The EU’s Green Deal: opportunities, threats and risks for South African agriculture

The EU’s Green Deal: opportunities, threats and risks for South African agriculture

The European Union (EU) is the second most important market for South Africa’s agricultural products, accounting for 27% of the country’s total agricultural exports. Despite South Africa transitioning from the Trade Development Cooperation Agreement (TDCA) to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to secure continued and improved market access in the EU, a new set of regulations under the EU Green Deal and its Farm to Fork Strategy are set to impose additional compliance costs that will likely negate the benefits of existing preferential trade arrangements. We present a set of challenges, opportunities, and risks that both government and the private sector need to address if South Africa aims to increase agricultural exports to the EU.

South Africa’s farmers’ intentions to plant data point to prospects of yet another large crop in the 2021/22 season

South Africa’s farmers’ intentions to plant data point to prospects of yet another large crop in the 2021/22 season

We are still in the early days as the planting activity has recently started in the eastern and central regions of South Africa. Still, the higher tractor sales, favourable weather outlook for the season and the farmers’ optimism through the intentions to plant data compel us to believe that South Africa could have yet another good crop in the 2021/22 production season.

Get serious about South Africa’s agriculture development this time

Get serious about South Africa’s agriculture development this time

The focus on South Africa’s agriculture is on the rebuilding phase, and at the national level the growth strategy revolves around the agriculture and agro-processing master plan, which has been in the works for more than a year. Drafting the plan has taken a social compact approach, with business, labour and the government all well represented. However, the question people ask whenever one raises the master plan as our saving grace to boost growth in agriculture is what will make this time different and encourage implementation.

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