Logistics should be a key area of focus for SA agriculture

In this podcast, Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo explains that logistics has always been the backbone of South Africa's export-oriented agricultural sector, although it does not always get as much attention as it has more recently due to various disruptions. South Africa's agricultural exports, valued at US$10,2 billion in 2020, the second-largest value on record, were supported by functional logistics at the shipping ports and the farm gate. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the disruption in the global shipping lines, growing container ship shortages and costs, theft of Transnet infrastructure, and most recently, cyberattacks at the same company have brought some focus into this sector.

Published: 06 September 2021