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Zokwana urges investors to help Africa ‘become world's bread basket’

Minister Senzeni Zokwana addressed the inaugural Africa Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town.

 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana . Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana has urged investors to join hands with the continent to achieve its goal of becoming the world's bread basket.

Zokwana addressed the inaugural Africa Agri Investment Indaba in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

The gathering aims to bring more than 600 industry experts together to discuss trends that influence food production and “agri-business” issues.

Zokwana says 60% of the world’s arable land is in Africa.

“I’m confident that if we can complement our rich natural resources base with requisite investments to support production, marketing, agro-processing and trade, our continent can easily feed itself and the rest of the world.”

Investment consultant and former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says the continent’s agricultural obstacles hold opportunities for investors.

“Those opportunities range from putting in place the technology that begins to mitigate some of those things, so investors can actually come in technology and bringing in some of the crops that are resistant.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)