3 March 2016
Policy and Legislation

AgriBEE The Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister Rob Davies, has published the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Regulations in the Government Gazette of 17 February 2016 for comment to be received no later than 18 March 2016. Agbiz members are invited to submit comment to Ms Jennifer Roets at jennifer@agbiz.co.za by 9 March 2016.
Agribusiness Intelligence
SACAU/AgriSA update on current drought affecting southern Africa

AgriSA and SACAU jointly on Tuesday hosted a press conference to discuss how the drought is affecting southern Africa. Ishmael Sunga, SACAU CEO, said not enough research or data is available to reflect the full extent of the drought. He said stakeholders in private sector should get involved through sponsorships for research in trying to determine what is really happening in the distant rural areas of southern Africa.  In addition a conference could assist in getting inputs from stakeholders on how to solve problems on ground level.

The following presentations were done at the conference:
Farmers'perspectives and the way forward (Ishmael Sunga, SACAU CEO).
South African drought report (Omri van Zyl, Agri SA Executive Director).
SA Supply and Demand Estimates Report

Find linked the South African supply and demand projections for grain and oilseeds for February 2016.
NAMC Publications

Find linked the following publications: 
The Fruit Trade Directory 2016

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The New Zealand Government provides New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) to targeted countries in Africa with the opportunity to undertake studies at tertiary education institutions in New Zealand. The Scholarship scheme is a central part of the New Zealand Government's development assistance to Africa and aims to straighten sustainable economic development in Africa by contributing to human resource, particularly in Agricultural and Renewable Energy. New Zealand target applicants from developing countries who are motivated to make a difference at home.  More information | Application form
Members' News
South Africans from all walks of life have stepped forward in recent months to assist farmers impacted by the prolonged drought affecting large parts of our country, with initiatives ranging from water collection to the supply of feed to hard-hit areas. In a bid to boost the embattled agricultural sector, leading short-term insurer Santam has donated R2 million to help alleviate the financial hardship faced by both commercial and emerging farmers. Read more»

The extreme weather conditions brought about by the El Nino system was "the single biggest" factor to upset operations at RCL Foods, denting its sugar and chicken units in the six months to end-December. Read more
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Upcoming Events
National Chamber of Milling (NCM) 80th Annual General Meeting
10 - 11 March 2016 | Drakensberg Sun Resort | Central Drakensberg, Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal
2016 GOSA Symposium
16 - 17 March 2016 | Club Mykonos | Langebaan
More information: Karen Greeff on 082 042 3890
Undercover Farming Expo
15 - 16 March 2016 | Saint George Hotel, Irene, Pretoria
Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC) Seminar
The Crop Estimates Liaison Committee is hosting a seminar to introduce the Crop Estimates Consortium and showcase the cutting-edge Earth Observation technologies used in the SA crop estimate.
21 April 2016 | 
Centurion Country Club, Centurion
17th Annual Road Transport Legislation Workshop
24 May | Spier, Stellenbosch
26 May | Protea Hotel Edward, Durban
7 June | CSIR, Pretoria
Agbiz Congress 2016
1 - 2 June 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
IFAMA 26th Annual World Conference
19 - 23 June 2016 | Denmark
Farmbiz Agribusiness Africa Conference 
27 - 28 July 2016 | Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
Enquiries: Marianna du Plessis,  africa@farmlinkafrica.co.za or 082 337 6127
Tropentag International Conference on Research in Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development
18 - 21 September 2016 | Vienna, Austria
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