Carol Paton Writer at Large

As many as 300,000 new jobs in agriculture are “hiding in plain sight” if the government could provide the right support to farmers to grow the right products, says a top adviser to the department of trade and industry in a paper published this week.

Nimrod Zalk, an advisor to the department and formerly a top official for many years, says that SA needs to turn its attention to high-value horticulture such as the cultivation of fresh flowers, tomatoes, carrots, cherries, strawberries and avocados, among other fruit and vegetables which are highly labour-intensive and for which global demand is growing.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.