26 May 2016
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Economic and agribusiness intelligence
Food product manufactures to remain under pressure as input costs continue to rise

Food processing The latest producer price index data (PPI) released by Statistics South Africa indicated that in April 2016, producer inflation slowed to 7% from 7.1% year-on-year (y/y), in March 2016. Meanwhile, the food products inflation accelerated to 10.9% from 10.5% y/y in March 2016. Find linked Agbiz economists' commentary.
Industry should prepare itself for another possible hike in the wheat import tariff

Wheat The South African wheat import tariff is set to increase further to levels between R1550 and R1591 per ton from the current level of R1 224 per ton. This is under the assumption that international wheat prices (US No 2HRW fob) remain at the current levels of US$193 per ton and the Rand/US dollar exchange rate at levels around R15,30. However, this expected increase might only be applicable if the industry role players submit an application for a revision of the tariff to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) of South Africa. Agbiz economists give their viewpoint - click here»
How far off is South Africa from the current season's targeted grain imports?

This year South Africa is set to be a net importer of grains due to expected lower production on the back of the El-Nino induced drought. Agbiz economists present an update on the country's progress regarding the targeted grain imports (2016/17) in the linked report»
It's "all hands on deck" as the market awaits South Africa's 5th crop production estimates

There are a number of data releases this week in the South African agricultural markets. The key one is the National Crop Estimates Committee's (CEC) fifth production forecasts which are due for release this afternoon, May 26. In the previous estimates, there were some slight downward revisions in almost all the crops, except sunflower seed and soybeans which were revised upwards. Agbiz economists provide more insight in the linked article»
Agbiz market viewpoints on agri-commodities

South Africa is very much integrated into a dynamic global market, which is characterised by rapid changes.  To support decision makers in this environment, Agbiz members receive daily commentaries on agricultural commodity markets and macro-economic trends via e-mail. The latest and historic commentaries are available on the Agbiz website at www.agbiz.co.za.
Members' news
Largest single maize contract in Southern Africa signed by Astral and Senwes
- www.senwes.co.za
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Upcoming Events
Agbiz Pre-congress Workshop
31 May 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
"Transforming leadership in agribusiness"
Agbiz Congress 2016
1 - 2 June 2016 | Somerset West, Cape Town
"Fit for the Future"
Potatoes SA Transformation Symposium
9 June 2016 | East London International Convention Centre, Eastern Cape
Infrastructure Africa Business Forum
9 - 10 June 2016 | Sandton Convention Centre | Johannesburg
IFAMA 26th Annual World Conference
19 - 23 June 2016 | Denmark
The IFAMA world conference will focus on three major issues crucial to the
food challenge:
People: Flow of Talent in the Food and Agribusiness Sector
Climate: Climate-­Smart Food and Agribusiness Systems
Big data: Better Analytics and Deeper Insight Management
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Avi Africa 2016
21 - 23 June 2016 | Emperors Palace | Gauteng
"The biggest poultry congress and exhibition in Africa"
4th Annual Africa Women in Agriculture & Agribusiness Summit
19 - 20 July 2016 | Midrand Conference Centre-Gauteng
"Turning Agricultural Activities into Business"
For more information contact Kelly Siasamba on kelly@amabhubesi.co.za
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
AMT Agri-Outlook Conference
28 September 2016 | CSIR Convention Centre | Pretoria
Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference
10 - 12 October 2016 | Dar es Salaam | Tanzania
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