Agricultural Supply Chain (ASC)
he agricultural sector’s contribution to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), employment and food security is of national importance with the primary agricultural sector contributing about 3 percent to GDP and representing 7 percent of formal employment. The entire agriculture value chain contributes 12 percent to the GDP.
Agricultural water demand, at 61 percent of all water use in the country, is the largest water user with irrigation use dominating demand. The available water cannot meet the demand under current water use practices and operating conditions in all water use sectors. It is therefore imperative that the available water supplies are used efficiently and effectively to avoid supply shortages and intermittent water supplies. The sector aims to optimise beneficial use of water-the water intend to grow crops and produce food and fibre.
Water is life:
use it responsibly
Mr Felix Reinders
Chair of the Agricultural Supply Chain Working Group
Agricultural Supply Chain (ASC) Working group
The working group recognises both the importance of agriculture to the economy as well as the impact that water losses have on the economy. As a result, the group has identified projects that contribute directly to closing the water gap.
The primary focus of the working group is to
- Effectively adapt to climate change
- Improve farm efficiency
- Identify and implementation legislation
- Improve water use efficiency
- Illegal water use reduced
- Understand water usage at farm level
The objectives are
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