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Johannesburg - South Africa’s agricultural sector is poised to boost its gross domestic product (GDP) contribution this year, provided that improved rain patterns are maintained.

Absa, one of the country’s biggest lenders to the sector, sees farming output improving this season, after grain production dropped by about a fifth in 2016.

Grain SA, the country’s biggest grain lobby group, sees an improvement but remains concerned by late rains and wind damage in the west of the country.

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