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The government’s farming policies tend to focus much more on both land reform and redistribution, than on the agricultural and commercial side of farming. These issues have been below the policy makers’ radar screens.

Two provinces have already been declared as in states of emergency. This can have far-reaching consequences for the economy and have catastrophic effects on farmers.

The almost nationwide drought is already starting to push food prices up, and the effect on inflation is one of the concerns for the South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee.

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