South Africa’s agricultural sector remains resilient, but needs to learn how to cope with challenges such as drought and policy uncertainty, First National Bank (FNB) senior agricultural economist Paul Makube said on Monday.
“However, the industry is learning to dance with the wind, rather than fighting it. It remains resilient despite these major challenges and limitations,” Makube said.
The country is exploring new markets and has for the first time exported soybeans to Turkey to see if this was a viable option.
“South Africa is also talking to China to import maize and soya-beans from South Africa,” Makube said.
In addition, new technologies such as more effective irrigation water saving techniques, drought-resistant varieties and adapting livestock breeding and feeding indicate that the agriculture sector in South Africa is getting back in its feet.