SA sees increase in number of people employed in agriculture

In the first quarter of 2022, South Africa recorded a large increase in the number of people employed in the agri sector. This became clear during an Economic Sectors, Investment, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESIEID) Cluster briefing, that was held last week in Johannesburg.

The Cluster, led by Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, briefed the media on the country’s progress of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).

According to the report presented by Kubayi, the number of people employed in the agricultural sector increased by 6.6% in the first quarter of 2022, from 792,000 people in the first quarter of 2021 to 844,000 people in the same quarter of 2022.

The minister added that a total of 37,414 out of 300,000 smallholder farmers were supported in the first quarter of 2022.

Kubayi emphasised that while the South African government had made progress in implementing what was agreed, “the full impact of the implementation can only materialise if all the social partners play their role”.


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