On the agenda

Important dates

   11 – 14/08/2020

NAMPO Oesdag 2020/
NAMPO Harvest Day 2020

NAMPO Park – Bothaville

   09 – 11/09/2020

NAMPO Kaap 2020/
NAMPO Cape 2020

Bredasdorp Park – Bredasdorp

   24 – 26/09/2020

NAMPO ALFA Lewendehawe-, Jag- en Buitelewe-ekspo/
NAMPO ALFA Livestock, Hunting and Outdoor Expo

NAMPO Park – Bothaville

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Dr John Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), spoke to Food for Mzansi in an exclusive podcast interview about the work being done behind the scenes to keep the food supplies flowing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click on the QR code to listen to the podcast.

Andries Theron, voorsitter van Graan SA se Wintergraanwerkgroep, het tydens ’n onderhoud in die Landbouweekliks-ateljee met Gerrit Bezuidenhout, joernalis van Landbouweekblad, gesels oor die rol wat kanola speel in produsente se vermoë om ’n volgende seisoen weer te kan plant. Luister deur op die QR-kode te klik.

Grain SA diary

On 26 March Grain SA members received communication on Covid-19 permits and updates. This included the Confirmation of Employment in the Agricultural Sector-permit issued to producers and farm workers required to travel to and from work and to transport agricultural supplies and produce.

Members could generate a permit to download or print from the Grain SA website and can still receive Covid-19 updates, documents, regulations and relevant articles pertaining to the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on grain production via the site (https://www.grainsa.co.za).

Ikageng Maluleke

Gedurende die grendelstaat moes Graan SA-personeel kantoorruimtes by hul huise inrig. Wanneer die woonstel vir die ekonoom, Ikageng Maluleke, te klein geraak het, het sy op die balkon aan haar fiksheid gewerk.

In the news

Nog slegte nuus vir SA

Aan die einde van Maart het die kredietgraderingsagentskap, Moody’s, in die spore van die ander twee groot agentskappe, Standard & Poor’s en Fitch, gevolg en Suid-Afrika se beleggingstatus tot volle rommelstatus afgegradeer. Die belangrikste dryfvere vir hierdie afgradering is onder meer swak ekonomiese groei, voortdurende agteruitgang in fiskale sterkte asook die stadige vordering met strukturele ekonomiese hervormings.

Appèlhof bevind teen LNR in sagtewaresaga

Die uitgerekte saga rondom die eiendom en kopiereg van die destydse BeefPRO-sagteware wat later na BenguFarm verander is, is op 1 April bygelê met die uitspraak van die Appèlhof ten gunste van die appellante, Leslie Bergh, Bull’s Eye Consulting, BenguelaSoft, Tim Pauw en Naomi Havenga. Hoewel SA Stamboek aanvanklik deel van die saak was, het die Landbounavorsingsraad (LNR) sy betrekking van SA Stamboek by hierdie saak teruggetrek, nadat ’n skikking tussen die twee partye in hul aanvanklike regsgeding bereik is.
Bron: Plaas Media, 3 April

Agricultural sector to receive assistance

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, announced the department’s interventions to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. The department has ring-fenced R1,2 billion for assistance to mainly target financially-distressed small-scale farmers. R400 million of the R1,2 billion has been allocated to farmers within the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS) programme. The remainder will be channelled towards all other farmers that are mainly within the following commodity sectors: poultry, other livestock and vegetables. Other commodity sectors will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Source: DALRRD (press release, 6 April 2020)

In short

Agbiz has been involved in establishing Business for SA. Business for SA brings together Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the Black Business Council (BBC), the Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI) and others in a concerted effort by the private sector to address the health threat of Covid-19 specifically, and also the economic depression and labour (unemployment) fallout that will result. Visit www.businessforsa.org to access daily reports on the progress being made to fight Covid-19, but also to learn of economic relief measures being negotiated and implemented.

A selection of key articles from the Business Day column by Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at Agbiz, has been published. The book, Finding Common Ground, covers the broad themes that have marked current discussions and outlines the challenges and opportunities faced by South Africa’s agricultural sector.

NWK in Lichtenburg het sy driedimensionele (3D-)drukker ingespan om stewige, beskermende plastiekmaskers vir sy personeel te maak wat tydens die inperkingstyd moet werk om byvoorbeeld die kasregisters in hul Retail-winkels te beman. Johnathan Smit, bestuurder van Tegnologie by NWK, sê in ’n mediaverklaring dat die masker die draer se mond, oë en neus teen moontlike blootstelling aan die koronavirus beskerm. Dit neem omtrent drie uur om een masker teen ’n koste van R3,80 te druk.

Graan SA is een van die hoofborge wat die nuwe landbou-akademie in Reitz ondersteun. Dié akademie bied aan hoërskoolleerders ’n unieke geleentheid. Al het Hoërskool Reitz vyf jaar gelede begin om drie landbouvakke aan te bied, is dit vanjaar die eerste keer dat die Reitz-landbou-akademie aan leerders en enige belangstellendes die geleentheid bied om meer te leer en waardevolle praktiese ondervinding op te doen oor herlewingslandbou en presisieboerdery. Tans is 24 leerders hierby betrokke.

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