Col­lu­sion al­leged as SA calls for help

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Agri SA vra vir by­stand met die droogte

Skaarste aan voer en sty­gende lusern­pryse is be­sig om die kri­sis in droogtegeteis­terde ge­biede verder te ver­erger. Agri SA doen daarom ‘n drin­gende beroep op be­sighede, boere, en die pub­liek wat bereid is om fi­nan­sieel by te dra, en wat ru­voer, mielier­este en an­der vorme van voer kan skenk, om Agri SA te kon­tak.

Der­duisende stuks vee in be­sit van ons kom­mer­siële en bestaans­boere het reeds gevrek as gevolg van die akute be­hoefte aan voer en dit hou ‘n ern­stige bedreig­ing in vir voed­sel­pryse en kosvoor­sien­ing in die land in.

“Ons het on­langs rede­like goeie reëns gekry, maar on­thou – dit reën nie gras nie, en dis be­lan­grik om te ver­staan dat die prob­leem nog nie opge­los is nie,” meen Christo van der Rheede van Agri SA.

Daar is ook ‘n drin­gende be­hoefte aan maatskap­pye wat hul trekkers en baal­masjiene kan beskik­baar stel om ru­voer in Gaut­eng spe­si­fiek, maar ook in an­der provin­sies waar ru­voer beskik­baar is, te baal so­dat dit ook aan des­per­ate boere beskik­baar ges­tel kan word. Agri SA is baie dankbaar vir die wel­wil­lend­heid van al­mal wat die afge­lope tyd voer geskenk het en wat ook ver­vo­er­hulp ver­skaf. Tonne voer, hoen­der­mis en an­der hulp is die afge­lope tyd aan land­bouge­meen­skappe in nood voor­sien en ons loof ons provin­siale struk­ture wat dag en nag be­hulp­saam is met die skuif en verdel­ing van voer en an­der hu­man­itêre hulp.

Kon­tak Agri SA by 012 643 3400 en stuur ook epos aan Be­soek ook die Droogte­hul­pramp­fonds web­blad by http://www. droogter­amp­ vir wyses om by­draes tot die fonds te maak.¡

Record maize prices on the way

The dou­ble whammy of drought and Rand weak­ness is set to im­pact con­sumers and pro­duc­ers alike as crop pro­duc­tion short­falls means maize will be priced at im­port par­ity. As the im­port par­ity price is set in US dol­lars, the fall in the value of the Rand against the dol­lar means that South Africans will be pay­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more across the board, from an­i­mal feed to re­tail pric­ing.

In turn, this will place added pres­sure on in­fla­tion, which in turn could lead to fur­ther in­creases in in­ter­est rates, im­pact­ing con­sumer

spend­ing and mak­ing it that much more ex­pen­sive for any pro­ducer, en­ter­prise or in­di­vid­ual with a debt bur­den. All in all, not good news.¡

Poul­try price out­look

The short to medium term out­look for in­ter­na­tional prices re­mains bear­ish given the strong in­ven­to­ries and in­creased pro­duc­tion out­look par­tic­u­larly out of the US, where although bird flu re­mains a prob­lem, it is con­fined to par­tic­u­lar states. This has al­lowed other states to in­crease their out­put.

As re­ported in the FNB Agri weekly news­let­ter for 29 Jan­uary, the lo­cal mar­ket is still di­gest­ing the im­pact of the re­cent AGOA deal, which is likely to raise the level of im­ports in the longer term. As with other in­ten­sive live­stock pro­duc­tion sys­tems, the poul­try in­dus­try is fac­ing huge mar­gin pres­sure as a re­sult of record high maize prices. At con­sumer level, the fi­nan­cial health out­look has de­te­ri­o­rated in the wake of ris­ing in­fla­tion and the like­li­hood of fur­ther in­ter­est rate hikes.

Do­mes­ti­cally, prices bot­tomed out and firmed on mod­er­a­tion in vol­umes. De­mand re­mains rel­a­tively sub­dued as con­sumers are cash strapped fol­low­ing the fes­tive pe­riod and face com­pet­ing ex­pen­di­ture needs such as school re­quire­ments. IQF mounted a slight re­bound, fin­ish­ing the week up 2.9% but still down by 4.3% year on year at R17.86 per kg. In the whole bird cat­e­gory, medium frozen whole birds were firmer at R22.17 per kg, which is 2.5% lower than last year. Medium fresh whole bird prices gained 1.3% w/w at R22.64 per kg, but still down by 3.2% year on year.

Im­port par­ity prices con­tin­ued to weaken due to lower in­ter­na­tional prices and slight gains in the Rand/us dol­lar ex­change rate. Weekly im­port par­ity prices fell by 3.2% year on year.¡

Cosatu claims maize price col­lu­sion

Trade union move­ment Cosatu has called for a maize pric­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, claim­ing that col­lu­sion is tak­ing place as the price “is be­ing ma­nip­u­lated by traders who are buy­ing and sell­ing amongst them­selves”.

The um­brella union body has asked the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the pric­ing model of maize and the price dis­cov­ery mech­a­nism on the JSE Agri­cul­tural De­riv­a­tives Mar­ket. Any­one found guilty of il­le­gal prac­tices should be jailed for un­der­min­ing the peo­ple’s food se­cu­rity.

Given the drought con­di­tions, Cosatu has also called for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into maize sup­ply and de­mand in South Africa, ar­gu­ing for a state in­ter­ven­tion in maize pric­ing.

Ag­biz has re­jected the claims and ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to Tony Ehren­re­ich, op­po­si­tion Coun­cil­lor in the city of Cape Town, to visit Ag­biz “so that we can in­form them how the maize mar­ket works and that its price dis­cov­ery mech­a­nism is trans­par­ent and re­flects the sup­ply and de­mand fun­da­men­tals of the mar­ket.”¡

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