Moody’s action on Lank Bank poses risk to food security, AgriSA warns

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Agri SA has warned that the move by Moody’s to lower the Lank Bank and Eskom’s respective ratings pose a risk to food security and overall economic recovery.
Moody’s downgraded the Land Bank as a result of ongoing delays in the implementation of the financial institution’s restructuring plan and related liability and equity solutions.
However, Agri SA says Moody’s action on Eskom was warranted, owing to the combination of the utilities’ unsustainable capital structure and continuing financial needs.
Agri SA says both actions further reinforce the need for government to speedily and effectively implement measures that will see the challenges at SOEs being resolved.

The agricultural organisation has called on National Treasury to swiftly capacitate the institution to preserve its viability and subsequently protect food security. It further calls for the continued support for Eskom.
The effective and swift implementation of policies and plans to turn around both the Land Bank and Eskom, however, remains a big concern to rating agencies.

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-Reporting by Khanyisile Manyoni

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