De Villiers retires as CEO of Grain SA at the end of August after a sterling decade-long career at the organisation’s helm.
Expanding irrigation infrastructure, commercialising underutilised communal and reformed land (through the provision of tradable land rights), and targeted support to agricultural subsectors and regions with growth potential could all have transformed the rural economy of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. While this may seem obvious, unfortunately, those in leadership have failed to pursue this route.
It is possible that South Africa’s kiwifruit industry could experience impressive expansion — as was the case with blueberries, which were stagnant for a long time, and expanded greatly as global demand spurred South African farmers to increase their production.
After falling to the lowest levels since 2014 in the first quarter of this year, South Africa’s agricultural employment rebounded in the second quarter to 862 000 (up 8% year on year)
Although July 2021 consumer food price inflation of 7% y/y is unchanged from the previous month, there are clear signs in the underlying details that pressures are beginning to moderate.