SADrought: AgriSA to focus on food security & affordability

AgriSA says the current situation is largely due to a market demand exacerbated by the current drought.

FILE. AgriSA says the current situation is largely due to a market demand that has been exacerbated by the current drought. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - AgriSA says while it battles to keep up with low production, market forces and an increase in demand, its focus is on food security and affordability.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called for Competition Commission authorities to probe the increase in maize prices, saying they're being manipulated by traders.

AgriSA's Omri van Zyl says the current situation is largely due to a market demand that has been exacerbated by the current drought.

"Farmers are selling their livestock off because of the drought. This is the effect of extreme weather conditions, like we're having with the national drought."

Van Zyl says at the moment they're worried about how they will get more maize into the country.

"Our focus has been on a food security situation and an affordability concept more than it has on anything else."

Cosatu says while South Africa's economy continues to drop, the cost of food should not compromise the livelihood of 'the working poor'.

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