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SA beef industry battles drought, disease outbreak

For the beef export position to improve, the industry – combined with government – must open up more countries to SA.

The red meat sector has been under pressure with drought conditions and the outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease in Limpopo earlier this year, which resulted in some countries holding off on exporting meat from SA. In his Sona, President Cyril Ramaphosa pinpointed the sector as a focus for government to improve its potential

What sort of contribution does this sector make to the economy? Roelie van Reenen, a supply chain manager at Beefmaster, speaks to Nompu Siziba about the state of the industry, which is one of the big exporters in the country.

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