According to AllAfrica, a group of South African farmers arrived in Libya yesterday to help revive commercial agriculture in the oil-rich country. Libya imports about 75% of its food and efforts to achieve self-sufficiency through a state farm programme have proven to be unsuccessful. The South African farmers were invited by the Libyan government as part of its efforts to use private sector partnerships to diversify its economy and improve food security. The AgriSA visit to Libya forms part of a drive by farmers to expand their operations throughout Africa, backed by the South African government.
Monday 2 November 2009 - 16:59