Devastating effects of climate change in SA

JOHANNESBURG- The National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) has warned that the devastating effects of climate change would be massive if global warming is not adequately addressed in the country.

Delivering the keynote address DAFF minister Michael Mlengana speaking at the climate smart approaches seminar of the 8th BRICS Meeting of the Agriculture Cooperation Working Group in Skukuza, Mpumalanga, yesterday (TUES), Mlengana said the economies of agriculture-dependent provinces such as Mpumalanga would struggle if contingen plans were not implemented immediately.

He acknowledged, “The reality facing us today is that effects of climate change on agriculture are quite severe.”

The province Mpumalanga is known as South Africa’s agricultural hub, contributing 68 percent of its land such as plant agricultural crops, subtropical and deciduous fruit, vegetables, cottons and many other things.

He Mlengana also said if climate change is not put as the main agenda of new development, then it will impose itself even more.

He called on his BRICS counterparts to coordinate efforts to mitigate risks associated with global warming.
He said, “Weather forecasting must inform our developmental agenda so that as we plan into the future we put climate change and smart methodology of development at the centre,” 
“Let’s work as a collective and come with strategies to sustain food security in a cohesive manner. My department is working hard to eliminate the risks associated with climate change.”
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