SA fruit harvest could grow 50% by 2030, but ports are already struggling to cope

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Logistical constraints at ports are battering the growth potential of South Africa's agricultural exports.
Logistical constraints at ports are battering the growth potential of South Africa's agricultural exports.
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South Africa's high-value crop volumes are expected to increase 50% by 2030, which could further exacerbate bottlenecks at local ports, according to an agricultural expert.

In fact, logistical challenges at ports posed a greater risk to agricultural exports than the war between Russia and Ukraine, said Professor Ferdi Meyer of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) during a panel at the annual agricultural trade show, Nampo.       

The show is currently underway this week outside of the town of Bothaville in the Free State.

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