Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has described the performance of Mzansi's agricultural and agro-processing sector as ‘remarkably resilient’’. The sector posted quarter-on-quarter export growth of 12% in the second quarter of 2022.
The country has exported RS1 billion's worth of maize and wheat, citrus, wine and grapes, apples and pears, dates and figs, avocados, nuts, fruit juices, sugar, wool, and some other commodities. This, despite major challenges that the export industry has had to face, including FMD-related trade bans, logistics challenges and more restrictive citrus regulations by the European Union.
The minister is particularly pleased that South Africa has kept a presence in all its most important destination countries.