28 APRIL 2017
"As the dust settles on the past month's dramatic political developments and the much publicised investment downgrades by the rating agencies Standard and Poor's (S&P) and Fitch to so-called junk status, reality sets in and we have to determine what the probable impact will be, and more importantly, how we deal  with this less than satisfactory situation," writes Dr John Purchase, Agbiz, CEO - Read more»
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform published the draft regulations to the Property Valuation Act (Act 17 of 2014) on 21 April 2017. The public has been given 60 days to submit comments and Agbiz will be preparing comments for submission before 22 June. The Property Valuation Act was enacted primarily to provide the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform with in-house  capacity to conduct valuations on land acquired for land reform. Theo Boshoff, Agbiz: Manager Legal Intelligence, provides more information in the linked article»

The FDA has banned using medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in animal production, affecting the food supply chain, from producer to consumer. Adopting technology to prevent development of antimicrobial resistance in the food supply chain will be a big challenge in the agriculture and food industries over the next few years.

At the 2017 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Conference, a panel of agribusiness experts will gather to discuss the implications the FDA ban will have on the market through the coming years. 

Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, will facilitate a panel discussion on the changing dynamics of world food trade and Sub-Saharan Africa's ability to meet the requirements of enhanced trade regulations.

Andries Radley, NWK Group Manager: Business strategy, will present on strategies implemented by South African agribusinesses to optimise profitability and growth.  The presentation is based on his thesis titled: Sustainable profitability and growth of South African agribusinesses. In 2014, Andries was awarded the Agbiz Agribusiness Centenary Bursary. He recently successfully  completed his PhD in agricultural economics at the North-West University.

The IFAMA 2017 World Conference is June 18-21 in Miami, Florida, USA. Click on programme  and conference flyer for more information.   Register today!


South Africa's Crop Estimate Committee (CEC) reaffirmed its expectation of the second biggest maize crop on record in 2017. The CEC revised up its forecast by 1% from the previous one to 14.54 million tonnes. This is against market expectations of a 1% decline to 14.20 million tonnes.   Wandile Sihlobo, provides more information in the linked update»
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Kaap Agri plans JSE listing

Zeder chief executive, Norman Celliers, says Kaap Agri will definitely be listed in 2017. "Nothing will change on how the company is run after the listing. It will continue to operate as it is because it has a very good management team." - Read more»
VKB/FSA Safety Desk empowers farmers for their own safety

The Free State Agriculture Safety Desk received an amount of R420 000 from VKB in support of rural safety in the Free State. These funds were raised by means of the 2017 VKB Drive for Safety Golf Day. The company has been hosting this day for the past four years in aid of rural safety - Read more»
Zokwana pledges support to the sun farming technology

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana on Tuesday visited  the Sun Farming Project at the University of North West, Potchefstroom Campus.  The visit is part of an ongoing plan by the department to intensify public-private partnerships in training graduates and creating employment opportunities.   The visit aimed to strengthen partnerships with the university in research and training in vertical vegetable production done in the solar roofed tunnels located at the university. The production method allows for higher planting density and yield. It also provides an opportunity for rain water harvesting.   Several types of vegetables including tomatoes and spinach have been grown in the tunnels since June 2016  -   Read more»
Fertasa Annual Congress
3-4 May 2017 | Durban
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Second workshop of the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC) 
12 May 2017 | Pretoria
RSVP as soon as possible to  mariana.purnell@agbizgrain.co.za

Red Meat Abattoir Association Conference and Congress
17-19 May 2017 | Stellenbosch
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NAMPO Harvest Day
16-19 May 2017 | Bothaville
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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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Jobs Summit 2017
23 May 2017 | Sandton
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SA Large Herds Conference
5-7 June 2017 | Champagne Sports Resort
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on julie@mpo.co.za
13th African Dairy Conference and Exhibition
12-14 June 2017 | Premier Hotel OR Tambo
Contact:  Julie McLachlan on julie@mpo.co.za
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
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

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.

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

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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