SA expected to import R2 million worth of grains due to drought

South Africa is expected to import R2 million worth of grains this year in an effort to make up for the drought, which resulted in shortfalls for crop farmers.

The agricultural sector has lost R16 billion due to the drought.

702's John Robbie spoke to Minister of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, regarding the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

What we did last year was we began to check the estimations as a result of the shortage of grains to avoid a situation where there is no availability thereof.

Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries

I'm aware that as a country, even before the drought, we have been producing far less than what we consume.

Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

We are engaging the Agricultural Marketing Council whose mandate is to monitor food prices to ensure that people are not over-exposed.

Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agricultre, Forestry and Fisheries

We've made a call to food producers to make sure that they are not exposing consumers to a point where they can't afford food.

Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries
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