A study done by the SA Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) shows that between 2010 and 2011 agricultural imports grew by 30% while exports with only 10%. Frans Cronje, deputy CEO of the SAIRR said that the issue is not whether SA should stop importing cheaper products, but rather why SA is not more competitive. “The hostility that the government shows towards the agricultural sector is one reason, as is the uncertain environment in which farmers have to operate.”
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The growth of the primary agriculture sector in South Africa is far outstripping the economic growth of the country as a whole.