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Budget squeeze for SA agricultural research amid drought

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Cape Town – The Agricultural Research Council (ARC), one of South Africa's key weapons in the fight against the current drought, has seen its net surplus decline by 300% during 2014/2015.

While still in the black the ARC has experienced a 300% decrease in its surplus from R137m to R34m for the 2014/15 financial year.

The ARC is at the forefront of SA’s battle against drought and needs sufficient resources, funding, and human capacity for the research that can mitigate the agricultural risks associated with drought and heat.

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