THE Western Cape has been hit by drought, but at least one MEC has a solution to the problem.
Welcoming delegates to the inaugural African Agri Investment Indaba yesterday, MEC for Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, said the province was under pressure and urged mense to do their bit and use water sparingly.
He then suggested that one way people could help was by drinking wine instead of water, adding that there were also delicious local grape juices for those who didn’t drink alcohol.
The MEC, whose portfolio includes agriculture, also had some advice for people visiting Africa for the first time.
He said the dust in Africa was likely to get under their skin and would probably cause an itch when they returned to their homes.
They could then either immediately book another trip to Africa, or buy African products, which could be used as an antidote.
After this light-hearted start, the Agri Indaba, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, got down to the serious business of tackling the question of how Africa could reach its potential of becoming the breadbasket of the world.
The conference is bringing together more than 600 key stakeholders – from governments through bankers, investors to commercial farmers – to discuss trends that will influence food and agribusiness economics over the next decade in Africa.