Good crops lead to an increase of 9% in agricultural activities

In the second quarter of 2021, employment in the agricultural sector rose to a record high of more than a year, an increase of approximately 9% compared to the first quarter of 2021. Photo – FW archive

A.D. South Africa’s official unemployment rate rises sharply in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021.

Employment in the agricultural sector, however, increased by 8.7% from No. 1, to 69,000,000 in the first phase, bringing the total number of people employed in primary agriculture to 862,000.

According to Statistics USA, the official unemployment rate rose from 32.6% in the first quarter of 2021 to 34.4%, according to the expanded definition of unemployment, which increased by 1.2 percent. It points to 44.4%.

Employment in the agricultural sector has been at an all-time high for more than a year, up from 865,000 in 2020.

Paul Makube, a senior agronomist at FNB Agri Business, said the recovery in the agricultural sector was supported by strong agricultural production behind the current season, which showed good harvest yields amid high commodity prices.

“Activity from [the] Planting winter crops, as well as harvesting fruits and vegetables such as citrus, has gained momentum, thus helping to retain jobs and attract new opportunities, though [these jobs are] Current. ”

Mekbe expects agriculture to remain at this stage in view of the positive harvest season ahead. This is based on forecasts that La Nina’s climate system could develop due to unseasonal rainfall in the 2021/2022 summer crop year.

For his part, Aziz Chief Economist Wandile Sihlobo, for his part, said the change in agricultural employment has fallen to its lowest level since 2014 and has reached its lowest level this year.

Not surprisingly, recovery from the boom in the field of crops and fruits and vegetables. He also said that the second quarter of the year is often a busy one in most agricultural industries, which requires an increase in manpower.

Sihlobo added that with the exception of the regional view, western Cape and Mp Malanga, agricultural activity increased by Q2.

Although employment in the Western Cape has increased to 185,000, it is still less than the 206,000 in Q1, still less than the five-year average of 209,000.

The long-term decline in agricultural activity in the Western Cape can be explained by the fact that the province’s wine and wine industry has been severely affected by COVID-19 lock-in regulations.

“It is not clear what caused the 11% annual decline in agriculture,” he said.


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