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South Africa’s agricultural exports are expected to soar to 161.6 million tonnes as global demand for food produce rises, despite challenges such as the war in Ukraine and escalating freight costs.

FNB senior agricultural economist Paul Makube said the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP currently remained “very positive”, despite the significant impact of flooding in KwaZulu-Natal, the war between Russia and Ukraine, and an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that had resulted in a temporary ban by China on imports of products of cloven-hoofed animals from South Africa.

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