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No more than 15% of SA land is arable – agriculture minister

South Africa is self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products but it uses 50 percent of its water for irrigation.

South Africa has no more than 15 percent of land that can be used for crop production due to low rainfall and poor soil, agriculture minister Senzeni Zokwana said on Wednesday.

No more than 15% of SA land is arable – agriculture minister
No more than 15% of SA land is arable – agriculture minister

No more than 15% of SA land is arable – agriculture minister

South Africa is self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products but it uses 50 percent of its water for irrigation.

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Claims that Karabo Mokoena was suicidal emerge

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R100k reward for missing Unicef director Charlotte Nikoi

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