Mining, Biofuels, Require Efficient Farms

Mining and biofuels compete with agriculture for land in South Africa, putting pressure on farmers to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology

Mining and biofuels are competing with agriculture for land in South Africa, putting pressure on farmers to become more efficient, particularly through the use of technology.

Head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, Nico Groenewald, notes that as a result, South Africa’s commercial farmers are consolidating into fewer and larger operations to achieve economies of scale and remain profitable.

Groenewald states that the rising use of biofuels adds to the challenges and has to be balanced with food security, adding that biofuels will create demand for maize and sorghum that did not exist before.

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Source: 
BDLive

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