We are currently witnessing the impact of climate change on the agricultural sector, both on the local and global fronts. These effects will probably intensify in future.

Last week, Stats SA presented a gloomier-than-expected picture of the SA agricultural economy, which contracted on a quarter-on-quarter basis by a seasonally adjusted and annualised rate of 13.2%. As tempting as it was for some among us to attribute this to a decline in agricultural investment due to policy uncertainty, this was not the case.

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