Senwes Scenario June / July 2017 - Page 34

•••• NEW S Senwesters at GOSA 2017! At the back are Cornelius du Plessis (Silo Manager Enselspruit), Braam Prinsloo (Silo Manager Allanridge), Pieter Malan (Managing Executive - Grainlink), Nico Els (Silo Manager Hennenman), Hardé Lochenberg (Silo Manager Hartbeesfontein), Gammat Davids (Silo Manager Theunissen), Johan van der Berg (Silo Manager Geneva), Barend Botha (Silo Manager Magogong), Pieter Theron (Silo Manager Potchefstroom), Giovanni Marais (Silo Manager Raathsvlei) and Renier Vermaak (Head Fumigation). In front are Dries Fourie (Silo Manager Jan Kempdorp), Carel Scheepers (Regional Manager Area 2), Graham Lottering (Operations Manager), Jenny Harmzen (Divisional Executive Finance Grainlink), Mariana Beytell (Admin Assistant Grain Handling), Marietjie Grobler (Project Manager), Tido Grimbeeck (Silo Manager Bothaville), Ronnie Ladeira (Regional Manager Area 1) and Gideon Ralepeli (Manager Contracts). > CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31 tics and trends relating to the importing and exporting of grain commodities, as well as the challenges facing the industry. Globally it includes weather conditions which influence supply and demand, infrastructure, health procedures at harbours, phyto-sanitary require­ ments, import tariffs and the American army worm. The audience couldn't wait for the presenta­ tion by Carte Blanche presenter, Derek Watts. He gave a brief overview of his life story and referred to a few of the better known investi­ gations into, inter alia, digital addiction, farm attacks and truck hijackings, which include the theft of grain. His advice to delegates was to develop a proper news filter. The president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) used his extensive experience in organised agriculture in Africa to highlight the challenges on the continent. According to Dr Theo de Jager, Africa has everything that money can't buy, namely land, good climate, water and people to farm. However, it does not have the food value chains, financing, technol­ ogy and expertise to farm successfully and he prays that the money will be advanced in the near future in order to start developing it. Aspects which influence food security in Southern Africa include land claims, high input costs, corruption, trade agreements, border control, legislation, right of ownership of prop­ erty and the availability of financing. He issued a warning against the poverty trap of farming on a small scale and confirmed that the time was right to develop the 46% under-utilised land in Africa. 32 JUN/JUL 2017 • SENWES Scenario