AgriSA Nuusbrief Junie | Newsletter June 27.06.2024

June 2024
FROM THE CEO’s DESKKey issues for the South African agriculture leadership in the seventh administrationThe South African agricultural sector has demonstrated consistent growth and remarkable resilience over the past 30 years, contributing significantly to the economy through its interlinkages with manufacturing and other sectors. To stimulate further growth, it is essential for the seventh administration to create an enabling business environment, ensure investor confidence, and maintain policy certainty. Investment will be heavily influenced by the new administration’s economic policies and use of growth levers. Read more.

The development dimension of climate changeThe Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) recently delivered its first assessment on the State of Climate Action in South Africa (SOCASA), highlighting the need for a more equal and climate-resilient agriculture sector alongside energy, transport, and water. The report comes amid one of southern Africa’s hottest and driest summers, attributed to a strong El Niño system and broader climate change challenges. Read more.
Implications of Eskom’s draft Retail Tariff PlanAgriSA recently hosted a virtual workshop for farmers, focusing on the implications of Eskom’s draft Retail Tariff Plan, which has yet to be formally submitted to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The session provided crucial insights into Eskom’s evolving approach to tariff restructuring in light of increased renewable energy adoption and the need for more accurate income allocation. Notably, the current draft highlights Eskom’s intent to adjust the tariff structure to better reflect the true cost of electricity services. This includes potential cost increases for farmers and low-volume residential users while offering relief to industrial clients. The session underscored the importance of understanding these impending changes and their possible impact on the agricultural sector as Eskom prepares to table its proposal for NERSA’s consideration.  Deon Conradie, Eskom’s expert who shared his insights at the AgriSA workshop, also shared this information in a Moneyweb article titled “Eksom tariff structure changes: Here are the winners and losers”.  
Competition Commission’s report on the fresh produce market inquiryThe Competition Commission Fresh Produce Market Inquiry Non-Confidential Report 2024 discusses the state of the fresh produce markets in South Africa, with a focus on regulatory constraints, market access, and the challenges faced by small-scale and emerging farmers. It evaluates the impact of current regulations and policies on market efficiency, competitiveness, and inclusivity. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the fresh produce value chain and offers recommendations to address the identified issues.
Agri Wes-Kaap se Santam Jongboer van die Jaar aangekondigDean Barnard (40) is onlangs in die Paarl as die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Jongboer van die Jaar 2024 gekroon. Dean boer al 19 jaar saam sy pa op Waboomskraal naby George waar hy nou al die laaste agt jaar by sy pa oorgeneem het.  Hul boer met hops, pruime, amandels en pekanneute.  Lees meer.
Nuus van Agri NWNaudé Pienaar, adjunk-hoofbestuurder van Agri NW sal vanaf 1 Augustus tot einde Desember 2024 as Agri NW se waarnemende uitvoerende hoofbestuurder aangestel word. Boeta du Toit, huidige uitvoerende hoofbestuurder tree op 31 Julie 2024 af en sal tot Desember 2024 op ’n ad hoc-basis beskikbaar wees vir Agri NW. Sterkte word Naudé toegewens met hierdie groot verantwoordelikheid. Agri NW het groot vertroue in Naudé se ondervinding en kundigheid om waar te neem in hierdie baie belangrike posisie. Baie dankie aan Boeta vir jare se lojaliteit en toegewyde diens aan Agri NW.
AgriSA at Agbiz CongressAgriSA representatives attended the Agbiz Congress at Sun City earlier this month. The theme of the congress was “Sustaining growth in a changing global landscape”. Read more.
MEMBER NEWSAgriSA’s Commodity Chamber plays a pivotal role uniting the largest commodity organisations across South Africa. The focus of the Commodity Chamber is on advancing five critical areas within agriculture: Biosecurity, development finance, research and development, trade and value chain synergies.  Featured below are a newsletters, press releases and reports from some of our members. Learn more about the Tomato Producers OrganisationRead moreSAPPA crop estimate – June 2024
Read more. Rooibos Council – The immune-boosting benefits of rooibosRead more. SA Canegrowers host AgriSA leadershipRead more Get to know Forestry South AfricaRead more
AgriSA announces Green Horizons 2024 Agricultural Congress in Cape TownMylpaal vir waterbestuur in Suid-AfrikaThe future of financing will require ESG reportingGreen Horizons-landboukongres – Johann Kotzé op PretoriaFM

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