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WC should beef up red meat exports to boost SA economy, says MEC Alan Winde

Red meat and agri-processing have been identified as areas to drive growth engines harder and faster, says Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde.

With fine quality meats like the Karoo Lamb, the Western Cape can do even more to help revitalise the South African economy by increasing the amount of red meat exports.

Winde says the province contributes 60% to South Africa's agricultural products.

He says that there is a strong focus on the food and agri-processing sector as a part of the collaborative provincial government initiative Project Khulisa.

According to Winde, South Africa exported R790 million worth of read meat in 2013, and R2.14 billion worth in 2015.

He says that Western Cape government is collaborating with local agricultural businesses and groups such as the Red Meat Abattoir Association to discuss ways to improve production.

Despite the drought, food inflation and other economic strains, he believes there are opportunities for growth, including in Halaal markets.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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