Call for unity in agriculture at Agri SA congress

Agri SA was working on a strategy for unity in SA agriculture, according to Omri van Zyl, Agri SA’s designated CEO.

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He said at the 2015 Agri North West Congress in Lichtenburg, unity was of the essence for economic survival: "If agriculture fails, the entire economy fails. This has been proven over and over again."

SA’s agriculture sector needed to establish itself as the ‘go-to’ agricultural leader on the African continent.

According to Van Zyl, SA’s farmers are the best in the world, given the difficult climatic and policy environments they have to contend with.

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"If there is a ‘world cup’ for agriculture, SA’s farmers would win,” he said.

The time had come for the sector to position itself in a manner that attracts investment. “The entire agri-value chain needs to work together to establish the sector as a national and international player," said Van Zyl.

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