23 June 2016
International Trade
Brexit risks for South African agricultural exports

The EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed two weeks shy of a referendum in which Britain is set to make a decision on whether to stay as a part of the European Union (EU) or not. South Africa's celebrations of the EPA were beset by uncertainty over the seemingly possible reality of an EU without Britain.   A number of analysts have noted the risks associated with the possible departure of Britain from the EU - ranging from job losses, threats to global growth, capital and investment flight, among others.  Agbiz economists, Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya, share their thoughts in the linked article»
What would Brexit mean for South African wine exports?

Under the new EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), SA's wine quota increased to 110 million litres (up from 48 million litres under the Trade Development Cooperation Agreement (TDCA)). As British citizens decide whether to remain or leave the EU (the so called Brexit vote) on 23 June 2016, how will SA's wine exports be reconfigured should Britons choose the latter?  Agbiz economists, Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya, share their views in the linked article»
Economic and agribusiness intelligence
Food inflation eases slightly against market expectation

Food_Prices Recent data from Statistics South Africa indicates that in May 2016, headline inflation eased to 6.1% year-on-year (y/y) from 6.2% y/y in the previous month. This was well below the market expectations of 6.4% y/y.

This decrease was largely on the back of a fall in food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation to 10.5% y/y, from 11.0% y/y in April 2016.  Agbiz economists, Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya, provides more information»
Highlights from the 26th IFAMA World Conference

The 26th IFAMA World Conference was hosted by IFAMA, the world-renowned Danish Food Cluster, and the Wageningen International Conference on Chain and Network Management in the picturesque city of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr John Purchase, Agbiz CEO, shares some highlightsRead more»
Feedback on IGC Grain Conference

The Winter Cereals Trust and Maize Trust annually nominate individuals to attend and represent the industry in international engagements. This year, Wandile Sihlobo, economist at Agbiz, was amongst those privileged ones to attend the 2016 International Grains Council (IGC) Conference in London, UK. Read more»
South African grain import watch - 23 June 2016

Click to download the South African grain import watch, compiled by Agbiz economists, Wandile Sihlobo and Tinashe Kapuya.
Daily market viewpoint 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 www.agbiz.co.za
Industry news
Mike Mlengana to take over as director-general of DAFF 
It was recently announced that Mike Mlengana, former president of the African Farmers' Association of South Africa (AFASA), will take over the reins as director-general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) from Dr Edith Vries. (Source: Farmer's Weekly)
SA's poultry imports have a deficit effect
Speaking at the 110th Avi Africa Conference in Kempton Park, Kevin Lovell, CEO of the South African Poultry Association, said in 2015, poultry imports accounted for a massive R4,6-billion in an industry that is among the most unprotected in the world, with applied average tariff protection equating to barely a few percent a year.

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