South Africa’s farm exports are an economic lifeline – with weak spots (Moneyweb)

The agricultural sector lacks export diversification and there are inefficiencies in local logistics chains. International trade has been at the core of South Africa’s agricultural progress since the early 2000s. Since 1994, the country has excelled in opening up new markets, as evidenced by several free trade agreements with critical regional and international markets. The country exports roughly half of its produce in value terms. The top exportable products are high value and labour-intensive horticulture produce, a subsector that expanded significantly over the past two decades. Citrus, table grapes and a range of deciduous fruits dominate the export list. This means international trade has become crucial for sustaining farm profitability and job creation in South African agriculture. Click here to read full article.