Agriculture sector needs rail services

Although State-owned freight rail operator Transnet’s R300-billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS) will provide greater infrastructure for high traffic-density operations, such as transporting mining commodities and minerals, the agriculture sector finds itself without adequate rail services, says transport industry support group, says RailRoad Association of South Africa’s media and research officer Allen Jorgensen. He notes that the MDS appears to place more emphasis on high traffic-density commodities, as it offers greater profits than that of light density traffic such as agricultural produce.

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