Agriculture contributes 4% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and consists largely of cattle and sheep farming, with only 13% of land used for growing crops. The government is working to develop smallscale farming in efforts to boost job creation. The greatest limitation is the availability of water, due to uneven and unreliable rainfall. Farming remains vitally important to the economy as it is estimated that around 8.5-million people are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their employment and income.
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