In spite of the drought in the past farming season, South Africa has been able to meet 50 percent of its food target production in the fourth quarter of 2016, a senior official has told the media.Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, was addressing the media on the outcome of the fortnightly Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
According to him, some 374,299 hectares of underutilised land were cultivated on farms under the country’s Recapitalisation and Development Programme.
“While prolonged drought conditions since 2014 started to taper off in the fourth quarter of 2016 as rainfall brought new hope to our economy, the impact (to ease the situation) will take a few months.
“The recent outbreak of the Fall Army Worm in Limpopo [however] poses a new risk to crops,” the minister said.
A total of 244,073 people also benefitted from food security initiatives by the Ministry of Social Development, including those that were fed at community development centres, he added.