Agriculture sector maintains growth

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

The Statistician General, Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday released the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers for the second quarter of 2020.

The GDP fell by 51% in the second quarter of 2020, which is a second successive decline after the 1.8% drop in Q1 of 2020. The heavy fall in second quarter is attributed to the impact of COVID-19 shutdown that restricted operations and trade in various economic activities, except agriculture, health and other essential services.

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development said the agricultural growth is a direct result of adaptive farming systems and good harvest crop obtained in grains, fruits and animal products. Export oriented products such as fruits, fibre and processed products boosted sectoral growth in the second quarter of 2020.

Spokesperson for Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Reggie Ngcobo, said “the double-digit growth in agriculture for two consecutive quarters affirms the critical role agriculture could play in spearheading the country’s economic recovery and growth journey post COVID-19 pandemic. “

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