SA’s beef industry, reeling in recent times because of foot-and-mouth disease, is set for a major boost after the government and Saudi Arabia signed an export deal that could open up a new market for local farmers.

Thanks to the memorandum of understanding concluded during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent state visit to Saudi Arabia as part of an investment drive, the Middle East kingdom could order up to 1,000 tonnes of beef a year as soon 2023. That would make Saudi Arabia one of SA’s largest beef export markets. ..

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