SOUTH AFRICA’S WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE TO DEVELOP A GREEN ECONOMY TO BE WEATHER-RESILIENT

CAPE TOWN, The Economic Opportunities Department of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, which has been fripped by a drought which has extended for more than two years, says it is focusing on developing a green economy which will be more resilient against harsh weather conditions.

Delegates gathered at the Cape Town International Convention Centre here this week for the African Agri-Investment Indaba to look at challenges the sector is facing in Africa. The potential of agriculture for food security and investment into Africa are some of the issues being discussed at the conference.

Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde said Wednesday that the provincial government wanted to develop a green economy as protection against climate change. The province was working hard to find ways for the agricultural sector in Western Cape to adapt to the current drought.

Looking at climate change, looking at smart agriculture, and how do we farm differently and I think there are opportunities coming out of it. And the drought, you can see the business opportunities coming with recycling of grey water, in irrigation systems using renewable resources. You know, there are lots of opportunities and I think specifically in technology now with the management of water, said Winde.

Despite the harsh weather conditions, exports from Western Cape to the rest of Africa totalled 45 billion Rand (about 3.25 billion US dollars) with a further 36 billion Rand of exports going to Europe last year.

The National Agriculture Department said the agricultural sector had the potential to create one million jobs for South Africans. Its Chief Director of Food Security, Dr Jemina Moeng, said the sector remained resolute, despite dry conditions in some provinces.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK