The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has established a high-level committee to consider the impact of, and generate plans to mitigate the effect of the drought facing the country. The committee consists of representatives from organised agriculture, agribusiness, government, academia and research institutions.

“Section 7 of its founding legislation, the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act of 1996, mandates the NAMC to carry out special investigations on matters of concern to the agricultural industry. The current drought from which some parts of the country are struggling to recover, is one such matter”, said the NAMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zama Xalisa.

The committee will produce evidence of the economic impact of drought on key agricultural subsectors in South Africa and present possible future scenarios to show outcomes of various responses to drought. –Fresh Plaza