Wow, Congratulations. Food Security is a major issue for households and Nations across Africa. Each grain, Each Fruit and Vegetable each animal farmed makes a difference in someones's life. How can it be spread across the continent and how do we include fish?
Whilst the numbers at Nampo this year were great the reality on the ground does not reflect this. Agriculture, farmers, suppliers all face huge challenges in the Agricultural Sector. We cannot ignore the facts. South Africa is Food insecure, we have and are bleeding jobs, skills and farms from the sector. Barriers to entry are high, funding whilst it may be available is certainly not accessible to many. There is very little new blood entering the sector, the average age of farmers is 56, what will the sector look like in 10-15 years? South Africa has lost many of its export markets due to major suppliers in the Citrus, Beef and other agricultural sectors cutting back and selling out? Unless there is a real action plan and a long term commitment to changing and developing the sector all South Africans will feel the burden. As an aside we represent the Aquaculture industry which has been growing at 15% per annum worldwide, very little was available from this sector at Nampo and this has been the case for the last few Nampo events.
Words like probably should not be used. The current situation, policies, legislation and actions of leadership in our country, HAVE and WILL continue to see the decline in, investment, production, jobs. Not only do we not see there is a major problem we do little to implement anything meaning full to going forward at the pace which is required just to get to where we were 5, 10. 15. 20 ,30 years ago. This is true for almost of every sector of our business, social and economic existence. All South Africans must work for a better future and all South Africans must call our leadership to account.