oa Agriprobe - Economic growth and job creation in the Western Cape agricultural sector : Elsenburg Journal

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



One of the most common "everybody knows" wisdoms about the agricultural sector is that it is a declining sector shedding jobs. Like most "everybody knows" and "they say" facts, this is also wrong. The agricultural sector, of the Western Cape at least, is a vibrant and growing part of the provincial economy. Indeed, it is a core vehicle towards the achievement of the objectives in the National Development Plan (NDP).

The purpose of this article is to shed some (factual) light on those crooked perceptions. It will start by focussing on growth in the value added in the sector after which one industry will receive attention as an example. The focus will then move towards employment creation following which the targets in the NDP will be discussed.

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