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farming thumb medium80 84Cape Argus reports that Western Cape standing committee chairperson on economic opportunities, tourism and agriculture, Beverley Schäfer, says that a possible drop of 10% in agricultural produce due to the drought could lead to 17,000 job losses in the province.  

An agricultural economist also warned that the current drought will have the biggest impact on seasonal employment in December.  On Tuesday, the National Disaster Management Centre announced it would be allocating R40m to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for drought relief.  The funds will be used for livestock feed for 1,300 farmers.  Businesses have moreover warned that the persistent drought will be felt by consumers.  The fruit industry is also expecting a drop in exports of fruit to international markets in December because of fewer yields after cutbacks on land under irrigation.  The reduction in irrigation has also had a huge impact on the quality of fruit.  

  • Read this report by Rusana Philander in full at Cape Argus


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