AGRICULTURE AND SA’S ECON­OMY

The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - By Dr Azar Jam­mine

SA’s eco­nomic state with spe­cial ref­er­ence to agriculture

The South African econ­omy does not find it­self in a par­tic­u­larly healthy state. The sus­tain­able growth rate has been de­clin­ing grad­u­ally from lev­els of around 4% dur­ing the last decade, to around no more than 2% at present. It is not unique in its un­der­per­for­mance. More re­cently, the lead­ing economies of the world have also been dis­ap­point­ing rel­a­tive to ear­lier ex­pec­ta­tions. This has re­sulted in a de­cline in com­mod­ity prices which has im­paired South Africa’s abil­ity to earn de­cent ex­port rev­enues, in­clud­ing from the agri­cul­tural sec­tor. How­ever,

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