Agricultural Business Chamber of SA chief economist Wandile Sihlobo has warned that a possible fertiliser shortage and associated high prices brought about by the wart in Ukraine could affect South African farmers and, consequently, food security. This, News24 reports, as Shané Rudolph, an agricultural economist at Agri Enterprises, said some fertiliser prices had already risen by about 70% recently. Sihlobo also warned that exporters of South African wine and fruit, especially citrus, could feel the pinch, while André Thomashausen, emeritus professor of international law at Unisa, said that, in a worst-case scenario, South Africans could expect to pay about R40 for a litre of fuel, which other than the direct impact on consumers, would also have knock-on effects for the agriculture sector.
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