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#SADrought: Minister concerned about food price increases

Senzeni Zokwana has met with several role players in the agriculture sector to discuss food security.

A scene from the drought-stricken Free State. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana says he is extremely concerned about food prices, which are continuing to increase due to the drought and other economic circumstances.

Zokwana met with several role players in the agriculture sector this morning, to discuss food security.

Consumers are now paying more than double for some foods, like potatoes, compared to last year.

Zokwana says the poor will be hit the hardest by hefty food prices which are continuing to increase as the drought grips parts of the country.

"It's going to expose the poor and those who can't afford food."

He says government is also concerned about businesses which are using the drought to increase food prices.

"Of course, we understand any other situation regarding the availability of products of course will drive prices up."

The minister says sooner or later, food accessibility will become a serious problem.

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