, Brazil, and Uruguay.   Wandile Sihlobo reveals more in the linked article»
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
What next for South Africa's poultry sector?

The chicken sector has struggled under the weight of increasing imports, particularly in the last three to five years. Overall chicken imports grew 7-fold over a 15 year period - from 63 722 tons in 2001 to 456 794 tons in 2015. The key drivers of South Africa's chicken imports, broadly, come from mechanically deboned chicken and bone-in portions - these two product categories make up to 90% of the countries imports.  Tinashe Kapuya, Head International Trade and Investment Intelligence at Agbiz provides his view on what's next for SA's poultry sector in the linked article»
Tough times, but SA wine industry is tougher - Nedbank VinPro Information Day
The South African wine industry is going through some tough times, but sustainable growth is on the cards. What's needed is a clear game plan, a stronger domestic market focus, ingenious marketing and a collective drive towards higher price points -  Media release»
PhD fellowship
Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, (Chair Knowledge, Technology and Innovation), together with  the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, CIMMYT, invite interested candidates to apply for a  PhD fellowship:  'Gender-Responsive Innovation in Maize- (and Wheat-) based Agricultural Contexts' -  More information»
1 February 2017 | Royal Elephant Hotel | Centurion, Pretoria
Standard Bank  and Agbiz invite you to a knowledge sharing event to be hosted on 1 February 2017 where we will unpack the Corporate Governance requirements pertaining to the recently published  King IV  report with  Attorney Michael Judin . Michael Judin is a senior member of the King Committee that drafted the King Codes on corporate governance and an excellent speaker on this critically important subject - More information or e-mail: jennifer@agbiz.co.za
Wheat Indaba
17 February 2017 | Pretoria
21 February 2017 | Elsenburg
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7th Undercover Farming Expo & Conference
7 - 8 March 2017 |CSIR Convention Centre | Pretoria
For more information contact Suzanne Oosthuizen on e-mail: CGA Citrus Summit
8 - 9 March 2017 | Port Elizabeth
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GOSA Symposium and Annual General Meeting
22 - 23 March 2017 | Mosselbay
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Water & Climate Congress
22 - 24 March 2017
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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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Agri-finance for non-financial managers
30 May - 3 June 2016
Presented by Purdue University in Africa
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International Conference on Global Food Security
8 - 11 October 2017 | Cape Town  International Convention Centre, 
Conference Theme: Food Security: Global challenges, local solutions
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