11 August 2016
Economic and agribusiness intelligence
Food and beverages manufacturing output shows moderate gains

Recent data from Statistics South Africa indicates that the food and beverages sector's manufacturing output increased by 2% year-on-year (y/y) in June 2016.
This sector consists of five sub-sectors, namely (1) meat, fish, fruit, etc., (2) dairy products, (3) grain mill products, (4) beverages and (5) other food products. The largest annual output was recorded in the beverages sub-sector, up by 4.7% y/y in June 2016.  The meat, fish, fruit, etc., grain mill products and other food products subsectors showed increases of 2.9% y/y, 1.9% y/y and 1.6% y/y, respectively. Meanwhile, production of dairy products output declined by 7.9 y/y.
Wandile Sihlobo, Head of Agribusiness Intelligence at Agbiz, provides more information in the
linked update»
Global and domestic rice market conditions 

South Africa is a net importer of rice. The country's rice imports increased by 13% over the past 15 years, from 544 351 tons in 2001 to 615 805 tons in 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, rice imports reached 194 331 tons, which is 15% lower than corresponding period last year and the lowest quarterly import volume since Q2, 2014. Wandile Sihlobo, provides more information in the linked brief»

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Industry news
BFAP launches Baseline 2016

The 2016 Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) Baseline Agricultural Outlook 2016 to 2025 was released this week. The BFAP Baseline offers insights about key trends in global and domestic agricltural production, consumption, trade, food prices and jobs. Moreover, the Baseline also provides insights on agricultural policy developments in South Africa and the region. The full publication will soon be available on BFAP's website at http://www.bfap.co.za
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