In this edition of Farmer’s Inside Track, Maluta Netshaulu, a banker at Nedbank and an agricultural economist, shares some insight into how South African farmers can navigate the headwinds affecting Mzansi’s agriculture.
According to Netshaulu, he appreciates the role everyone plays to help the financial sector move forward.
“Everything that could possibly happen, happened; the electricity went crazy, and water became an issue in the Eastern Cape and other areas,” he explains.
He adds that role players from the financial side like them, as well as the government and others, have connections that could help.
He further notes that partnerships are important and valued, especially when it comes to farmers.
“It’s more about getting back to the basics to understand that we cannot do things on our own. That’s where partnership comes into play, but even before that, on a farm level, what are farmers doing to make sure that they stay resilient.”
He further explains that farmers are always thinking about innovative ways to be able to be a source of food security for the country and helping to expand those initiatives is important.
The export market has a lot of potential and this is one of the innovative ways that South Africa needs to continue to expand, Netshaulu says. And even though there are issues with the citrus industry, there is no doubt that the industry always comes out on the other side.
In this episode, Netshaulu also discusses:
- Sustainable methods;
- Impact of climate change; and
- High input costs and how it influences production.
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