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farming thumb medium80 84Business Report writes that according to a report by Agbiz (AgriBusiness Research) there have been 84,000 job cuts so far this year in the agriculture sector.  

The report shows that 44,000 jobs were lost in the first quarter and a further 40,000 in the second quarter of 2017.  These job losses can apparently be attributed to lowered activity in labour intensive sectors such agriculture and some field crops.  Most of the decline in employment occurred in the Northern Cape, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng where the majority of the labour intensive crops are grown.  A notable cutback in employment of 23% quarter-on-quarter occurred in the Northern Cape.  However the other five provinces saw an increase in employment, with Mpumalanga showing the highest employment growth of 13% quarter-on-quarter.  Employment in the third quarter of the year could pick up in line with seasonal trends, with the improvement most likely to come from the horticulture industry.

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