Agriculture in focus next week
Next week our focus is on agriculture as we head straight from a week at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town to the South African agricultural trade show NAMPO in Bothaville in the Free State province to gain first hand insights on the challenges and opportunities in the African agriculture sector.
Regarded as the largest agricultural exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the highly renowned NAMPO Harvest Day sees thousands of visitors’ flock to Bothaville to view and learn about the latest technology and equipment in the agricultural space.
According to the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) South Africa’s agricultural sector had been one of the very few top performers over the past two years, contributing positively to the country’s economy.
During the last 24 months, agriculture was one of only four sectors of the economy to register improved growth, exporting about USD10.3-billion of agricultural products in 2020 and a record high of USD12.4-billion in 2021.
During 2020, the agriculture sector had grown by 13.4% and in 2021 the agriculture sector grew at a rate of 8.3%, second only to the mining sector, which achieved growth of 11.8%. The NAMPO Harvest Day is a platform to network with the agricultural industry’s top role players creating an opportunity for conversation and dialogue while also allowing the public and other role players to experience commercial agriculture and food safety and security in action.
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