South African agricultural exports have been growing not exponentially but steadily over the last five years, government said on Friday. Various milestones in this sphere were achieved despite the numerous challenges — drought, outbreaks of food-and-mouth disease as well as avian and swine flu — the country has faced.
South Africa gained new markets in the USA and China, expanded trade relations with some of the old partners and new stakeholders, including Japan. Exports to Tokyo have grown by 46% over the resent period, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana revealed during a service delivery forum held in Cape Town.
Inside the Republic the aquaculture sector has been developing following the launch of the Aquaculture Operation Phakisa Programme in 2014. In future it will provide the source of fish exports.
“In 2018, more than 4 000 tons were farmed by the 35 projects and the total employment was 1 943 jobs. During the period of 2017/18 the projected additional investment was R616 million of which R236 million was from government and R379 million was from the private sector,” Zokwana said on Wednesday.