Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana addresses delegates at the  opening of the 14th World Forestry Congress on Monday.  Picture: GCIS
Senzeni Zokwana. Picture: GCIS

IT IS of critical importance for the country to invest in feed production and set up fodder banks in all areas affected by the drought to counter ballooning livestock feed prices, says Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

Addressing a news conference on Friday, after a meeting between ministers and provincial MECs for agriculture, he said investment in feed production would be concentrated in areas not affected by drought and those with extensive irrigation schemes.

"Our priority is on developing and implementing a climate change adaptation plan and crop suitability and bio-gas projects. We will give more support to climate smart agriculture in terms of conservation agriculture.

"Increased investment on land rehabilitation programmes for improved productivity of land and water storage capacity, investment in transport infrastructure in the Eastern Cape and the introduction of market linked agri-insurance for disasters are some of the major investments we are doing as government working with farmers," Mr Zokwana said.

He said that the meeting with the provincial MECs had now given a clear picture of the negative impact of the drought on crop production, livestock, agro-processing, and infrastructure and food security in all affected provinces.

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