SA cannot be ignored by economic powers, says Mulder

2011-04-12 10:47

South Africa and Africa cannot allow European, American and Asian economic power blocks to ignore them and make them irrelevant, Deputy Agriculture Minister Pieter Mulder said in Argentina today.

Mulder was in Buenos Aires to talk about agricultural relations between the two countries and to sign a document of cooperation with Argentinean Agriculture Minister Julian Dominguez.

“South-South cooperation between countries of Africa and South America was also discussed against the background of the changing economic and agricultural balance of power in the world,” Mulder said in a statement.

“The signed document sets greater cooperation in the future between South Africa and Argentina with regard to agricultural research and the exchange of technical agricultural knowledge.”

Argentina, as a result of its applied agricultural research, succeeded in the past couple of years to change the country from a food-importing country to a food-exporting country, he said.

Argentina’s 40 million citizens produced enough food for 400 million people.

Mulder said it was important that the bilateral trade between the two countries be developed to a more equal basis.

“At present the balance is strongly in the favour of Argentina.

This agreement has to result in a win-win situation for both countries and the export possibilities of South African farmers have to improve further,” he said.

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