A mixed bag of news from the fields, sheds and khaki-broek this week. For starters, the farmers are looking perkier by the minute, with the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index improving by four points to 46 in the first quarter, measured on such criteria as market share, employment, capital investment, export volumes, and economic growth. Secondly, chicken producers are nervously eyeing Brexit, which may see further cheap imports flooding our markets. UK chicken producers, you see, are wont to sell their less-popular dark meat to Europe; with that market becoming more shall we say complex for them, they might try flogging it here, where we literally eat it up. Thirdly, the beef trade with the Middle East is opening up again, after some kind of an unspecified hiatus, yay. And finally, cannabis, say the worthies of Prohibition Partners, could be worth $US7.1 billion to the South African economy annually, by 2023.
Comment: So put that in your pipe and smoke it.